Interview: Miles Nazaire heads to Croatia with ‘Made In Chelsea’

Miles Nazaire Photoshoot 2018
Photography: Joseph Sinclair

MILES NAZAIRE has been stealing the show on ‘Made In Chelsea’ – a reality series which follows a group of young people residing in the Royal London Borough.

This new series comes with a twist – the cast of ‘Made in Chelsea’ have travelled to spend the summer in Croatia.

We catch up with Miles as he gives us the scoop on the new Croatia-set series.

AC: You’re from a family of sculptors, musicians and painters. What was it like growing up in such an artistic household?

MILES: It was pretty complex and creative. We were a normal family, my parents, my sister and I, but it was also pretty crazy. My parents are very relaxed and creative at heart so they encouraged us to find our own way, and to do things by not going by the book. We were challenged and encouraged to find ways to be better so I learnt to think independently.

Many people won’t know that you’re half french. Do you visit France much? Do you have any favourite go-to places there?

Yes, I love the South of France. I go there to visit my family as much as I can. My parents have relocated there permanently now from Notting Hill so it’s home from home for me. They live in between Cannes and St Tropez and I love it, one of my favourite things to do is go down to the local market, they have great men’s jewellery made there and I know it’ll be unique.

Miles Nazaire

How did you end up getting involved in ‘Made In Chelsea’?

One of my friends James was already on the show and we met in Cannes on holiday through mutual friends and hit it off. He ended up introducing me to all his friends when we were back in London so I got approached by the show to join in January this year.

Is it anything like you expected?

Yes and no, I worked in TV production before so I know the reality TV world, but what I didn’t expect was how it would feel to be in front of the camera. It’s definitely been a challenging thing to get used to. When I first got asked about the show I wasn’t sure if it would be the right thing for me, but my Dad, who doesn’t watch much TV told me to go for it. He is a big believer that you should always take opportunities and be open minded.

Miles Nazaire

What has been the biggest thing you’ve learned since being on the show?

Patience is the biggest thing, and being flexible. I can see how many people it takes to create a big show like ‘Made In Chelsea’, so I have a lot of respect for everyone who’s producing it and am learning loads by being around them every day.

How much can you tell us about Made In Croatia?

You get to see a lot of new friendships form, I am the new kid in the cast so going away with everyone for the summer was great for me to get to know everyone and you’ll see that on screen. There is a possible romance for me too so I hope you’ll start to see another side of me.

Miles Nazaire

Have you ever been to Croatia before?

No I hadn’t, it was beautiful. I definitely want to go back!

Everyone keeps comparing you to a young Johnny Depp – how do you feel about that?

I find it surprising and obviously I feel honoured – he’s not only a great looking guy but he’s very stylish. I definitely look up to him!

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH MILES NAZAIRE

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

Crisps, palma ham and ketchup sandwiches.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

An dating app to find cougars!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

XXXTentacion

Is there a sport you wish you could play?

Gymnastistics

Do you have a philosophy?

Always be yourself.

What’s the last film you watched?

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ – the fight scenes are insane!

What’s the last photograph you took?

A girl on a horse at the polo.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

To be invisible!

‘Made in Chelsea’ returns to E4 on Monday 6th August at 9pm

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH SINCLAIR

INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES

HAIR: MATT CAHILL

Send a Letter to the Editor about this Article

MORE INTERVIEWS:

Interview: Mark Gatiss – The Prolific Character Reinventor

Interview: Tom Odell – The Songwriter Finding Home Again

Interview: Alex Lawther & Jessica Barden are teen-misfits in ‘The End Of The F***ing World’ on Netflix

Interview: The Magnetism of Billy Magnussen – ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘Game Night’

Interview: Wallis Day has landed on ‘Krypton’

Interview: Ray Panthaki on ‘Marcella’ Season 2 & being a BAFTA Breathrough Brit

Interview: Blossoms on directing their music videos and their new album

Interview: Hayley Law is taking over your screens on ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Altered Carbon’

Interview: Violett Beane plays Truth Or Dare and shares her App Idea

Interview: Ralph Ineson on the freedoms of motion capture and his role in ‘Ready Player One’

Interview: Tommy Bastow on his role in ABC’s ‘The Crossing’

Interview: Jack Maynard on moving forward & balancing YouTube, TV & Touring

Interview: Disney’s Meg Donnelly talks ‘Zombies’ & ‘American Housewife’

Interview: Milo Manheim on role in Disney’s ‘Zombies’

Fashion Editorial: Lily Story by Morgan Ann LaRue

Top: Jones
Dress: Zara / Shoes: Stella
Top: Trinket / Skirt: Calvin Klein / Boots: Steve Madden
Dress: Daylight
Dress: Daylight
Dress: Daylight / Boots: Steve Madden

“I shot this set using my Helios 44-2, right before sunset. We shot in the city of Faynette, using the scenery as our ‘studio’. There’s nothing I love more than using a set-up as simple as just my camera in my hands. I love the simplicity of set-up and I believe it allows me to capture a more organic look. As far as color, I love playing with color. I actually have a red-green color sight deficiency, so I tone images to colors that look ideal to my own mind. Constant experimentation is so vital to creativity.” Morgan Ann LaRue (Photographer)

PHOTOGRAPHER: MORGAN ANN LaRUE

MODEL: ZOE LARSON

MAKEUP ARTIST: AMANDA EVANS

Fashion Editorial: Mirror Mirror by Bertran Harden

Italian Jumpsuit by GoJane / Clear Heel Booties by Forever21
Italian Jumpsuit by GoJane / Booties by Forever21

Coral Color Block Dress by GoJane Clear / Booties by Forever21
Berry dress by GoJane / Coral Color Block Dress by GoJane / Clear Heel Booties by Forever21 / Clear Booties by Forever21
Party Dress by Forever21 / Glossy Balloon Jacket by Forever21 / Bomber Jacket by Forever21 / Gold Booties by Forever21 / Clear Booties by Forever21

PHOTOGRAPHER & WARDROBE STYLIST: BERTRAN HARDEN

MODEL & MAKEUP ARTIST: JULIA MINDAR

MODEL: THEONE KHRAMOV

ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: LORENZO BELMONTE

MAKEUP ARTIST: KARINA CARO

 

 

Interview: Jessica Keenan Wynn in ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’

Jessica Keenan Wynn Photoshoot 2018

JESSICA KEENAN WYNN is starring in the summer musical that will get you dancing on your feet and filled with nostalgia – ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’.

In the film, Jessica portrays a younger version of  Christine Baranski’s character Tanya Chesham-Leigh. Jessica stars alongside Lily James and Alexa Davies.

Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles and comes from the Wynn family acting dynasty. She is a descendant of television and film acting legend Ed Wynn, 30s and 40s film star Keenan Wynn and silent film star Frank Keenan. She currently resides in New York where she is starring in the Broadway musical ‘Beautiful’.

We talk to Jessica about all things ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’.

AC: You’re a descendant of Ed Wynn who had an incredible prominence as an Actor in the 1930s and 40s. How influential do you think your family history has been in your own career choice?

JESSICA: I suppose I never grew out of playing pretend. When I was little, old movies, MGM musicals, and award shows were viewed in rotation. I was introduced to my grandparents with movies like Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins and For Me and My Gal. Obviously, I felt incredibly connected to the medium and one that allowed me to forge a relationship with family I had never met. Through performing, I was creating connective tissue with them and a posthumous bond. I developed a deep passion to carry on my family’s legacy. In the beginning it was daunting to walk in the massive footprints of my grandparents (all great great, great, and grand of them). Now I am so proud to wear that name and feel like I can properly stand among them with elation and adoration.

Do you think that this history has informed how you’ve approached working on this business?

Absolutely. The quality I admired so much about my grandfather, Keenan Wynn, was his desire to not only do good work, but to work! It wasn’t about being #1 on the call sheet or the leading man in a picture. It boiled down to flexing as many muscles within his talent as he could. His library of work has had a tremendous influence on my desire to play as many different parts as wonderfully different as possible.

Jessica Keenan Wynn

What was your first introduction to ‘Mamma Mia’?

I saw the first national touring production of Mamma Mia in Los Angeles with my mom. I bought the soundtrack and was an immediate fan of the show, and thus of ABBA. The best part about being introduced to their music through the production were the stories of people a generation ahead of me who grew up listening to ABBA. One generation was developing a new sense memory to their songs and the other reveling in the nostalgia of their music. They broke Musical barriers and thrive to this day for a reason. There’s truly nothing quite like their magical reach.

In this sequel, you portray a younger version of Christine Baranski’s character – how did you go about preparing for that?

I have always been a massive fan of Christine’s work. Her talent has influenced me for years and years. This woman carries herself with such poise, grace, professionalism and care. She is as profound on camera as she is off. It was the greatest joy to go back and watch her films to try and capture her essence. She commands a room with her smile, her charm and her wit. Ever sense I put young Tanya on, I can’t seem to shake her off and I’m perfectly fine with that.

Jessica Keenan Wynn

The film really does have an all-star cast. Was there anyone that you were particularly starstruck by?

Cher. Meryl. Cher. Meryl. Cher. Meryl. Need I say more? Meryl was exuberant and warm. I was so familiar with her work that it felt like reuniting with an old friend. Is that how superfans are born? Ek! Cher is a legend. I was too afraid to talk to her because I just wanted to watch her work. It’s horrifying meeting your idols, but also the dreamiest of scenarios. She’s truly one of the greatest artists of our time. I have to add, I was honestly struck by the sheer love the young cast developed for each other. I love the 5 of them so deeply it’s soul reaching. I have no doubt that the bond we created will last for the rest of our lives. 

Can you recall any particular funny stories from on-set?

One of my favorite memories on set was adlibbing with Alexa, who plays Young Rosie, at the end of a scene that takes place at the Taverna in Greece. Our brilliant director/writer, Ol Parker, wrote some hilarious lines to close the scene and then allowed us to play. If you give Alexa and I an inch, we will take a football field. We proceeded to bark varying adlibs at each other until we had the crew peeing their pants with laughter. If you can tell, it was the most remarkable set to be on. It really was a great big family.

Jessica Keenan Wynn

Do you have a favorite ABBA song?

I’m now a huge fan of “Andante Andante.” Lily James sings a stunning rendition of it in the film. But the song I sing in the shower most would have to be “The Name of The Game.” I love how the melody builds. Once again, Lily hits it out of the park with her version in the film. I can’t wait to listen to it on repeat!

Having grown up in LA, how are you finding New York life?

NY is the largest duality I’ve ever encountered. It’s intense, invigorating, chaotic, graceful, brutal, effortless, beautiful, harrowing and home. I do miss having my feet in grass and listening to the ocean on the coast of CA, but NYC teaches you so much about your limits and when to test them. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I found myself in New York. 

Do you see Broadway as one of the unique challenges that New York has to offer?

Absolutely. Broadway was the ultimate dream. I still pinch myself when I arrive at the theatre every night. With any dream comes a lot of discipline. Doing 8 shows a week is no easy feat. Relationships and friendships can suffer. Self care takes over and self love must be present. It is the most rewarding and most demanding experience I’ve ever had to endure.  But I’ve never had a family like the Broadway community. It’s truly the most accepting group of lovely artists I can imagine.

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ is in cinemas now

PHOTOGRAPHY: IRA L. BLACK

INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES

HAIR: NATE ROSENKRANZ

MAKEUP: JOSEE LEDUC

STYLING: ASHLEY PRUITT

Send a Letter to the Editor about this Article

MORE INTERVIEWS:

Interview: Mark Gatiss – The Prolific Character Reinventor

Interview: Tom Odell – The Songwriter Finding Home Again

Interview: Alex Lawther & Jessica Barden are teen-misfits in ‘The End Of The F***ing World’ on Netflix

Interview: The Magnetism of Billy Magnussen – ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘Game Night’

Interview: Wallis Day has landed on ‘Krypton’

Interview: Ray Panthaki on ‘Marcella’ Season 2 & being a BAFTA Breathrough Brit

Interview: Blossoms on directing their music videos and their new album

Interview: Hayley Law is taking over your screens on ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Altered Carbon’

Interview: Violett Beane plays Truth Or Dare and shares her App Idea

Interview: Ralph Ineson on the freedoms of motion capture and his role in ‘Ready Player One’

Interview: Tommy Bastow on his role in ABC’s ‘The Crossing’

Interview: Jack Maynard on moving forward & balancing YouTube, TV & Touring

Interview: Disney’s Meg Donnelly talks ‘Zombies’ & ‘American Housewife’

Interview: Milo Manheim on role in Disney’s ‘Zombies’

Interview: Sonya Cassidy on AMC’s ‘Lodge 49’, ‘Humans’ & ‘The Woman In White’

Sonya Cassidy Photoshoot 2018

SONYA CASSIDY is landing roles in some of the most intriguing and unique TV shows of the year.

Sonya recently completely filming ‘Lodge 49′ – a major new AMC drama series in which she has a lead role. Set in Long Beach, California, the series centers on a young male ex-surfer (Wyatt Russell), who joins a fraternal lodge after his father’s death.

Sonya is currently starring in BBC One’s adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ classic gothic novel ‘The Woman In White’ alongside Jessie Buckley, Olivia Vinnal and Dougray Scott.

But Sonya is undoubtedly best known for her role in AMC’s sci-fi BAFTA-nominated series ‘Humans’. We had a quick conversation with Sonya Cassidy about all of her projects.

AC: You most recently starred in ‘The Woman In White’ – how did you land that role?

SONYA: I’d worked with Carl (Tibbetts) on ‘Humans’ the year before and he called me in to audition.

Did you read the novel after being cast?

I did and enjoyed it very much. I think we captured the suspense of the novel well, coupled with the beauty that people long for in a period drama. Northern Ireland provides that in abundance. I loved filming there.

Are you a fan of mystery novels?

I confess it’s not an avenue of literature I know. Until I read Woman in White for this job the mystery genre was very much that for me. I’ll happily delve into more though. Perhaps once I’ve gone through the pile of books I have at home.

Tell us about the character you play and how they fit into the story.

Madam Fosco is married to the charismatic, manipulative Count Fosco. On the run from his native Italy, the Fosco’s come to England to stay with their friend, Sir Percival, who’s in the cunning process of marrying a young woman solely for her fortune. I wanted to show Madam Fosco’s quiet, determination. Her agency, despite the era. Rather than reclining upon a chaise longue, quivering beneath her corset and swooning! at her husband’s goings on, she embraces the role of elusive partner in crime in a formidable way. Mainly in the preparation of toxic tea. Beware the sound of a cup and saucer if Madam is around.

Sonya Cassidy Photoshoot 2018

Your role in ‘Humans’ couldn’t be any more different. Do you have an opinion on AI and robots?

I do. Though I hold my hands up, I don’t have much tech in my life (that I’ve direct control of). In fact by modern standards I’m practically Victorian. My phone use is minimal, I’m not on FB, rarely tweet, I don’t own a laptop and I now write letters to friends and family when I’m away. Instead of email. And postcards. Of course. Who doesn’t love one of those?

AI is an incredible accomplishment of our time and I am in awe of those working for us and our planet within that realm. But there’s difference between the AI we interact with on a regular basis- lets say ‘Daily Tech’- and innovation in areas like science, medicine, the environment- ‘Big Picture Tech’. They have different motivations and to be aware of that is important I think. Cathy O’Neil’s book ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ was a revelation to me and I highly recommend it. Her focus is algorithms, how they’re crafted and used. That’s something that should be grabbing our attention. It’s a far more pressing worry than sci-fi inspired, sentient robots. AI has become so woven into our lives, with things like social media, we can’t imagine a world without it. Already. I’m of a generation (born in 1887) that remembers not having a mobile phone, facebook etc. When I want to, I disconnect. I can find fulfilment in things totally unrelated. My concern is for those growing up knowing no different, who can’t disconnect. Those studying for work that may not even be available when they leave school. Balance is important. I think a lessening of Daily Tech would be no bad thing. The world will not implode. We also need better education as to AI’s impact on our lives and how to incorporate healthy habits alongside it. Not be so frequently dazzled with exciting sounding gadgets and apps from a small number at the helm, reluctant to divulge info about these things we “must have”, while they’re probably profiting. Transparency and accountability is vital for the future of our relationship with AI and each other. In the meantime, it’s totally fine not to be connected to everything. all. the. time. Again, the world will not implode.

Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment – what would yours be?

[Laughs] Okay. At risk of sounding like a hypocrite based on my previous answer – I’d create an app that shares cultural habits and unique ways of life from countries all around the world. Each day/week you’d get sent info about a different nation to your own. It could be the holidays they celebrate and why, their cuisine, their music, cherished customs. You’d learn about somewhere new. See a place from a different perspective. Perhaps consider going there? When we travel we bring something back with us. Hopefully. This could provide a small window into those places which feel far off, but need not be unknown.

Sonya Cassidy Photoshoot 2018

You’ve also just been cast in a leading role in AMC’s ‘Lodge 49’ – have you worked on an American production before?

I’ve been in shows that have aired in the States, but this is my first US production.

You play the role of Liz Dudley, she is described as smart, fiercely independent and deeply cynical. Can you tell us a little bit about her?

What struck me with Liz is a character who I really liked from the get-go and who isn’t ticking any convenient boxes for a Female Character. Liz, like the show, defies easy categorization. Yes she’s smart, but still makes stupid decisions. She’s independent, but become lonely with it. She’s cynical and, I think, a refreshing realist. She works hard waiting tables but won’t/cannot focus that energy into her long term prospects. She’s not manicured for entertainment. There’s a ‘dirt’ under her finger nails and that’s part of what drew me to her and the project. I also think the more women we see on screen with that the better. We all have it. You want to hang out with the characters in ‘Lodge 49’ because they’re imperfect, but trying really hard. That proves hilarious and heart wrenching in equal measure.

Sonya Cassidy Photoshoot 2018

With the series being set in California – from your time there, what are some of the best places to visit?

The show is set in Long Beach which I really enjoyed spending time in. The view as you drive over the Vincent Thomas Bridge at sunset, looking out over sprawling yet perfectly ordered docks with beaches beyond- it never got old for me. Griffith Park and Observatory for views of LA and the universe. Runyon Canyon seems to be the go-to for an inner city view but Baldwin Heights gets my vote. Museum of Jurassic Technology- don’t google it, just go. Topanga makes you feel like you’re in a different time, gone by. It’s beautiful. As a Brit I happily indulged in the World Series last year. Catching a game at Dodger Stadium is good fun. The Getty museums… So much! Being a Londoner I’m used to walking everywhere, so I found LA quite overwhelming to begin with. It’s vast and seemingly unknowable. To counter this I did in a car what I’d do on foot. I just drove around and explored different neighbourhoods. Some are even walkable! Worry not, Europeans venturing to the West Coast! I’m aware this method of exploration will sound absurd to an Angeleno, but I recommend it. It helped get LA under my skin and appreciate how much it has to offer beyond what people know it for.

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOSEPH SINCLAIR

INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES

Send a Letter to the Editor about this Article

MORE INTERVIEWS:

Interview: Mark Gatiss – The Prolific Character Reinventor

Interview: Tom Odell – The Songwriter Finding Home Again

Interview: Alex Lawther & Jessica Barden are teen-misfits in ‘The End Of The F***ing World’ on Netflix

Interview: The Magnetism of Billy Magnussen – ‘Black Mirror’ & ‘Game Night’

Interview: Wallis Day has landed on ‘Krypton’

Interview: Ray Panthaki on ‘Marcella’ Season 2 & being a BAFTA Breathrough Brit

Interview: Blossoms on directing their music videos and their new album

Interview: Hayley Law is taking over your screens on ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Altered Carbon’

Interview: Violett Beane plays Truth Or Dare and shares her App Idea

Interview: Ralph Ineson on the freedoms of motion capture and his role in ‘Ready Player One’

Interview: Tommy Bastow on his role in ABC’s ‘The Crossing’

Interview: Jack Maynard on moving forward & balancing YouTube, TV & Touring

Interview: Disney’s Meg Donnelly talks ‘Zombies’ & ‘American Housewife’

Interview: Milo Manheim on role in Disney’s ‘Zombies’