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Laura Dern: ‘I’m proud Jurassic Park character doesn’t dress like an oversexualized action heroine’

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Laura Dern

Laura Dern is proud that her most famous character – Jurassic Park’s Dr Ellie Sattler – wasn’t styled like an “oversexualized action heroine”.

She first starred as Ellie in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 mega-hit and reprised the role once again for the new movie Jurassic World Dominion.

Discussing the costume choices for the 1993 film, Laura praised Steven and producer Kathleen Kennedy for giving her room, as a young actress, to be equal to the men in the story.

“A lot of wonderful people weighed in to make sure that Ellie was a no-nonsense feminist who had her own independent spirit and was brilliant in her craft,” she told British Vogue. “I wanted her to dress in basic shorts and no-nonsense hiking boots that anybody could find-which has been proven true over the years by the number of people who dress up as her for Halloween.

“Every decision seemed simple, but little decisions like making her wear eyeglasses in the scenes where she’s working helped her feel more defined. Or how she should wear no make-up and wear her hair back so it doesn’t get in her face while she’s running from dinosaurs. I’m proud of the people who came together to make sure Ellie wasn’t an oversexualized action heroine.”

For the newest instalment of Jurassic World, where Laura reunites with her original co-stars Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum, costume designer Joanna Johnston sourced vegan sneakers and an organic bamboo version of Laura’s shirt from the original movie.

And Stella McCartney provided all the bags the 55-year-old uses.

“Stella McCartney… God bless her, she was at home in the middle of the pandemic doing everything she could to advise on what looks made sense for Ellie,” Laura revealed.

– Cover Media