Recently, we reported that the wheels had been set in motion on a mini-biopic of the legendary designer, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and now the short film has finally been unveiled in its entirety. Kirsten Stewart may not have been the natural first choice to play the title role, but the short film’s creator Karl Lagerfeld couldn’t praise the talented actress enough for her portrayal of the late icon, and she is superb in the 11-minute clip.
“She can look like Chanel, and I wanted to show Chanel through all the decades of her life and the comeback in the 1950s.” Emotive one minute, exploding with anger and expletives the next, Stewart portrays a fiery young actress brought in to portray a young Chanel in a biopic — only to lock horns with practically everyone on the set. Titled Once and Forever, the movie features Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin co-starring as actresses preparing to appear in a film as Chanel at different ages. This marks the fourth time Chaplin has embodied Chanel in the designer’s films.
“I think she’s one of the greatest actors of her generation,” Lagerfeld said of Stewart. “She gives the right emotion and the right intensity immediately, so it’s very easy to work her, like it’s easy to work with Geraldine.”
Stewart described the incredible vintage Chanel couture pieces she got to wear in the film as “jaw-dropping.” She also talked about how it was like working with Lagerfeld on set. “Karl is supremely natural and thoughtful, which rubs off on an actor, always…that confidence,” she said. Much of the movie takes place in the office of the would-be film’s producer, and a corridor. Lagerfeld conceived the plot, dialogue, costumes and casting and the film has been well received, with critics impressed with Stewart in particular. She is clearly in her element playing a sultry, demanding actress named Irys Duke who has an issue with everything. Though the clip is a tad disjointed, it’s worth a watch for Stewart’s performance alone.