Alexis Neiers Slams Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

“You’ve this chance to do one thing actually nice and to dig deeper and to take a look at the complexities,” she mentioned. “However it’s simply lazy.”

The true-life ringleader of the Bling Ring didn’t see a lot shine in Sofia Coppola’s true crime narrative adaptation “The Bling Ring.”

Alexis Haines, née Neiers, slammed Coppola’s 2013 movie starring Emma Watson as Nikki, a personality loosely based mostly on herself. “That’s the factor that’s so irritating when you may have somebody that’s as good as Sofia Coppola and as fantastic an actor as Emma Watson engaged on a film collectively,” Haines advised Leisure Weekly. “You’ve this chance to do one thing actually nice and to dig deeper and to take a look at the complexities, however it’s simply lazy.”

Haines shares her story within the upcoming Netflix true crime docuseries “The Actual Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist.” Not a stranger to TV, Haines beforehand starred in E!’s “Fairly Wild” actuality collection alongside her mom Andrea Arlington and sisters Gabrielle Neiers and Tess Taylor. All 4 of them additionally seem within the Netflix docuseries. And no, Haines has not watched Coppola’s movie virtually a decade after its launch.

“I’m a busy mother of two children,” Haines mentioned. “If I’m going to take a seat down for 2 hours, it’s not going be to look at ‘The Bling Ring.’ Once I was filming this documentary, they’d me watch bits and items of the film and requested me my opinion on it.”

Haines and her associates broke right into a slew of properties belonging to high-profile figures from 2008 to 2009. But Haines maintains she solely broke into one dwelling, whereas Watson’s composite character Nikki leads a number of break-ins. The “ring” in complete stole roughly $3 million value of garments and private objects from the properties of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, and “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge, who moreover seems within the new Netflix collection.

“I feel the docuseries is so nice as a result of within the media reporting up till very not too long ago there wasn’t actually an area for the nuance and the complexity of what occurred within the crime,” Haines applauded the Netflix documentary. “The story grew to become sensationalized and there wasn’t area to speak about dependancy and psychological well being. We nonetheless have an extended technique to go, however we’re a lot farther than we had been in 2010.”

Haines referred to as Coppola’s movie “trashy and inaccurate” on the time of its launch. Years later, Haines revealed she struggled with dependancy to OxyContin and heroin as an adolescent.

“My involvement with the Bling Ring was finally the factor that helped me get sober,” Haines mentioned. “I’m sorry that it needed to occur on the expense of another person or a number of different folks, my household, clearly the victims [of the crimes]. However I’m so grateful.”

Netflix’s “The Actual Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist” producer and director Miles Blayden-Ryall advised EW, “The impression I acquired from the prevailing media from the time of the crimes was that they’d been dedicated by ‘spoiled, bored and celebrity-obsessed teenagers’, nevertheless this narrative felt far too reductive and missing any nuance. This story was way more advanced than the press across the crimes would lead you to consider.”

In 2013, “The Bling Ring” director Coppola mentioned real-life crimes had the “parts for a enjoyable pop film” with a “deeper layer” taking a look at fashionable superstar tradition. Coppola met with Haines whereas getting ready for the movie, and admitted her “aspect of the story may be very totally different” in an interview with The Guardian.

“I met together with her however her model is that she was much less concerned,” Coppola mentioned. “The youngsters’ take was fascinating to me although. Once they had been doing press and at last getting this superstar standing they’d craved, they had been a bit of bit delusional about why it was occurring. Alexis wouldn’t speak in regards to the theft: she appeared to suppose they had been interviewing her due to her type or one thing. So I assumed their perspective on it supplied this complete different component which confirmed how wrapped up they had been in superstar. That a part of our tradition was small — that pop, ‘responsible pleasure’ aspect of issues. Now it simply received’t cease rising.”

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