Ella Purnell from Yellowjackets: I was 15 years old doing photo shoots and they were pulling on my bra and panties

TThe first thing you notice about Ella Purnell is her accent. He is British. Very British. The actor has the kind of accent that was born in Whitechapel, grew up in Bethnal Green, and whose four years of living in Los Angeles did nothing to cloud it. It is a testament to her acting skills, which are commonly used in roles in the United States. Apparently the “No Accent Actor” isn’t news — but when someone makes their mark playing a full-tailed, soccer-playing American teen, as Burnell did in last year’s wild song yellow jackets‘Man’ is the last word you’d expect to hear from her mouth. “I said ‘obvs’ the other day, though, and they’re rocking. I’m a monster.”

The monster is cruel, but it’s definitely close to the vocabulary fans used to describe Purnell’s character in yellow jackets, a mid-streak queen bee, is stranded in the wild with her soccer team after a plane crash. The events of the series revolve between the repercussions of the accident and the survivors currently, and are played by adult actors. “Unloved,” is how Purnell describes the parts she is attracted to. “I get angry at the thought of playing the ‘girlfriend’ or ‘the stricken girl’ etc. etc. etc.” She rolls her eyes, which is a greater gesture than it seems to Purnell.

Finding your signature as an actor can be tricky, but Purnell was born with her husband: a set of massive green eyes. Everything else—her slight five-foot-three frame, button nose, and cropped bob—slims in comparison. Directors love to portray her eyes. In the promotional poster for yellow jackets, they are crying. The shadow of a demon-like creature was reflected in the disciple. Via zombie theft on Netflix army of the deadThey were focused on equal parts horror and determination. To watch Purnell Quiff pixie in 2016 Miss Peregrine’s home for special kids is to witness Tim Burton’s imagination come to life: wide eyes, a wasp-waisted, and a tall man. Her next role totally cancels out those eyes, if only because it’s part of the voice. More specifically, Purnell lends her voice, without an East London accent, to the antics of Gwendala in the highly anticipated Nickelodeon series. Star Trek: miracle.

Never seen Purnell Star Trek. “Honestly, my shame about this has really taken root,” she laughs, vowing to screw everything up over the weekend. In terms of voice acting, Star Trek Not her first rodeo. Last year, she starred opposite Hailee Steinfeld as the voice of Jinx in Netflix’s mysteriousa quietly – yet hugely successful – series based on the PC game league of legends. Despite a little fanfare, the show has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Purnell won an Annie Award for her work on the series. I literally can’t believe it. I was like, “I’m a scam artist…” she says half jokingly.

If there’s a thread connecting the Burnell characters – besides their big eyes, animated or otherwise – it’s the fact that they are mostly stubborn and visionary women. Moments after meeting the actor, who lathers with foamy milk and kicks on the sofa, it turns out that such roles aren’t far from reality. But the problem with playing badass chick in action fare is how little badass is. Apparently, the best dress for slaying enemies and fleeing danger is a bra, hot pants, and platform shoes. “It is still very new to see women behaving violently in a way that would not be classed or used as a blood tactic. yellow jacketsWe’re not these half-naked cannibals. We’re just alive, and you don’t see that much, so it’s interesting when you do.”

After receiving an Annie Award for Arcane, Purnell lends her voice to Gwen (second left) in Nickelodeon’s Star Trek: Prodigy.


This was playing in Purnell’s mind when she logged in mysterious, but as she put it, “I wasn’t sure how to ask a room full of guys, ‘Are we still doing boobs? ” army of the dead. “You know, it’s a Netflix Original. Zack Snyder. It all felt like a boys club,” she recalls. “Being in your early twenties, it comes all the time and you have to be firm about it from the start. So I came hot saying, ‘I’m not going to wear high heels! I’m not going to wear a push-up bra!'” She was full of pants and shirts that one would actually wear to kill zombies. Not in sight a push up bra. Purnell was relieved but said “it could have been a different conversation 10 years ago”. She joked, “You’re a woman, I get it!”

The actor herself is just beginning to “get it”. Setting boundaries wasn’t always easy. “I went to photoshoots when I was 15 and they pulled up a bra and a pair of underwear for me to wear,” she says. “Being fifteen, I don’t have the strength to say no because I’m thinking, Am I going to be cancelled? Am I not going to work again? Am I going to burn bridges? So, it becomes really important for other people to protect you.” Purnell considers herself lucky to have the right people around her. “But you can understand how easy it is to go the other way for anyone who doesn’t have that support system. There aren’t enough child protection laws around that.” Purnell learned to say no only after she was older – and more successful -. Paradoxically, she didn’t lose that she needed this skill now less than ever. “The more you know, the less people will pay you,” she says.

Purnell as Queen Bee Jackie in last year’s thriller ‘Yellowjackets’

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But Purnell is not naive. Even now, with tent pole Zach Snyder, a viral hit series, and a Star Trek credit to her name, the actress knows she still has to play the game. “How do I put this diplomatically…” She paused for a second before visiting. “As a woman in this industry, you’re constantly trying to find the right balance. You can’t be too strong, you can’t swear, you can’t wear miniskirts. You can’t be too sexy because they won’t respect you, but you can’t be beautiful because they think That you have no value. We’ve learned to hold our grudges inside because at the end of the day it’s still a man’s world and you’re trying to make money.”

It’s a sobering situation likely derived from her decades of experience in an industry notorious for chewing and spitting young girls. Purnell started her career in children’s fashion modeling. “I did a Dior campaign – when I was four!” It knocks. There was also a memorable commercial for the chocolate caramel brand Toffeee when she was nine years old. Then came a small part in the production of West End Oliver! “I loved it but realized I was relatively shy and didn’t have the presence or confidence to do musical theatre,” she says.

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Purnell’s first big job was playing Keira Knightley’s younger counterpart in 2010 never let me go. After that, similar roles followed. “It became a thing of mine for a while,” she says. The actor went to the title role mischievous, embodies the younger version of Angelina Jolie’s character – a role that has landed Anya Taylor-Joy (perhaps the only other actor with eyes big enough to rival Purnell). Two years later, she played the young Margot Robbie The legend of Tarzan. Purnell was conflicted; She didn’t want this to become her sting but again, “If someone asked me to be young Margot Robbie, I wouldn’t say no!”

by the time yellow jackets Shown for the first time last year, Purnell has been in the works for over a decade. Somehow at the time, she managed to avoid the scrutiny that coming of age as a woman in the public eye inevitably brings. Purnell was 21 years old, living in New York alone for the first time, when the tabloids finally got her. “F*** the daily MailNow, she mumbles. In 2017, it was reported that Purnell was dating Brad Pitt. The Brad Pitt. As in Brad Pitt from Brangelina, who – which Brad Pitt. At first, Purnell found the rumors funny. “I just sent the story to my friends as if they were” — she nods her head and puts an arrogant voice into tune — “Ah yes, my friend and I are Raid.” I thought it was silly.” Punch streak? You’ve never met him. Pete was just a producer Sweetbit Terthe television show in which Purnell was starred.

“I went to bed and the next day it was all over the place. I was really terrified and upset. I felt like I couldn’t leave the house, I was so embarrassed.” Overnight, Purnell became the “British brunette beauty” dating America’s oldest star, 35 years her senior. Send family members a text message to congratulate her on the new relationship. Then Purnell proceeded to do the worst thing she could do at that moment: Google her name. “I read all the comments saying, ‘She’s a little bitch. She’s a gold digger. She wants to be famous. She’s a housemaid. Not a single person was going to say, ‘Shame on Brad for dating a practical kid.’” Basically, what she was referring to. The tabloid is that I only got the job because I slept with the product. It would never have happened to a 21-year-old leading a show,” she says. Now, after an emotional removal far enough, Burnell regretted how she responded at the time. “A) I should have nipped him sooner. b) I should have used this platform to take a political stand.”

Purnell as Kate Ward in Zach Synder’s Netflix Tent Column ‘Army of the Dead’

(Clay Enos/Netflix)

Her confrontation with fans came a few years later when army of the dead issued. “I’ve gotten more into this movie than I’ve ever gotten in my entire career,” she sighed. On paper, the role seems harmless. lovable, even. Burnell plays Kate, the estranged daughter of Dave Bautista’s character, who willingly enters a zombie-fighting zone – not to win a $200 million cash prize but to save her friend. A quick Google search shows that viewers didn’t take Kate – to put it well. “I can’t explain it,” she says of the backlash. “I got so many s***s. I got to the point where I couldn’t post a picture without people commenting, ‘You should kill yourself’, ‘You are a terrible actress.’ She paused her comments and posted a post on Instagram asking people to ‘come back’ f*** off – but in a nice way.”

There are no off-topics with Purnell. No questions she politely navigates. For her, the personal is the political. Brad Pitt’s tabloid nightmare? “It has reignited my passion for feminism.” The creep-infested industry it found itself in? “I love talking about it.” The army of the dead backlash? Purnell uses her experience to discuss the broader issue of trolls on social media.

Purnell seemed disturbed by Tim Burton’s imagination as Emma Bloom in the director’s “Miss Bergen’s Home to Strange Children.”


Between her candor, her understated charm and that cinematic look, it’s easy to see why Purnell has worked so consistently since those baby fashion days. It’s not easy to see why the prefix hasn’t been dropped from the Next Big Thing tag it has been dedicated to all these years. In the days following our conversation, Purnell announced that she was involved in an Amazon TV mod for the video game Drops. Surely that would be; thing for Is that true Make her name. Either way, Purnell doesn’t seem to be bothered. Patience seems to be the positive side of work since I was four years old. Now, she’s happy lying on the couch talking about anything and everything. When our time comes, you want to keep going. “My cigarette break can wait.”

Star Trek: Prodigy premieres April 25 on Nickelodeon UK

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