When director David Fincher cast Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl,” he asked that she model her performance as the movie’s mysterious missing wife, Amy Elliott-Dunne, not on another actress or well-known icon but on Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, the willowy blond bride of John F. Kennedy Jr. who died alongside her husband in a plane crash in 1999.
Pike paged through back copies of Vanity Fair and looked for video of the young woman who was to be her muse but ultimately found Bessette-Kennedy hard to know.
“It was interesting for [Fincher] to give me that reference because it’s just image, there’s nothing written about her by anyone who really knew her. There’s nothing in her own voice,” Pike said. “So I began imagining what it felt like to be posing as that fantasy.”
The fantasy characters that women portray in their daily lives — and how exhausting they are to maintain — is a central idea in “Gone Girl,” a stylish thriller about marital secrets adapted by Gillian Flynn from her bestselling novel of the same name. The movie, both a critical and box-office hit since its premiere at the New York Film Festival in late September, stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, Amy’s befuddled husband and the lead suspect in her disappearance.
For the first time in her career, Pike, 35, is at the white-hot center of a hit, and it’s for a complex performance that required her to layer the ideal of a “cool girl,” a modern archetype Flynn coined in her book, over a much darker core.
It seems like Rosamund has either designed a new collection or expanded upon the collection of bags for L.K. Bennett.
What a year for Rosamund Pike! The actress starred as Amy Dunne in the highly anticipated movie adaptation of the best-selling Gone Girl thriller, announced that she’s pregnant with her second child—and, most recently, has assumed the role of designer.
The English beauty has collaborated with L.K. Bennett, the British brand that counts the Duchess of Cambridge as a fan (see: Kate Middleton‘s go-to L.K. Bennett nude pumps), to dream up a capsule collection of handbags that epitomize Pike’s refined, classic aesthetic.
“I think having a handbag is about feeling that you are holding a little bit of luxury and hopefully that is what this bag will offer,” the actress tells InStyle. “To start the process, I sat in the L.K.Bennett studios and sketched what I wanted; a bag to embody modernity, freedom, and independence. I cared a lot about the inside of the bag as I wanted it to look delicious on the outside as well as on the inside. There is an inside-out detail, which is a lovely punctuation mark on the smoothness of the Nappa leather, bringing some of the chaos of the inside onto the outside.”
The Rosamund Pike x L.K. Bennett capsule collection ($525 to $625; lkbennett.com) comprises totes in two sizes adorably dubbed “Rosamund” and “Rosie.” Crafted from Italian leather calfskin, the totes come in a spectrum of neutral solids, from stone gray to cobalt blue to classic cream, each with a safety pin zip detailing inspired by her favorite earring. Looking for something with a little more zip? Others are treated with rose gold metallics, contrast panels, or graphic black-and-white croc.
In either form, one thing is for sure—this bag is tailor-made for the modern-day woman, a sentiment that Pike readily echoes: “I think that L.K.Bennett is the perfect brand for the working woman because it gives you that ability to feel dressed and polished without feeling overdone and I think that is the key to making you feel good and giving you confidence.”
“Gone Girl” has overtaken “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as director David Fincher’s highest-grossing film in the U.S.
Fox’s martial thriller earned $1.8 million on Friday at the box office, increasing its cume to $129.6 million and thereby edging out “Benjamin Button’s” lifetime domestic haul of $127.5 million in just 29 days. Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is up next with $102.5 million.
The Ben Affleck-starrer is headed for an $8 million weekend, which would raise its total haul to between $135 million and $136 million.
“Gone Girl,” which is based on Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, is the famed director’s third top film worldwide. It’s earned $256.7 million, coming in behind “Benjamin Button’s” $333.9 million and “Seven’s” $327.3 million.
“Gone Girl” also had the best opening of Fincher’s career ($37.5 million), topping “Panic Room,” which launched to $30 million in 2002.
With an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 245 votes), the drama is also one of the director’s most critically acclaimed movies. It’s in fourth place after “The Social Network” (96%), “Side by Side” (92%) and “Zodiac” (89%).
In yet another milestone, the adaptation is one of Ben Affleck’s top-grossing starring roles. “Gone Girl” looks to pull ahead of his best picture Oscar winner, “Argo,” which reeled in $136 million Stateside in 2012.
Hi guys! As you can see we have a brand new look here at Lovely Rosamund Pike. Even though I still loved the previous one it had been up for over a year so a new look was well overdue. This beautiful layout with matching gallery theme has been designed by the super talented Ray from OhMyMorning.com. I absolutely loved the outtakes from Rosamund’s Vogue photoshoot and I’m so happy they were used in our new look. I hope you love it as much as we do. Let me know if you spot any errors.
Now that news seems to have slowed down again after “Gone Girl” hit the theatres I’ll be focusing on adding more content to our site (we only have 2 extended filmography pages, shame on me!). Be sure to check back soon and for now enjoy the new look.