Cover Boy: Garrett Hedlund for W Magazine
W Magazine January 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Generation Now”
Photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Styled by Alex White
Soon-to-be boy-of-the-moment Garett Hedlund has two big movies coming out, so he gets the cover treatment at W Magazine. First, the actorly sound bites, then the clothes:
How did you get from the farm in Minnesota to Hollywood?
Growing up, I would watch a movie on video and would go to the back of the VHS and locate the address for Universal Pictures or MGM or whatever. I’d write to the studios asking them if I could be in a movie. They never wrote me back. When I was 14, I moved to Arizona to live with my mother. Being in Arizona, I was only one state away from California. For two or three years, I flew to L.A. for auditions. I’d get out of school, fly into Burbank airport, get in a taxi, go to the audition, taxi back, fly back to Arizona, and go to school the next day. I remember the reaction to my first audition: I think the phrase was “You sucked pond water.”
In Tron: Legacy, you play Jeff Bridges’s son, who’s searching for his father in video-game outer space; and in Country Strong, you’re a country singer entangled in a love triangle. What’s more difficult—performing onstage in front of a live audience or kissing someone you’ve just met?
They’re both a little tricky. When I read the Country Strong script, I thought, Can’t they just hand-double it? Can’t I just do the rest of the movie and not have to do the performing? It took me six months to learn to sing and play guitar at the same time. So I guess the kissing thing was easier.
In continuing with our Christmas bickering tradition, we disagree on the look. Lorenzo likes it for being a little sleazy and a little rock and roll. Tom thinks it only attempts to be those things but falls short of the mark, given how expensive the clothes are and how white bread the model is. The pants are from the Givenchy Spring 2011 menswear collection:
And we should all be thankful he’s ONLY wearing the pants. Animal prints are hard to pull off for most women; they’re IMPOSSIBLE to pull of for most men. Garrett does his best, though. Better than we could, that’s for sure.
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