The star goes super edgy on the cover of Nylon's November "America Issue" -- and stuns in a delicate tank, leather shorts and lace tights.
Inside the mag, the 17-year-old opens up about her relationship with her famous older sis and her latest role playing a transgender teen in the upcoming flick "About Ray".
The "Maleficent" actress and sister Dakota Fanning were able to avoid the pitfalls of young fame, with the 21-year-old proving to be a great role model for her sibling. Despite growing up in the spotlight, the pair maintained a typical sister relationship.
“We're four years apart and when we were little we would fight all the time," Elle revealed. "I'm taller, so I would be the one beating her up, it was funny."
Now that she's nearly all grown up, the teen is taking on one of her most dramatic roles yet, playing a trans teen named Ray in a film she prepared for by talking with other transgender teens.
"They opened up to me in the most incredible way," she revealed. "I'm just a stranger who's doing a movie, but they told me their different journeys and even little details like what chest binder brand is the best one, like, 'They all suck, but this one's all right.' They were so helpful."
Elle stars alongside Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon in the flick, and made it a point to stay in character even while she was off set.
"I would go to lunch, and I wouldn't change, so I looked like Ray," she explained. "The waiter would come over, like, 'Oh, are you done eating sir?' The actor in me was like, 'Yeah!' Then I thought, 'Whoa, actually if that happened to Ray, he would be so excited that someone just saw him for himself.'"
And while the actress is thrilled about her role and the film, she does share her thoughts on opportunities for trans actors in the industry.
"They should be able to play my part, you know?" Elle added. "It should be equal opportunity."
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