Paris Hilton's onscreen role in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring is minor - she appears for a few moments in a nightclub scene with the main cast present - but her role in the real-life events that the film is based on is more weighty: Nearly five years ago, Hilton's mansion was one of the many celebrity homes burglarized by a group of San Fernando Valley teens who became so notorious in Los Angeles that they were dubbed both the "Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch," and "The Bling Ring."
Though she calls the event "violating," Hilton made her house available for filming when she heard that Coppola was making a film based on the case - and last night, at the film's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it was so moving an experience that Hilton said it brought her to tears.
"I was really emotional watching it...During some parts of it, I literally had tears in my eyes and I wanted to cry. I knew what happened with the burglaries, but I had never actually seen it â€” so watching it happen, I was like, 'Oh my God, this really happened to me. These kids were really in my house and did this to me.' It's so violating. It just made me really angry and upset, and when I see these kids, I want to, like, slap them."
Does that mean she has any sympathy for the real-life kids who stole nearly $2 million of jewelry from her home in 2008?
"No way! Well, I actually kinda felt bad for the guy, because I feel like he didn't want to steal the clothes and all that stuff, really. He just wanted to be cool and fit in with that girl. So I mostly blame the main girl. I don't know her name. But her."
As for why she lent her house to a filming crew for two weeks, Hilton explained that she only considered it because Coppola was behind the film. "Well, the only reason I agreed to do it at all is because it's Sofia," she said. "I have so much respect for her and I think she's an incredibly talented director. If it was anyone else doing this project, I would have said no, or 'You're not coming in my house,' but I trust her. And the movie is amazing. It's so good." Also, Hilton said that she designed her whole house, which suddenly makes the pictures of those pillows with her face monogrammed on them even better.
Perhaps the best part of Vulture's account, however, is this:
A man approached the heiress with his iPhone out. "Paris, you sexy bitch!" he shouted. "Are we taking a selfie or what?"
"Yeah, bitch," she replied. They leaned in close and posed.
Just another day in the life of Paris Hilton.