The Next Breakout Star You Need To Know Has Serious Style Game

Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
New York-based actress Laura Harrier has quite a way with the camera. If you don't already recognize her former work as a model, you might know her from her captivating role as Destiny Evans on One Life to Live. But, she's just getting warmed up: In the coming months, Harrier's versatile acting chops will be romancing the lens aplenty. She already has an AMC pilot under her belt (the details of which are still under wraps), and we can't wait to see what this emerging talent will take on next.
But, until her forthcoming premieres and imminent star status, Harrier's next role will be a familiar one: preparing for an East Coast fall. The MVP of her cool-weather wardrobe? An oversized navy knit that she's bound to be living in this season. Up ahead, Harrier shows us four ways she styles this all-purpose layer, using key pieces from Ann Taylor's fall collection. Consider these looks actress-approved — click on to see how to make 'em stars in your own closet.
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Look 1: The Double-Up
"This look is usually my everyday go-to: high-waisted jeans, boots, and a leather jacket. So, throwing a sweater on top of it all will keep me extra warm, and it adds another dimension of texture. I also really love navy and black together."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I think of my style as minimalist bohemian, if that makes any sense!"

We dig it. Fashion is also partly what drew you to New York, right?
"I came to New York six and a half years ago to go to NYU, but I was modeling at the same time and it got pretty busy. I actually didn't end up going to NYU and decided to take the opportunity to model while that was in front of me. It wasn't a difficult decision to make. I've always valued education, but modeling is something you can only do for so long. I felt that I needed to take advantage of that opportunity."
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How did you break into modeling?
"Kind of a funny story. My mom's friend is a location scout, and one day they were doing a photo shoot at our house in Chicago randomly. I had just gotten home from school, and the photographer saw me and said, 'You should call my friend at this agency,' which we did. I started modeling a lot in Chicago, and then I traveled a lot to New York. Eventually, I moved here."

Tell us about how you moved over into the world of acting.
"About two years ago, I started transitioning into acting. It was something I always wanted to do, but it felt more of an abstract thing and wasn't like, 'Okay, now I'm going to act!' I started out small, doing student films. Then, I met my manager and eventually landed One Life to Live, which was my first acting job. Since then, I've shot some indies and a pilot this summer. Things are starting to kick off, so now acting has become more of my job as opposed to modeling. I appreciate modeling and the doors it has opened up for me, being able to travel and the people I've gotten to meet. But, at this point in my life, I enjoy being involved with the creative process more and being able to exercise my voice and artistic talents."
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Look 2: The Relaxed Oxford
"This is a more simple look. It's masculine, in a way, with the white shirt untucked. Topping a sweater over it keeps things transitional and makes for a great fall look."

It sounds like you like to explore your options and keep things adventurous.
"I actually travel quite a bit, not only for work but also because it's important to me. I love exploring new cultures. I spent a couple of months in India backpacking, which was amazing. I go to Europe a lot, too. Once I went to Brazil for a job but then ended up staying for a while in Rio, which is the most fun place I've ever been. I'm so lucky to combine my jobs and passions in that way."
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Do you ever get recognized on the street?
"Occasionally! I don't consider myself famous, but sometimes people come up and say nice things — it catches me off-guard. The soap fans are very die-hard, and it was cool to be a part of that, especially having that be my first job. Being on OLTL prepared me for other roles down the road when I've been thrown into the deep end of things."

So, how is acting in a soap different than other acting roles?
"Being on a soap is like boot camp for acting. The show airs every day, so there's always a lot to shoot. You're told, 'Okay, you're working until midnight and you have to memorize 30 pages. See you at 8 a.m.!' It was hardcore. But, I appreciate that because now I go into a job and am like, 'Wait, I only have to memorize four pages? This is so easy!' Working on a soap set the bar really high in terms of work, and it's prepared me a lot."
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Look 3: The Cuffed Denim
"I like how the pockets on this sweater are unexpectedly leather. It makes the sweater more functional. The sweater is navy, which I wear a lot of. And, I'm really cold all the time, so big cozy sweaters are always my go-to with jeans and sneakers."

As someone who gets dressed by costume designers all the time, what does fashion mean to you?
"Being a model and actress, it means a lot to me. With work, it says so much about the character that you want to portray. It's your face out into the world, and it completely affects people's perception of you and how you feel about your own self. And, when I'm playing a character, style has so much to do with the role. I talk to the costume designer to really understand where the character is coming from. I want to know how they're seeing this person's style as opposed to how I'm seeing it. It's important to have that conversation."
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Tell us about your first big movie role in The Last Five Years.
"The Last Five Years was shot last summer, and it's going to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall. It's a musical remake, so the whole movie is just songs. But, I'm not singing in it — my performance is all wordless acting. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan do all the singing, and it's like nothing I've ever seen before. I'm really excited to see people's reactions to it. I play a woman who has an affair with Jeremy Jordan. It was fun to be the bad girl. It's what I enjoy about acting — getting to explore all these different sides to a personality."
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Look 4: The Makeshift Sweater Dress
"I like the contrast of the big, baggy sweater and how a cinched belt makes the look more flattering. I feel like such a woman. It's an easy nighttime look that's not too fancy. It's still cute and casual."

So many big things are happening with your career. Can you tell us about the pilot you shot?
"I can't say too much about it yet, but it's called Galyntine, and it's for AMC. We shot it in Utah over the summer, and it was really amazing. We were up in the mountains, in the desert, out in the incredible nature with the Rockies, going on hikes, and climbing up waterfalls. It didn't feel like work at all. It was probably the best work experience I've had so far. It didn't feel like real life. I loved the cast. Everyone was so supportive, and there was all this positive energy. Everything felt really good."
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Sounds incredible — we can't wait to watch it. What do you think is the biggest challenge for you, working in this industry?
"There's always uncertainty with not knowing where your next job is going to come from. Things can go really great and then suddenly stop. But, it also pushes you to work harder since nothing's gonna come out of it if you don't try. It's a driving force."
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So, it's equally driving and daunting. Has anyone ever given strong advice along your journey?
"My mom always told me to treat everybody equally, which sounds obvious. But, in a work setting, it's about treating craft services just as highly as you would the director. It's easy to feel like everything revolves around you with all the lights and cameras. But, to be honest, every single person on set has an important role, and they're all working to make it happen. It's important to keep that in mind. Besides, it's all about karma. That stuff will come back around."
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