What are the favorite books of Hollywood stars? Together with LitRes, the largest book service in Russia and the CIS, we made a selection of novels-favorites of famous actors and actresses. It came out unexpected, interesting and sometimes strange.
Angelina Jolie: “Dracula” by Bram Stoker
The Irish writer’s epistolary novel about the bloodsucking earl was written in 1897, and for more than a century a “vampire” mythology has continued to grow around this character. Books, paintings, movies, plays, animation, comics, video games… The dark and gothic atmosphere has always attracted Angelina Jolie. Especially in her youth, when the future actress wore black and was often in a depressing mood. That was when she realised that Bram Stoker had created the world as if for her.
Charlize Theron: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
After reading this book, the American actress wanted to meet its main character. Camille Parker is a person, indeed, an appealing one. A reporter by profession, a sensitive person by nature, she even managed to visit a psychological clinic. It seems that her career is about to take off. After all, the next editorial job – a trip to her hometown, where the victims of a maniac has already become a few young girls. The task of the journalist – to write a reportage from the scene. But will the heroine be able to maintain mental health, sinking into the terrible reality of provincial life, with which she has so many personal memories?
Johnny Depp: “Chocolate,” by Joanne Harris
A delicious chocolate made with love can change the lives of the inhabitants of a small French town. This seemingly uncomplicated idea turns into a charming story of love and friendship. In the film adaptation of the novel, released in 2000, one of the roles was played by Johnny Depp. This script proved to be close to him, and especially the idea that getting joy out of life is sometimes easier than we think. It’s just enough to give it back… a taste.
Nicole Kidman: The Chronicles of Narnia, Clive Staples Lewis
The Australian-American actress is full of pleasant surprises. She is a member of breast cancer and street children’s aid societies; she was named a “citizen of the world” by the UN in 2004, and was nominated as a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. Kidman truly believes that she can and should make the world a better place. This noble and life-affirming philosophy unites the actress with the story of fairy-tale Narnia, where the trees and animals talk, the air is saturated with magic and the good must triumph.
Leonardo DiCaprio: “The Old Man and the Sea. Stories,” Ernest Hemingway
The core values of one of America’s finest actors are strength of spirit and dignity. For the artistic embodiment of “tragic stoicism,” DiCaprio so appreciates the programmatic story of Ernest Hemingway. This story – the embodiment of the idea that a person before the cruelty of the world, even losing, must retain courage and pride. The depiction of a fierce fight with a monstrous fish and then with sharks devouring it contrasts spectacularly with the author’s reflections on the elegiac past and the beauty of the world around him.
Jessica Alba: The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz
The American actress appreciated the book written by her colleague in co-authorship with the famous writer Sandra Bark. In it, Cameron Diaz tackles the question of whether aging is as scary as most of us imagine. Her answer is a firm no. “Aging is a privilege and a gift,” the actress states. This book does not describe cosmetic procedures, does not promote “rejuvenating” miracle remedies, does not teach how to cheat time. It suggests rethinking the relationship to aging and learn to appreciate the benefits that age gives us – the wisdom, the experience of understanding yourself, the accumulated skills, conscious relationship with others and yourself.
Daniel Radcliffe: The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The performer’s love of the role of Harry Potter for one of the most mystical novels in Russian literature does not seem surprising. What is surprising is another: what role Radcliffe would choose to play in his film adaptation. The role of the cat Behemoth. It is, according to the actor – the most difficult. After all, a talking animal to play without excessive eccentricity and, at the same time, funny. Will the British succeed? We do not know yet. We can only wait that the actor will get a chance to reincarnate in this fluffy and harmless creature of Woland’s entourage.
Kate Moss: The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Like Jay Gatsby, Kate Moss has always aspired to a world of beauty and prestige. But unlike him, she understood its true price (albeit at the cost of serious mistakes). Moss admitted that it was because of this story that she didn’t fall prey to the pointless pursuit of the ghostly standards of the glamour world.