In Hollywood, bright young things come a dime a dozen — but when it comes to true talent, the playing field shrinks to a playground. Up-and-comer Angela Sarafyan is definitely one of the rare standouts.
From playing "Tia" in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 to her upcoming role as Marion Cotillard's sister in James Gray's The Immigrant, this beguiling starlet is on a fast track to becoming Hollywood's next leading lady. And, the Armenian-American beauty also happens to boast a wildly cool, bohemian style. Ahead, she shows off four perfect, actress-off-duty looks.
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Photographed by Joshua Spencer
What are some of your favorite stores in L.A.?
"I tend to like vintage stores, mostly. I go to Cherry Vintage a lot. I even like Urban Outfitters sometimes. I like to find chic and quality pieces for not a lot of money."
Angela sits pretty on the steps outside West Hollywood Park in a This Is Genevieve top, Sugarlips skirt, Castañer espadrilles, JewelMint bangles, and a Lavish by Tricia Milaneze necklace.
Have you always been confident with your style?
"There was a point where I couldn’t wear tight jeans. I would literally wear baggy jeans, a loose-fitted shirt so the structure of my body doesn’t show. I always felt uncomfortable about showing my hips or my waist, so everything had to be hidden. I slowly had try to teach myself that it’s okay to wear tight jeans."
How would you describe your personal style?
"I like comfort and I like to look good for myself. A lot of the time I don’t think about it — I just want to wear something and get out of the house for a walk, or for a ride on my bicycle. I think the simpler, the better. Less is more."
Do you enjoy being dressed up for different roles?
"Yeah. I really admire costume designers. I had a fitting for like five hours the other day — it was crazy, but I loved watching how they were working because they were really dressing me like I was their Barbie doll! We were having fun and not like stressing out, and I could just observe their whole process."
Is it ever a challenge to wear something in a movie that you're not comfortable in?
"It's been a challenge, because I’m a pretty shy person and I tend to want to hide a lot of the time. There are times I've had to take costumes home and walk around my house in them for hours to get comfortable. Especially when it comes to wearing things I wouldn't dare wear in real life."
Angela shows off her street smarts in a Karen Zambos Vintage Couture dress, Castañer espadrilles, and a hat purchased on the street.
Do you find that certain costumes help you to get into character when shooting a movie?
"Yeah, I think what you wear will always have an affect on you. At least it always has with me! A really tight corset changes the way I breathe, the way I move... it affects me. Whether I’m aware of it is another thing!"
How does the character dress in the T.V. series (I Am Victor) you are shooting now?
"She is the craziest! I would never wear the things that she wears. I personally wouldn’t because it attracts way too much attention. I tend to go in a more calmer direction with flower dresses and tomboy looks]. She would wear really tight short shorts, a red bra, red panties, and a see-through top. I like to play parts like that because I don’t get to do that. There’s this one part where she wear a lace tutu with a pink bra, a see-through black top, and boots with fishnet stockings."
Hat in hand!
Has your style evolved or changed over the years?
"There are certain elements about it that have evolved. The part that’s evolved is I’m a lot more willing with colors now, and I like trying new things more than I used to. For example, I used to never wear red nail polish, but I’ll wear it now. Or, I wouldn’t ever wear makeup. These are things I always like to change, because it gets kind of boring always dressing and looking the same."
Angela wears Piper Gore pants, Seychelles shoes, Lavish by Tricia Milaneze bracelets, a crochet top made by Sarafyn's grandmother, and an AS by DF sweater.
Do you like getting all dolled up for events and premieres?
"It depends. I enjoy that part when it’s effortless — when it’s not too thought out. I like it to feel fun and not like work."
What are some of your favorite beauty products?
Currently, one of my favorite brands is Jouer
. Their foundation is amazing. It has SPF in it, and it’s so sheer, that if you put it on you don’t look like you have makeup on. You can just wear it as a protection from the sun. But, I love all of their products. None of them feel like you're wearing heavy makeup."
Hello, poodle loafers!
What's one of your favorite pieces you own?
"My grandmother is amazing at knitting and has made me some of my favorite pieces. There's this skirt she crocheted for me, and it's just perfect. I throw it on over a bathing suit when I go to the beach, and it always looks chic and cool."
Do you shop a lot when you're working on location in other cities?
"I always love shopping in other places, but I love shopping when I’m working! Like during movies or photoshoots, I like something they put me in and I don’t know if I would have seen that particular piece if I were in a store. So, a lot of the time I just want to end up buying what I find through the job. And, I end up wearing that piece a million times because it’s just a different perspective than my own, but I love it!"
Jumping for joy in a NastyGal dress, Purple Aura Jewels earrings, and vintage top and shoes.
Where did you get those leather flats?!
"I've had these shoes for ten years. I've had them resoled, refixed, and remade a million times. I'll never get rid of them!"
Who are some of your style icons?
"I've recently been watching all of these Italian movies. I love Sophia Loren! I don’t know if it’s her style — or just her. It’s the way she moves her body and the way she kind of presents herself blows me away."