London-based, American-born actress Lucy Boynton, 21, costars in “Sing Street,” writer/director John Carney’s follow-up to the 2013 musical drama “Begin Again,” which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday night and hits theaters in March. WWD chatted with Boynton about fashion, famous actors and her fear of comedy.
WWD: What did you love about the film?
Lucy Boynton: It’s set in the Eighties. The costume and hair and makeup were a dream. I wasn’t able to talk about the movie for so long, so now I can’t stop talking about it.
WWD: Are you a fashion girl?
L.B.: Yes! Hell yes! Definitely! I have an older sister who has always been more fashion forward and without really knowing, I’ve always eyed what everyone wears on the red carpet. I think around 16 or 17 is when I found my own style, getting braver rather than following the trends.
WWD: Who are your favorite designers?
L.B.: I love Valentino, Chanel, and I’m a huge fan of Oscar de la Renta. Oh, and Erdem. I know all the big designers, but my stylist [Holly Ounstead] also pulls little things as well. Off-duty, I like big jumpers and skinny leg looks.
WWD: Who would you love to work with next?
L.B.: I would love to do a Baz Luhrmann film or a Wes Anderson film because they’re so stylized and theatrical. I can’t imagine you’d find a more unique experience than that. I think Michael Shannon is a fantastic actor and Leonardo DiCaprio. And Felicity Jones and Eva Green. The list could go on and on. I could sit here forever.
WWD: You previously appeared in a thriller — “February” — alongside Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka. What was it like working with them?
L.B.: I didn’t actually get to meet Emma. I think her plane took off as mine landed. Our stories don’t really cross paths in the film, but working with Kiernan was so great. She’s a phenomenal actress — so surprising at such a young age.
WWD: Any interest in tackling a comedy next?
L.B.: Comedy terrifies me. Being in a film like “Bridesmaids” where everyone quotes back to you would be incredible, but it terrifies me. Maybe one day.