The Actress: Byrdie Bell
We’re sure this is Byrdie’s big year to fly to new heights, especially since she’s officially taken a phoenix-style flight from the New York runways to answer the casting call of Hollywood. The previously bicoastal babe is decorating her spacious new Hancock Park loft while auditioning away, and envisions her ideal flick as an “epic period film, perhaps in ancient Greece or Rome.” (Can’t you totally picture those long locks plaited-up in a golden-goddess topknot?). Bell’s been training for this moment since she was a tween, and will hit the silver screen this year in Red Butterfly, in which she stars as a prostitute who succumbs to a drug overdose. She says, “I’ve played drug addicts and have had characters die before, but this woman was so loved that it made the death scene quite powerful to perform. I really didn’t want to let her go!”
Donning her beloved Rick Owens jacket, she describes her recent SoCal style evolution: “I would say I’m much less of an eccentric than I was a few years ago. I wore things that weren’t meant as clothing and often looked like a streetwalker! But, now I’m more interested in showing some consideration for the people who have to look at me, without sacrificing my creativity.” Not that we needed convincing, but after our chat, we’re positive this stunner’s eye is on the prize. When she curtly and confidently responded, “Ask me next year,” in regard to her life’s greatest achievement, we swore we would.
Hair by Jacquie Fetch, makeup by Mayera Abeita and Ali Magee.