— “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout John Boyega and “Diary of a Teenage Girl” star Bel Powley made their debut at Cannes last night, receiving this year’s Chopard Trophy from from the hands of Juliette Binoche and Variety Vice President and Executive Editor Steven Gaydos.
The pair, who had never met, said they immediately clicked, and it showed when they started joshing around at the cocktail, which gathered high-profile guests, including Cannes President Pierre Lescure; Cannes jury members Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen and Laszlo Nemes; Chopard’s Caroline Scheufele; and producer Elizabeth Karlsen. The duo sat down with Variety following the ceremony to talk about their blossoming careers.
Variety: So it’s your first time in Cannes and you got here 12 hours ago. Have you had any interesting encounters?
Boyega: We met each other and that’s already great! Our paths have always crossed, but we’ve never had an official conversation.
Powley: We’ve been at the same places but we’ve never actually conversed.
So maybe one day you can star in a movie together. So tell me, you’re shooting the next “Star Wars” installment?
Boyega: Yes, I’m in the thick of it now so it’s nice to be here, see the view and then go back.
And then, straight back into the shoot?
Boyega: Yes, straight back.
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