Helena Bonham Carter's Style: Like Mother, Like Daughter?

02/17/2011 at 02:30 PM ET

Helena Bonham Carter Gets Style from Mother
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No one really likes to credit their parents with their fashion decisions. But perhaps when you’re known for kooky offbeat choices (for instance, different colored shoes at the Golden Globes earlier this year) it might actually help to point the finger at someone. So, when PEOPLE scratched the surface with The King’s Speech actress Helena Bonham Carter over a coffee in a north London cafe, the Oscar nominee admitted her mother Elena could have been instrumental in her style choices. “Maybe unconsciously — because she’s obviously an individual,” the 44-year-old laughed. “She’s always had color and she’s got flamboyance. Maybe subconsciously I did pick something up.” The mother-of-two children (with director Tim Burton) added, “Mum’s half-Spanish and she used to dress me in flamenco dresses when I was little. Now I realize I have lots of things about frills. I did my own jean thing which was all about frills. Mum’s always saying ‘it’s exactly what I’d have worn in my youth.’ You always think you made your own self, but who knows.” Read more from the interview with Bonham Carter in this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands now. — Simon Perry


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sam on

That is awesome, I love her and her mum looks just like her. Why not have some fun with what you are wearing I do all the time, if I had the money that she does I would look a lot more like her. I just love her style, it’s like a child who was set free to do as they wish, more of us should be that free with ourselves

Aislynn on

I love her style. I also like that she embraces her inner crazy instead of trying to cover it up with sparkly make up.
And she usually looks great on the red carpet, unlike some people, *cough* Katy Perry *cough*, who go on the red carpet wearing just a little something they threw on. And missed.

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