Empire Magazine is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the film ‘Romeo + Juliet’! Their August issue features a 6 page article on the risks of making the film, production details, the changes from the original story and, of course, Claire. According to director Baz Luhrmann, it took them a while to find the perfect actress for the part, until fellow director Jane Campion recommended he check out Claire, who was starring in the show My So-Called Life back in the day.
Luhrmann was impressed “I went ‘Wow, that girl has tremendous maturity.’ This young girl had to come to Mexico and make this postmodern film, so you needed someone who had their head on the right way, and good family support. Claire was clearly so in command of her gifts, and chemically you really needed someone who could hold their own against Leonardo because he’s so dazzling on screen”.
Make sure you check out the issue for more on Claire’s chemistry with Leo, the film’s award nominations and etc. It’s a great article for the fans! We have added scans of it to our photo gallery.