Imagine letting your mother be your stylist.
But not for Camilla Belle, 21-year-old star of "10,000 BC," Roland Emmerich’s new prehistoric action/romance/fantasy film that opens this weekend.
Seems Camilla’s mother actually is her stylist. And her manager. And all of Camilla’s current appreciation of designers such as Christian LaCroix, Armani, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vera Wang, Miu Miu, is due to her mom (a Brazilian-born fashion designer) taking her then-totally disinterested 19-year-old daughter to the Paris shows.
"She took me to see the Chanel and Dior shows and that’s when I started really appreciating it as art – not as just shopping, which has nothing to do with it. It’s just like me making a movie or someone painting something. It’s just art. Now I love it. I love working with designers. Having relationships with them. I think it’s really a fascinating world."
Who makes the decisions on your clothing for events?
"I do. But really it’s my mum. She really knows how to put clothes together. I think the most important thing is knowing what looks good on you and being able to tell if something fits you right. Knowing your body enough to know that you’re not wasting your time trying things that, at the end of the day, are not going to look good on you."
Keep reading for more on Camilla’s acting role models, the difficulties of shooting "10,000 BC," those wild Bob Marley dreadlock wigs and why she kept falling down during the 6-month long shoot!
"Cate Blanchett. I’ve met Cate a few times. I met her at the Metropolitan Museum gala in NY and I met her again at an Armani show we both went to. We actually had time to talk a little bit and she was so so fantastic –- really sweet. She was so elegant and eloquent and charming. She’s so classy. She has this presence that she has on film. But most of the time when people have that on film, they’re not like that in real life. You are always disappointed when you meet them. But, with her, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I was even more impressed."
"I wear contacts in my normal life so I thought it would feel the same way but it was very different. It was a long process to kind of get them to be the perfect color. The perfect fit. I went to a contact technician a few times to get them fitted to my eye. And they were hand-painted, and inside they were white. I had no peripheral vision. I could only see directly in front of me so I could hardly see anything, especially with the sand and the snow and the boys always had to help me walk around or I’d be falling on my face!"
What about the Rasta dreadlocks?
"They were really fun actually! A lot of us would really change out of our wardrobe & just keep the wigs on for an hour in our normal clothes just to kind of feel like –- oh –- this is what it would be like to have dreads! But 6 months of them was fine. They were quite heavy, I have to say. It was a wig –- a pin-on -– that was blended in every day."
"I think the most difficult part of the movie was the weather. It’s something that you can’t control. It’s not like when you’re in a studio. I think most films on this scale are usually shot in studios where you can control everything and turn the air higher, turn the heat higher and everyone’s comfortable. Here we really were roughing it which kind of made the experience even better for us because it was almost as if our personal lives were marrying our characters lives –- we almost shot the entire thing in sequence. We were going through everything our characters were going through. We didn’t have to act –- being cold or hot –- me being shackled to a horse -– I really was! And we really were trudging through the sand and snow –- it really made it even easier to make the movie. It put you in that mind set."
And it took six months?
"Originally we were supposed to shoot the whole thing in Africa. Then New Zealand was a bit of a last-minute decision that made it go a little bit longer. And when you’re getting hit by snowstorms and blizzards and weather disasters, you can’t really control that."
Photos: WireImage and Warner Bros. Publicity
Additional reporting: Sal Morgan