Featuring Nikki Reed (Twilight) on the cover.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 Nikki Reed No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 LUCIA TRAN Editor-in-Chief LYNDZI TRANG Creative Director KRISTINA VAN DYK Fashion Editor MARK QUIRIMIT Beauty Director DEREK WOOD Photography Director SHARON TABB Beauty Editor VINCE TRUPSIN Photo Editor REBECCA Gaczkowski Newsstand Consultant Ashley Symone Lee, Connie Wang Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Hillary Williams, Kayla Aldecoa, Lecia Doss, MICHELLE CHANG, Tiffany Ma Interns Alyson Granaderos, Cervando Christopher Greco, Christopher Nowling Christopher Orrett, Cory Osborne Jill McFadden, Kayleen McAdams Kenn Law, Laura Cammarata laura raszka, Lisa Bryant Maha, Matthew Dennis Myke Spezzano, Robert Meeks Rozlyne Kristianne Gates, Shevaun Williams Staci Nguyen, Sussy Campos Syndney Zibrak, The Forge, Willa Fleege Special Thanks dear readers I remember sensing the impatience that permeated throughout my childhood home during the Christmas season. Even while I grew up with two older brothers who are both presumed to be seemingly more mature, our excitement could never be suppressed when we eyed the colorfully wrapped boxes under our tree. Each of us would count the amount of gifts we had over and over until Christmas Eve arrived. We’d get 1, 2, or 3 gifts and if we were lucky, 4. All the packages came from our mother who most likely worked longer hours just to be able to afford the 9 boxes those Decembers. My mother never asked for anything. Every time anyone asked, she’d say “I already have what I need and I don’t need anything more.” But I could list a million things that she could use – a new jacket for days that are bitter-cold, a pair of shoes that didn’t hurt her feet, a heater for her room, etc. It was always significant sacrifice during the last month of the year. None of us expected anything, but our desires still existed, as it should be. Because of what we knew and understood, Christmas never happened on Christmas day. Our tradition, created by my siblings and I, is to open gifts on the night of Christmas Eve. All through dinner, each of us would simultaneously ask about opening presents and of course, dinner would never be fully completed. Our excitement traveled throughout our bodies and became a roar of anxiety that could not be inhibited. Because of my mother, I will always remember that joy. Christmas was a time for us to really cherish that moment, allowing us to escape from reality even just for a while. For me, the biggest lesson I’ve learned through our holidays spent together is that sacrifice needs to be made in order to initiate someone else’s happiness. Nothing is free in this world, and by that, I cherish the endless amount of people and their labor to help produce Zooey. Each time the new issue lands in our offices, it feels like Christmas all over again and I’m the first one clawing the magazine out of the box. So here’s to you, our readers, for maintaining my adolescent impatience. No. 5 the artist danielle shepherd I am naturally quite introverted so when I see someone boldly pursuing their dreams, it makes me feel inspired to do the same. Danielle Shepherd ranks as one of our favorite illustrators who we have discovered online. Shepherd, unlike previously featured artists, resides in England to pursue the fashion and design industry where she hopes her talents in arts and design will be put to great use - and there is no doubt that she won’t be the next big thing. As artists ourselves, we love and support people like Shepherd who make this world just a bit more colorful each day. For more of her work as well as her blog, visit: daniellesshepherd.squarespace.com. When did you gain an interest in art? I have had an interest in art since I was very young. I was always more of a right brain than a left. As a little girl, I would always be doing something creative like drawing, painting, sewing clothes for my Barbie dolls or writing stories/poetry. I was quite a reserved, awkward child so art was something of an escape for me; it was an outlet that gave me confidence. Where do you find the most inspiration for your own art? I tend to find my inspiration from fashion photography mostly. I spend quite a bit of time visiting various fashion websites for photos with interesting poses, outfits or hairstyles. My favourite website for fashion photography is Fashion Gone Rogue. When I find the photo reference, then I get to work making it my own. How would you describe your illustrations? My illustrations are feminine and distinctive with a strong focus on details. The most defining feature of my illustrations is the hair, which I absolutely love drawing! It took me quite a while to figure out my illustration style. I was good at drawing, but I never felt like I had a particular identity. It took a lot of practice, observation and experimentation to hone my skills and develop my style. I’m still trying to learn more and develop it further! How long would it usually take to complete one portrait? I work full time in retail so it usually takes me longer than I would like to complete an illustration. I’m usually exhausted after a day’s work so creativity doesn’t come easily but it is necessary. If I work steadily, I can finish a piece in about 15-20 hours spanning over a few days. What are your favorite tools to use to create each piece? I love the good old 2B pencil and paper! Many of my friends with whom I studied Graphic Design are into using tablets to illustrate digitally but I still love the traditional method. I draw the illustration on an A3 size paper and I use oil pastels to create textures for the background. After that I scan them onto the computer where I put it all together and add color in Adobe Photoshop. No. 6 Where do you see yourself with art in five, ten years? My career fantasy (and hopefully reality one day) is to be a full time freelance illustrator doing work for various fashion brands and publications. A worldwide fashion campaign is the equivalent of having my name up in lights! In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing other than drawing? I quite enjoy the simple things in life, so my favourite things to do include socializing with friends, going to church, watching films etc. I am also quite an enthusiastic bargainista so I get a good buzz from shopping for a great fashion bargain! Tell us about your own inspirations. I wouldn’t say I have any particular inspirations or heroes. I am just inspired by ambitious people who put themselves out there and make things happen. I am naturally quite introverted so when I see someone boldly pursuing their dreams, it makes me feel inspired to do the same. How do you think you’ll take your venture in art to the next level? There are so many things I want to do but my next step is to focus on promoting my work and gaining exposure through various means. At some stage, I would like to exhibit my work in the UK and also create my own illustrated fashion products. Hopefully this is in the very near future! No. 7 No. 8 the DESIGNER outsider’s perspective I offer an outsider’s pespective. I just like to make clothes that make you feel pretty. I like fabrics that feel good, and silhouettes that turn heads. You are a fashion designer in America, a very saturated market. What made you take a leap into this industry? My naïveté? I think I’ve been so blinded by my dream, that I haven’t had much time to dwell on the unrealistic chances of my success. So far that’s worked out for me. What makes Vee so different from other brands? I never went to fashion school, or worked for a famous designer, so maybe I offer an outsider’s perspective. I just like to make clothes that make you feel pretty. I like fabrics that feel good, and silhouettes that turn heads. I don’t know if that makes Vee different, but I hope it makes us special. How would you describe the brand? What aesthetics does Vee have? Vee is a small, locally-crafted collection of women’s clothing. Everything is made here in California. For each season, I love to use fresh silks, vintage prints, and classic silhouettes. Can you share us your daily routine? How you go about your every day life from morning to night? I open my windows and put on some music. Nothing gets me going like a California morning breeze and a little Eydie Gormé. It’s my little way of checking in with the world, and sending out all my please and thank yous. A definite morning must. Next comes email. I read somewhere that no business owner should ever start her day by checking email. I tried it once. Never again. After a big bowl of berries, I head out. My best mornings are spent fabric shopping, or meeting with a new vendor for special trims and buttons. After that, I like to check in and visit with the boutiques when I have time. If I’m lucky, I have lunch at a nearby park or café, perfect for people watching and sketching. Hopefully I remember to bring a (Zooey!) magazine for inspiration. In the evening I work on finalizing samples, and storyboarding my inspiration for upcoming shoots. I pick up some flowers and veggies from our marvelous neighborhood market, and cook a late supper. I try to burn the midnight oil before bed, every minute counts. Bedtime story or late night black & white, and I’m out! Talk to us about your childhood. How has it remain fixed? As a girl, I spent so much time crafting with my grandmother. We would watch old movies, and listen to records together. Since then, I’ve always felt closely connected to the past. Classic films and books are such an inspiration to me. I’ll always love the glamorous looks of Lauren Bacall and Ava Gardner. Their films are so rich, and I get lost in them. How has your style evolved? My style is always evolving. The more No. 9 I travel, the more I’m inspired. I learn new things from every city. The posh Italian girls of Verona, the old-world lace of Chisinau, all the glory and wonder of New York City...and San Francisco, that city changes so much from day to night. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Montana lately. I’d love to make a collection inspired by their blue lakes and snow-capped mountains. Can you recall childhood memories that may have predicted your career as a fashion designer? I have always loved drawing dresses, and sewing things together to make pretty clothes. I’m not sure if I ever really pictured making a real grown-up career out of it. I’m still not sure. But I love what I do, and it’s my dream to keep doing it. What can we expect from Vee in the future collections? Where do you draw inspiration from for the new seasons? The future of Vee is bright! Spring 2013 is inspired by technicolor. I found this vintage saturated floral print that is so fun and beautiful. I’m also working on an emerald and beige number, all crêpe de Chine silk. What are your goals for the brand? My dream is to make one woman feel pretty and inspired in one of my dresses. I would also love to connect with a few new boutiques next year. LA and San Francisco are both on my mind. the beAUTY by sharon tabb wrap-around pony tail Divide hair into two different sections: a front section and back section. Angle head downward and pull the back section towards the top of head, while keeping front section separate. Now, the back section should tied into a top pony tail. Do as you normally would. Take a small piece of the pony tail hair and wrap around the pony tail holder. Take the front section (plus any remaining hair) and sweep it across top of the forehead and pin it towards the back. Your completed look! photos by shevaun williams No. 10 twiggy eyes Prepare without any prior makeup application on. Use a black crĂ¨me or liquid liner to draw close to the lash line. Squeeze clumps of lashes together and hold for a few seconds. Sweep shadow of choice across eye. Can use neutrals or bright colors. Create a sharp line with black shadow at the crease of your eyes. Use mascara on your lashes, both the top and the bottom. Apply a white pencil liner in the inner rim of eye, aka the waterline. No. 11 The final look! RECIPES FOR THE SOUL by Bow & Truss 11122 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA No. 12 Shrimp Ceviche ½ - pineapple – small dice 1 ea. – mango – small dice ½ ea. – red onion – julienned 1 ea. – Serrano pepper – minced 1 ea. – jalapeno pepper – minced 1 ½ quart – lime - juice 24 ea. – shrimp – no tail, deveined, small dice 1 bunch – cilantro – minced ½ - avocado – small dice Sea salt Black pepper In a small bowl place the shrimp pieces with a ¼ tsp. of sea salt and the ½ quart of lime juice, let marinate for 30 minutes. In a separate bowl add all other ingredients and toss lightly together. After the shrimp pieces have turned milky white drain the liquid and add to the other bowl. Once again mix contents lightly adding salt & pepper to your liking. English Basil Cocktail Ketel One Vodka English basil Cucumber Fresh lemon juice Sugar Sea salted rim Garnished with a roasted cherry tomato No. 13 OUR FAVORITE! CLAM BOWL C Note Cocktail 1 ea. – Red bell pepper (¼ dice) ½ ea. – Yellow onion (¼ dice) 5 ea. – Garlic cloves (thin sliced) 5 ea. – Piquillo peppers (julienned) 2 tbsp. – Aji amarillo paste 2 tbsp. – Chives (minced) ¼ bunch – Parsley (minced) 8 cups – Tomato juice (unsalted) 3 ea. – Bay leaves 1 tbsp. – Spanish paprika ½ tbsp. – Mexican oregano ½ tbsp. – Thyme (fresh) ½ cup – White wine ½ cup – Sherry vinegar ½ cup – Water TT – Sea salt TT – Black pepper 10 ea. – Manila Clams (cleaned) Plymouth Gin Cucumber Sugar Fresh lime juice Garnished with cilantro leaf In a saucepot sweat all peppers, onions, and garlic until translucent on medium heat. Add the white wine, herbs, piquillo, aji paste, water, sherry vinegar, and tomato juice; bring to a rolling simmer continuing to cook for 30 minutes until sauce reduces by 1/4. Once it’s reduced add the salt & pepper to your liking. Take the sauce and place it into a saucepan keep heat on medium high, add clams to the sauce and cover. Marinate the clams over the heat until clams open approximately 8-10 minutes. Once they’ve opened pull and place all contents into a bowl together. No. 14 Roasted Chicken with Black Bean Puree Black Bean Puree 1qt – Dried black beans 8 each – Garlic cloves 1 – Green bell pepper (chopped and seedless) ½ - White onion (chopped) ½ cup – White wine 4 each – Bay leaf 2 tbsp. – Cumin (toasted and ground) 3 tbsp. – Olive oil Rinse beans off first. Place beans in a pot of water (water should yield 2quarts) with bay leaf and 4 garlic cloves, bring to a rolling boil then reduce heat to low. Beans should be very soft when finished. In a pan place the remaining garlic, bell peppers, onion, and olive oil sweat them until almost translucent. Add your white wine to the pan, lower the heat and reduce by ¼. Once beans have finished drain off any remaining liquid from them and reserve it. Place the beans, and pepper mixture into a blender, blend on low until creamy adding the reserved water to liquefy. Beans should be a creamy paste when blended, add cumin and salt to season. No. 15 Caramelized Plantains 2 each – Yellow ripe plantains 2 tbsp. – Brown sugar 1 tbsp. – Butter (unsalted) 4 tbsp. – Water Slice the plantains ½ inch thick. In a sauté pan over medium low heat place the butter and brown sugar in, melting both until creamy then add the water mixing together to create a sauce. Place plantains into this liquid and let cook them for 8-10 minutes. Chicken 8 oz. – Chicken breast 1 ea. – Shallot (minced) 1 ea. – Garlic clove (minced) 1 cup – Extra virgin olive oil ¼ tsp. – Sea salt ¼ tsp. – Black pepper 1 tbsp. – Butter (unsalted) Take the clean chicken breast rub the skin with the minced shallot, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil. Let it marinade for 24 hrs. When ready to cook place chicken in very hot pan (either cast iron or nonstick) skin down with the butter. Baste the chicken with the melted butter until a nice browning has occurred, then flip over and brown the other side while continuing to baste. Pull chicken and let sit for 3 minutes prior to plating. No. 16 JOSH DALLAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY DEREK WOOD STYLED BY KENN LAW GROOMING BY Sydney Zibrak No. 17 You spent a lot of time studying in London and working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and other prestigious groups - what kind of experience was that? It laid the greatest and most valuable foundation. I learned so much through working with such theatre companies and actors. AND I fell in love with bangers and mash. You then landed big part in last year’s blockbuster Thor, what was it like being thrown in to the Hollywood scene after years in theater? It was incredible and terrifying, all at the same time. I only had three days to rehearse before I started shooting, so it was a “baptism by fire,” but in the hands of the talented Kenneth Branaugh, I never got lost in the Bifrost. Marvel has such great filmmakers and it was a huge pleasure to work for them. What a reintroduction to the United States! Is there anything you miss about London? Anything you appreciate about the US? I miss the theatre. I appreciate everything about the US: it’s my home. You’ve now had great and well respected experience in theater, film, and television. How do you find they differ? Out of all three, which do you prefer to work on? They are all like walking tight ropes, but at differing heights. To act in theatre is to walk the tight rope high in the air. To act in film or television is to walk the tight rope a bit closer to the ground. Though they all have elements of risk, those risks vary in levels. I think I like working with the camera because I can be a little more free in front it. It always tells the truth. And the more I work with the camera, the more I look on it as a friend. You now may be best known for your role in Once Upon a Time, where you play a reworking of Prince Charming. You’ve spoken before about how your portrayal of the Prince gives him a more human depth, what is it like playing a man whose name very much precedes him? It is wonderful to play a character who is so honest, brave, and good. There’s something comforting about it, and in this day and age, we could all use a little bit of all of that. You’ve spoken before about your love of all things Disney, what’s it like being able to spend every day in a fairytale world? It doesn’t get better than spending every day in a world that master storytellers like the Grimm Brothers, Walt Disney, and now Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis have created. What are your long term goals? What, Interviewed by FRANCESCA NICOL No. 18 for you, would be the ultimate accomplishment as an actor? Work: I just want to keep telling stories, whether I’m acting, directing, or creating. If you were to star in a remake of a classic film, who would you want to play? Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. What do you do outside of acting? Do you have any hobbies? I ski, I just started golfing (I’m slightly worried because I’ve become obsessed) and I surf. What is on your iPod right now? “Days of Speed” by Paul Weller. What are your favorite TV shows at the moment, other than your own? Downton Abbey and American Horror Story. Do you have any pet peeves? I hate the sounds made by people licking their fingers. After the experience of moving to the vastly different culture of London, what other destinations might you like to test out? New Zealand and Paris. What is one thing you make sure to do every day? Laugh. previous image: SUIT: John Varvatos. Shoes: H&M, 39.99. SHIRT: G- STAR. JACKET: G-STAR ,SHIRT G STAR, $130.00. No. 19 SHIRT: G-STAR, $130.00. Pants: G-STAR. suspenders: DIESEL. No. 20 JACKET AND SWEATER: TED BAKER. SHIRT: JOHN VARVATOS. GLASSES: Leisure Society. PANTS: Heathrow, $174. No. 21 SHIrT AND TIE: jOHN VARVATOS. Tie Clip: Sorella Presents Palladium Jewelry, $955.00. CUFF: Rapparound pr. PANTS: G-STAR. No. 22 JACKET AND SWEATER: TED BAKER. SHIRT: JOHN VARVATOS. GLASSES: Leisure Society, $1165. PANTS: Heathrow, $174. No. 23 JACKET AND SWEATER: TED BAKER. SHIRT: JOHN VARVATOS. GLASSES: Leisure Society. No. 24 SWEATER: TED BAKER. SHIRT: G-STAR (Arizona Dot Shirt), $145.00. No. 25 Month of Style chelsea-bird.com Chelsea Brown began her blog as a way to keep in touch with her boyfriend Scott as she was away in Colorado one summer. Yet she didn’t realize her only audience was not just Scott. The website has since become a sensation of fashion and every day life with a dedicated fan base which grows every day. Her passion for love traces back to her childhood as Brown tells us. “I distinctly remember dressing myself in my favorite red, polka doted 101 Dalmatians dress at the age of five. I wanted to wear it every day!” And now, as she strays from children’s movie-related clothing, Brown is a loyal shopper of Levi’s, Madewell, Banana Republic, Coach, and Fossil - all of which we love too! Her classy, timeless style is what drew us to her blog. You’d get a kick out of her blog posts and countless images of iced coffee...because they’re just THAT good. This 24-year-old student is surely one to follow. No. 26 No. 27 relishing winter trends that will brighten your season PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRISTOPHER NOWLING styled by KRISTINA VAN DYK makeup: Alyson Granaderos hair: Lisa Bryant No. 28 wardrobe assistant: Jill McFadden No. 29 Shirt: J.Crew. Coat: Paul and Joe Sister. Scarf: Paul and joe. Sweater: Lauren Moffatt. Shirt: Yumi Kim. Jeans: Standards and Practice. Shoes: Shoes of Prey. 01 animal print No. 30 Coat: Lauren Moffatt. Pants: Paul and Joe. Coat: Lauren Moffatt. Gloves: Hasbeens. shoes: shoes of prey. 02 bright coats No. 31 Bag: Mei Vintage. Shoes: Moonisa. Knee highs: Hue. Dress: Lauren Moffatt. Silk collar dress: pinkyotto. burgundy 03 No. 32 Sweater: Finders Keepers. Skirt: Pencey. 04 No. 33 sequins Shirt: J.Crew. Skirt: leather local socialite. Tights: Hanes. bag: mei vintage. leather 05 No. 34 Dress: McGinn. Turtleneck: J.Crew. TIghts: DKNY. Booties: Very Volatile. Bracelet: ichael Kors. 06 turtlenecks No. 35 Skirt: Yumi Kim. Shirt: J.Crew. Bow tie:Â Ralph Lauren. Coat: Paul and Joe Sister. winter white 07 No. 36 Suit: Paul and Joe Paris.Â Shoes: Shoes of Prey. 08 No. 37 velvet No. 38 the PORTRAITS interviews with the extraordinaire No. 39 teri reeves photographed by vince trupsin Los Angeles, Houston, Grand Rapids, and San Diego are only a few places Northern California native Teri Reeves has lived in. On her journey to obtain both her Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Theater, the actress established a theater company and added training in Brazilian jiu jitsu into her busy lifestyle. Reeves spoke to Zooey Magazine about her character on NBC’s Chicago Fire, what it’s like training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and what characteristics her on screen dream role would inherit. How would you say you relate to your character Hallie on “Chicago Fire?” It’s a woman the writer knows in real life. Well most obviously she’s a resident in ER. She’s a doctor and I’m very wussy about that kind of thing. I could never do that and I admire her and all the doctors that can do that sort of thing. As a woman she’s a big feeler. I obviously relate to her in that way as an actress. She feels things deeply and fights for what she believes in which I hope I do in my own life. I admire that in her. Did you have to go through any training to go into your role? There are a couple of things they had us do I shadowed an ER hospital in Mercy Hospital in Chicago for an evening and saw some crazy things and learned about the doctor and their appreciation for life...which is big. We also do a lot of events with actual fire fighters in Chicago. I will often pull their wives or girlfriends aside and say what is it like because my character is the love interest of Jessie Spencer, the lieutenant firefighter, so what is it like having a husband or boyfriend that you don’t know is going to come home at night. They have been so generous sharing what it’s like for them. Also, my character is from the gold coast in Chicago so I’ll go to the gold coast and grab a cup of coffee and people watch just to get a feel for where my character is from. Tell me a little about your project “Battleground,” a series exclusively on Hulu, and your role in it. Battleground was fun. It was for Hulu so we didn’t have that network sort of pressure. It was more of an experiment. As an actress it was fun for me because a lot of it was dramedy and a lot of it was improvisational. This is not my forte, so it was a great challenge and we had a lot of laughs on set. It was a blast. Would you say your heart lies more in filming or improvisational comedy? Improv is terrifying to me but it’s always good to do something terrifying for you as an actress. Chicago Fire is the character or the kind of character I feel more comfortable in. She’s also very vulnerable and very open about her emotions, which is also a struggle for me as an actress. How would you describe your dream role in a film? I do Brazilian jiu jitsu in my spare time so I want to play a girl that kicks butt, like Buffy in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Jennifer Garner in Alias. I’d like to play one of those women that go out and kicks some ass but come home and is a regular woman, someone you can relate to. I started [jiu jitsu] couple of years ago. Right now, I’m a first degree blue belt so I’m working my way up. When I’m in Los Angeles, I train five or six days a week, but when I’m in Chicago, it’s more like three days because I’m shooting. You grew up traveling a lot, where would you say is your favorite place and why? All of the places I’ve lived, San Francisco is where my heart is. I relate to the people and just the nature there. As far as traveling, I like a lot of places that have a lot of history like European cities where you find a little nook and you see...an old church with the cracked walls and can sit with a cup of coffee and imagine how many people have traveled there. Now, you also do theatre; tell me about that part of your life. I went to an undergraduate and grad school for theater and acting. At my graduate school, you get very close since there’s only eight of you in a class so once I graduated there was six of us girls that thought theater with diversity and good roles for women were lacking in Los Angeles. So we’re a diverse group of women that started a couple of years back. We’ve won some awards and we do mostly site specific awards. So we’ll pick up a play that speaks to us and speaks to women and diversity in some way. We’ll set it in a place it’s actually set. If it’s set in a museum, we’ll stage a play there and have people come to the museum. Which do you like more, theater performances or filming on set? They’re both just different and there’s no favoring either for me. Theater is expansive and you’re connected with the audience in an immediate fashion which is a beautiful fulfilling thing. TV and film requires a certain delicate honesty and vulnerability…so to watch it on screen is just a fascinating challenge for me. Right now I’m sort of drawn to the film and TV aspect because I want to get that challenge met. Interviewed by MARJORIE YAN No. 40 hair: laura raszka. makeup: Myke Spezzano. dress: MCGINN. No. 41 hair: laura raszka. makeup: Myke Spezzano. top: aryn k. jacket: aryn k. skirt: paul and joe sister. No. 42 TORREY DEVITTO photographed by vince trupsin Torrey DeVitto has the privilege of not only working on two hit shows including ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and CW’s Vampire Diaries, but she also has the luxury of being on set with her husband, Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan Salvatore on Vampire Diaries. DeVitto moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue an acting career and has since then never stopped living the dream. DeVitto spoke to Zooey Magazine on about working with Wesley, how being a hospice spokesperson has changed her life, and the music aspect of her life. So, you moved to Los Angeles from New York after finishing high school. What was that transition like from east to west? Oh my gosh! I mean, I’ve been here in Los Angeles for 10 years and it was a crazy transition. I wasn’t fully prepared to be honest with you. I graduated high school six months early, flew out here first to get a manager. When I got my manager, I was only 17 and literally a week or month later, I turned 18. So my mom drove me and my car out here in Los Angeles and it was a crazy adjustment. It took me two - five years to find my footing and start working and simply being confident. Has acting always been your number one passion and career path? When did you realize this was what you wanted? According to my parents and according to home videos and personal photos, I was always a performer. I remember watching Les Miserables for the first time when I was six and I fell in love with the play and I dressed as Éponine (the character) for Halloween and I sang every single song I could knew and reenacted every single scene in the living room. That was when I knew when I wanted to be like those people. I started playing violin when I was six so I thought I could be a professional violinist, and it wasn’t until I was 15 when I got into acting classes and realized this was what I wanted to do. What is it like working on the show with Paul? We met on a movie (2004’s The Last Run) and so we both respect each other professionally and support each other when it comes to our work. On the set of The Last Run, there was a cast of 11 and it was set in Minneapolis. We all just went out together all the time and it became one of those situations where you didn’t think anything substantial would come out of it, but little did we know! We definitely do stay out of each other’s business when it comes to working together. We haven’t had any scenes together so we don’t actually ‘work’ together, therefore it’s very rare that we’re on set at the same time, which I do like. I think it’s great because you don’t want to blend working and pleasure too much. It is been a really nice balance. You’re also a dedicated hospice advocate and spokesperson. How has volunteering changed you as a person? I still volunteer and have two patients I continue to work with. I think everyone should get involved because it changes your life just meeting these people and hearing their stories and becoming a part of their lives as well as near the end of it, it’s about helping them transition into that new stage wherever they go. It’s kind of so beautiful to be there and witness that and also help make that process as comfortable as possible. It’s amazing. I feel like there’s a negative connotation about hospice and people think it’s scary or morbid or dark and it’s not. It’s actually the opposite and it is so beautiful. It opened my eyes for sure. Personally, looking at death and dying is not a scary thing to me. You’re also a musician; tell me a little more about that side of your life. Do you play professionally or just as a hobby? I’ll never let go of my violin playing. It’s something that’s a part of me and kind of keeps me sane. You know, when I first moved out here I played at the Sunset Room when it was still around with Brian McKnight’s band with Tommy Davidson had this whole show he put together. From that, I played on Raphael Saadiq’s album and I’ve sat in on Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the Topanga Orchestra. I have this amazing teacher named Marvin who I still play with when I’m in town. It keeps me going and last year I played on Stevie Nicks’ album. I don’t think I’ll take it professionally unless something lands on my plate, but I’ll never stop playing. If you could give advice to the younger you, say maybe 10 years ago, what would you say to her? I would have been just moving to Los Angeles. I would have told myself to hang in there that it’s going to get better and I did hang in there. I would’ve told myself that it’s ok and all the turmoil and stress that goes into your early 20s and to relish in it and take it in because that’s what’s going to make you who you are later so don’t judge it. I used to judge so hard when I’d get really depressed or stressed out when things not working. And, I would tell myself not to pre-determine the path I am going through, because everything will work out the way it’s supposed to and the ending is more rewarding when the struggle is really difficult. Struggle is definitely not a bad thing at all. Interviewed by MARJORIE YAN No. 43 BRITT ROBERTSON photographed by chris greco Don’t call her a Southern Belle. She may have been born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, but Britt Robertson’s spunky heart packs a punch that we much prefer to the saccharinity of your stereotypical Georgia Peach. Probably most recognizable for her roles as Lux Cassidy from CW’s Life Unexpected and Cassie Blake on The Secret Circle, Robertson heads back to the silver screen in next year’s Tim McCann-directed White Rabbit. She recently sat down to talk about rap music, snow storms, Steve Carell, and her latest partnership Tommy Hilfiger. What was it like moving from South Carolina to Los Angeles? I moved out here when I was 14 or 15. Because I was so young it didn’t really faze me. It just seemed awesome! New city, lots to do, new people. My mom home schooled me when I was younger so it wasn’t like I had this huge social life. New and exciting things were what I lived for. What was your first job when you got to LA? My first official job was as a Pink Ranger on The Power Rangers. I was 14 and I played the younger Ranger who wanted to be like the older Pink Ranger. I’d always wanted to be her, so it was really exciting when I booked that. How’s being the new face of Tommy Girl? It’s been really fun! I’ve gotten to do a lot of really cool things with them. I’ve met Tommy who is awesome. Being from the South, it was something I was really familiar with. For back to school shopping we would always go to Macy’s and other department stores, so Tommy Girl was a brand that I was familiar with; probably one of the only brands I was familiar with. It was like an ode to my childhood in a way. You got to go to Sundance this year for the premiere of The First Time. Sundance was such a whirlwind. I was shooting Secret Circle at the time in Vancouver. A huge snow storm came in, and the airport shut down the night I was supposed to fly out. We had to rent a car to pick me up in Vancouver, drive me over the border into Seattle where I then got on a flight that was over-sold by 150 people and somehow made it to Sundance. That ride was one of the scariest of my life. They were going through about a foot of snow, fishtailing; I was just holding on thinking “please let’s just get to Sundance alive.” By the time I got there, I was just so thankful to be there. Hopefully I’ll get to go back and be able to take it in a little bit more. You worked with Steve Carell in Dan In Real Life. How was that? Some of the biggest things I’ve learned in my career I learned from him. I was like 16 when I went into the project and I already admired him so much. I loved how he did comedy but could really do dramatic roles as well. Watching his process and being in scenes with him, I just remember being like okay this is what you’re supposed to feel when acting. This is the job I’m meant to do, and this is how it’s supposed to feel. On The Secret Circle, you played this sort of good witch, bad witch character. How was that? It was so much fun, and such a huge learning experience. I have some of the best friends from that show. We still get together and have dinner all the time. Television is crazy. They throw you these random story lines like a day before filming. It was acting boot camp at its finest. Did you learn anything about the occult while working on the show? People were always trying to scare us and tell us spooky stories. Like when we would be in the woods at 5 AM, the crew members knew I was a scaredy-cat so they’d always try to tell me ghost stories and spook me out. I wouldn’t say I learned a lot [about it], but I definitely got scared a lot. When were you the most freaked out? There was one time with our first AD—the coolest guy, such a sweetheart, really calm, always really good at his job. I had a scene where the secret book was hidden in a wall in my room which actually had a booby trap door on the other end, and I had to put my hand in and grab the book. Our first AD—god love him—stuck his hand in through the booby trap when I went in to grab the book and he grabbed my hand and yanked it forward. One of the scariest moments of my life. According to your Twitter bio, you have a rapper alter-ego? Yes! I love to rap. I’m horrible at it, but when my best friend and I get bored in the car and the music [on the radio] is horrible, we’ll turn it off, he’ll throw me a beat, and then I’ll come up with some flow, ya know? [laughs]. I like to say that I’ll be a rap artist one day. No Nicki Minaj or anything but maybe get an album out there. We’ll see what happens. Interviewed by ASHLEY SYMONE LEE No. 44 hair and makeup: Myke Spezzano. top: isle apparel. No. 45 hair: laura raszka. makeup: Myke Spezzano. top: PINKYOTTO. No. 46 alona tal photographed by vince trupsin Many actors and actresses can say they’ve served in the military- on screen that is. However, for the CW’s Cult actress Alona Tal, serving her (mandatory) time in the Israel military was a reality when he graduated high school. Tal spoke to Zooey Magazine about what the experience taught her, the difference in filming in Israel versus the United States, and her personal style. How would you say that you relate to your character in Cult? I’m a young girl in the city. You know, I’m working in a profession that has a lot of men. Even though she’s in the office she has to deal with a lot of testosterone and I find that can relate to that probably from army days. I have that experience that’s similar. Tell us about that experience and how you served in the Israeli military. I was three weeks out of high school and it’s mandatory where I come from. It’s just what you do and you give back. It’s what the country makes you do to make you pay your dues that way, other than taxes of course…it was just a necessity of where we are. It was one of the toughest experiences for more than one reason. You’re young and also going into an environment and establishment that’s not exactly easy, but it was probably one of the things that I’m more proud of because I’ve gained so many tools and to say that I’ve went through that it’s like a badge I wear, a badge of honor. was. It was a transition where I performed for my family and did little shows but I took it way more serious than that so my mother just assisted me and took me to classes and courses and I started working very early on. What would you say are the differences of filming in Israel versus the United States? Think of the size of the country and think of the size of the resources and that’s where the difference is. The level of creativity there is endless. You have amazing creative forces that have their means are just a little short. You know what I mean/smaller country, smaller budget and that’s really where the difference is. Although you have projects here that are small budget but there’s opportunity to be had here. Whereas there, it’s just smaller but I feel that there’s a real large sense of teamwork and community within whoever works on a particular project. There’s a camaraderie that happens because everyone’s in it. There are no trailers, there’s no such thing and no chair or an actor area and there are no craft services. When you’re not filming what you like to do for fun? I have two dogs and that’s my greatest idea of fun. Even though I’m a girl and I like shopping and having a good time like that, but right now I’ve adopted this thing where I rent a bicycle and I ride around Stanley park with my dog. I just enjoy it so much. Anything out doors is fine with me. So in Cult, you’re playing an actress portraying an LAPD detective? Did you have to train with real LAPD detectives? Well I didn’t have to, but I also know a few people who are detectives so I just asked them a few questions. You constantly go through research because you want to make sure whatever you do is right within the realms of the show, but I did my own. Not too extensive because the thing is, when you’re playing a show within a show you have to differentiate between natural real acting and the inside show acting so there has to be a little bit of an unrealistic element of the inside show to differentiate it for the viewer. How would you describe your own personal style? Any favorite designers or clothing that you favor over others? I recently discovered Brandy Melville that I love. I love Urban Outfitters and things like that and I obsess over it. There are so many young designers right now. I love J. Brand. I love vintage shopping. But Brandy Melville I really love their stuff because it’s basic and simple and cheap. It’s still like effortless. I really, really like it. I’m not picky. It’s not necessarily brand-ish stores that I like. Its (more about) individual pieces that have an element of chic, funky and something different but very elegant and clean so like that. I like to have some edgy and something different but I can’t pull off something to crazy or too eclectic even though I admire it on other people. Has acting always been your number one passion and career path? When did you realize this was what you wanted? When I was six, we had a housekeeper that I really loved so I wanted to be a housekeeper. That went away. I would get upset when she would give me the broom. I remember it. I don’t remember thinking about wanting to be an actress because I don’t think I understood what the concept of that Being that you have experienced different seasons, what would you consider to be your favorite and why? I’m a summer girl. I’m from Israel. You get to go to the beach with fun dresses and I feel like summer equals freedom from me. It’s just so much fun to go. Oh and they have great food over there. But favorite food is Pizza because I’m addicted to it, but every other food in Israel is amazing. Interviewed by MARJORIE YAN No. 47 DEAN GEYER photographed by chris greco In spite of what externalities might convey, Dean Geyer is not just another Hollywood playboy. Yes he’s good looking (very), and sure that accent doesn’t hurt matters, but he’s also got strong values. For Geyer it seems as though working in entertainment is not an excuse to indulge in the hedonistic values found in bars and luxury hotel rooms across Tinseltown. His trade is his sustenance. After moving to Australia from Johannesburg, South Africa, the singersongwriter-actor found himself in third place on the 2006 season of Australian Idol. This year, he takes on the U.S. with his role as Brody Weston on the 4th season of Glee. He talks to us about Idol, life in LA, something called Tall Poppy, and awkward kisses from senior citizens. Do you get a lot of compliments on your accent? I do, but it’s funny because everyone here thinks it’s Australian, and when I’m back in Australia everyone asks me where I’m from. I’ll go into a casting office and they’ll be like “ah I can hear that Aussie accent” and I’m like, “well I’m actually from South Africa.” Still, they usually insist that I have that Aussie twang. Do you miss home? I do. I’m out here [in Los Angeles] for a good eight-nine months out of the year. This is more of my work town. Home is like a getaway. I do completely different things there than I do over here; fishing and other hobbies with all of my family and close friends from school. How was being on Australian Idol? It was a great introduction into the industry because the competition was all about nurturing new talent. They protected us. We were all in this bubble; we stayed in the Idol house, we were taken around, the publicists kind of looked after us. We went through courses on how to deal with interviews and photo shoots and red carpets. It was a massive learning experience. Coming out of high school and playing in a band, then going straight on to Australian Idol was a really big life change for me. Within days, people started recognizing us on the streets. How did it feel to have people going crazy over you? Everywhere I go and whatever I do, I’m just the same person. So for people to make a big deal about who I am is a very weird thing. It’s hard to explain, but you have to learn how to deal with different types of people. You have really young fans, guys that want to start fights, and old ladies who want to give you kisses on the cheek. I figure as long as you make people happy and make them smile that’s all that matters. How does the industry here in LA differ from Australia? In Australia, the industry is a lot smaller. There are no paparazzi. There aren’t too many opportunities. Once you finish up over there, there really isn’t anywhere else to go but to the States. There’s something called the Tall Poppy Syndrome in Australia, where once someone gets to a certain level of fame, people try to tear them down and bring the person to reality, which isn’t entirely bad because it keeps your head on straight. The [media] feels like its their purpose to do that. Here, people are genuinely interested in what projects you’re doing and how your career is progressing. So you’re now part of the Glee cast. That must be exciting! For me this is the big break that I’ve been looking for. Being on Glee is a full-time job because you have dance rehearsals, singing rehearsals, recording sessions; it truly is a musical every day. I have so much respect for the crew and cast. I think I’m going to learn a lot. It’s funny because I finished up a show called Terra Nova about a year ago and I’ve been auditioning since then. There was a time that I thought I needed to go back to acting classes or have a coach before every audition. I even had a chat with my manager who told me that I needed to up my game. I was getting worried about my work. Every actor goes through a time when they doubt themselves. What kept you going? Definitely the friends I have here who go through the same thing. Especially getting together and talking about the things that aren’t going right in your life [laughs]. Also my girlfriend, who is an actor as well. What about Glee are you most looking forward to? I’m really looking forward to getting back into singing. I haven’t been in the studio or written any songs for a couple of years now. Music was my first passion. Being able to get back into the studio in addition to acting is a big deal for me. It’s the best of both worlds. Interviewed by ASHLEY SYMONE LEE No. 48 grooming: Myke Spezzano. stylist: lyndzi trang. No. 49 grooming: Myke Spezzano. stylist: lyndzi trang. No. 50 CRESS WILLIAMS photographed by chris greco Your first impression of Cress Williams might not exactly scream “approachable.” At a formidable (and very muscular) 6’5,” he commands a room upon entering, but before his stature can slay you, he flashes a sunny smile that spans the width of his face, accompanied by a polite nod and an arm extended for shaking hands. It’s hard not to note his gracious and humble tactics. He’s arrived for our Sunday morning interview with his darling seven-year old daughter in tow, and it’s obvious that for Williams, family takes precedence. Notable for his role as Wyatt Mathewson on the hit series, Prison Break, Williams currently stars alongside Rachel Bilson as Mayor Lavon Hayes on The CW series Hart of Dixie. I sat down with the German-born hunk to talk Marlon Brando, superheroes, and the secret to postgrad sanity. It seems like family is pretty important to you. Yeah it is. My seven-year-old daughter and I always hang out. We have a lot of fun. Ever since she was born, it’s been so important to me to be able to take her everywhere, and be a part of her life on a very regular basis. Tell us about where you’re from. You were born in Germany? I was born in Heidelberg, Germany after my father was drafted into the Army. We moved back to Chicago before my mother and I left for California where we lived in Compton until I was seven. We then moved to Orange County and that’s where I pretty much grew up. Have you ever gone back to Germany? I haven’t. My father was drafted right after my parents got married. He basically calls her up and says “get out here I want to make a baby” [laughs]. As soon as I was born, we came right back. And you were also on the original “Beverly Hills 90210,” which is incredible. Yes, which was wild! That was literally my first job ever. I was still finishing up college at UCLA, and I’d only done theater up to that point. It was a great place to get started. I knew it was an iconic show. I like to say I’m an O.G. because I was on the original 90210! Did your classmates treat you any differently? The first year, I was just like everyone else, then summer came around and when I went back for my second year, ev- erything was different. Women who did not know me suddenly knew me, and people who wouldn’t give me the time of day laughed at everything I said. It was an adjustment. How was life after you graduated? I thought once I left school, all of the other talented theater majors who wanted to do this for a living would all go out and do it together, just like it was in college except we’d be getting paid for it. Once I left the structure of school, I found it to be really solitary. A lot of really talented people fell by the wayside. It’s all about perseverance and talent in addition to providence and blessings. It was hard to deal with leaving that structure. I teach an acting class on Saturdays and I try to instill within my students some of things that I had to learn on the fly that hopefully they won’t have to. The biggest thing I tell people is to create a life outside of show business. You have such an extensive portfolio. Is that something you strived towards or did it all kind of fall into place? Range is something I definitely try to do. When I was a kid, I just wanted to be a comedic actor. I was drawn to this weird mix of Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy style comedy. I had a life changing moment when after watching the original Guys and Dolls with Marlon Brando, I came home one evening and my mother was watching The Godfather. At first I didn’t even recognize [Brando], and then it hit me that that was the guy I just saw singing and dancing. I was amazed by how well he could run the gamut. It was then I realized I wanted a career where that was the goal. Tell me about working on Hart of Dixie. It’s going really well. I’m excited about this season because I think everyone involved has sort of settled and we really know what we’re doing now. Our show is so different. It isn’t a hardcore drama, but it isn’t a zany comedy either. It walks that line. I think it took us a while to figure out what that line was, but I think we understand that now. We’re all just so appreciative to be returning. What would be your dream role? I’m just going to geek out and say that I need to play a superhero before I die. There’s a Marvel Comics character called The Black Panther. I’m so happy they haven’t done it yet because I want my shot. *Writer’s note: if any producers and casting execs are reading this, I demand that you make this happen. Interviewed by ASHLEY SYMONE LEE No. 51 OSRIC CHAU photographed by vince trupsin Osric Chau would describe himself as being a very physical person. Whether it be learning how to play ice hockey or training in martial arts, Chau loves being active. Not only is he physically active, but also creatively. The Vancouver, BC native is not only an actor, but also a producer and writer. Chau spoke about his different hobbies, his ideal role in a feature film, and his inspirations in the entertainment industry. turning into more of a school group project and that was my favorite part. Because of this, I started writing and producing and doing all of the little jobs around set. It helped me to appreciate everyone’s job that much more and it also helped me enjoy the experience a lot more. It’s incredible how the crews on set are so dedicated and seeing how hard they work makes it worthwhile. Now, filmmaking is my biggest hobby. Not just acting but also producing. Now, on to more comedic role of yours, tell me about Fun Size and your character on that. In Fun Size, I play the character Peng and he is this loudmouth-conspiring-ladies-man and he’s such a fun character. It was the first comedy I ever did and the whole process was like a big joke in a good way. It was always a lot of fun to do and the scenes we did were just so over the top ridiculous. I found most days that I was trying my best to hold a straight face and take it seriously. It’s a comedy about a girl who tries to find her brother who ran off while trick-ortreating, and she recruits these two nerds in her class. So my character is dressed as Aaron Burr, he’s the 3rd Vice President of the United States and is famous for shooting Alexander Hamilton in a dual. It’s just a very obscure reference that’s part of the joke I suppose. I wear this little league jersey and there’s a woman’s blouse under that, then on top of that, I wear powdered wig and I’m in that in the outfit for almost the entire movie. Who’s your biggest inspiration in the industry and why? I’ve been doing a lot of writing recently and Matt Damon has always been the kind of guy I looked up to. Good Will Hunting is a favorite of mine. I think he’s an amazing actor and he’s done a lot of different genres and he’s also written an incredible script. Another favorite is Tom Hanks. I like the way his career has gone and the projects he’s chosen. I haven’t seen all his work, but everything I have seen is amazing and the fact that he’s getting into producing and directing makes him even more great. I know you guys would film all night and somewhat sleep during the day. Was that a fun movie to film? That was a blessing. We shot the movie in Cleveland, Ohio and it was really a hot summer. I’m not very good with the heat. LA is hard for me because summers are really hot. Luckily, we got to shoot mostly at night. With that said, I loved it. Though, I don’t know how I even survived especially with that wig on. You’re a producer, writer, and actor. Which do you see you most connected with and want to pursue more? I look at film making as a collaborative experience and whether you’re a writer director, make-up artist or hair stylist, or lighting technician. Everyone works together to make a finished product. When I first started, one of the reasons why I didn’t like it was because I just looked at what was sticking out. But the more I looked at it, I realized how everyone else was involved and saw how much time and effort they put into the smallest details, it started Trained martial artist since you were 13. Where did you train? When I was five, I started watching professional wrestling so I was a fairly violent child. I grew up with Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles. My mom finally let me take martial arts classes. That first summer that we first started, we took two classes every single day and when since I was 13...I was so behind. Jackie Chan started when he was a toddler. We trained every single day, and at home we’d be watching martial arts videos and movies where I’d imitate them. We put ourselves through fairly intensive training and I really wanted that to be part of my life. It resulted to me going to Beijing to train with the Beijing Sports Team University and that was even crazier than I could imagine and it was a very a different lifestyle. I went there to train eight hours a day, every single day and thinking back, I see how intense and crazy it all was! What do you do for fun when you’re not filming? Right now, and in the last two weeks I’ve been into ice hockey. I’ve been skating every single day and taking skating lessons and playing games. I got NHL 2013 and I decided that because there’s a lockout, I’m going to surround myself with hockey. I started a character on the game so I’m training at the same time. I have the same skill sets and I have the game so I’m mirroring my game life and my real life. Interviewed by MARJORIE YAN No. 52 grooming: Myke Spezzano. pants: PJ PAUL & JOE. shirt: PAUL & JOE HOMME. 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Shoes: Fornarina. Bag: Sorial. No. 66 it wasn’t my plan. i knew I was on an unusually short 30-minute clock watch to catch up with twilight’s emotionally distant vampire Rosalie, played by the evenmore-stunning in-person Nikki Reed, and despite the panic desperately vying to take me captive, I was determined to hurtle through my pages and pages of questions before she abandoned me for a fitting at Alice & Olivia across the street. Once she sat down for a green tea sip at West L.A.’s trendy Cuvee Café on Robertson though, all prepared questions flew off my radar in exchange for a conversation I could never have anticipated. My allotted 30 minutes turned into an hour as I listened to her perspective on family. A perspective doused in wisdom and yet so simplistically straightforward that it stirred an impulse to let go of any fears that have in turn fractured my own familial relationships. Reed’s family has always been a vital part of both her life and career. She is, after all, the girl that at 13-yearsold co-penned and starred in the controversial indie hit Thirteen that had parents everywhere shocked at what young teen girls were up to when they weren’t being watched. Promoted as a semi-autobiographical film, Reed was instantly identified as an undisciplined wild child with dysfunctional parents. It’s 11 years later and that girl thought to be so corrupt is now blissfully married, has a fiercely close relationship with her family, and has given tabloids the opportunity to write only about her work. Reed and her work will soon pop up everywhere. Her chic style has recently been stamped onto her paternal grandmother-inspired jewelry line Mattlin Era, her voice will be heard on the November release of the EP she recorded with her husband (American Idol season 10 contestant Paul McDonald), and those acting chops will of course show up in the last Twilight installment Breaking Dawn: Part II in November as well as in four other films slated for release in 2013 including comedy Empire State which she stars opposite Liam Hemsworth. Regardless of her booming career, it’s obvious that above all Reed treasures her collection of family memories. A collection she wouldn’t be adding to if it weren’t for her bold and compassionate honesty with those she loves. The conversation I originally planned would never have been so enlightening, and it had me questioning if perhaps I was actually talking with a vampire rather than a 24-year-old Nikki Reed. Let’s be honest here. To be as self-aware and wise as she, wouldn’t there have to be hundreds of years behind her? I must tell you I really love your blog. It’s insightful, thought provoking, and nostalgic. [smiles] Did you read my last post? Where you sang with that band of kids outside the bookstore? Yeah! Wasn’t that cute how Paul pulled me up there? He’s so good about taking time to notice what others would just disregard. Singing with them reminded me of growing up on the promenade in Santa Monica watching kids perform. What was it like growing up in Los Angeles? Well, it’s all I knew. I had very encouraging parents that let my older brother and I explore who we were. It was never about, “No you can’t do that” or “You’re too this and not enough that.” When I was 11, my friend Brenda was over spending the night and we painted my entire room purple. My Mom came in the next morning and said, “Looks cool.” She was very easy going in letting us do our thing. My Dad was great too… when I was 6 he took me on a donkey ride through the Grand Canyon. This is polar opposite from the family you portrayed in Thirteen. I have tons of regrets with that. Thirteen was really hard on my family. I wrote this movie about them and their flaws and imperfections and what it was like growing up. It was from one kid’s perspective and not a well rounded one. You get older and it’s like, how dare I portray my father as being a totally vacant careless schmuck? As a kid I sometimes saw my Dad like that, but now that I’m older I wonder how I could have done that to him and be swept up on this promo tour sitting in these interviews not realizing how hurtful it No. 67 Sweater: Darling. Blouse: Finders Keepers. Skirt: Cameo. Thigh Highs: Nordstrom. Shoes: Fornarina. Earrings: Nissa Jewelry. Blue Stone Ring: Nissa Jewelry. Woven Gold Ring: Lia Sophia. No. 68 Sweater: Darling. Necklace: Kate Spade. Black lace Pants: SW3 UK. Rings: Lia Sophia. Ring: London Manori. Shoes: Shoes of Prey. Earrings: Lia Sophia. No. 69 was when I said, “This is autobiographical.” No! Parts were autobiographical, but everything was exaggerated. That’s not my Dad. My Dad is a man that for as long as I can remember has kept a book of favorite things his kids say. The other night we were all around the dinner table and my brother was in this really bad mood. He looked up and said, “Dad! I just feel like you’re being really violent with your utensils.” Dad said, “Well, that’s going in the book.” You have a blog post where you talk about walking around Chicago hand-in-hand with your Dad as he shared the architectural facts of each building. Seems like you’re incredibly close now. We weren’t close growing up and I guess it was both of our faults. He was waiting for me to come around and I was bitter about him divorcing Mom. As a kid, you don’t have the mental capacity to understand why adults make the decisions they make and sometimes you hang on to that. I was shooting a movie in Sacramento and I called my Dad and said, “We need to have a real talk.” We went to Islands and I told him all these things that he had no idea I wanted. I said, “I want you to call me everyday and maybe five times a day and even if I say I’m fine I want you to say you don’t sound fine. I need you to dig deeper and tell me you love me every time you hang up the phone.” There were all these things he didn’t understand about me. Things I wanted and needed and the amazing thing is there weren’t any questions asked on any demand. It was just, “Okay.” From that day on my Dad did what I needed and he wasn’t awkward about it. He just got up the next morning and called me. I had been so hard on him and he’s just a person who didn’t know what I wanted. You being so upfront is really inspiring. Fears of not being worthy of such attention or not getting the desired reaction often keep people like me from expressing their needs. Then resentment develops because needs were never clearly communicated. Exactly. After my conversation with my Dad, I started to make…not perfect choices in men, but better. The bar was raised. Girls need their Dads. It gives them a sense of validation. I had a really horrible break-up a few years ago and I moved in with him afterward. I was already way past the age when you’re supposed to be living with your parents, but I told him, “I have enough money to live by myself, but I would like to live with you for a little while. It would make me feel more complete coming home and making dinner together instead of being alone in my apartment and eventually rushing to fill a void.” My Dad is my best friend now. Did Paul get your Dad’s approval right away? Actually my Dad was my date to the premiere where I met Paul. I got stuck in L.A. because my flight to Vancouver was cancelled, so Catherine Hardwicke [director of “Thirteen“] invited me to the premiere of “Red Riding Hood.” It was 4pm, I had to find a dress, I was tired, hadn’t washed my hair and had to be there at 6. I wanted to support her so I went with unwashed hair. [laughs] All the guys ended up being there from “American Idol” and my Dad said, “Go say hi to that guy.” I walked over to Paul and knew I was in love within one second of saying hi. It was the craziest thing that has ever happened to me in my life. What made him different from other guys? He’s the kind of person I didn’t have to sell to anyone. You know when you’re dating a guy that kind of sucks and you have to be like, “He’s got a great job, he was such a precocious kid or you should really see the artwork in his house.” You’re always trying to come up with these weird things to make him seem better than he is. With Paul, I just said, “You’re going to love him.” That’s all I have to say because it’s true. I love being married to him because the person you’re married to represents you and he’s so well loved. I also think we have this awesome way of balancing each other out. He would be fine living in a pop-up tent and eating ramen every day and I tend to be very ambitious. Once I met him I thought, “How about we live in a pop-up tent and eat ramen on the weekends and then we could be productive during the week?” Will you spend Christmas in a pop-up tent? [laughs] No, we’ll be with family. Decorating the tree and buying ornaments is huge in Paul’s family, so we’ll have a tree decorating party. My Mom is super crafty so last year she made ornaments out of pipe cleaners and wood and she glued things here and there. Does she make your gifts too? Sometimes. Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money, so everything (even socks) were wrapped separately so we felt like we had a lot of stuff under the tree. It’s still like that with my family at Christmas. I’ve never opened anything crazy expensive. For me it’s just about being with family and appreciating who they are. No. 70 Interviewed by LECIA DOSS Dress: Minkpink. Pearl Necklace: London Manori. Diamond Necklace: Lia Sophia. Watch: Vintage. Stone Earring: Nissa Jewelry. Stone Ring: Lia Sophia. Shoes: Hey Lady by The Leung twins. No. 71 Floral Dress: Ted Baker. Necklaces: Charles Albert. Earrings: Lia Sophia. Gloves: Swedish Hasbeens. â€œGirls need their Dads. It gives them a sense of validation.â€? No. 72 Sweater: Lauren Moffatt. Bangles: Lia Sophia. Shorts: Harlyn. Rings: Lia Sophia. Shoes: Chromatic Gallerie. 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