The Bling Ring premieres at Cannes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 May 2013
Emma Watson at The Bling Ring premiere

Emma Watson at The Bling Ring premiere

'The Bling Ring' held its premiere at Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (16.05.13) and actress Emma Watson led the cast on the red carpet

'The Bling Ring' held its premiere at Cannes Film Festival yesterday (16.05.13).

The celebrity burgling drama was the highlight of the second day of the 66th annual film gala in France with main actress Emma Watson leading the cast on the red carpet, and the film's director Sofia Coppola says Cannes was the "perfect setting" for the flick's big premiere.

She told The Independent newspaper: "It seems like the perfect setting for 'The Bling Ring' when you see people walking around in their heels. It's a glamorous place, so it feels appropriate."

The film, which is based on real life events, centres on a group of celebrity obsessed-teenagers who track the whereabouts of stars including Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan and break into their homes when they are not there.

Despite growing up in Hollywood, Sofia - the daughter of 'The Godfather' director Francis Ford Coppola - admits the new breed of celebrity, driven by reality TV and social media, is "unfamiliar" to her.

She said: "I definitely noticed that people would act different around my dad. It was just part of my growing up. This world feels unfamiliar to me, this kind of reality-star, tabloid culture.

"There are celebrities that create a brand and create a business and a whole job, a whole life, out of other people's interest in their lives, and then there are celebrities or people who have a craft or a trade. As long as people understand the difference then it's OK. But there's definitely a difference."

Meanwhile, actress Watson revealed she prepared for her role as celebrity junkie Nicki by watching reality shows such as 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and 'The Hills'.

She said: "I watched a lot of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and 'The Hills', and I tried to understand the psychology of this kind of girl as much as possible. I didn't want her to be just a parody. The accent was hard as it was a particular kind of dialect. I also thought a lot about what her parents must have been like."

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