The wistful tone is unmistakable, but she still apologizes. But it and joined her mother for the film's premiere in Cannes this spring, and Margaret, 17, spent the summer (the last before her senior year in high school) taking scene study at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). (Perhaps this has something to do with her own experience: Her mother, an alcoholic, died at 53 of a heart attack, a fact that sent Andie to the doctor a lot last year, when she too was 53.) She raised her kids far from Hollywood on purpose, first on the ranch in Montana and later in a home in Asheville, North Carolina, which she recently sold."It sounds like complete vanity, but if I showed you..." She mentions a weeklong photo shoot with Albert Watson in Kenya for British Up on the big screen, the flawless complexion that gets her so much print work comes alive. And she was notorious for deleting unnecessary expletives from her dialogue on the chance that her children might spot their mom onscreen someday."Directors would say, 'You did a really good job, but we're going to hire a name,'" she remembers.Rainey, undaunted, is following her mother's blueprint.The offer made her realize that when it came right down to it, she really wanted to act.Margaret, a model repped by IMG, has already channeled her dancerly resolve into the great challenges of the stage.In , a Hallmark Channel movie about a woman who must choose between ambition and her hometown that airs in January, there was no love scene in the script, nothing to show the attraction between the two central characters. She has vivid memories of that period in her own career.
She's been the spokesperson for them — for L'Oréal, that is, not fantasies, although that's often a distinction without a difference — for 27 years, since she was 27, three years before she was cast as the lead in .
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"Oh, my skin, it was so amazing, if I say so myself," she says.
Except for the café waitress and a couple speaking German in the corner, we're the only people in the place, so she reenacts the scene. "In my fantasy" — and since she is a movie star, it turned almost immediately into a movie pitch — "I would get into elevators, those old-fashioned, really beautiful ones in Paris, and start hitting on men — any man that I could get in the elevator alone with. And as soon as the doors would open, it would be over." The movie in her head was European and feature-length, like something Charlotte Rampling, one of her heroes, might do.
It didn't matter what they looked like or how old they were. But then she recounted it to Erica Dasher, her co-star in on ABC Family — Mac Dowell plays Gray Chandler Murray, the Miranda Priestley–like boss of the teenage title character, played by Dasher — and the 24-year-old wanted to turn it into a short.