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Who What Wear

 

This is my last straw.” It’s not the ideal thing to hear from a celebrity you’re interviewing. Zoey Deutch, the actress in question, had just met me in Gemma—
a restaurant that you might recognize for its charming wooden interior or as the background of paparazzi photos of celebrities brunching in the East Village. She’s wearing a red midi-length Miu Miu dress with white flowers scattered all over and a high collar that she adjusts every now and then by reaching behind the nape of her neck where her auburn hair secures neatly in a bun. I take it as an adjustment out of necessity, not nerves, seeing as the 23-year-old instantly strikes me as mature, calm, and professional. Still, the more we talk, the more her playful side emerges. For instance, at the point of the above declaration, she’s holding an iced tea featuring her “last straw,” and then continues with a wink in her voice. “We are going straw-abstinent.” I abide.

We didn’t come here to talk plastic waste, per se, but then again, through the course of our conversation, I enjoy her tiny tangents that go anywhere from musical theater and gel manicures to the gold rush and the pace at which luxury fashion is produced. Through it all, she’s quick to admit she doesn’t think she’s an expert on any of these topics. That said, I feel like I could be speaking to a Who What Wear colleague as I listen to her take on some of the scariest realities about luxury fashion not being able to meet the demands of fast fashion’s immediacy. I nod along and then am surprised when a bit of self-deprecation sneaks in. “I know jack shit about literally everything.

I have a hard time believing this—not just because Deutch proves otherwise several times throughout our multi-topic conversation, but because of her work. The Disney Channel alum had a recurring role on The Suite Life on Deck starting at age 15, but she didn’t take the path of some of her peers who now star in smash hit teen dramas or headline world tours—instead, her résumé is filled with transformative, challenging roles, each approached cerebrally, like “an opportunity to take a class, a crash course on being a new human.” This year alone, Deutch introduced us to a trifecta of new characters, including a deeply troubled teen with an oral fixation in the dark comedy Flower, a neurotic and scheming workaholic in Netflix’s new hit rom-com Set It Up, and a successful actress and sometimes voice-of-reason sister in The Year of Spectacular Men, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. It’s the last that probably hits closest to home: Her sister, Madelyn, wrote, scored, and stars in the film; her mother, actress Lea Thompson (of Back to the Future fame) directed it; and her father, director and producer Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink), produced it. Deutch (the one who sits across from me) co-produced the piece.

Some of my friends were shocked when I said I was going to make a movie with my mother,Deutch tell us, echoing a sentiment any young adult with parental figures might relate to. While she looks back on her upbringing around fellow entertainers as a “privilege” and a “blessing,” the stakes of success are different, perhaps even higher, when your chosen line of work happens to be the family business.

As one might expect, Deutch gets asked about her parents a lot—it’s often the first topic of every interview she does (not this one, for the record). “I get it. That’s my life. That’s my history. But at a certain point, it got a little frustrating.” Getting to a place of acting alongside her immediate family and relying on them as professional peers didn’t happen overnight. “Every time somebody asked me about my mom, it felt like they were asking me to compare ourselves. I realized I had to listen to it in a different way… as a celebration. It was a lot of growth to get to that point.

By now though, Deutch lights up when she talks about her family projects and is back in the thick of work. The week before I meet her, my inbox is filled with press releases, as she’s on simultaneous promotional tours for The Year of Spectacular Men and Set It Up. One night it’s a Valentino dress-over-pants ensemble, the next it’s an incredible cornflower blue Delpozo suit—both courtesy of her stylist Elizabeth Stewart—and today she jokes that she’s going to a picnic as she shows me her outfit’s coordinating basket bag.

She’s been busy auditioning too. I can’t help but feel sorry for her when she tells me that this morning alone she’s heard three “hard nos” for projects that have been months of auditions. It’s then I realize perhaps we should have ordered wine, but she assures me it’s not that uncommon and feels okay—“it was mostly just frustrating.

It’s here where I can’t help but draw some parallels between her industry and mine. Fashion loves to move at lightning speed, seeking the next great collection, product, or talent, and it seems like that’s the case for Deutch too. Her sights are set on the next amazing opportunity to act and produce, but ultimately, she wants to learn. “I am so miserable when I’m not working hard,” she says. “I love being exhausted and putting myself out there, embarrassing myself, and working my ass off. But I think the only way to do that for the rest of my life is if I can learn how to chill.

Perhaps it’s because Deutch was propelled into the business faster than other aspiring actors, thanks to her upbringing, or maybe it’s because she’s much smarter than she jokes about, but she articulates her career in a way that isn’t just about being young, hungry, and a hard worker (all of which she is). Her journey is about building something that sustains. Something that takes time. Something that lasts.

It’s akin to the way she views style, favoring the vintage clothing she’s found on thrifting trips with her mother more than “any new fancy-schmancy thing” or wearing an archived Elie Saab gown to the Oscars this year as a partner with Red Carpet Green Dress. It’s even similar to the clothes she wears in our shoot, which were sourced from slow-fashion designers like Mara Hoffman, Brother Vellies, and Tome, which all prioritize ethical production over mass consumption. For them, and for Deutch, success is all about longevity. “It means to continue to be able to work hard and be passionate and humble and do what you love.

Once our interview ends, Deutch is off to appear on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen that evening, where she’ll sit next to The Real Housewives of New York City star Tinsley Mortimer. She admits she hadn’t watched the latest season but binged it the night before to prepare. As for me, I head to a café to finish up some writing for the day. I order an iced coffee from the barista, and he hands it to me with a plastic straw sitting on top, which is still inside its wrapper. I stare at it, debate for a moment, leave the straw on the counter, and walk away.

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June 6,2018 • admin • 0 Comments

Zoey Deucth made her appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on June 20 in New York City. During the interview, Deutch was asked by a fan who called in to describe James Franco’s kissing style.

Meh,Deutch replied, shrugging her shoulders. “Really, not great?” host Cohen asked.

No,” she replied. “Not memorable?” Cohen pressed.

Yeah! Very [not memorable],” she added. “How was the breath?” he asked.

Actually not good,Deutch noted.

Deutch had much more favorable things to say about her Set It Up co-star, Glen Powell. The pair are currently starring in the Netflix rom com together, which Deutch said was a long time coming.

We actually shot a movie called Everybody Wants Some!! together four years ago and on the first day we met, we vowed we’d make a smart, funny rom com and we ended up doing it, Deutch said of Set It Up. “And I know that sounds like I made it up, but I didn’t and it feels really cool, like a wish fulfillment that this movie got made and we did it together.

Deutch is also getting ready to star in a film with her real-life sister, Maddie Deutch, and her mom, Lea Thompson.

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On June 13, Zoey Deutch celebrated the premiere of The Year of Spectacular Men!

The actress her sister Madelyn and co-stars attended the premiere of their new movie hosted by The Cinema Society at Legacy Records on Wednesday (June 13) in New York City.

Their mother Lea Thompson, who also directed the movie, and father Howard Deutch, who co-produced, joined in the fun family affair.

Madelyn also composed music for the film, and Zoey co-produced as well.

Zachary Levi and Ryan Eggold were also in attendance at the event.

Zoey was wearing a Delpozo suit at the premiere.

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Zoey Deutch attended the special screening of her movie Set It Up on Tuesday (June 12) at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.

Zoey was joined by her co-stars Glen PowellTaye DiggsJoan Smalls, and Meredith Hagner, as well as some of Glen‘s family.

Zoey‘s mom Lea Thompson, her co-star in the upcoming movie The Year of Spectacular Men, also stepped out for the event.

Set It Up will be available for streaming on June 15.

Zoey was wearing a dress and pants by Valentino Resort 2019 and Via Spiga’s Faxon red pumps.

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Zoey Deutch was in New York City on June 12 to promote her new film “Set It Up” at the Build Series where she stunned in an all-white, ankle-length pant suit and matching white high heels.

While at the Build Series, the star reunited with her Everybody Wants Some and Set It Up costar Glen Powell.

Zoey worked with Glen in 2016’s Everybody Wants Some, a movie about a group of college baseball players trying to navigate through unsupervised adulthood.

Their latest project together, Set It Up, follows two overworked assistants who try to get their horrible bosses out of their hair by setting them up together.

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On June 10, Zoey Deutch attended the 2018 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall  in New York City.

The 23-year-old actress went glam in a black and navy velvet gown by Brock Collection as she stepped out for the awards show.

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LA Times – The dramedy “The Year of Spectacular Men” is a family affair. The film, which opens Friday, was directed by actress Lea Thompson and written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, who also wrote the music and costars in the film with her sister Zoey Deutch, who co-produced it along with their father, director Howard Deutch.

So what’s it like to work on a labor of love with your family? We asked all three to write about the experience.

Lea Thompson, director:

From its first breath as just a title, “The Year of Spectacular Men” has been a part of our family for over four years.When Madelyn let me read the first draft, I was blown away by her skill and honesty. I had never directed a feature and I was honored she trusted me enough to partner up. When it actually came together, I knew it was important to create a space for my young writer to tell her own story with her own words because in my ingenue days every one of my words was written by an older man.

I envisioned it to be elegantly shot — the sets would be lush and tell their own stories. The “Spectacular Men” would each be distinctly wonderful, and we would shoot it as written, in four cities (New York, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and L.A.) in all four seasons. All that for the same budget that “Dancing with the Stars” has for sequins.

Thankfully, our producers at Parkside Pictures were amazing and so committed to the difficult scope of our project. And we had such a fantastic cast — Avan Jogia, Nicholas Braun, Jesse Bradford, Cameron Monaghan, Brandon T. Jackson, Zach Roerig — and crew, who somehow trusted us enough to sign on to such a unique collaboration between family members — the kind of thing that could end in tragedy, but luckily it was some kind of wonderful.

The creation of this film has taught me so much about myself, my craft, and most importantly, the mysterious inner workings of my daughters’ minds. After working in the arts for over 40 years, it has been invigorating to not only learn new things but to get my chance to help create something new from scratch, and tell a fresh story using all that I have been given from the thousands of people I have worked with as a dancer, singer, actress and director.Making this film with my daughters, whom I deeply respect and admire, is a blessing come true. And also … #funfact: “Daughter” and “laughter” are just one letter apart.

Madelyn Deutch, writer, composer, costar:

Making “The Year of Spectacular Men” felt like being a little kid again. Every room we went in told us female-fronted comedies were the riskiest investments. But the more we were told no, the scrappier we got, the harder we trudged. So you can imagine that by the time we sheer-willed our way onto set, it felt like we had tricked the establishment and gotten away with it.

Here we were, with a female director and producer and writer and composer and … it was a snow day. It was ditching school for the beach. Playing hooky sans consequences. A series of small miracles that deter you from your ordinary. The best damn sleep-away camp of your life — and you didn’t even get homesick.

I remember crying when we wrapped shooting in San Francisco. I had just done one of my last scenes as “Izzy,” the film’s lead, and I had no idea how to say goodbye to her. She became that friend from camp I shared the same scrapes and inside jokes with, who was down to drink too much Captain and Coke, and braid tacky rainbow-colored lanyards. The friend who slept in the top bunk with me, even though she had her own. I didn’t want to climb down that ladder and go back to trying to be an adult.

Still, I feel so much joy for what we accomplished. Completing a project like this is often a years long journey and I’m proud that our mission statement remains true: We made the movie we intended to make.

Of course, myself and my character Izzy are examples of privilege, of a snapshot into a pretty particular world — but we were also just young women. With self-esteem deficits, buried trauma and a skillfully uncalculated approach. Universal things as far as I could tell. So, that was the film that I wrote. It was the film we shot. The film we cut. The film we sold. The film that’s being released. Our consistent dedication to seeing that specific vision through, may be the element I’m most impressed by. And the fact that I have a mother and sister who were willing to do it with me.

Zoey Deutch, costar, producer :

“The Year of Spectacular Men” is about as grassroots and personal as it gets. I mean, my mom directed it, my sister wrote, starred in and scored it, my ex-boyfriend played my boyfriend, I produced alongside my dad. And everyone still speaks, and no one lost any limbs, and we made a really good film.

It’s hard to know how influential or special something will be while you’re doing it, and so hard to appreciate and practice gratitude in the moment… Life is cumulative: It’s all the tiny little things along the way. But when I watched the movie for the first time, it wasn’t all the decisions of filmmaking I was reminded of that made this piece of art something I’m so proud of. It was the family dinners my parents were so adamant we had together every night growing up. It was the strength of my parents’ choice to not squash me and my sister’s spirits. It was the arguments we had but worked through and didn’t ignore. It was forgiveness. It was the love and support our family has had for one another. It’s all the tiny little things along the way.

As artists who have chosen collaborative art forms, we are so used to being at the mercy of many strangers’ opinions, wants and decisions. Making this film was empowering because it gave us control and showed us we could do it. It gave us the confidence to tell our fellow artists and friends who feel overwhelmed by the process, that they can do it too.

It seems impossible, until it’s done, until you do it.

We did do it… and Deutch Family Films is just getting started.

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On June 06, Zoey DeutchMadelyn Deutch and their mom Lea Thompson were bothin attendance at The Year of Spectacular Men premiere at AMC Dine-In Sunset 5 on Wednesday (June 6) in Los Angeles.

The movie is also a family affair: Zoey and Madelyn‘s mom Lea Thompson, also co-stars in the movie, and father Howard Deutch is a co-producer. Zoey is also a co-producer, Lea directed, and Madelyn wrote the movie and also provides the music!

The movie, which hits theaters on June 15, is the story of Izzy Klein, a young woman fresh out of college who strikes up and ruins relationships with several men, and struggles to navigate the failures of post-college adulthood, leaning on her mother and older sister for support.

Zoey was wearing is wearing a Dior dress. An after party sponsored by Guillotine Vodka was held later that night at sbe’s Hyde Sunset.

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Zoey Deutch attended the Los Angeles Confidential Celebration for its May/June Issue with Cover Star Zoey Deutch at Montage Beverly Hills on May 31, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Coveteur – When we meet up with Zoey Deutch, the actress, director, and budding producer is in her room at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Antibes, France, with a wide view of the Mediterranean from her balcony. Cannes, where the annual film festival is about to begin, is so close we can see it across the water. But tonight Deutch is getting ready for a party inland with Dior, who is hosting her in France and dressing her for a party celebrating the Miss Dior fragrance. Her makeup is already finished with a rust-toned eyeshadow (from Dior palettes Heat Up and Inflame) by makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan. It gives an edge to her otherwise pristine white-and-black ensemble and plays off her signature red hair—a color, we learn, that was blended by Hollywood’s favorite colorist, Tracey Cunningham.

She gives me the formulas for local colorists to use when I’m filming in another city, or she gives me the dye so I can do my own roots,” says Deutch, hopping from a chair where her hairstylist just finished a few face-framing waves. “I’ve gotten really good at doing my own roots.

The favor is particularly appreciated these days, as 24-year-old Deutch finds herself on more and more sets both in front of the camera and behind it. Last year she saw the release of five of her films, including her producing credit for The Year of Spectacular Men, and this year she already has two films in post-production. Later, when we meet with Deutch again at the party, we’re at Christian Dior’s former home in Grasse, Château de La Colle Noire, and take a seat side by side on what used to be Dior’s own bed. We, of course, have plenty of questions queuing in our head—from the frivolous How do you get that *skin*? to the nosy What’s like to grow up in Hollywood with a legendary mom like Lea Thompson? to the selfish What are your best career secrets? And we got the answers for you below.

Can you tell me a little bit about growing up with parents in the entertainment industry, and the career wisdom you learned from them?

“It’s been my great fortune to be surrounded by people that have reminded me of how important process is, not outcome. When you’re an actor, or really an artist of a collaborative form, you have so little control of the outcome. And if you are only focused on that…it won’t turn out well [laughs]. If you’re focused on the outcome, chances are you’re focused on people’s perceptions of the outcome—how much money something makes, how it looks, rather than how it feels. And I think that has been the most valuable—one of the most valuable—lessons I’ve learned is to really appreciate, recognize, and practice the process, not the outcome.”

Do you think this is part of why you’re getting more and more into producing?

“Yeah, I think it was something that I realized I loved so much. And it gives me an opportunity to have some semblance of control. I also enjoy being a part of every single piece of the puzzle. It’s fun for me.”

And I sense that you have a very clear vision:

“I do, but I think more important than that is learning how to harness that and listen to other people. I think it’s really easy to have a vision. But again, when you’re an artist and you’ve chosen a collaborative art form as your path, it’s massively important to be not just a good listener, but to learn how to listen. I don’t know if that makes any sense.”

Have you noticed that there is a difference in the creative process, like when somebody really knows how to listen?

“Yeah, I also think—I don’t know if you feel like this in your experience, and your career and life… I hate to put people into categories, but there are people that allow other people to do their jobs, and then there are other people that micromanage other people doing their jobs. And it’s a really fine balance because if you really are somebody that wants to have a hand in every single pie, and wants to be a part of the whole process… It’s a really delicate line to balance.”

Do you feel like you’ve been able to kind of gain a lot of wisdom from your parents and your family?

“To be entirely honest, I think it’s hard to have perspective on that. I’ve always been very honest about feeling deep gratitude to my parents for being really good people and really good at their jobs, so it didn’t steer me away. I knew that it was possible to be in this industry and it not be a complete shit-show. Both my parents are nice, and they work so hard. And it really is about process, not outcome, for them. I’ve just watched them be good humans [laughs].”

Is there a subject that you’re really passionate about right now?

“I think it’s really crazy that there haven’t been movies made about Margaret Sanger or Hedy Lamarr… I just think that that’s interesting.”

OK! Change of subject. Favorite beauty go-tos… We were talking about coloring your own hair:

“Me and my mom do my sister’s hair, and they’re a brunette and a blonde. We have our little salon. We do my mom’s roots and the whole thing [laughs]. We’re mixing colors and throwing shit [laughs].”

Do you have a skin routine that you swear by?

“Do you have an hour and a half [laughs]? I go to [facialist] Shani Darden. I have struggled in the past with hormonal stuff. I really like IS Clinical—their cleanser and their active serum is fantastic. I just started using the Sisley—the Black Rose moisturizer—and I love that. It’s a cream. But I’m very hesitant toward scented moisturizers. I usually am just like, ‘Screw it. I’m going for Cetaphil.’ I don’t want to risk it. I am a new lover of [Sisley]. I haven’t tried anything else except that moisturizer. I’m obsessed with it. Honestly, I love witch hazel. I know it sounds like a bizarre drugstore thing. Witch hazel as a toner. It is very intense. It closes your pores.”

Do you wear makeup?

“I love the Dior eyebrow pencil because it has a little brush on the back. I love peach shadows. And then I use the Dior [Undercover Star Concealer] wand for my skin, and then I use Clé de Peau concealer for under the eyes.”

For fragrance, you said you’ve long worn Miss Dior:

“I know, it’s like, ‘Really, Zoey?’ I know it seems overly fitting. I refuse to throw out any of the Miss Dior bottles because they have the little bows on them. I actually tried to break one so that I could put like, roses in it. And they are very sturdy bottles. I think it broke part of the wall instead of the actual bottle. I alternate my fragrance. I wear Miss Dior, but I also wear Lys 41 Le Labo. [I like] very floral. I don’t like a musk sort of thing. I really love roses. I love roses and gardenias and peonies, and that sort of feminine, beautiful kind of thing.”

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