5 Ways Helena Bonham Carter Inspires Us To Be Ourselves

Helena Bonham Carter has been a trailblazer on the big screen. She has brought the most fascinating, exciting characters to life. The unique, eccentric characters she has portrayed like Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter have inspired moviegoers to be themselves. And, she has also transformed us off-screen with free spirit personality, out-of-the-box fashion, and candidness. She's taught us how to accept ourselves and express who we are in everything we do. Today we're celebrating the legendary actress by counting down the five times Carter has taught us to be ourselves!


Takes Fashion Risks

When Carter steps out on the red carpet, everyone turns their heads. Reason being that her eccentric pairing of colors and layers are different than everyone else's. The British actress wholeheartedly believes that style is a way to express her personality, so why not go all out. Even her house is a make-believe land. The fashion police squads have cast harsh opinions and judgments, but she's always shut them down and carried on her way. She rightfully shuts them down. How refreshing it is for someone in the public eye to follow her heart with what she wants to wear. She's declared it herself: Fashion is about having fun!
For me, the style essential is having a sense of fun and feeling that you can transform the inside depending on what you put on the outside. - VOGUE UK

Plays Against Type

Carter has played a myriad of roles in the film, television and theater crafting characters in period dramas, monumental franchises, and small indie flicks. With husband and director Tom Burton, she's made the macabre come to life in Sweeney Todd, Dark Shadows, and Alice in Wonderland. From The Kings Speech to Burton and Taylor, she's tackled royalty from King George and wife Elizabeth , and Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor. Nothing ties down her ability to play against type from an unpredictable witch to drug addicts and fairy godmothers. Her individuality on-screen has displayed an uncanny ability to breathe life into different, amazing women from all backgrounds and genres. No one has to be put into a box.
Usually I fall in love with someone on the page, and I feel like it’d be great and try to have it and try to make them come alive in as many colors as possible. - AVCLUB

Goes With the Flow

Who we are when we're children might not be the same as we grow up. In fact, it might seem truly scary but we're lucky to learn and grow from problems, tragedies, and confusing phases. Carter has said, she knew she was weird from the start way before she blossomed into the versatile powerhouse she is known as. But she wanted to make changes and went with the flow of roles she wanted to play. We can't ever expect people to know us fully, so it's an exciting challenge to let us figure out who we are in our own time.

Believes Life Is An Art

From fashion and home decor to motherhood and acting, Carter believes everything in life can be an authentic way to express ourselves. Her career and personal style certainly back up what she believes because she lets herself be human, make mistakes, and try new things. It's easy to forget how unique we are from each other, but everything we do is wholly different from our family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. When we stop to think about it, we're all pieces of art.
What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.

"**** it" is her guiding philosophy

Her individuality has set her out from the crowd in movies and life, but life doesn't excuse even the most creative people from feeling inferior. In fact, it might even be harder for us because we set to do something different than the rest of the world and struggle to fit in. The two-time Academy Award nominee has muddled through insecurities such as not attending university or becoming an actress with formal training. As she had a family and took on more versatile roles, she revealed her guiding philosophy in an interview with Daniel Radcliffe. We can learn from her to let go of any inhibitions we may hold by accepting who we are, going with the flow, and stop worry about what others think.

How has Helena Bonham Carter inspired you? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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