Helena Bonham Carter on Role as Bellatrix Lestrange

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Jul 06, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Helena Bonham Carter has given a frank and funny new interview to the Daily Record where she discusses her role, and her costume she sports in the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. Currently winning rave reviews for her turn as the demented Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena reflects back to her orginial hesitation over the part in Order of the Phoenix, but was heartened after a conversation with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

When she first read the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the
Phoenix, she was disappointed to see she only had a few scenes with
Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort. But Harry Potter’s author stepped in to reassure her that the role would get better, and bigger.”When
I showed some reluctance in playing a tiny part, J.K. Rowling said
Bellatrix’s role was going to be significant in the last film,” she
said. “But significant could mean a lot of things. That could just mean
a significant plot point. It doesn’t necessarily equal a big part.”

Ms Bonham Carter then goes on to give some very fun and candid new remarks on the look she sports in the Harry Potter films, as well as conversation with her co-star Emma Watson for Deathly Hallows. Quotage:

“Returning to the role of the gothic witch meant fitting Helena with a skyhigh hairstyle and a set of false teeth.”You
have to keep them in so you get used to them,” she said. “But you
forget they’re in and if you then eat something, they break. That’s
very expensive.”To complete the look of the only female Death
Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena sports a gothic
corset and a pair of impressive boobs.

“I have chicken fillets,” she explained.

So
when she finally got a chance to choose her cleavage, her first
instinct was to go for chicken fillets that were turkey-sized.She
said: “I thought it was my chance to have the boobs I’ve always wanted.
But my assistant said, ‘You look like a porn star.’ And that was not
the image I was going for.”

For Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince, Helena also helped Emma Watson by inviting the actress to her
house to talk through a scene where Bellatrix becomes Hermione after
taking a magic potion.Helena wanted to know everything about
Hermione in order to get the transformation right, but she also
reassured Emma that being a young actress didn’t mean she had to worry
about her image all the time.”I’m top of Heat’s Worst Dressed list,” she told Emma. “Who cares?”





55 Responses to Helena Bonham Carter on Role as Bellatrix Lestrange

Avatar ImageWeasleyRavenclaw says: First! I love her so much! Such a great Bellatrix <3Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Great!Avatar Imagebudgie says: Interesting philosophy. Hermione becomes the image of Bellatrix, but the switch is important for the actresses, and keeping the character's sensibility intact.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I love her playing the role of Bellatrix! She is such a wonderful actress! :)Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: Helena is a great actress!!! a really great Bellatrix!!! And Ralph is really great as Voldemort! you see him in other movies and you don't believe that this is really Voldemort!!! XDAvatar ImageLillylove says: Oh I love Helena! She is so out there and unafraid to do what she wants. She's a talented lady, and a PERFECT Bellatrix! Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: What a fantastic report that's great!!! Love her as Bellatrix.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I have to admit it ... Her living arrangements with Tim Burton are odd. But I guess it works for them. I loved her comment about chicken fillets. Avatar ImageCissyMalfoy says: I love Helena, she's awesome! And, of, course, perfect for Bella.Avatar ImagePaintTheSky says: The cleavage comment was hilarious. I can't wait to see her in Alice in Wonderland as well :)Avatar ImageRHrSoulmates says: <> I've read this somewhere before and it still doesn't make sense to me. I know it's the Shell Cottage/Gringotts scenes and Hermione *becomes* Bellatrix. I guess they mean HBC needs to 'play' Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix. *shrugs*Avatar ImageLadyChristiane says: Yeah, her part as Bellatrix in OOTP wasn't that big..I was dissapointed.. But now I'm glad she is back, bigger and better than the last time! Go Bellatrix/Helena!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Shes a wonderful actress. She plays Bella so well.Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: i love love love love love love love love love her. she's so perfect as bellatrix; and shes really hot.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: More excellent casting...Avatar Imagebeewell says: She is great as Bellatrix...they couldn't have gotten anyone else who would play the part as she has. Getting together with Emma Watson to learn Hermione's character was an excellent idea for both actresses. These movies are going to be awesome! Can't wait for them!Avatar Imagegminerva93 says: *Rhrsoulmates* - I was very confused by that too. Bellatrix does not become Hermoine anywhere in the books. In DH Hermoine uses a hair from her sweater in order to transform into Bellatrix. Unless WB is taking creative license again and messing with our books, Bellatrix never becomes Hermoine in the books. :( Anyhoo....I do love, love Helena in the role. I am so glad she is returning to finish the movies no matter how small her part is. :) yay!Avatar ImagePetraN says: I have always loved Helena in everything I have seen her in. I was so happy she was playing Bella. Reading her comments about the movies is so funny. Another reason I love her, she has a great sence of humor!!Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: She made a great choice taking the Bellatrix roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Helena is so cool. She's perfect as Bellatrix. Perfect.Avatar ImageLiderc says: She plays her role incredibly. I have a feeling she'll play a larger part in HBP and hopefully in DH as well. Avatar ImageFereverto says: Helena has to play Hermione who is transformed into the image of Bellatrix. To me that means Helena has to look like Bellatrix, but act as if she were Hermione, until they get to Gringotts where she has to act like Hermione acting like Bellatrix. LOL, sounds like fun, doesn't it?Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Helena is such a perfect choice for Bellatrix. Glad Jo was able to convince her to take the part! :)Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Ms Bonham-Carter is a wonderful actress! I am pleased to hear that she took so much time, with Emma, and learing their similarities, for the "switching"...it's important to know the "person" you're becoming...especially someone like 'Hermione' turning into someone like 'Bellatrix' When you transform, with Polyjuice Potion...I know the physical happens, but the mental and vocal doesn't! You don't want the fake 'Bellatrix' sounding and acting like 'Hermione'! Good going! Can't wait!Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: She is an amazing choice for Bellatrix! I loved her in Order of the Phoenix and can't wait to see her reprise the role! And yea, it's great her and Emma got together to talk about the characters :)Avatar ImageErinM says: Cool chicAvatar ImageLuce_depp says: A dash strange in the personal life...but she's the best bellatrix!! One of the scentences in the article had the worst spelling errors ever!Avatar Imageclabwag says: Helena is so adorable, her sense of humour is so brilliant, as is her acting! Bellatrix fits like a glove... :]Avatar Imagepaul2342 says: she is the best person for the part and she is the best actress i have eva seen . sooo goodAvatar ImageWolfyWizard says: Helena Bonham Carter is such an amazing actress, Tim Burton is lucky to have a girlfriend like herAvatar ImageClariceCuri says: Helena is wonderful! She plays a perfect Bellatrix...and she's married to Tim Burton, lucky her D:Avatar Imageravensmith says: @RhrSoulmates I totally agree with you. I was lost for a second....Avatar ImageCurandera says: How perfectly lovely. I am so happy she has children and that she and Tim Burton have Indian names for each other. Really, really lovely.Avatar Imageabbygator112 says: Oh my gosh, she is fantastic and just amazing, I wish i had half her confidenceAvatar ImageNuttyAsSP says: Folks, think it through - what would be easier - to put make up on Emma Watson so as to look like Bellatrix as portrayed by Helena, or, to have Helena act like Hermione acting like Bellatrix. Quick quiz - what other movie has Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes cast as supporting roles? Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I did a double take when watching the credits go by. Avatar ImageCathrynOCamdentowne says: She's always so good at doing barking mad -and Bella definitely has some sick fantasy about the big V going on. Does the woman not get that he's never going to give it up for any girl? Very much looking forward to seeing the duel between Bella & Molly Weasley at the end -those two actresses should have a great time with that. By the way - maybe I'm odd too, but her living arrangements sound brilliant to me. The perfect marriage!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: I can't imagine anyone else playing Bellatrix.Avatar ImageGTHunter says: she is a great actress....how does the person who plays voldemort look in real life???Avatar Imagedanaskeeter says: Oh yeah...I had forgotten that she married Tim Burton. I need to watch some of her movies. I haven't seen anything of hers besides OotP.Avatar Imagekamidee says: I love how the adult actors always seem to be mentoring the younger stars XDAvatar ImageGraymayne says: What I want to know is how that reporter keeps his/her job. A lot of the sentences made no sense and the Hermione/Bellatrix transformation was either completely misunderstood or incorrectly expressed. It must be bad enough for the actors to have go around hawking the film like salesmen without having to read such a bad piece of reporting afterwards.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: She is perfect as Bellatrix and I definitely want to see her in Alice in Wonderland!!!!Avatar Imagehermione97 says: She's just amazing, Helena! She is really fitting for the role.Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: i LOVE helena, she is soooo perfect in this role, shes amazing =DAvatar ImageKirsikka says: Hermione is the one that is suppoused to transform into Bellatrix, isn't it? in the last book? I hope they're not gonna switch it 'cause it will ruin everything. Anyways, I love Helena SO much, she is one of my favourite actresses, so dark and talented. The combination of her with her husband (Tim Burton) just kills!Avatar ImageVoodooPadfoot says: HBC is absolutley perfect for the role. I can't believe they ever considered anyone else - she's a genious! xAvatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: She really fits to the character.Avatar Imageele0206 says: What a funny, brilliant and wonderful interview!!! I think Helena is an incredibly interesting person..Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Helena's very independent and she doesn't seem to care what the press thinks of her in her physical ways. She doesn't care that she's on the Worst Dressed... but I like how she wants actual *people* to know who she really is. The real her is not a porn star. She makes a perfect Bellatrix :].Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Cool! :DAvatar Imagebadger666 says: Lol. She's a great Bellatrix. Sooo evil.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I doubt that anyone could perfect the character as well as she has. She captures the insanity and passion that drives her character with the credibility and enthusiasm that she can. I cannot wait to see her in the Deathly Hallows.Avatar ImageKC Nox says: who would have guessed that helena would be so nice!!Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: I am also confused by the comment Bellatrix becomes Hermione...isn't it the other way around. And that's not in the Half-blood prince that she takes the potion but the Deathly Hallows. Chicken fillet made me laugh. I think Helena's great and am glad she took the role. After all, even if she doesn't play that big of a role in the Order of the Phoenix it gives her publicity. I didn't know who she was until Harry Potter and now I love watching her movies.Avatar ImageProfessorDobby says: She was the most perfect person for the role! She plays so many other outragious roles, this was probably like a walk in the park!

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