Stars of Sundance: Lily-Rose Depp

Stars of Sundance: Lily-Rose Depp

Back in January, V caught up with all of the stars of this year's Sundance Film Festival for our Fashion & Film issue. Below, Hollywood scion Lily-Rose Depp, who stopped by to promote her new film Yoga Hosers. Download the Special Digital Edition of V's Fashion & Film issue for extended fashion editorials and additional features here

Back in January, V caught up with all of the stars of this year's Sundance Film Festival for our Fashion & Film issue. Below, Hollywood scion Lily-Rose Depp, who stopped by to promote her new film Yoga Hosers. Download the Special Digital Edition of V's Fashion & Film issue for extended fashion editorials and additional features here

Photography: Charlie Engman

Styling: Emma Wyman

Text: Greg Krelenstein

At the Sundance Midnight section premiere of Kevin Smith’s girl power teen horror comedy, Yoga Hosers, the excitement was at a fever pitch. Not only was the film to be Smith’s long-awaited homage to his star-making first feature Clerks, it would also mark the first starring role for fashion’s number one crush: 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp.

“It was so fun,” Depp exclaims of the screening. “I loved that the premiere took place at midnight. The vibes were good.” Good vibes seem to follow the budding star, the genetically blessed daughter of acclaimed actors Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis. In the year since she first turned heads at Chanel’s Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art show in New York, Lily-Rose has landed an eyewear campaign for the brand and pulled in over a million followers on her Instagram account, where she has developed a colonial-core, L.A.-angst aesthetic that’s all her own. Theatricality is most certainly in her blood, evidenced by her endearingly comic on-screen rapport with both her mom and her dad.



The two Depps, in fact, share topline billing in Yoga Hosers. “The most fun part of making the movie was being able to learn and experience everything for the first time with people I love and admire,” she says. These include not only the elder Depp, Paradis, and director Smith, but also Smith’s daughter and Depp’s real-life childhood BFF, Harley Quinn Smith. Reprising their dual roles as the Colleens, two blonde high school sophomores who work at a late-night convenience store (characters that originated as cameos in Smith’s previous feature, Tusk), the younger Smith and Depp take us into their world. This includes trying to stay off their phones in class and showing off their vocal skills in their pop-punk band. A musical number proves Depp has singing chops, like her triple-threat mother, who plays a high school history teacher.

It also includes, as the title suggests, frequenting a strip mall yogi who teaches them poses to help them deal with work drama, like the “disgruntled customer.”

“I am a little into yoga,” Depp says. “Not as much as my character is, but I like it.” A mash-up of genres, the film costars familiar faces like Natasha Lyonne, Tony Hale, Justin Long, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Haley Joel Osment, and Stan Lee. It comes with a sci-fi creature twist that involves Nazis and bratwurst, something Smith attributes to his desire to create a film that appeals both to teenage girls and his comic book nerd fan base, citing both Clueless and Gremlins as references.

“I’ve actually seen both of those movies countless times,” Depp says. “I think Kevin couldn’t have said it better—consciously or not, I definitely drew inspiration from those films.” While the movie is of the irreverent variety, Depp’s acting and singing skills shine from the start. “I learned so much working on this movie,” she says. “Kevin really helped me come out of my shell as an actress. Being able to feel free and comfortable in your character’s skin is so important. I’m lucky I had such great people surrounding me to help me do that.”

Before the premiere of Hosers, Depp had just wrapped two other highly anticipated films in France. Thanks again to Paradis, she’s fluent in the language. In Planetarium, set in pre-war Paris, Depp stars opposite Natalie Portman as her psychic sister. In The Dancer, she stars as Isadora Duncan, whose groundbreaking style has often been credited as the birth of modern dance. Duncan’s rival, Loie Fuller is played by another popular young chanteuse, Soko. With these coveted roles, encouragement from a Hollywood family, and endorsement from the fashion community, Depp is all set to dance her way onto audiences’ screens and into their hearts.

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