WATCH Lily Cole's Cannes acting debut!

26 May 2009

She's conquered the catwalk and won a place at Cambridge University, so how would Lily Cole cope with her first big screen performance at the Cannes Film Festival? Exceptionally well, it seems. The model graced the red carpet in a Chanel Haute Couture gown for the premiere of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which she plays a girl in a travelling circus troop that makes a deal with the Devil. And though the movie itself hasn't had hit reviews – beautiful but unwieldy, apparently – Lily herself has fared well. ‘It was astonishing to watch her. I'd known her only as a model and most models can't act, but Lily really can. She has a very unusual, almost old-fashioned and cinematic face – she might have a great career in front of her,' said one French film critic. ‘She reminds me of Capucine, a French model who went on to appear with Rex Harrison in The Honey Pot and with Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther.' As for Lily's next acting plans? Well after dashing back from Cannes to Cambridge to cram for her History of Art exam, the supermodel will spend the summer on another film set. She's starring in The Moth Diaries - a vampire movie made by the American Psycho team about an elite US boarding school where a mysterious girl arrives and people start dying. But for now, watch a clip of her performance in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus below and let us know what you think of Lily's performance... [Guardian, Telegraph]


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