How Old Was Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl?

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In February 2016, The Diary of a Teenage Girl actress Bel Powley kept things cute in a short dress at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica.

Bel Powley wears her hair up at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit AwardsBel Powley wears her hair up at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held on February 27, 2016, in Santa Monica (Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN)

She was nominated for Best Female Lead for her work in The Diary of a Teenage Girl but lost to Brie Larson.

One year earlier, the English actress starred as a sexually confused teenager in the coming-of-age comedy-drama film that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Bel Powley as Minnie Goetze, Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Worthington, and Alexander Skarsgård as Monroe Rutherford in the 2015 American comedy-drama film The Diary of a Teenage GirlBel Powley as Minnie Goetze, Kristen Wiig as Charlotte Worthington, and Alexander Skarsgård as Monroe Rutherford in the 2015 American comedy-drama film The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Based on the hybrid novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner that you can buy on Amazon, Bel Powley won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress and the Trophee Chopard at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bel Powley attends the premiere of The Diary of a Teenage GirlBel Powley attends the premiere of The Diary of a Teenage Girl in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, on June 21, 2015 (Credit: Dominic Chan / WENN)

Portraying 15-year-old aspiring cartoonist Minnie Goetze, Isobel Dorothy Powley was 21 years old when principal photography began on January 10, 2014, in San Francisco, California.

Born on March 7, 1992, in Shepherd’s Bush, London, she turned 22 on March 7, 2014. Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, who plays her boyfriend Monroe Rutherford in the film, was 37 years old when filming started.

All their sex scenes were shot in the first week of filming. Bel Powley and her 16 years older co-star rehearsed for two weeks before shooting the intimate scenes.

Bel Powley wears a blue low-cut Miu Miu dress with vintage Chanel jewelry at the 2020 Golden Globe AwardsBel Powley wears a blue low-cut Miu Miu dress with vintage Chanel jewelry at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 5, 2020 (Credit: Instar / WENN)

“It’s been 8 years since I was a 15-year-old girl, so I think in terms of playing someone younger, this role was definitely a challenge, but it was written so candidly that I think Marielle captured the essence of what it really feels like to be a teenager. I tapped into that extremity of having all of my emotions on the surface. I tried to remember growing up when everything felt like it was such a big deal,” Bel told Teen Vogue in July 2015 about portraying someone much younger.

“I related to the concept and wanted to be a part of a conversation that made it OK for young women to have sexual feelings,” she said.

“I hope to teach people that it’s fine to make mistakes because they will learn from them, to be who they are, and to learn to love their bodies.”

Bel Powley wears a sleeveless pink Mary Katrantzou dress on the blue carpetBel Powley wears a sleeveless pink Mary Katrantzou dress on the blue carpet (Credit: WENN / Apega / Adriana M. Barraza)

For the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards honoring the best independent films of 2015, the then 23-year-old actress wore a sleeveless pink “Balas” dress from the Mary Katrantzou 2016 Pre-Fall Collection.

The v-neck frock featured interesting embellished diamond-shaped cut-outs down the front.

Bel Powley shows off her size 8.5 (US) feet in Pac-Man-print Nicholas Kirkwood sandalsBel Powley shows off her size 8.5 (US) feet in Pac-Man-print Nicholas Kirkwood sandals (Credit: WENN / Adriana M. Barraza)

Bel styled the dress with a fun pair of Pac-Man print “Maya” platform sandals from Nicholas Kirkwood.

Bel Powley's feet in Pac-Man print platform "Maya" sandalsBel Powley’s feet in Pac-Man print platform “Maya” sandals (Credit: WENN / Apega)

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