‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ is Tarantino’s most star-studded film to date, but there’s a new revelation who's shining on her own: Julia Butters.
Quentin Tarantino’s 9th feature film (and probably his last, as he’s claimed in recent interviews) has received a lot of praise just a few days after its release. Not only has Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood given Tarantino his highest-grossing opening weekend ever, but it's also had some of the best responses from both the audience and the critics.
Besides the compelling story, something that’s bringing audiences to the movie theaters is its amazing cast, which, let’s be honest, is probably one of his most star-studded ever. But beyond Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, there’s one actress who's stealing the entire show: Julia Butters.
Referred to as a young Meryl Streep by DiCaprio himself, Butters’ small role has already garnered some Oscar buzz. If she does get a nomination, it would make her join the impressive and quite short list of youngest Oscar nominees. In the movie, she plays a child actress who shares a scene with DiCaprio’s character, Rick Dalton. Dalton, who was once one of the biggest stars in the industry is going through a professional crisis due to the rapid evolution of the industry and his incapability to adapt to the new changes.
Throughout the film, we also get to see how he’s constantly battling with his own insecurities, not only as an actor but as the troubled man he is. Enter Trudi Fraser (Butters), who, at only ten years old, manages to give Dalton the most mature and important advice of his entire career, of course, all with Tarantino’s iconic dialogues, which make her a really deep character, even though her part is a really small one.
Now, according to David Heyman, producer of the film, one of the scenes that was so difficult to cut out of the film was one involving Butters, and the scene that would’ve guaranteed her a nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Still, even though that scene was cut out and we’ll probably never see it, we can say that in the few onscreen moments she has, she does it wonderfully, and that chemistry between Leo and her is proof of her acting talent.
Butters, who was cast almost immediately after Tarantino saw her on American Housewife while writing the script, will definitely be on the radar of many directors after this performance, so it’s safe to say, she has a very promising and exciting career ahead.
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