ARTICLE KATE BRANCH
PHOTOGRAPHY MARK ABRAHAMS
STYLIST KEEGAN SINGH
IN JANUARY, V TRAVELED TO PARK CITY, UTAH, TO SEE WHAT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FORETOLD FOR 2014. IF THE TALENTS FEATURED IN V89 ARE ANY INDICATION, THE FUTURE OF CINEMA IS SHINING BRIGHT
“I soak up and learn as much as I can, because they are icons,” says Boyd Holbrook of his many collaborators, which include pop-culture heavyweights like the photographers David Armstrong, Bruce Weber, and Inez & Vinoodh and the filmmakers Gus Van Sant and, recently, David Fincher and Terrence Malick. “They have their own language and they speak it.” The 32-year-old actor—who is also a musician, sculptor, and model—made his way in New York with his farm-boy good looks and “nevermind” demeanor for brands such as Levi’s, Viktor & Rolf, and Hugo Boss. He chalks up his success to clear communication, “no matter what the medium,” he says. And with two well-reviewed roles at Sundance—as a strapping young Aussie in the Craig Johnson–directed film Skeleton Twins and another in newcomer Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents, in which he plays a lone survivor in a coal-mining town—we hear you, Boyd. “Little Accidents is a great piece with a great voice about a region of our culture that doesn’t have the chance to be heard,” says Holbrook, who grew up in blue-collar Kentucky coal-mining country. “I wanted to do it out of respect and admiration and curiosity about the industry that essentially put food on my table.” He can appreciate a daunting job, having once worked the graveyard shift unloading aircrafts, in order to pay his college tuition. With three more projects wrapped and slated for early fall—Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, which stars Natalie Portman, A Walk Among the Tombstones, with Liam Neeson, and David Fincher’s Gone Girl, with Ben Affleck—the multitasking, multitalented Holbrook is now set on directing. Who else but a good ol’ country boy could truly appreciate the serene simplicity of Sam Shepard’s short story about a man and his dog?
Skeleton Twins will be in theaters September, 2014
grooming Desirae Sherman using Giorgio Armani Cosmetics (Tracey Mattingly) photo assistants Check Wu and John Beecroft Stylist assistants Verena Hafner, Whitney Meyer, Christopher Lee Retouching Gloss