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MAN OF METROPOLIS | THE HOLLYWOOD ISSUE

Gregg Sulkin

MARVEL’S Runaways

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FX’S Gianni Versace

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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

PHOTOGRAPHER BRENT CHUA FASHION DIRECTOR SETH TRAVIS GROOMING SHIMU TALENT LUCAS ERNST (dna), NOAH TEICHER (new york models), PIETRO BALTAZAR (next), GRAY EBERLEY (soul), and MICHAEL MORGAN (new york models)


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1.) How did you get scouted or discovered? I was scouted in 2015 while i was hanging out after school with some friends. 2.) Did you play any sports in high school, if so what kind of sport. if not, what did you do for fun? Actually, I was kind of overweight when I was younger and didn’t play much sports. But then I was introduced to Muay Thai boxing and with this my love into fitness grew more and more. 3.) If you could wish for one thing this holiday season, what would it be and why? I do not wish for much this holiday season. I’m just looking forward to spending some time with my family, my girlfriend, and my friends. 4.) There are a lot of super hero movies these days; and if you could be any and have a super power, what would it be and why? I’m not that into superhero movies I have to say. But If I had to choose a superpower I think it would be pretty cool to fly and go anywhere I want really fast! 5.) Any plans for the winter? I will just have a nice comfy winter at home and then looking forward for a great and powerful new year!

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model NOAH TEICHER agency NEW YORK MODELS age 21 country USA

1.) How did you get scouted or discovered? I was discovered when my fathers agent Ken Harvey from 25 years ago had seen pictures of me after graduating high school. Ken called my dad that day to find out if i would ever pursue modeling, I was caught by surprise, at the time I was either going to continue playing baseball or join the military, but of course i said yes. The next day Ken told me LA models was interested. 2 weeks later I was on a plane to Los angeles. 2.) Did you play any sports in high school, if so what kind of sport. if not, what did you do for fun? In Highschool I played baseball, my family was big on it and i had played since i was a kid. Then after taking a hiking trip to the alps and pyrenees end of sophomore year I decided to focus more on school and possibly taking on another career. I was also skateboarding a lot. 3.) If you could wish for one thing this holiday season, what would it be and why? My wish is that everyone who reads this interview will go out this holiday season, find someone in need of help or comfort and do their part in making the holidays happier for everyone. some people won’t be with their families enjoying a warm meal, and you never know what a simple action or a few nice words may do for someone. spread the love. 4.) What super power would you want and why? I would be spider-man because he’s from Queens, New York just like myself. If I could have any super power it would be teleportation so I could make it to all the castings. 5.) Any plans for the winter? Family time is a big one, and definitely going snowboarding, I’m just hoping it snows a lot in NYC this year. stay warm everyone! 36 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


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model PIETRO BALTAZAR agency NEXT age 20 country BRAZIL 1.) How did you get scouted or discovered? I was discovered at a party last year, by agent Sergio Mattos from 40 Graus Models in Rio de Janeiro . 2.) Did you play any sports in high school, if so what kind of sport. if not, what did you do for fun? I am a sports kid, I skate, I run, I played soccer my whole life, including in a soccer team .. 3.) If you could wish for one thing this holiday season, what would it be and why? To know some new place, paradisiac, with good friendships! 4.) There are a lot of super hero movies these days; and if you could be any and have a super power, what would it be and why? I really like Flash because I’ve always enjoyed running, and I’ve always found it pretty fast, but maybe I’d like to have the skills of a special agent like Jason Bourne! 5.) Any plans for the winter? I do not make many plans, I follow the “ waves “ ! 38 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


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model MICHAEL MORGAN agency NEW YORK MODELS age 24 country WALES 1.) How did you get scouted or discovered? My sister entered me in a modelling competition that i didnt know anything about, turns out i won it and got signed to an agency haha, crazy 2.) Did you play any sports in high school, if so what kind of sport. if not, what did you do for fun? In High School i played Rugby but had no real interest in it, boxing was always my interest so i did that everyday after school. 3.) If you could wish for one thing this holiday season, what would it be and why? Just to get home safe and sound to Wales to see my family for Christmas 4.) There are a lot of super hero movies these days; and if you could be any and have a super power, what would it be and why? I like the villains actually, maybe Bane but with the Hulks power, no idea why, just would be interesting. 5.) Any plans for the winter? I gotta go ice skating at least once (and not fall on my face).

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1.) How did you get scouted or discovered? I had a test shoot with my aunt, and then through a family connection was able to get those pictures in front of Bruce Weber. He asked me if I was able to make it to Montauk the next day shoot for V Man magazine so I said yes without hesitation. 2.) Did you play any sports in high school? When I was in high school I played a lot of sports. I love to try new things and learn new skill sets. I started off with hockey, snowboarding was where my heart was. I attended a boarding school in Bali, one of the biggest attractions for me was that they had a surf team. 3.) If you could wish for one thing this holiday season, what would it be and why? If I could wish for one thing this holiday season, without a doubt it would be the AWE Grand Touring Cat-back exhaust system for my 2011 A4. It is a high flow exhaust system. 4.) If you could be any super hero or have any super power what would it be and why? If had to be a super hero I think I would be star lord, the protagonist of guardians of the galaxy. I feel like I can relate to him because he has a little bit of an outlaw side to him and he always has a sense of humor. 5.) Any plans for the winter? I currently don’t have any winter plans but I hope to go snowboarding out west with my dad and younger brother.

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HOLLYWOOD | Spotlight

RUSSELL LEWIS

MM: When did you want to get into acting? How did you get started? RL: I did a couple of plays in high school. A friend of mine was in the theatre club and got me involved. I think it really started though as kids. We grew up in the middle of nowhere upstate New York, and we didn’t have cable, so we didn’t watch a lot of TV. My brothers and I would just play outside all day making up characters and stories. MM: What was the move out to LA like from the east coast? RL: It was much needed. I wasn’t really pursuing acting as much as I would’ve liked in NYC. All my energy was exhausted trying survive and pay bills. I made the decision to make the move and within three weeks I quit my job packed a few belongings and moved. I didn’t even know where I was going to sleep when I got there. Luckily some friends pulled through for me and offered me their couches! MM: What projects / shows / shorts were you doing before you were cast in GODLESS? RL: Mostly Indie films and small roles here and there on TV. Teen Wolf, The Bold and the Beautiful, Major Crimes to name a few. MM: Tell us about your characters in the new NETFLIX series? (issue out Dec 1) RL: Our characters are misunderstood, troubled young men... Haha no, they’re violent sociopaths living in a world where they can get away with murder... Not someone to bring home to meet your mother.

and Matt and I were supposed to be very serious. You want to know how to make prairie dog soup? We also had some amazing dance parties with Michelle Dockery and the ladies of Labelle at a local restaurant. They’d let us stay after closing time and we’d dance all night! MM: What was the most challenging thing about filming GODLESS? BEST PART of filming GODLESS? RL: Most Challenging part of filming GODLESS would definitely be the elements. We filmed in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. We filmed for three months. In those three months we experienced monsoon season, summer, fall and winter. Our last few days on set were so cold we were putting our hands between the horses and saddles to keep them warm. Best part, the crew!!! We had an amazing crew that took really great care of us. Westerns are a beast of a challenge to film/produce and they endured a lot more than we the actors did and they slayed it!!! Shout out to Bea, Kat and Jess! You ladies rock! MM: What actor or actors do you really admire? RL: Well first, the many great actors that we worked with on Godless. Watching Jeff Daniels work on set is like a master class in acting. Michelle Dockery and Jack are O’connel were amazing to work with as well. I’m also a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jake Gyllenhaal. MM: If you could star in any old western movie, remade today, what film, what character, who would you want to direct it? RL: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I’d play Sundance. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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M AT T H E W L E W I S

MM: When did you want to get into acting? How did you get started? ML: I feel like ever since I was little I was interested in acting but didn’t have much of an opportunity growing up in a small town. I guess playing outside with my brothers really helps shape my imagination. I got started by making the decision to move to NYC and begin the grind. I served tables, and put in my time just like so many others. One step lead to another and I just stayed persistent. MM: What was the move out to LA like from the east coast? ML: The move was easy. I only came out with one suitcase and a backpack. I was only intending to stay for pilot season then never went back hahaThe actual hardest part, which is still hard is just being away from the entire family. MM: What projects / shows / shorts were you doing before you were cast in GODLESS? ML: I made several appearances on the Investigation discovery channel, had the opportunity to work with some awesome music artists which is mentioned in my bio, and plenty of indie short films. MM: Tell us about your characters in the new NETFLIX series? ML: We are terrible people!!! The worst, but we could not have asked for characters that were more fun to play. MM: Any funny stories on set, you can embarrass yourself just not your actor peers here?

gler as he did the same with his horse. Next thing I know, something spooked the horse, or it stepped on a cactus or something and it was gone, and I was in the air, then on the ground. It didn’t hurt at all, but that’s one way to NOT feel very cool in front of the other cowboys. After that they gave me a different horse, my soul mate, Buttercup. We were the best of friends for the entire shoot. MM: What was the most challenging thing about filming GODLESS? ML: It was an amazing shoot and ran so smoothly for having such a huge cast. Probably the most challenging thing about shooting was the last day. It was early December and bitter cold MM: What actor or actors do you really admire? WML: I would say Daniel Craig and Charlize Theron. Both of them are incredible actors and they get to play such amazing characters. Plus, I wouldn’t mind playing Daniel Craig’s son in a Bond movie. MM: If you could star in any old western movie, remade today, what film, what character, who would you want to direct it? ML: “Winchester ‘73” the 1967 remake because Russ and I could play the brothers, Lin and Dakin McAdam. There are several directors I could think of for this, but after seeing how amazing “Godless” turned out, it would be cool to see what Scott Frank could do with it.

ML: Mine happened on pretty much on day 1. We had the opportunity to go through what everyone was calling “Cowboy Camp.” It was twelve days of horseback riding and fire arms training. Since we did all of our own riding in the show we had to perfect this and get to know our horse counterpart. My first day was supposed to be simple. I was on my horse, walking at a slow pace talking to the wran65


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Edgar Ramirez has taken on some big roles before. He played Ares the god of war in Wrath of the Titans, was commissioned as ‘Paz’ to take out Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum, and starred as Bohdi in the 2015 remake of Point Break opposite Luke Bracey’s Johnny Utah. This January he personifies fashion icon Gianni Versace. Ryan Murphy’s Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is the first follow-up production to American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson which earned two golden globes one for Best Television Limited Seriessecond for Sarah Paulson as super lawyer Marcia Clark. Ramirez threw himself into the role as seen by the trailers and still photos teased over the last several weeks. Ramirez is nown for his full head of black hair and beard, but he disappears into Gianni with a receding hairline lighter locks and dons the famed embellished if not over-the-top Italian designer’s look perfectly. We sat down with the actor to ahead of the world wide release to talk about Versace, Fashion and his other upcoming role in Netflix’s, Bright.

dramatically gripping at the same time that also has a social relevance. He captures something that is going on in society. Tell us about your preparation to play the role of Versace? I tried to educate myself about the House of Versace and the brand. I tracked down several people who were very close to Gianni. I have a very journalist approach to my characters so I would research the story and document information about the controversial murder. What did you find interesting about the time Versace was becoming a fashion icon? Up until Versace Sexuality and glamour was always separated. Versace was able to combine those elements. He mixed sexuality from the 70’s and money from the 80’s and the glamour of the 90’s. Everybody went crazy for it. Gianni became one of the most universal designers.

Tell us about getting cast in the American Crime Story telling of Gianni Versace’s death?

Did you get to party at the Versace house?

The director called me up and he offered me to come on board for this adventure, I said yes. When I read the outline of the story, and Ryan has the ability to create something interesting, that are

The house was legendary for the parties. It was the legend and myth but Gianni was very quite very reserved. He understood the importance of the celebration of life, sexuality, and color. He

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would go to bed early and get up early and work. He wasn’t the party animal. The house is gorgeous and spectacular, we were shooting in multiple places in the house at one time, so no parties. It was very moving to see. I think it was a house of creativity. What kind of fashion do you appreciate? I love style all the way through architecture and other forms of design because I love history. Fashion and interior design captures a specific moment in time. I don’t need to be wearing everything that is out there right now. I try to be a man of my time. I tend to be more classic but I do have an appreciation for avant garde. Tell us about a fashion memory you have on the red carpet? I wore this deep blue double breasted suit with a white pin stripe for the Hands of Stone premiere at the 2016 Cannes film festival with Robert DiNiro. What men’s brands or styles do you like? I am very eclectic, I love Todd Snyder. I also, love Hugo Boss; I work for the brand actually. I like what Calvin Klein is doing right not it is very interesting and exciting. Let’s talk about the NETFLIX show, Bright. Tell us about your character, he is well dressed we see!?

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“It is a huge movie made only for NETFLIX, we are witnessing a deep shift in culture. The ways we are consuming stories right now is thrilling to be at the center of that shift.” When I met with the costume designer about options in the way the director David Ayer wanted the elves to be presented. I said, I got the right people to do this in New York, Kiton. So they dressed me for this film. Actually it was great because the elves are very stylish, they are the 1% in that world. Can you tell us more about the film? The film is set in Los Angeles. The rules are the same, you have to pay your bills but there is still this social tension, the racial tension in the city in an alternate universe. The film deals with power and balance which is one of the main subjects in society right now. It is a huge movie made only for NETFLIX, we are witnessing a deep shift in culture. The ways we are consuming stories right now is thrilling to be at the center of that shift.


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Brittany Snow has had an extremely busy holiday season We can see her in Austrailia promoting the third installment of Pitch Perfect 3 all over social media. The third installment of the Bellas Adventures releases in the U.S. December 22nd. We sat down with Brittany to catch up on how Pitch Perfect started; what it was like to bring her character back twice and the power of love, the women’s movement and self acceptance. Did you know there would be a 3rd Pitch perfect? When we signed on to do Pitch Perfect we didn’t know it would become a franchise, it was kind of low budget. We were all making the lowest amount you can make on a studio budget. I remember reading the script and thinking it was really witty. The characters were really interesting so I had to be apart of it. The past six years has been a dream because you sign on to a movie and you never know where they are going to take you. I made some of my best friends through the film. I have been to weddings, I’ve had roommates and boyfriends because of it. When they asked me to do the third one, my answers is always yes because I get to work with my closest friends. I get to sing and dance — it’s not a bad job. In the upcoming film you are headed to Europe for the USO tell us more about the feeling of this sequel? We have a lot of action in this one, still singing and dancing and it is really fun and bigger than ever. Where did you travel to for shoots? Originally when we signed on we were all going to France. That was really exciting for all of us. It is Hollywood and so that didn’t happen we ended up shooting the entire time in Atlanta. It was really fascinating how they could recreate the sets. Tell us more about your character Chloe in the film, now reprising the role for the 3rd installment what has it been like to create and evolve the character? She wasn’t really that defined she was Aubrey’s best friend. She was quirky and she sang, and so I went to Jason Moore 74 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM

“ The past six years has been a dream because you sign on to a movie and you never know where they are going to take you. I made some of my best friends through the film.” at the time who was the director and said you know there is this shower scene between her and Anna Kendrick, but nothing really happens. She is this friend that’s always around but I really want to make here a little bit more quirky and a little weirder. So we developed these things where she would be a really close talker and didn’t really understand personal boundaries. I took things from people around me and even traits from myself to build out this character. Over the past six years it has been really fun to keep playing her. I always imagined in my mind that Chloe didn’t have brothers and sisters so she really appreciates this support system and doesn’t want to let go of the Bellas. What was your favorite scene in the original Pitch Perfect? I don’t watch the film often but when it is on TV, for some reason the same scene is on where we are singing a cappella in the empty pool. That scene for me was the first time that the audience saw what we already knew; that we all really like each other. What is your perspective on beauty for women? The definition for beauty has changed overtime. I could not be more proud of myself for that. It took me a long time. I think that is because I grew up in the business and was constantly surrounded by women and the standard of beauty that the media put out there. I definitely looked for beauty maybe in the wrong places. I looked up to women who had poise and grace and class which was what my parents raised me to focus on. What I really admire now, is embracing the things that I don’t have that I always wanted and the acceptance that I don’t have it. I am 31 years old PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN RUSSO


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and I am never going to be a Supermodel, I’m never going to look a certain way and to really embrace what I do have. I think that is a really hard thing to do for people especially young women because they are constantly comparing themselves to Instagram, or magazines. What people are not understanding is that the comparison thing needs to end. It seems really obvious, but I don’t think people incorporate this into their lives. A few years ago I gave up comparing myself. My body has changed my skin has changed, I feel probably the best I ever felt because I just stopped trying to be someone else.

ity and realize there is nothing they are going to lose by letting it happen.

What changed, did you read a book, or take up Yoga?

Tell us about the Love is Louder Foundation?

It was a gradual process. It was coming into my own confidence. I grew up pretty shy, and I am still pretty shy. Over the years I didn’t really know where my voice fit in. It was really coming into my own, and being 30.It really did, I don’t really compare myself, I kinda just got over it. As your friends change and the things that you find valuable shift, you don’t really look outside yourself as much. Comparing yourself to others is not going to make it easier it is only going to make things harder.

The whole reason I started Love is Louder is because I read this article in a magazine about a girl who was going through a hard time and was cutting images out of a magazine and wanting to look like them. She wrote this article about how she wanted to get better. I carried it in my pocket for a long time and it helped me get through my hard time. I called up my friend Courtney Knowles who worked for the Jed Foundation at the time. Is there a way we can start a viral movement where people can say they are not alone? He came up with the name Love is Louder and MTV loved it. It really took off. We found more and more that people really needed an idea they could latch onto that had a positive idea they could be apart of. Since then it has formed into more of a support group. There are activations, and art people can get involved in and really anything and everything that you want to do to makes you feel better. Sometimes that confuses people because there is not one specific thing we only do, but you can go to loveislouder.com and come up with ideas, we just want people to feel included.

The Future Is Female, what do you think about that statement as it is pertained to women in Hollywood? I could not be prouder with the way things are shifting. I think that is because people are not afraid to speak their truth. I think there was this way of doing things, you don’t talk about what happens at home, or in Hollywood. I was very lucky I grew up in the business, where there were lot of really strong women around me. One of my first movies was John Tucker Must Die, director Betty Thomas is the most strong vocal independent women along with one of the producers, Karen Lunder. I really looked up to them. I was only 18 and I really looked up to them. Even on American Dream with Gail O’Grady, were very opinionated and strong and definitely regarded as equal. Recently I have really seen the difference which is what is so sad about the industry. Recently I directed a music video from men not believing I was the director. They didn’t take my opinion, the belittled me, and to see it first hand it really happens all the time. We all need to stand together and do this together. I think that the more that men stand up for equal-

“We all need to stand together and do this together. I think that the more that men stand up for equality and realize there is nothing they are going to lose by letting it happen.”

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HOLLYWOOD’S NEW HERO

GREGG SULKIN

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In the 24 hour news cylce we are in desperate need of true symbols of hope. Our culture has always been attracted to stories that remind us of our humanity, of truth, and resilience of the human spirit when faced with perplexing challenges that just don’t add up. Perhaps that is why we love super heroes so much. In a place like Hollywood these days, the rise of an actor like Gregg Sulkin brings fans and industry insiders some solice that all it takes to save the world is a brilliant new hero. MM: What was it like when you got the call to join MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS? GS: It was one of the most surreal moments of my life. Jeph Loeb the head of Marvel Television, called me along with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (show runners and the creators of Gossip Girl and the OC). I was sitting on my couch and Jeph Loeb said to me; I am going to say 3 words that are about to change your life. ‘Welcome to Marvel’ and in that moment I realized this show could potentially change my life. I knew the phone call was coming that day, I screen tested for it a few days prior, but I didn’t know if would be a yes or a no. I stayed calm and collected on the phone, thanked them for the opportunity. I hung up, and started fist pumping around my house. I was like ‘oh wait’ I am in a Marvel series…I put on gym clothes and went to the gym. I don’t think I have ever had a better workout in my life. MM: Did you watch Thor after you got home from the Gym? GS: To be honest, I went out with my friends and celebrated. MM: Is working on a Marvel series Top Secret? GS: It is Top Secret, very secretive it’s insane. We were not allowed any visitors on set. Not allowed any phones on set, not allowed to take pictures. Our sides/scripts have to be shredded everyday and are water marked all over. It’s intense, but it is great. Every time I think about it, I’m amazed. I am working on such a cool project. MM:How is Runaways different from the Marvel series and Films fans know and love?

“I was sitting on my couch and Jeph Loeb said to me; I am going to say 3 words that are about to change your life. ‘Welcome to Marvel’ and in that moment I realized this show could potentially change my life.”

GS: I think our show is very different than any other Marvel show because of a few things. I think the color palette is very different. For example Dare Devil and Iron Fist were created in quite a gritty world contrasted with our world; it is a little bit brighter, until the parents/villains bring some dark elements into the show. It is the first teenage show that Marvel has. It’s a great great show, I have been working on it the last few months. Everybody has a back story and purpose. The show runner likes to say there are no villains in the show. Once you to know the parents in the show; they are doing all this for a reason. I personally think we have a very cool show, and a very unique energy on set. MM: Why would you watch the show? GS: I would watch this show, 100 percent. The teenagers are very relatable. The parents are so well thought out. Teenagers can watch it and adults can watch it too. It’s like mixing The O.C. and Gossip Girl and little bit of Stranger Things and then you put it into the Marvel universe, its kind of like a perfect blend. I think being on a different platform like Hulu helps. I have heard internally that people at Marvel are extremely proud of this show as am I. I haven’t seen a bad review yet. MM: What Marvel shows did you start to watch to prepare for your series? GS: I started watching Dare Devil and Jessica Jones; I wanted to understand the tone. I have watched the Avengers films. I am a massive Iron Man fan, I love Robert Downy Jr. Growing up I wasn’t a big comic book guy, but I have been a fan of the Marvel world and brand for the past five years. Last Halloween I wore this comic book suit, with the ‘pow, bam, boom’ words. I don’t really believe in coincidences, so I manifested it into the universe. I was putting it out in the universe and six months later I was starring in a Marvel series on Hulu. MM: What were you into when you were a kid? GS: Sports. It could be one of the reasons I fit into this character. My character plays lacrosse. I grew up playing soccer, tennis, running. I was always athletic. I prepared for the role by going to the gym a lot. I ate healthy with sucked because I love food. I trained with a trainer 3-4 times a week but also worked out on my own.

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“In my house comfort is the most important thing to me. I think when I am home I am the least fashionable person on the planet. I wear flip flops, sweat pants and a hoodie.�

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MM: What is it like to play a hero? GS: Playing Chase and playing a super hero, I feel like a kid. During a take while filming I made the sound effects and a producer came up to me and said you know we add in the sounds in post. I am a child at heart I love this stuff. MM: What are your powers? GS: I have fistigons, which Chase has in the comic. They are these gloves that cause destruction when needed. Chase creates his power with his brilliance in engineering; it was actually self-created, which I think is cool. MM: Tell us more about heroes in your life? GS: My parents are my heroes. They have sacrificed a lot for me and my brother and I will always be grateful for that. I don’t understand why we don’t salute firefighters every time we see them. To me those are our heroes and they don’t really get enough respect. We live in a world where certain reality stars are made out to be heroes and those are the wrong heroes right now. If anything I would like to think of myself as a role model rather than someone’s hero. I do my best to be grateful and to inspire others. I am not perfect I do dumb things on the weekends, I am a human. I try not to curse on social media and try to inspire others to be positive in the world. MM: Let’s talk about style at home and out and about on the red carpet? GS: In my house comfort is the most important thing to me. I think when I am home I’m the least fashionable person on the planet. I wear flip flops, sweat pants and a hoodie. As soon as I step out of the house, my mom tells me make sure you look nice, because you never know when you will be photographed. So overtime I have enjoyed playing with fashion. It makes a big difference, It is a chance to express who you are. My style on the weekends is more chic, tailored and fitted look with some edge to every look. That’s kind of my vibe; thats really who I am as a human being. People say ‘you are like the English James Dean’ (without the cigarette). GS: When I come on to do shoots, it is my opportunity to have no boundaries. Like somehow putting oversized suit pants with a turtleneck with a vintage jacket would look cool. If you saw someone on the street it might now work. I think what you wear does effect how you feel. I love shoots so much because it is an opportunity to express how you feel, different moods and attitudes. MM: Do you like to go into a store and shop? GS: I don’t like malls. I prefer to go into a showroom or a boutique

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shop in my own time, in a quite environment . See what works and see what you can match and pair things. I love going through clothes, but just in my own time and not with cheesy Christmas music playing in the background. MM: You have done a lot of red carpets, tell us what it is like? GS: I have been doing red carpets since I was 12. The red carpet part of things is my least favorite part of the industry. I love being on set, I love creating, but I understand you have to do it. It is very ‘look at me look at me,’ which is not me. MM: If you could change red carpets to something else to promote your project what would it be? GS: It is just the way it is managed. It would be nice to have great music on in the background, instead it’s hectic and everyone is screaming. It’s like everyone chill out! Maybe if it was organized a little bit better and maybe with less photographers, it would be better. It would be so cool if everyone coming out could have their own 20 seconds of their favorite song, like I would come out to Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ . It would make the experience a little more pleasant. Why does it have to be crazy, everyone could take their time and relax and it would only take 15 more minutes. MM: What was it like to reveal the trailer of Runways at Comic Con? GS: It was so fulfilling for me to see the reaction from the fans after working so hard on this series. We got a standing ovation and they were cheering, ‘yeah!’ MM: As an actor you are obviously charismatic. Are you an emotional guy — are you sensitive? GS: Absolutely. Not in public of course, but I did get choked up after leaving the stage at comic con in New York. I see all these fans cheer for me. It is very very humbling because without them you really have nothing.

“I did get choked up after leaving the stage at comic con in New York. I see all these fans cheer for me. It is very very humbling because without them you really have nothing.”


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Photographer: James T Murray Art Director: Yuco Lacovara Wardrobe Stylist: Eryka Clayton Prop Stylist: Holli Kingsbury Video: Tobias Seward Groomer: Mary Guthrie Digital: Jeffrey Alves de Lima Stylist Assistant: Chaunielle Brown 1st Assistant: Anita Lim Executive Producer: Seth Travis


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Multicolor Striped Angry Cat knit Tie GUCCI - $260 113


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Black Bleeker Leather Backpack Coach Klein - $695 114 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


Silk Unicorn Tie DRAKES - $165.00 Big Apple Sox BLOOMINGDALES - $12.00 5 Pocket Card Case SHINOLA - $125.00 Princeton Leather Slippers GUCCI - $1,000


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T7 Wireless Speaker Bowers & Wilkins - $350 116 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


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Scented Candle DIPTIQUE - $64 Red Stamped Belt FERRAGAMO - $540 Oumo Acqua Eau de Toilette VALENTINO - $108


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Black Red Snake Print Leather Backpack GUCCI - $1,980


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GEOMETRIC PRINT SCARF LOVAT AND GREEN - $150


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SOX X Mirror Snow Goggles SMITH I/O 7 - $350


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Merino Beanie NORSE PROJECTS - $75


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GIFTS | For the home

THE MUSIC LOVER

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1. TURNTABLE M&D ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA - $650-$2,600 2. HEADPHONES MW60 M&D ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA - $650.00


GIFTS | For the home

THE ENTERTAINER We bring you the best peices for the home from this beautiful crystal set from Bergdorf Goodman to a handsome set of bookends by Armani Home. Retire technology for a classic game of chess with this handsome game set and make a bold statement with a Hermès paper weight.

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1. SAINT LOUIS CRYSTAL Bergdorf Goodman - $150-$790 2. MABEL candle Armani - $1225 3. MINOS bookends set Armani - $1080 4. MINOS bookends set Armani - $1080 5. FAIR Armani - $6915 6. Samarcande paperweight Hermès - $560


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GIFTS | Specialty Scarfs

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

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GIFTS | For Her

UPTOWN GLAMOUR 1. Lizard-Embossed Chain Wallet Ralph Lauren - $248 2. Studded Leather Zip Pouch Ralph Lauren - $168 3. Rope Cable-Knit Pom-Pom Hat Ralph Lauren - $45 4. Chaine d’Ancre Punk Silver Bracelet Hermès - $3,400

5. Cityback 27 backpack Hermès - $7,450 6. The Houndstooth RL Bucket Bag Ralph Lauren - $1,950 7. RL Suede Bucket Bag Ralph Lauren - $1,950 8. Gigolo Red Karung High-tech Case Bottega Veneta - $389 9. Dark Barolo Lamb Cashmere Glove Bottega Veneta - $520 148 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


GIFTS | For Her

DOWNTOWN CHIC 1. Bristol Metallic Embossed-Leather Satchel Michael Kors - $358 2. Nero Interecciato Impero Chain Knot Bottega Veneta - $2,100 3. Love & WiFI Clutch DOLCE & GABBANA - $2,995 4. Pop Clutch JUDITH LEIBER COUTURE - $3,995-$5,695

5. Engine-Turned Nappa Wallet Ralph Lauren - $895.00 6. LOVE Watch Michael Kors - $195 7. Chic Duffle Bag Armani - $1,19 8. LOVE & HEART Gloves AGNELLE - $245


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THE T-SHIRT HERO

1. CULT LEADER Hiro Clark - $98 2. HEATHER GREY // FLIPPED Hiro Clark - $164 3. PLAYER Hiro Clark - $164 4. NOWHERE FAST Hiro Clark - $164 151


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PACKED WITH STYLE

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GIFTS | For Him

WINTER ESSENTIALS

1. Light Down Hooded Jacket Mackage - $650 2. Red EA7 Coat Armani - $395 3. Down Jacket With Removable Vest Coach - $1,400 4. Houndstooth Shetland Wool Parka Michael Kors - $798


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THE COZY FACTOR

1. Paneled Merino Wool Sweater Polo Ralph Lauren - $295 2. The Iconic Skeet Cardigan Polo Ralph Lauren - $495 3. Intarsia Merino-Blend Sweater Polo Ralph Lauren - $495 4. Space Intarsia Sweater Coach - $695


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GIFTS | For him

ASPEN ESCAPE If you are leaving the city for a mountain top experience chances are you’ll need to add a few items to that carry on bag. Start with a shearling lined jacket. Don’t change your style for a weekend away. Stick to neutral colors like this Ralph Lauren Turleneck sweater. Incorporate color in your accessories with an Armani Connected watch and a pair of these Hermès boots.

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GIFTS | For him

COCKTAIL PARTY Every guy will be wearing their work attire to the office party or that cocktail hour across town. This year; go chic, go simple and standout from the rest in a turtleneck and bespoke dinner jacket. Finish the look off with a handsome leather shoe and a statment watch or this ring by Miansai.

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WILSON CRUZ In the pantheon of actors who have dared to go where no man has gone before, actor Wilson Cruz continues to break through barriers as both an actor and visible gay man in Hollywood. We sat down with the new Star Trek Discovery actor to talk about playing the first openly gay character in the sci-fi drama, the state of Hollywood today and more. 198 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM

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First off congrats on the Star Trek Discovery role; another ground breaking role with a gay character in a relationship. How were you approached, and what was the process like? Well, I heard about the project and the fact that Bryan Fuller was leading the creative team for the new Star Trek series in the trades. Probably Deadline. Since I was such a huge Star Trek fan and Bryan had hired me a number of years back for the series finale of Pushing Daisies, I sent him a note congratulating him because I was really excited that Star Trek was coming back to TV and at the end of the note I “happened to mentioned” that if there was ever any appropriate way for me to be involved I would jump at the chance. A few months later Bryan had to step away because of scheduling conflicts and Gretchen and Aaron, who actually wrote that series finale episode I was in took over. When they hired Anthony,( who’s been a friend since we were in RENT together 20 years prior”, for the show I reached out to Gretchen, Aaron and Anthony to congratulate them and, again, mentioned that I’d be excited to be involved if the opportunity ever presented itself. I went about my business and a few months later I got an offer. I FLIPPED OUT! It was more than I could ever have imagined and to be able to work with my friends on a dream project was just icing on the cake. What can you tell us about your character, Dr. Hugh Culber? What I love about all of these characters and how they’ve been written is that we meet all of them in their professional capacities, first. They are Starfleet officers first. In terms of Dr. Culber, when first we see him he is caring for Paul Stamets and we see how capable he is and we get a hint of his bedside matter, which is professional, reassuring but not without sense of humor. In creating him, we wanted him to be formidable and adept, but also loving and empathetic. Basically, I wanted him to be the doctor we all want in the future. I wanted Dr. Culber to be unique, but also I wanted him to fulfill the role prior Star Trek doctors have played, which is the heart and moral compass of the show. The fact that he’s a man in love made it possible to convey his heart all the more. In the end, I hope he comes off as a genius doctor who happens to be in love with a co-worker, which as we’ve discovered makes things pretty complicated on the ship. Were you a Star Trek fan or did you have to bing to prepare for this role? I was a big Star Trek fan! Next Gen was my show. I loved that cast and that world. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to be an actor and I remember thinking that all I ever wanted to do was be in a Broadway musical and be on Star Trek. The fact that I can check those both off of my list and to have had both of those experiences with Anthony is surreal, to say the least. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am. Also those uniforms are very fitted, can we talk about your fitness and diet routine for the role and in general? Hahaha! Well, yes, those uniforms are form fitting, to say the least. The fact that my uniform happens to be white adds a bit more pressure to stay fit! Nobody wants to see the Michelin man floating through space! So, yeah, I took the fitness thing up a notch while doing the show, which was hard because I was working on 13 Reasons Why in the Bay Area in California and Star Trek in Toronto simultaneously. So, scheduling the workouts were tricky. That being said, I tried to go 6 days a week and usually rested on Sundays. The workouts consist of starting with stretching (when you’re 44 you have to stretch to stay flexible) and abs ( a must!). I break up my workouts by muscle groups. A different pair of muscle groups everyday with free weights and then 20- 30 mins of cardio on the stairclimber, (a Spanish inquisition torture device, if there ever was one. I enjoy the gym because its the one time I dedicate to doing something for myself and I try to do it first thing in the day, if I can, so I

can focus on everyone and everything else the rest of the day. It’s really about consistency and showing up. As for what I eat, I just try to make smart healthy choices that include high protein and complex carbs throughout the week until Sunday, when I allow myself to eat whatever I want. I will tell you, it all became so much easier when cut alcohol out. There’s a tip for you! You have starred in an iconic TV series My So Called Life. How has the landscape of GLBT characters changed since the early 90’s when you played one of the first openly gay characters to now with the role in Star Trek also as a gay character? I think that the thing that has changed the most are the sheer number of LGBTQ characters on TV. That’s been really wonderful to see. Television and the stories that have been told about LGBTQ people have truly changed the way people think and feel about us. It was through television and LGBTQ characters that America truly allowed themselves to know us. We can point to so many shows and characters that viewing audiences invited into their homes and made part of their everyday lives that truly impacted the way they saw us and eventually changed our position in society. It’s a subject I am personally fascinated with, which is why I’m executive producing along with David Permut and David Bender, a 6 part documentary series called, OUT OF THE BOX, which will tackle this topic in deptth. Have you had any negative experiences, advances, sexual harassment on set during your tenure as an actor. How have you handled it? Have I experienced sexual harassment on set? No. I haven’t. Have I experienced certain people in power in my early years as an actor making suggestive comments and implying a quid pro quo situation for assistance in my career? Yes. It was uncomfortable and I handled it carefully. Luckily, in my situation I usually made a joke about it and swiftly removed myself from the situation. It’s a precarious position you’re in. You feel like you can’t or shouldn’t call people out because you fear that they’ll, not only NOT help you, but say things about you to other people in power who are in the position to hire you. I don’t think this is a problem that is solely found in “Hollywood” or the entertainment industry. I think the problem is pervasive and is a problem throughout our culture. I also think the reason we are having this cultural conversation now is because we, as a nation, allowed a sexual predator to serve in the highest office in the land after hearing him admit as much on tape and for an overwhelming number of women and men across this country that was a bridge too far. We’ve had enough and people are saying this won’t do anymore. It’s an important and necessary conversation to have and I’m glad we are having it. My advice to any young person who finds themselves in a position where they are threatened or abused to SPEAK OUT right away. I hope that this moment serves as a statement to anyone in a position of power that your power is not unchecked and to anyone who finds themselves victimized that we as a nation will stand with you. You mentioned that resilience is really important to you; as we close 2017 and head into 2018 what is your message to our readers about the subject? Resilience has been my theme word for 2017. I think the election of 2016 forced us to think about how we endure a culture and administration that seems locked on making the lives of people in marginalized communities more difficult. The day after the election was hard but it was also the day that I saw so many of us start thinking about how we stand up for each other and make it through this crisis and make ourselves stronger. I think we’ve done that. I think that we’ve seen marginalized people step up for other marginalized people. I look at the way we really started to own and speak to intersectionality continued page 262 199


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First off, we know people must talk about the obvious thing first with you. Your sheer size, what do you weigh and how much do you eat? Walk us through a week of workouts. First off I’ll have to brush up on my imperial measurements! I’m usually around the 210lbs, I did get as high as 220 once but it took a lot of effort and oat n raisin cookies on the night of weighing. 220 is 100kgs to folks back home so I really wanted to be part of the 100 club. Eating is something I do well, I’m fortunate enough to come from parents who are very thin. So I’m just like them except I eat a hell of a lot more and train most days of the week. A week of workouts, I wouldn’t say I have a go-to week because I like to keep it mixed, but I do keep a few things consistent. I like to keep my compound movements (squats, bench press, row, pull ups etc) strong so I’ll always start a session with those and I’m more of a one body part a day man than a push, pull. It usually starts with legs on a Monday, I like the punishment of a Monday, it should be the hardest day of the week. Chest and triceps Tuesday, Back and Biceps Wednesday, Shoulders on Thursday and then during the season I will rest on a Friday because I have a game on Saturday. Off season, who the hell knows I like to be creative, throw a random session in there, work on form or go full beach workout. After the compound movements I move to the accessory movements, I’ll lighten the load and hit more reps. I’m trying to balance being strong and functional and also aesthetic. It makes me a good gym partner, you could say I’m average at everything! With these sessions I’ll throw in 2-3 ab circuits a week. Nothing major just 15 or so minutes going for it and with regard to cardio it depends on the time of year. Our Strength and Conditioning Coach likes to give us a beasting on Tuesdays, so if I hear on the grape vine that he’ll be around I’ll avoid cardio! Again I’ll average a run a week, usually a quick 5km during the season. We do a lot of cardio in the playing season so I don’t do a huge amount on top of that. I do a lot more solo cardio in off season when I try and squeeze as many beach holidays in as humanly possible. Cross fit is an interesting one actually. Post travelling, when I was 19 I did CrossFit solidly for just over a year. For me it was a great way to get a lot stronger, you put in a lot of dirty work with those workouts and your hands tell the story. We built a gym in a friends garage, very basic set up with some equipment that was older than us. Freezing cold in the winter we’d be out there, crazy playlist on down to our shorts just going for it. There was blood and sweat in there definitely but I’m not sure about the tears bit. I still do the odd session here and there and use elements from their core workouts in my every day sessions. MM: Tell us more about Rugby, any crazy injuries, broken nose, limb, fingers? Best part about Rugby; worst part? WG: Injuries wise I’ve been pretty lucky all things considered. Catch me head on and you’ll notice my nose is a little of centre, it happened in a promotion match.. in the warm up. I was on the receiving end of the heel of one of our props. For those of you not familiar with props, they’re probably what would come up if you googled ‘rugby player’. Usually quite short and always very round! Either way I still played and we won so it was all worth it in the end. I’ve had the odd shoulder twinge or ankle roll but never broke, dislocated a bone or tore a muscle. My main issue is my head actually, I have a history of concussions which was actually the reason I could come out here for this! But really I’ll be going for an MRI scan soon to see if there’s anything actually up there! The best part of rugby has to be the respect and social side of the game. They say football (soccer) is a gentleman’s game played by thugs and rugby is a thugs game played by gentlemen. The saying runs true, for eighty minutes you’re out there pretty much beating each other

shakes hands and have a pint together. It’s instilled into the game, from a young age the clubs will always put food on post game for both teams to sit together and just have some good chat. When you’re in a team you’re in a family, the comradery is apparent throughout. We have team socials, I can’t really tell you what goes on on these, but it’s a lot of harmless fun and really helps you gel as a group. The worst part is pretty specific to me and my team because I can’t think of anything else. If you suffer a dead leg or just have swelling anywhere on your body. Our Physio, Mick, Irish guy, very nice, funny, a lot of fun. Forget all the good things I just said. He has an object that looks something like a knuckle duster which he uses to move the swelling. It’s bought the biggest, baddest looking blokes you’ve ever seen to tears. One of my best friends almost passed out once, a group of us stopped our work in the gym just to watch. Very entertaining! MM: So your a Brit; and we are a men’s American fashion mag. How are Brits different than American Guys? What are you proudest to be a Brit for? WG: Aren’t all men the same? At least I’ve heard that before. We’re simple creatures, easily amused. But really I don’t think we’re all that different, we generally like the same things they’re just slightly different because of our surroundings. We have all the same groups there’s just a geographical change. Surfer dudes, got em’ down in Cornwall. City boys, in the big smoke. Country boys, dotted all over the place and bros, well bros are everywhere. Apologies to any groups I missed out. Well up until Haz (Prince Harry) got engaged to Megan Markle it was our history! But really, we have a rich history and yes there’s some dark bits, but we have influenced the modern world massively. You can probably find one of us in every corner of the globe and when we find one another we’ll have a conversation about home that no one else will understand. We have a hugely diverse culture now and it all makes up ‘Great’ Britain. I’m going to mention one thing I’m not proud of though and it’s the food. Generally pretty boring (sorry mum), I like a bit of spice in my life. MM: Are you dating? What do you look for in a mate? WG: For the first 23 and a bit years of my life no, but I’ve finally found someone that will put up with me. She actually lives in Los Angeles, my friends would describe her as a weapon and I’d tell you she was that and a gem! What I look for is someone with good core values, I’d like to think my parents did a pretty good job raising me to be a polite young man. It’s little things like having time for others, being empathetic and giving. I get hung up on little things that others are probably conscious about, a cute laugh, a funny facial expression, even a sneeze! I guess it’s individuality and also being able to let loose and be weird. It’s amazing to find someone you can be a fool around as much as you are with your best friends. MM: Ok, your body is KILLER. We are all about to hibernate for the winter. Give the average guy 3 tips for winter fitness Tip 1: I’m a huge believer not just in self motivation, but outside motivation too. One thing that’s stuck with me since I heard it, came from a British Olympian. He said he did his toughest training day on December 25th, Christmas. His logic behind it was that his rivals wouldn’t be training, so that’s where he would get his advantage. Find some inspiration, whatever it may be, in the fitness game it’s easy to go onto YouTube or Instagram and find people in the industry that are telling and showing what they’re are doing. It’s amazing what a random high octane video with a hard rap or rock track can do before strolling into the gym. continued page 262 225


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BEN FRONCKOWIAK

Ben was born on the California Central Coast and was raised in a family where his mom, dad, grandma, and uncles would always be working on creative projects with he and his brothers. At 19, he was accepted into the competitive school of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013. He moved to New York City in summer 2016 and has since painted numerous murals in the Lower East Side (Manhattan), Long Island, and Brooklyn, as well as commissioned restaurants and apparel. His work has been featured in L’Officiel Singapore, New York Times, FOX News, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Street Art New York City, etc. Ben recently had a solo exhibition at the exclusive World of McIntosh Townhouse in SoHo where his art will be exhibited until January 2018. Additionally, Ben’s art is for sale at Michael Dawkins Home on the Upper East Side alongside notable artists such as Damien Hirst. What was the first artist you discovered when you were a kid? And what was the piece, how did it make you feel? Why? The first artist I discovered was Picasso. The piece was Guernica. It had a strong impact on me as I saw how reality could be abstracted by an artist’s imagination. Also, seeing the Spanish Civil War depicted in such a distinctive style demonstrated an artist’s vision. The shades of gray forced me to see the painting from multiple perspectives: I saw numerous faces in the work—each that depicted different emotions. I had never seen anything this intense painted in this style. It looked like a patchwork of different shapes, shades, and faces. When I saw every character, I could feel what they were feeling based off of their strong expressions. I later painted the interior of Hou Yi Hotpot in Chinatown, New York City, inspired by Guernica. You have a street art meets Picasso vibe to your work; what events or curiosity lead you to this style? Tell us about the journey? How would you describe your art to someone who maybe consumes 2 hours of Instagram a day but never studied art? I definitely admire Picasso for his exploration of multiple styles and techniques—all to improve his craft. When I first started painting, I would try to make my painting look as close to reality as possible. I began painting portraits, and would visit the senior care home to paint portraits of my friend’s mom, Sylvia. She passed away soon after, and I gave all of the paintings to her family. Painting Sylvia’s portraits introduced me to character abstraction and emotional bonds that can be formed between friends from completely different walks of life. She would sit very still for me and talk about her experiences living in New York City (this inspired me to move to New York nearly four years after). I had the opportunity to experiment with various styles of drawing and painting—with new materials, different shapes, multiple characters, etc. The style that I enjoyed the most was character abstraction—I could see what was in front of me, but depending on how I felt, I could change the lines, shapes, colors, etc. to create something that was based on reality, but that was entirely my own. Sylvia encouraged me to apply to creative university programs and I ultimately studied film at UCLA. While at UCLA, I enrolled in the documentary tract and filmed a documentary backstage at the famous Palms Bar in West Hollywood at Viva 230 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


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the lines, shapes, colors, etc. to create something that was based on reality, but that was entirely my own. Sylvia encouraged me to apply to creative university programs and I ultimately studied film at UCLA. While at UCLA, I enrolled in the documentary tract and filmed a documentary backstage at the famous Palms Bar in West Hollywood at Viva Sex’s Club Illusion (a transgender/transsexual venue). This experience also influenced my art, as the performers I interviewed and filmed still emerge in my paintings today when I make up characters. Also, their stories are very poignant—they wanted to love and be loved, and the majority of my paintings introduce characters who express some sort of love or yearning: whether it be passion, lust, admiration, pain, anguish, etc. I spent about one year filming backstage in the bar, and I followed the trans performers outside of the bar in their home lives, etc. Filming was such an intensely rewarding experience—I was only 22 years old and taught myself how to use the camera and equipment. I grew up in a small town in suburbia, and I was in an environment I never thought I’d be in a transsexual bar. But it was the most life changing experience as the performers shaped me, and still remain close friends. When I paint and make up characters, I pull from these experiences: mostly a stream of consciousness where I move my hand and choose colors that bring me comfort. Then, I might see eyes and faces in the colors, and then I’ll cement these figures with lines. Next, I develop the characters by forming a backstory: who are they? What do they want? What makes them happy? What makes them sad? This then informs the colors, composition, brush pressure, hand movement, etc. For example, if they are happy, peaceful characters, I might use a softer fan brush and paint slowly. If they are more intense and abrasive, I might use the palette knife and paint more rapidly. I would describe my art to an Instagram consumer as a pop, surreal, street, abstract, figurative style. It’s difficult to say what style you work in—it’s just the style that makes me happy. I’ve had many different comparisons: Tim Burton, Picasso, Keith Haring, but overall, I’d say that it’s pop primary colors with a lot of eyes, hearts, lips, faces, and nudes. I want to create something that has independent characters, but that also forms new characters depending on their context and the viewer’s vantage point. I also want to concoct something almost like a puzzle where every time you see it you see something new, and that up close you see a completely different painting than from afar. MM: You shot a really cool project with Sean P Watters for MAN of METROPOLIS, you are usually the one creating. What was it like to be the subject, and about those pool shots, did you like that idea? BF: I loved being the subject! It was such an enriching collaboration. The exhibition was sponsored by Danny Reyes, Fresh Milk, and World of McIntosh, and I had usage of the entire World of McIntosh Townhouse —so it was like a massive, 5 story townhouse creative studio. Franz Stuhlpfarrer generously allowed me to paint onsite and finish the paintings in the pool room as they would have been too large to paint at my home studio and transport. I painted nearly every day to complete nine paintings in one month. I was amazed to hear that the Townhouse is owned by the director of the Scream films, and was once intended to be an exhibition space for Keith Haring’s work. Beyonce’s Halo music video was also shot there. There is so much history in the space, and I could feel the creative energy. I thought it would be a great idea to capture this process of creating the paintings for my first solo exhibition. We had a pool literally in the center of the room, with windows that looked into the pool—it seemed like an ideal photograph opportunity. As for being the subject, this felt natural as I modeled with Elite Miami before moving to New York, and I still model in New York, but I enjoy being the creator more than the subject (but if I can fuse both, this is ideal). It’s an entirely unique experience because I’m able to channel different emotions and energies. I know what I think about when I paint and how I feel, so it’s only natural that these same emotions are expressed when I’m posing with the paintings. I also studied film production at UCLA—so I feel comfortable in production settings, collaborating with other people. I remember in film school when we were directing our first short films, if the actor would bail, the director would have to act in the film. So I’ve been forced to be comfortable being the subject and the creator. 232 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM


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Sean was really able to see me, the rooms, lights, and my work, and know exactly how to capture images that really expanded the art and the vision that I wanted to convey in the paintings while bringing his own creative ideas. And as for the pool shots, I was nervous about the light falling into the water and electrocuting the shit out of me, but otherwise, I enjoyed it. It was awesome because we had a light projection system worth about $21,000 being tested for the event the next day. We were able to use this light for the shots and make something even greater than we had hoped for. It was perfect because the lights from the lighting system projected colors similar to the color palette I use in my paintings. Sean was able to see the light and know exactly where to position the shot to really capture something unique. It was all so serendipitous. MM: Where do you go for inspiration? Or how do you find inspiration; any examples here would be great? I find the most inspiration in the people I meet, films, and relationships. Being in New York City is one of the biggest inspirations as you come across so many different energies on a daily basis—so finding inspiration is not tricky. There are also numerous museums and galleries: The MET, MoMa, etc. The biggest inspiration for me is love and the relationships that I have had or have been in. The exhibition, Untamed, was initially inspired by memorable experiences I had in New York City the past year and a half I was here—the good and the bad. Generally, I work with the idea of abstraction. I’ll remember something, do a quick line drawing sketch, and then start the painting. I have a strong memory bank, and before I start a painting I’ll pull from something or someone who has shaped my life in a significant way— so it’s also a cathartic experience. If there is something that is still on my mind that I feel needs resolution, I’ll paint it out—this is a vicarious way of finding answers by literally projecting them onto the canvas. I also have my favorite film directors: Tim Burton, Pedro Almodovar, and Guillermo del Toro who inspire me. I admire Tim Burton for his highly stylized films and character development, Pedro Almodovar for his intricately woven narratives, and Del Toro for his genius juxtaposition of fantasy and reality. These narrative styles influence how I approach painting. I also have my family and amazing artist friends who inspire me along the way. Painting is such an emotional experience where I definitely need a strong support group. Sometimes revisiting memories can be like pulling stitches out of a wound, so I have to confront those emotions and try to find peace with them by working them out on the canvas like an arithmetic problem—there would be times when I would be completely at peace, and other times when I’d be a nervous wreck, calling people repeatedly to talk it out. Nevertheless, it’s the people in my life and the relationships that I have formed which give me inspiration. MM: If you could hang one piece of your art in any gallery in the world which gallery? I would love to hang my art in any of the Gagosian Galleries. MM: If you could hang any other artist’s art in your home what piece would it be and why? I would hang Bosch’s, The Garden of Earthly Delights in my home. The piece is ahead of its time and there is so much to see. I love how it dissects Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. Dante’s Inferno is one of my favorite pieces of literature, and The Garden of Earthly Delights feels very similar—like one foot cemented in reality, and the other in some other universe which only Bosch has command of. I could stare at this painting for hours and not be bored. MM: Famous last words? Be empathetic, resilient, and kind. I’ve found that the most growth comes from adversity, and I try my best everyday to confront adversity with genuine love. 235


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MODERN MUSE If you find yourself partying in the Hamptons, Miami Beach for any fashion event in New York chances are you have already seen and HEARD DJ Nicole Rosé. She has already graced her presence at our last NYFW party at the W New York hotel where throwback R&B, smooth pop and her personal style made the night fly by for guests alike. She has top clients from fashion brands like Gilt to private clients she just can’t giveaway. One thing is for sure every experience is different from the last with the sexy, playful, and beautiful DJ that always comes ready to party in her signature roses covered headset and pink lips. In a saturated market of events and activations DJs like Kygo, Diplo, and numerous male models moonlighting as DJ’s are getting a run for their money. Nicole is the proud daughter of surgeons who set out on her own as a free spirit and savvy business woman. She is currently working on a signature headset deal and continues to fill rooms with her sound from the slopes in Aspen to the VIP rooms at New York Fashion week. Listen to DJ Rosé’s mixes at soundcloud.com/nicole-rose-stillings. Photo by Andrew Werner

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DONALD ROBERTSON Donald Robertson has been a notable artist on Instagram for the last several years known as ‘Drawbertson’ and has also been one of the industry’s most respected creative professionals in the industry from story boarding music videos for MTV in the 1980’s, to leading creative direction for Bobbi Brown while most recently as a creative exexecutive at Smashbox Makeup for the Estee Lauder company. The Canadian born artist is known for his constant content updates of fast high fashion inspired art and his usual posting of his twin sons. His art is representative of his personality, fun, quick, not too serious and colorful. If you didn’t get to meet him at one of his many pop-up events this year in LA, Bergdorf’s New York Linda Fargo shop and several Europe activations don’t worry Drawbertson’s new book will bring you so close to his work you will feel as if the artist was a neighbor. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and the fashion elite like Jeremy Scott praise his style; “When you see a Picasso, you know it’s a Picasso; when you see a Warhol, you know it’s a Warhol; when you see Donald’s illustration, you know it’s a Drawberston! That is the true sign of any great artist—immediate recognition!”

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SIMONE LEGNO The L.A. based Italian born creative Simone Legno is both the Director and Co-Founder of tokidoki. He has joined forces with Kartell for a new collaboration that fuses the light hearted Japanese inspired art Simone is so famous for with the decades of design history and craftsmanship Kartell is known for. Tokidoki has amassed a cult like following for its larger than life characters and emerged as a sought after global lifestyle brand that includes sportswear pieces and the recent furniture collaboration with Kartell. “It’s a delight to be part of this artistic collaboration with tokidoki”, says Lorenza Luti, Kartell’s Marketing Director. “tokidokiʼs personalized design on Kartellʼs classic Louis Ghost chair contributes to Kartellʼs continuous integration of art in furniture design while encouraging the expression of creativity, technology and beauty”. The fashion design and art industries have been flooded with the merger of artistry and commercial collaborations in recent years from sneakers to fast fashion brands. Simone Legno’s Tokidoki is a lesson in commercial success that still holds true to it’s DNA while executed famously. You can shop the collection at tokidoki.it and U.S. Kartell stores nationwide.

The Lou Lou Ghost Chair and Louis Ghost Chair

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EXPLORING SOUTHEAST ASIA

By Saul Carrasco

Southeast Asia has been on the map as a popular travel destination for years. With so many tropical islands, beaches, and history, millennials have been trekking to the region to experience a more affordable getaway. While many spots such as Bali and Phuket are most widely known, the region boasts a new era of locations that many are taking advantage of while in the area. ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations - was formed exactly 50 years ago this year combining the countries in the region in order to promote economic growth, travel, and trade. Combined, the countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam have unified to become a stronger force for the popular region. If you’re going to travel for up to a day of flights, you might as well take advantage of the different countries that are less traveled and within a short roadtrip or flight away. The difference a few short hours make is unparalleled.

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LOMBOK, INDONESIA Stay: Quinci Villas in Sengigi – A more modern take on the traditional villas Eat: For a traditional meal. Take a traditional Jukung – a small wooden fisherman’s canoe – to Gili Sudak, a small island off the Southwest Coast. Here you’ll find a small shack where fishermen will go out to catch you fresh fish and grill them for you served along fresh coconuts and various small bites. Do: Snorkling is the most popular activity on the island. Take a jukung to any of the smaller islands to take a dip some of the most colorful, tropical fish you’ll ever see up close. If you’re up for learning about what drives the small islands economy then visit AUTORE Pearl Farm and see how scientists are harvesting pearl. The process is pretty amazing to see. SINGAPORE Stay: The Fullerton Hotel – This old post office has been transformed into one of the most beautiful hotels in the area. Perched along the river, you’re in the city center so you’re never too far from the action. Eat: Ce La Vi Skybar. Sitting on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino, the views from this restaurant are only matched by the cuisine. Enjoy Singapores famous ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail and enjoy the sunset before experiencing the cuisine. After dinner, check out world famous infinity edge pool which is open to hotel guests. Quinci Villas in Sengini Pool

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Do: Take a walking tour around the cities historic districts – Little India, Chinatown, and the Telok Ayer Market. The most famous landmark is the Gardens by the Bay which houses an endless amount of garden grounds, a breathtaking waterfall, and the OCBC Skyway – a 128-meter-long aerial walkway which is 22 meters above the ground. At night, enjoy the Garden Rhapsody Light Show. MALAYSIA Stay: Traders Hotel – Ask for a park view on a higher floor to not only see the cities landscape but also the world famous Petronas Towers. Eat: Atmosphere 360 Restaurant is a rotating restaurant high above the city. Here you’ll enjoy an endless buffet of dishes, unparalleled views of the entire city, and live music of famous American songs. Do: While Kuala Lumpur is the most famous city in Malaysia, there are historic areas such as Malacca and Penang which offer a different view of the country. Malacca has so much history within the city which you’ll see in the architecture and way of life. In the Northern Region, Penang has some of the most beautiful wall murals, tiled sidewalks, and boutique hotels. Make sure you visit China House – an artist inspired restaurant and one of a kind dining experience.

Singapore – Little India Markets

Above: Ermenegildo Zegna look Neil Gavin Below: Balenciaga Look: Paola Kudacki

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WILSON CRUZ continued in real ways and I believe that’s made all of us stronger. We’ve all taken time to remember that our communities have had to endure so much in our histories, but we’ve made it through and succeeded. I hope that we will continue to work toward those ends. In my bones I know that we will. It’s just who we are. We fight. We endure. We survive. We THRIVE in moments like this. That is resilience. Quick style question: What is your go-to red carpet / night out look? Any brands you love? When you travel what 1 item can you NOT leave home without?

WILLIAM GOODGE continued

Tip 2: A lot of my year at rugby is spent training in the cold, the wet and the mud. We’re out there in everything. That said, I’d be less likely to go and roll around in all of this on my own. Join a group or do something with a friend, having other people around you to share the shit weather definitely makes it more tolerable. Also think about all the others that have decided not to train because of the weather. You’re already ahead of all of them just making it out there, but this doesn’t mean you should take it easy remember. Tip 3: why does there need to be a winter Bulk and summer shred? If you have a clear goal of what you want to achieve and you’re honest with yourself that you can do it, it’s not a smart play thinking you need to do everything you can in winter to put on 20lbs just to be stronger before then losing the muscle in summer. It just becomes ‘the annual cycle of average.’ Can you drop some locker room manners for the guys? Let’s talk gym style; your go-to look for the gym in winter; what trends should men just stop, right now? Locker room manners. Playing rugby this long has made me pretty numb to anything that can happen in a regular gym. There’s only a couple of things that get to me and they involve body hair. Shaving in the sink and leaving your little bristles everywhere. I can’t deal with and don’t get me started on hair below the neck. Other than that just respect my space and try not to have a conversation with me whilst your balls are out. I have a few gym trends that need to be set on fire actually. Firstly, god I’m getting worked up thinking about this. Nike trainers with Adidas socks, or vice versa. I’d prefer you to wear socks and sandals that match to be honest. I guess it’s like wearing a Giants jersey with a Jets cap. Two different teams. Next, I call them finger toes, I don’t even know what they’re really called. The trainers that show off your individual toes. Disgusting. You can tell I’m frustrated my sentences have gotten a lot shorter. I’m just going to list the rest with no explanation. Top knots and headbands, stringer vests that barely cover nipples (no jokes about mine please), wild patterned socks, neon colors because this isn’t a rave and finally jeans. I think I ran off course, these aren’t even trends any more. The best thing about my list is that one of my best friends and gym partners does most of these regularly. My winter look is layered and generally like the weather and mood. Dark. A lot of black, dark colours and earth tones. Dressing for winter gives you a lot more to play with. Bright sneakers are hidden under the bed so it’s usually a black pair of vapormax or flyknit racers. A pair of Nike socks and sometimes some leggings with shorts over the top. Then the upper body I’ll wear a tshirt or vest with a long sleeve on top and then a hoodie or jacket. Then gradually through the workout I’ll lose items as I 262 MANOFMETROPOLIS.COM

For red carpets and special nights out, I always want to look like I made a real effort. I think how we present ourselves is important. What we wear and how we look for events conveys how much we care about the event and the people who’ve invited you. When you make an effort you’re telling people I think this night and YOU are important enough for me to look my best. I love a good tailored suit. Sharp is a word that always comes to mind when I think of how I want to look. I’m not afraid of color, but when you take risks your tailor is your best friend. As for brands, Theory and Ted Baker have always been good to me. I wear a lot of those two brands on 13 Reasons Why actually. As for designers I love, I love Tom Ford, John Varvatos and Gucci. When I travel to a colder climate I can’t leave home without my tan Banana Republic trench or my Navy Blue Armani Pea Coat. If I’m heading to a beach, I pack all of my Charlie speedos and swim trunks, because that’s all I’m basically going to wear. But wherever I go, I take my All Saints slim cut jeans. Dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down, they’re perfection.


EDITORIAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SETH TRAVIS FASHION DIRECTOR: SETH TRAVIS GRAPHIC DESIGNER: JESSE TANG

PHOTOGRAPHERS JOHN RUSSO SINEM YAZICI JAMES T. MURRAY MENELIK PURYEAR BRENT CHUA TIFFANY DAWN NICHOLSON AMBER MCKEE JAMES T MURRAY BLAKE BALLARD RICK DAY LOUIS DANIEL BOTHA BELL SOTO GREG VAUGHAN SEAN PATRICK WATTERS ALEX JACKSON SAUL CARRASCO

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