UPDATE:Now that we're checking out for the holidays, all we really want to do is get a little cold-weather outfit inspo. So, Nora, we're lookin' at you, kid. This story was originally published on December 7.
We're suckers for the girl-next-door types. Especially when they're actually celebs. They're not only easy on the eyes, but also have the acting chops to back up that beauty. Oh wait, we're describing starlet Nora Zehetner. Seriously, she happens to be the literal girl-next-door, living right around the corner from our East Village offices. And this actress-on-the-rise couldn't be more laid-back, despite the fact that she's appeared on Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy, and Brick (to name just a few).
Luckily, her paparazzi-worthy style reminds you that she's a star even if she's too humble to clue you in. Trust us, this girl's got it. So, we couldn't help but want to capture her X factor on camera, taking to our 'hood to snap four of Nora's favorite wintertime looks, from an Annie Hall-inspired outfit to a mod girlish number. Plus, we got the skinny on her top local spots, her must-have holiday gift, and, oh yeah, her number one celeb crush. We think it's pretty clear who we're crushing on, at this point….
Check out four inspiring winter looks from NYC's hottest on-the-rise starlet.
Photographed by Justin Chung
How would you describe your style in five words?
"I can't answer this question. That's five words. Sorry, I'm not trying to be cheeky but I tried, I really tried, and I couldn't come up with anything that didn't sound sort of self-congratulatory. And, I asked many, many people to try and answer it for me and still I got nothing. I'm a bit of a tomboy, but I'm also as girly as they come. I never met a sparkle, or a bow, or a stripe I didn't like, but I also enjoy minimalism. I guess I just really, really like to play dress up."
Philosophy dress, Zara turtleneck, Topshop jacket, Miu Miu shoes.
Has wearing costumes for various roles changed your style or your opinion on clothes?
"I learned how to wear liquid eyeliner on Mad Men, and that was sort of life changing."
What has been your favorite onscreen outfit?
"Hmm...maybe the red cheongsam in Brick."
What is your favorite thing about living in the East Village?
"There's so much character! So many of my neighbors have lived in the East Village for decades and they have the best stories. I love that I am constantly discovering something new even when I feel like I've walked down a street a million times. I'm obsessed with the marble slab cemetery; there is something so enchanting about it. I find New York utterly romantic."
Any favorite local shops or restaurants?
"There's a little vintage shop called Angela's that I've found some great stuff in. I just stumbled into a vintage store called Devorado on 9th while I was waiting for a table at Dirt Candy (delicious vegetarian restaurant) — they had some great stuff. Resurrection is always fantastic. John Derian is dangerous — I will probably be buying lots of christmas gifts there (and trying not to abide by a one-for-them, one-for-me policy). I like Mogador or The Smile for brunch or lunch. I actually cook quite a bit, and I'm a creature of habit, so I'm probably not the best for giving restaurant recommendations."
Who did you look up to growing up? What about now?
"I used to watch Style with Elsa Klensch with my mom every Saturday morning when I was eight and drink English breakfast tea. My mom was a model, and I guess I inherited my love of fashion from her. I loved the supermodels — Christy, Kate, Naomi, Linda, Shalom. I think it was only when I got a little older that I was influenced by actresses, fashion-wise. I love all the French new-wave girls, and I love Diane Keaton and the Annie Hall. Audrey Hepburn, of course, and Kate Hepburn and her trousers, too. I think, now, I am most influenced by my friends. They're pretty much all way cooler than me, and I've learned something from all of them. If you knew me at all, you could guess who I was meeting for dinner by my outfit. Sad, but true."
Express leather jacket, Topshop overalls, Jil Sander shirt, vintage sweater.
What is one thing you're hoping to get for the holidays?
"Pretty please, will someone buy me a Lee Jung photograph? She puts these neon text light installations on empty landscapes and then photographs them, and they are magnificent. (Somehow I don't think this will be under my Christmas tree, but a girl can dream.)"
Any gifts you're giving that you can safely spill to us?
"It's only early December! Don't throw me into a panic yet!"
What is the most worn item of clothing in your closet this winter?
"A huge faux-fur coat I bought at Topshop last winter. It's so warm! Coming from L.A. and previously owning nothing that resembled a winter coat, it has changed New York winters for me. I used to have to layer so many things that I looked like a little matryoshka doll. I hate, hate, hate being cold."
Any secret celebrity crushes?
"Umm...some of my favorite actors at the moment are Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba...none of them are too rough on the eyes."
What is your biggest vice?
What is your favorite part about what you do?
"My favorite thing about my job is getting to travel and learn."
Christian Louboutin boots, Wolford tights, Calvin Klein jacket.
What are your three favorite beauty products?
"Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Diorshow mascara, and red lipstick (the shade changes often, but right now I am loving La Fascinante by Chanel)."
What would you be doing if not acting?
"In an alternate universe, I would have liked to be a photographer."
Patrick Hoodie hat, vintage Ralph Lauren pants, Marc Jacobs sweater.
Is there any trend that you just won't try?
"Hmm....there are so many things that I say never, ever to, and then I see them done in a really subtle way, and I completely change my opinion. Never say never! I don't wear fur, that's the only constant no."
Any projects coming up that we can look forward to?
"I just finished working on a new show for IFC, called Maron, about the comedian Marc Maron. It will air in June, I believe."