By Grace Bradburry
London Evening Standard, 30 January 2004

Sophie Hunter’s first attempt at getting into Paris’s Jacques Lecoq drama school did not go well. ‘I remember ringing up and they immediately said, “You’re too young,” and slammed the phoned down. So I phoned back and said, “OK, but could you send me the prospectus anyway.”’ At 25, her two-year stint learning clowning and avant-garde theatre is paying off. She is tipped for stardom with a breakthrough role as Maria Osborne, the antihero’s nasty, gossiping sister, in the new film of Vanity Fair (out later this year) starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Mira Nair.

She is also one half of one of London’s most talented young couples - her boyfriend is Conrad Shawcross, son of William Shawcross and Marina Warner, and a rising star of the art world.

Still only 26, Shawcross recently sold a sculpture to Charles Saatchi for 26,000 pounds. Sophie is wary of talking about the relationship - ‘Won’t people think us an odious couple?’ she asks, genuinely concerned - and she would never want to piggyback on her boyfriend’s success: ‘He’s much more famous than I am,’ she insists.

Before Vanity Fair, the Oxford graduate had just two professional jobs, one in a touring production of an Alan Ayckbourn farce. Then she landed the role in Vanity Fair, and found herself shuttling each morning from a shared house in Stoke Newington to a film set in Hampton Court.

The first day on set, her jaw dropped as she was led to her own trailer, parked alongside those of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Jim Broadbent. ‘I just laughed. It was huge - bigger than my entire flat in Paris. I lapped it up.’

For the moment, her lifestyle has changed little.

She is still begging money from her parents (her father is an insurance executive turned professional card player, her mother works as an administrator). She enjoyed a solidly middleclass upbringing in West London, attending St Paul’s. At 15, she was briefly distracted by modelling (she is 5ft 9in and built like a string bean). But she moved smoothly on to Oxford and now she is relishing the prospect of premieres and red carpets. She beat Audrey Tautou to a part in The Story of Isis, a new film in development, and now has her own theatre company called Lacuna.

I leave her staggering off down the steps of the Saatchi Gallery in a pair of green stilettos by Zandra Rhodes that somehow survived the Seventies but now look ready to collapse. You have to suffer for your art.

anonymous asked:

2, 11, 14, 20, 27, 28, 29

hello, thank you!

2. Favourite art movement(s)?

I don’t want to choose favorites because I want to learn them all with equal vigour and interest. The Antiquities is good, the early renaissance is good, flemish baroque is good, 17th century when the Japanese were developing the Ukiyo-e is good. Really.

11. Tell us about an important artist from your country.

For me this really comes down to Hidalgo and Luna although there are newer artists that are respectable too. Hidalgo and Luna won contests outside the Philippines that really brought our country honor and recognition. I think also this was a time when Indios (as the Spaniard conquerors would call the natives) are making a breakthrough in their fields while there are revolts happening in the Philippines. Luna even had a supposed exposé painting done. Stuff like that. It’s kinda cool now I think about it.

14. Favourite art theorist/critic?

not my favorite but I’m thankful for Plato because he started thinking about what beauty is and this started discussions, schools, and developed new theories. 

20. In your opinion, which country/city/place represents the most interesting artistic center?

Greece because it’s my favorite, I don’t know how to explain sorry. But France started a lot of movements (in Western art terms) so that could be one too, (also they house a lot of pieces). Art from Japan and Singapore today I think are also nice. Like in Japan, they extend to practical architecture, landscape designing (eg rock gardens) (things you can’t export to lets say Germany, Germans have to go to Japan to see it, kinda) and did you know how Ukiyo-e works are traditionally done? (video) Singaporean cotemporary art is also a+ (or at least the ones I’ve seen last in a fair last February).

27. An artist you consider overrated?

Pollock !!! (I’m sorry)

28. An artist you consider underestimated?

In art history terms, maybe A.J. Moore because I made a joke about his art style and no one got it like maybe 2 got it. 

29. The biggest spiritual experience you’ve had with a work of art/gallery/museum?

None yet, I’m afraid. Like I find them beautiful but I haven’t spiritually connected with them. Maybe when I visit Cambodia or Greece and I cry, that’s when I’ll know probably. 

Hey thanks again! Sorry I typed a lot, have a nice day! x

((I finally had a breakthrough for Reaper’ s sweets dress, and a redesign of Spade’s old dress. I first tried designing Reaper’s outfit as gingerbread themed overalls, but I dissed that went with Gumball Wa lolita. Spade’s dress is based on ice cream))
HIV infection cured in infant through very early treatment

A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard drug therapy, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims.

The child’s story is the first account of an infant achieving a so-called functional cure, a rare event in which a person achieves remission without the need for drugs and standard blood tests show no signs that the virus is making copies of itself.

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For the first time scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer.

The Heriot-Watt University team’s research could eventually lead to human organs being printed on demand and an end to animal drug testing. Jim Drury of Reuters reports.

Paul’s letter to the church of God in Corinth says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

We experience problems, heartbreaks, setbacks and circumstances that seem too hard to handle not because God doesn’t love us, but because He wants us to become a conqueror through CHRIST. And just as He promised, He will never forsake us and He will provide the comfort that we need. There’s just one thing He asks of us, to remain steadfast in times of trials. So that one day, when others experience the same circumstance we had gone through, we could share the comfort God has given us by giving them the same comfort we received from Him.  MY SUFFERING TODAY IS SOMEBODY’S COMFORT TOMORROW.  -maub