Elle Fanning revealed that she was once rejected from a major film franchise, and one reason given was her insufficient number of Instagram followers. While social media presence is increasingly considered in casting decisions, it is just one factor among many and does not solely determine an actor’s suitability for a role.
Elle Fanning’s Instagram Following Impacted A Big Franchise Casting Decision To “Remove”
In an interview with Josh Horowitz, Fanning said that she was once rejected from a big franchise due to a lack of Instagram followers. She said, “I didn’t get a part once for something big — and it might not have just been this reason, but this was the feedback that I heard — because I didn’t have enough Instagram followers at the time.”
In recent years, social media platforms have gained significant influence in various industries, including the entertainment industry. Many casting directors, producers, and studios consider an actor’s social media presence and following a potential asset for marketing and promoting their projects. Having a large following on platforms like Instagram can contribute to the visibility and appeal of a film or television show.
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“A Rainy Day in New York” (2019) directed by Woody Allen.
“The Roads Not Taken” (2020) directed by Sally Potter.
In 2022, Elle Fanning played the role of Michelle Carter in the Hulu limited series “The Girl from Plainville.” She is next to star alongside her sister Dakota in the upcoming film adaptation of “The Nightingale,” based on the novel of the same name. Elle and Dakota have also established a production company called Lewellen Pictures with a first-look deal at MRC.
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