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Elle Fanning talks NYC, Instagram and post-high school plans

On screen, Elle Fanning courts fairy tales. And at 18, the recent high school grad’s life seems to resemble one, too.

In town recently for the New York premiere of “The Neon Demon” — a horror flick Fanning describes as a “fairy tale,” albeit one with a rather gruesome ending — the actress, who shot to fame as a Disney princess in 2014’s “Maleficent,” chatted with us about social media, her sister, Dakota, and her favorite things in the Big Apple. Here are some highlights.

Elle made her Instagram public for her 18th birthday

Photo Credit: Elle Fanning via Instagram

"I've always been scared of social media. Growing up, I never had Facebook, I still don't. But Instagram somehow is different. It feels like you can be really private because you are selecting the photos. ... You can talk more directly to your fans, which is cool."

Elle’s a downtown gal

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"My sister lives in SoHo and so I like it down there. That's where I know it the most. We go to Rubirosa a lot."

Her go-to order at Shake Shack

Photo Credit: Shake Shack via Instagram

"Double cheeseburger! I love Shake Shack. We went there for Mother's Day -- my mom wanted to go."

She’s in NYC regularly to visit big sister Dakota

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"She goes to NYU. I come here often to visit her and I've filmed here a lot before. I love New York. ... I love how there's so many different cities in the city. ... You know, all different vibes."

Elle is often front row at Fashion Week

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"I grew up doing photo shoots when I was young, which I love. ... They feel like movie sets because you're creating another character. You get to dress up and play pretend, in a way. I would love to do more. I've never walked a runway show. I don't know if I would ever do that ... Hey, I would do it if someone asked."

Abby Lee Kershaw gave Elle tips on how to strut

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"She's the best. She taught me how to do 'the walk.' She was like, 'You can't move your arms. Don't swing your arms because that distracts [from] the clothing. Lean your torso back so your legs look longer. Then focus on a point.'"

Elle’s post-high school plans don't involve college — yet

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"If I went to college, I'd want to have the whole experience of it. ... I would love to travel. My friend and I might take a road trip or something around the U.S. That would be cool."


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