Actress Alba Rohrwacher on her Dream Dinner Guests

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Alba Rohrwacher for AnOther Magazine S/S16Photography by Ilaria Orsini, Styling by Nell Kalonji

The Tale of Tales star reveals the spirits she would raise for the perfect dinner party, from Virginia Woolf to Stanley Kubrick

“If I had to imagine the perfect dinner party, the five people I would invite are spirits I would love to meet. Firstly, Augusta, my grandmother, who I never met. I’m nostalgic for all the things I will never be able to ask her. Then Virginia Woolf. To the Lighthouse gave me memories I never knew I had, and as a writer she has the ability to make an individual’s experience universal. Third, Amy Winehouse. Last night, I watched the film Amy, and she has been in my thoughts all day. I saw her perform once, in Paris, at a small concert. I’d like to hear her pure voice again, see this little woman with shimmering eyes. Fourth, Edward Scissorhands. Like E.T., he comes from another world, and yet you feel so close to him. And finally, Stanley Kubrick. I know every film he made… I’d sit with him and ask: ‘How are you?’ And then we’d dance.”

In 2009, Alba Rohrwacher played Tilda Swinton’s daughter in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love – fittingly, since she shares with Swinton an otherworldly screen presence and fine-boned features. Raised on a honey farm in the Umbrian countryside, Rohrwacher studied medicine before switching to acting in her early 20s. In 2014, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice for psychological thriller Hungry Hearts, and starred in her sister Alice Rohrwacher’s fictionalised account of their childhood, The Wonders. Next month she will appear in Tale of Tales, opposite Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel, and Taj Mahal, set during the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Tale of Tales is in cinemas from June 17, 2016. This article appears in the S/S16 edition of AnOther Magazine.