Djimon Hounsou & Camilla Belle
She is only 22 years old, but Camilla Belle has been turning heads for years with her Miu Miu and Vera Wang campaigns and her roles in When a Stranger Calls and 10,000 BC. She has also been the envy of young women everywhere with rumoured hookups with heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Joe Jonas. Most recently, however, the stunning star is getting attention for her role in the sci-fi thriller Push, in which she plays a woman with supernatural abilities opposite Djimon Hounsou (pictured) and Dakota Fanning.
By Alexandra Breen
FLARE: If you could have any super power, what would it be?
CAMILLA BELLE: Mine in the film is quite fun. I’m a pusher so I’m able to manipulate peoples’ thoughts and kind of control their minds.
F: What was it like filming Push in Hong Kong?
CB: I’ve always had a fascination with Asia, its culture, people, and religion. It was even more fascinating than I expected.
F: Your character in the film has sex scenes, action scenes, and gun scenes. Is the balance between strength and femininity something you look for in the roles you choose?
CB: I’ve always been very adamant about playing strong female characters. It doesn’t matter what she is going through, she has to exhibit some strength.
F: Do you admire someone like Angelina Jolie for this?
CB: I think she definitely chooses her roles quite well. She’s able to be tough in films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and then play a real woman in Changeling.
F: Growing up in the spotlight, has the media scrutiny been difficult to handle?
CB: It’s never been difficult for me because I think it comes with the job. If you can’t handle it, it’s the wrong career choice. Any job has pros and cons. Luckily I have a really strong family and friends to keep me grounded.
F: Do you follow the tabloids?
CB: No. I think you have to have a sense of humour about it. Anyone would become depressed if they didn’t laugh it off and let it go.
F: What do you think the key is to keeping your personal life private?
CB: Not saying anything. People say too much. The less you say, the more interesting you become. The less people know about you, the more versatile you can be as an actor.