Helena Bonham Carter on Cover of Vogue UK’s July Issue

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Helena Bonham Carter stuns on cover of Vogue UK. (VOGUE)

The July issue of Vogue UK, available on newsstands today (June 3), celebrates women who “transcend age” with their distinctive style with actress Helena Bonham Carter (The Lone Ranger; Les Misérables) blanketing the cover.

Vogue UK chose Carter, 47, as their cover star based on her having “long defied the norms of show-business with her own brand of theatrical, bohemian – and sometimes eccentric – glamour.”

Carter talked to the mag about the benefits of playing different roles like refining her gun skills, saying, “And I learnt how to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from a prosthetic leg. It’s frighteningly empowering firing a gun, you know? I’m afraid I learnt that too…”

She gave credit to her mom, who is a psychologist, when talking about the satisfaction of researching characters, saying, “The research is what I get off on. My mom is a psychologist and I’m very similar to her. I love the challenge of working a character out.”

Carter explained the potential success of the movie is not a factor when choosing roles, saying, “Ultimately, I don’t agree to do a film because I think it’s going to be a success. I do it because I think I’m going to learn something from the character I’m playing.”

Carter is set to play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming BBC film entitled, Burton & Taylor. She expects the take away to surpass financial or critical success, saying, “I know that, somehow, I’m going to grow as a soul from playing her.”

Carter has two children, a boy and a girl, with director Tim Burton. Being a mum, and the responsibilities that come with that title, has given her perspective on the pressures of performing, saying, “I take myself so much less seriously than I used to. I used to be so self-critical, it was painful. Now I think, ‘OK, so I acted badly today. I’ll try and act better tomorrow.’”

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