Rachel Zegler opens up about her West Side Story director Steven Spielberg.
The 20-year-old actress worked with the legendary filmmaker on her upcoming first film.
In a new interview with Allure, Rachel opened up about reimagining fame, her favorite Disney princess (hint: it’s not Snow White), and the best advice she received from Steven.
Find out what she shared inside…
On preparing for West Side Story to be released: “I don’t think there’s a way to prepare for [the West Side Story premiere] properly,” she says. “I never imagined any of this happening in my life. So my prep is reminding myself who I once was, and that was a girl singing show tunes in her bedroom, hoping that people would subscribe to her YouTube channel. And I haven’t forgotten her ever since.”
On reimagining fame: “I think more celebrities could work on establishing themselves as human beings, first and foremost,” she says. “Being excited about things, about your job opportunities, when you meet someone you admire. Don’t try to play it cool because we know you’re not playing it cool in your head when you meet Bruce Springsteen. I was not cool. So it’s okay to be a fan. I think that’s the reason we all got here in the first place, because we loved a movie and now we’re in the movies.”
On advice from Steven Spielberg: “He’s in my phone as ‘Creative Sponsor.’ I can call for advice whenever I need it. He gave me a lot of advice the second I got the part. It started with, ‘Just don’t read what people have to say.’”
On her favorite Disney princess: “Belle, because I thought I looked most like her with the long brown hair and brown eyes. And also she loved to read, and she wore a big yellow dress, and yellow is my favorite color.”
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