Rachel Bilson Is Not a Fan of ‘The Bling Ring’
Rachel Bilson was one of the celebs who had items stolen by members of the Bling Ring — and she’s not eager to re-live the experience through Sofia Coppola‘s movie.
In a new interview with British Cosmo, Rachel admits, “‘I thought it was weird to glorify something that was so upsetting for a lot of people.”
In addition to thousands of dollars worth of clothing and jewelry, the infamous thieves stole one of Rachel’s treasured personal possessions: her mother’s engagement ring.
“It’s important to detach from material things, but the special, personal things I lost are hard to forget,” she said.
Writer/director Sofia Coppola certainly doesn’t paint the thieves as people we should emulate or look up to — but if the glittery visual world of the film is fun and exciting, does that glorify the crimes?
“These kids were trying to find their identity and they wanted to be like the people whose houses they broke into,” Sofia tells The Telegraph.
“It’s such an LA story about how these kids were living in such proximity to the stars they admired and the glitzy culture they were obsessed with. They thought that by touching the glamourous life it would make them somebody. They are products of our growing reality TV culture and it’s something I thought was worth looking into.”
She also insists that, despite growing up in a showbiz family, “I’m not part of that world.”
Is the subject matter simply too personal for Rachel, or should the film take more of a stand? While the film doesn’t overtly condone what the thieves did, some critics were hoping for a bit more commentary. “She stays ever at a distance, keenly observing but never taking a stand,” LA Times critic Betsy Sharkey writes of the director. “In The Bling Ring, that leaves the characters with no discernible emotional arc.”
Some of the film’s marketing tie-ins are also troubling. For example, Smashbox launched a Bling Ring makeup kit that lets you “recreate the fame obsessed glamour of the film’s stars.”