Getting Ready for the Dior Show with Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton

Getting Ready for the Dior Show with Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton

The advice she got from Reese Witherspoon, her in-flight beauty trick and first visit to the Dior atelier.

Stephanie Mark

It’s hard to put our finger on it, but there was something about our shoot with Kathryn Newton, the morning of the Dior show, that we knew would be one of those extra special ones (there’s something contagious about your first time at Paris Fashion Week that tends to have that effect). After being greeted at the door of her hotel suite by her mom (!), and catching sight of a rack of beautiful Dior gown after beautiful gown, that much was clear pretty much immediately.

If you don’t know Kathryn Newton yet, you should. At just 20 years old, she’s starring in HBO’s Big Little Lies along Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz and Nicole Kidman (ever heard of ‘em?), and has movies with Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson coming out soon, too. Dressed by Dior in a stunning ruby red gown with a black choker around her neck, Newton explained she chose the look because while it was new, it felt like “a classic Dior dress”. Having worked on her collection of pretty designer things since age 15, she would know. Other revelations from our A.M. hang? She’s practically a pro golfer, travels everywhere with her favorite pillow, loves a sheet mask on the plane, and has been on the receiving end of Witherspoon’s sage advice ever since their mother-daughter time on Big Little Lies. Told you she’s one to watch.

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“My favorite thing about filming Big Little Lies was… I have about 20 things running through my mind! Obviously working with someone so great, like Reese, was a dream. Working with Jean-Marc Vallee was an even bigger dream, because he is so creative. He is such an artist that he really showed me what it really meant to be an actor, and that it is an art form. It is really easy to forget, living in L.A., is that acting is suppose to be art. Especially because of the story, it is such a commercial thing, and he’s really turned it into an art piece. That’s the way we shot it. It was shot with no lights, he shot 360, and we were always in a scene for hours. That was pretty great. Shooting in Malibu and Monterey was also a dream.”
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