Power Lunch With Dakota Fanning: ‘You’re Not Telling a Women’s Story, You’re Telling a Human Story’ (Exclusive Video)

After 18 years in front of the camera, Fanning has turned to directing with short film “Hello Apartment”

Last Updated: April 25, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

There’s a major shift happening in terms of the voices and points of view that have started to take a more central, dominating role in Hollywood.

As the change continues to take shape, TheWrap CEO and editor in chief Sharon Waxman is sitting down with a group of smart and talented women in the entertainment industry to discuss the evolution since the dawn of #MeToo.

After being in the spotlight for 18 years since her breakout role in 2001’s “I Am Sam” at age six, Dakota Fanning has now turned her attention to toward directing.

In her latest role on the TNT drama “The Alienist,” which wrapped up its first season in late March, the now-24-year-old plays the lone female in a group of mid-1890s detectives in New York City.

“I got to make a short film a couple of months ago and it was as hard or harder than I expected,” Fanning told Waxman in their sit-down. “As scary of an experience as directing was, it was also thrilling.”

The film, titled “Hello Apartment,” is about a young woman who moves into an apartment, the memories she creates there and what happens to the memories tied to that space when she leaves.

It’s part of the Miu Miu “Women’s Tales” series. The Prada-owned brand finances short stories by female directors.

“As you start making more [films], you realize you’re not telling a women’s story, you’re telling a human story,” Fanning said of more female-centric stories making it on screen.

However, while Fanning says she’s not quite ready to direct a feature and will stick to short films and TV for now, she’s already working to develop Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar” into a film for when she is ready to take that plunge.

Check out the video above. And stayed tuned for our next Power Lunch.