It’s not like I woke up one morning and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m a Hemingway!
It was definitely a shock to be watching the film and all of a sudden my great-grandfather [played by Corey Stoll] rolls up on screen!
I love F Scott Fitzgerald – I’m a big fan of his work. I always felt that I knew everything already and didn’t need guidance.
It was only a few years ago I realised that in fact I knew nothing!
Dree and I are chatting in her capacity of fronting the Paco Rabanne Lady Million eau de toilette campaign.
She is certainly doing the iconic French design house proud today – head to toe in its latest catwalk collection (leather leggings, a studded shrunken jacket and the kind of platform stilettoes that petrify men) and wafting the new scent: a lighter, fresher version of the original, sensual parfum.
Dree seems the perfect choice to portray Lady Million – the emblematic femme fatale – in the fragrance advert, clicking her fingers to get what she wants from her man.
‘Oh my God, it was so much fun to film,’ she giggles.
‘Mat [Gordon, her male model co-star] is seriously hot so it was no hardship to do retakes.
I tried to make it really young and energetic as I think fragrance is all about attitude and how you wear it.’The daughter of Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway (best known for playing Woody Allen’s teenage lover in Manhattan) and TV and film director Stephen Crisman, Dree grew up in Idaho in the Rocky Mountains and attended the Ernest Hemingway Elementary School, before moving to New York to pursue modelling full time with campaigns for Gucci, Valentino and Chanel.
All long legs and messy blonde locks with luminous skin and wide-set eyes, Dree has since trodden the well-worn path from model to actress and this year sees the release of her biggest film role yet: Starlet, a coming-of-age drama directed by Sean Baker.
Here she talks about the Hemingway pedigree, acting ambitions, her famous style and hot men..