Priscilla Presley wasn’t on the press convention panel for Sofia Coppola’s Venice competitors movie Priscilla, however she spoke from the viewers, holding again tears as she gave an emotional tribute to the movie and opened up about her late husband, Elvis Presley.
“It’s very tough to look at a movie about you and about your life and about your love,” she mentioned. “However Sofia did an incredible job. She did her homework. And I actually put all the things out for her that I may.”
Talking about Elvis, whom she met when she was 14, Presley mentioned it was “very tough for my dad and mom to grasp that Elvis can be so involved in me and why,” including that she thought of herself a listener of their relationship.
“Elvis would pour his coronary heart out to me. His hopes, his fears, his lack of his mom. And I used to be the one who actually sat there to hear and to consolation him. That was actually our connection. Regardless that I used to be 14, I used to be older in life than in years,” she mentioned. “And that was the attraction. Folks assume, ‘Oh, it was intercourse, it was this.’ In no way. I by no means had intercourse with him. He was very variety, very tender, very loving. However he additionally revered the actual fact I used to be solely 14 years previous. We had been extra in thoughts and thought and that was our relationship.”
Coppola, who, in one thing of a uncommon deal with for Venice 2023, was capable of attend the press convention alongside her lead stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi due to a SAG interim settlement, additionally mentioned the actors strike.
“Yeah, I’m right here as a director and a producer to assist impartial movie and my crew and I’m completely behind the union’s exhausting work to combat for honest compensation,” she mentioned. “And I hope it’s resolved quickly, as a result of there are such a lot of individuals — all of us need to get again to work.”
Priscilla — based mostly on the 1985 memoir Elvis and Me written by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon — will get its world premiere on the Lido on Monday night.