Totally Elle.. A website for Elle Fanning
Welcome to Totally Elle, the largest online source for Elle Fanning. Elle is a 15 year old actress who you might recognise from her roles in Daddy Day Care, Babel, Somewhere or Super 8, to name a few. Please take a look around to learn more! If you have any questions, comments or contributions, please email us (Don't forget to take the REMOVETHIS out before sending)! New to Elle's world? Try starting here.


Quick Facts

Name: Mary Elle Fanning
Birthday: 9th April, 1998
Birthplace: Conyers, Georgia, USA
Living in: LA, California, USA
Parents: Steve and Joy Fanning
Siblings: Sister, Hannah Dakota Fanning
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
Height: 5' 6"


New Facts [2011-2007]

Elle loves to see fashion week online, and saves all of her favorite outfits.

One of her style icons is Alexa Chung.

One of Elle's favorite clothing stores is an LA store called Playclothes.

Elle's favorite subject at school is Science.

Elle attended to her first Couture Runway show at age of 13 in Paris, where she saw the Channel Couture extravaganza.

At age of 13, Elle has been the face of big designers like Rodarte and Marc Jacobs.

To prepare for her ice skating scenes in Somewhere, Elle trained from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. for six weeks.

Chris Pontius waited until filming to say certain lines to Elle, hoping to get "real reactions" says Sofia Coppola. "I loved when he asks her if her teacher is an alcoholic the look on her face! But then we would do other versions and Elle would just go with it, being natural while staying in-character."

To bond before filming of Somewhere, Elle's onscreen dad Stephen Dorff cheered her on at a volleyball game at school, and took her to Color Me Mine.

Elle loves vintage clothing, especially from the 1950s.

Elle always wants to act, but she also fancies singing, dancing and designing clothes.

Elle is a "big fish eater". She loves salmon, but doesn't like raw sushi.

Apart from Dakota, Elle's favorite actresses are Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep.

Elle takes after-school ballet classes, as well as hip-hop dancing and jazz. She met her dance instructor while working on Phoebe in Wonderland.

One of Elle's favorite hobbies in horseriding, and she has her own horse. Dakota also has a horse, which is named Goldie.

Elle says that she likes to choose roles which are challenging and different. She decides on her next role together with her mother, but in the end, it always comes down to Elle's opinion.

Although she started elementary school in 2007, Elle has never taken part in a school play. She hopes to try it out when she's in middle school.

Elle takes voice lessons, which has helped her through singing roles in Phoebe in Wonderland and Nutcracker: The Untold Story. She also takes dancing lessons.

Elle started attending a private school in LA in 2007. She had previously been homeschooled all her life.

Elle was spoofed by Avril Lavigne on SNL.

During the filming of Phoebe In Wonderland, Patricia Clarkson bought Elle "a beautiful little bracelet that said "LAUGH" at one of the teenager stores" in the Hamptons, New York.

When Dakota appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, the whole Fanning family was gifted with a matching set of pajamas. Elle's pajama suit was blue and had her name written across the back.

Elle's favorite color is pink.

Archive Facts Facts [2006-2001]

Elle has pictures of Marilyn Monroe in her room, and she also has a picture of Regis Philbin.

As of mid 2006, Elle has worn glasses full time except for at events and during filming. She currently has 2 favorite pairs.

Every year for Christmas Elle gives the people in her family an ornament for the Christmas tree. Christmas 2005 she got Dakota an angel head.

Elle was given Vegemite, the Australian yeast spread, to taste as her "initiation" to Australia when she visited her big sister filming Charlotte's Web. Neither sister was very impressed by the black paste.

Elle helps pick out the outfits that she and Dakota wear to red carpet premieres and events. They don't have a stylist. With the help of their mom and grandma, the girls lay out clothes on the bed and choose what they're going to wear.

Elle and Dakota sell girl scout cookies around LA. In 2006 they sold 750 boxes and raised about $3000!

Elle and Dakota now have a dog, which is a Schnoodle. It's a mix between a poodle and a miniature schnauzer. She's very white and fluffy, with blonde hightlights down her back. It's name is Lewellen, after Dakota's character in Hounddog.

Elle does not get an allowance, as neither of her parents did when they were children, either.

Elle and Dakota are afraid of thunderstorms and lightning.

Elle loves to draw.

A passion of Elle's is running her own lemonade stand. She wanted a menu, which would list "Cold Lemonade" (with ice) and "Hot Lemonade" (without ice).

Elle and Dakota both love to watch Fear Factor.

Elle is a devoted fan of Marilyn Monroe, and according to Dakota thinks she is the prettiest woman in the whole world, loves her clothes, wants a room like her and said that she thinks she looks like her.

On her 7th birthday, Elle went with her family to see Cirque du Soleil perform "Quidam" during its run in Melbourne, Australia. Elle began writing cursive when she was 6. 

Elle was only three and a half years old when she attended her first Hollywood premiere 

Elle visited Mexico at the age of five, and celebrated her seventh birthday in Australia. She is very well travelled.

During the filming of a dramatic scene in The Door in the Floor, Elle's distraught performance was so realistic that she panicked her onscreen father, Jeff Bridges. She screamed, cried, and hit him, then after the take laughed and ran off to play with her toys. 

When they used to share a room, Elle's side was always the messiest and Dakota's was the neat side.

According to Dakota, Elle changes her mind at the drop of a hat and sometimes will change her outfit "ten times" a day, as the spirit takes her.

Dakota counts Elle as her favorite actress in the world. The sweet gesture is a return of the compliment Elle paid her big sister during an interview when she was only 5, saying "Dakota is my favorite actress."

Elle and her big sister Dakota are not allowed dogs or cats for pets, although they desperately want one. Dakota said - "She wants a white cat with a pink nose, but then it changes to a Chihuahua."

One of Elle's favorite shows as a toddler was "The Regis and Kelly Show", just like Dakota. At a picture signing for Regis, when she was 2 years old, Elle screamed "Regis! Regis!" because there was only one autograph per purchase.

Dakota would read Dr Seuss's book The Cat in the Hat "hundreds of times" to her when Elle was tiny. 

According to Dakota, Elle loves Care Bears more than anything in the world. 

Before Dakota began to act professionally she would perform role-plays. Elle used to play the role of newborn and Dakota would pretend to give Birth to Elle. 

Casting notes for the role of young Ruth Cole in Door in the Floor originally called for identical twins, believing the workload of the character to be too much for one little girl to take but they cast Elle, which just shows how talented this little girl is. 

Elle missed out on the Daddy Day Care premiere because she was in Mexico supporting Dakota on a movie she was filming. But two years later, Dakota returned the favor - she skipped the premiere of her film Lilo and Stitch 2 to support Elle in Mexico for her new film.

Elle's favorite part of baking cookies is to stir in "the chocolate, and putting in the chocolate chips," she says. "Sometimes I get to lick the spoon!"

According to Dakota, Elle wants to be a Barbie-doll when she grows up.

Elle takes piano lessons at home in Los Angeles.

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“You have to think it’s fun. That’s why I like to do it, you know. If you’re not having fun playing the character or with the people, what’s the point? The role definitely has to be something connected to me, and that reaches out to me. But also I want to make sure everyone’s supportive of it, obviously. My family makes sure it’s something I really want to do.”
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