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Annabelle Wallis has one eye focused on me. It’s switching from her left to her right, depending on which lid shadow is being applied to, but she’s clearly letting me know that I have her attention. It’s funny to watch and, admittedly, I’m a little distracted, albeit amused. I can’t help but feel that Wallis might be the only person in the world who would bother to maintain eye contact during an interview occurring mid-grooming. It’s the little things like this that make the young actress a real charmer. Charm only goes so far though, so I breathe a sigh of relief as I realize that, in addition to her charisma, Wallis is also remarkably intelligent (she speaks four languages) and surprisingly down-to-earth. Oh, not to mention, she’s also got the acting chops to work alongside some of Hollywood’s best and brightest.
“I just did a screen test with Anthony Hopkins the other day and I was literally speechless. It was for two hours, and I came out of the room having just been with one of my acting heroes, someone who had such an effect on me, feeling like I had delivered. It was a real sink or swim moment.” Wallis’ career thus far appears to have been a myriad of these kinds of moments, having to overcome the challenge of acting alongside long-established stars and assert her own acting prowess. Her breakout role as Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, on Showtime’s The Tudors, had her betrothed to the already critically acclaimed Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Following that, she was in the Madonna-directed film W.E., and also acted beside Christina Ricci as the stewardess/part-time CIA and MI6 agent, Bridget Pierce, on the ABC drama Pan-Am. This summer, Wallis lends her charm to Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, joining a heavyweight cast boasting Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth, in a dark rendition of the classic fairy tale. Yet, even with a growing number of projects under her belt, Wallis still bears an admirable level-headedness, perhaps because she’s still on the cusp of her blossoming career. “It’s been an interesting year, because I’ve kind of been in the mix with everyone. You’re right there in the moment, and testing for all of these things, and you’re with all of these huge girls. You’ve really got to come to the table and prove your place,” she says.
Story by Brandon Jones | Photography by Angelo KritikosTo read more become a subscriber or purchase the digital edition here.