All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Go: A Zoom Photo Shoot With Laura Harrier

Harrier is the spitting picture of a modern-Hollywood icon. Along with her soulful brown eyes and regal 5’9” body, it’s nearly as if she stepped proper out of a black-and-white image and into the current day, a comparability which she readily supplied. “I relate to Camille on a number of ranges,” she advised me, calling consideration to the weather of her expertise as an rising actress that parallel what her character went by, be it the curious approach she landed the position (extra on that quickly) or one thing as huge as race and illustration in Hollywood. “Had I been born 80 years earlier,” she continued, this time with extra urgency, “my life might have been similar to hers. Clearly, we’re from completely different locations and occasions—she grew up in coal nation within the Despair, and I grew up in suburban Chicago—however I really feel actually related together with her, her drive and her want to be consultant of girls that she feels she by no means noticed sufficient of on display rising up, or, in her case, noticed any of on display.”

The comparability goes even additional, extending to how Harrier landed the Hollywood position within the first place, which she cheekily recalled “is a really Hollywood story.” A couple of yr in the past, she auditioned for this mysteriously imprecise position—“It simply mentioned ‘Untitled: Previous Hollywood challenge’ or one thing like that”—and by no means heard again, chalking it as much as one other position she simply didn’t get. Months had handed and he or she merely forgot about it when an equally cryptic name got here by saying that Ryan Murphy wished to fulfill and that she was to go in for a chemistry learn with him and would-be co-star Darren Criss—the following day. “It simply felt so random,” she mused wondrously, giddy to retell the story to me. “However it went properly, I assume, as a result of the following day, I acquired a telephone name providing me the position of Camille.”

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