Marling and Redmayne for W Magazine

Posted on March 19, 2013

Darlings, here are some pale people with good bone structure and extravagant lips to keep you occupied.


Brit Marling and Eddie Redmayne cover the April 2013 issue of W magazine photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Edward Enninful.

Let’s all discuss the ways in which these pale, cheekbone’d, pouty-lipped superhumans are ill-served by the bland clothes and harsh lighting.

Also: all the freckled gingers out there can join in with Tom and laugh long and hard at the photographer who thought putting Eddie Redmayne in direct, harsh sunlight was a good idea. He’s got the blinded look of someone who can barely keep his eyes open and his skin looks like it’s about to burst into flame, poor thing. That cover shot is hilariously awful. We hope he wore sunblock.

The styling here is pretty half-assed, we have to say.

We’re really not cranky today. Swear.


[Photo Credit: Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine]

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  • Patrick Cleary

    He’s a good-looking guy in motion, but take a still shot, and he looks like a squidgy little boy.

  • AS

    She looks so much like Lana Del Ray! I was fooled for a long minute.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I thought it was her as well. Dead ringer.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    The lighting on the cover is only slightly less worse than her facial expression. Its between agony and constipation. Horrible.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      It looks like she is either in agony or ecstasy, and he doesn’t give a damn (or is perhaps a bit perturbed). The cover is so weird!

    • charlotte

      My first thought was “Is she supposed to be in labor or something?” So there.

  • formerlyAnon

    This is a waste of two attractive young people. Though Redmayne’s so much more attractive when his face is in motion/animated/sports a smile.

  • annabelle archer

    The look like pretty zombies. That is not a compliment.

  • PeggyOC

    He’s already got tiny, sort of squinty eyes. Making him pose into the sun is not doing him any favors.

  • marlie

    I don’t know who she is, and I’ve decided that I hate his hairstyle with the burning hot fire of a thousand suns.

    • charlotte

      She plays creepy girls in indie movies.

  • sablehunter

    Close your damn mouths! I want to stick a cookie in there or something.

    • Little_Olive

      Haha now I can’t unsee each of them with a chips ahoy in their slot.

      • CakesOnAPlane

        I smell a new Tumblr page…

  • gabbilevy

    What a waste.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Loooooooooooove her hair! And that’s about it.

  • Trisha26

    She looks like Adele in the first shot. I don’t get his appeal, good/bad lighting or otherwise.

  • poggi

    The hair stylist should be commended. Everyone else phoned it in.

  • chitowndg

    I wish his mouth was closed.

  • RebeccaKW

    I don’t know who’s idea it was to put her in that outfit (2nd photo) but they should be fired. 2-year-olds pick out better get-ups than this.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    Sorry, but Redmayne does nothing for me. His features are almost bird-like and it drives me nuts how he always looks like he just got smacked over the head by a 2X4 (including in Les Mis)

  • gorghast

    TLO, there was another person featured in this editorial: Emayatzy Corinealdi. I partially blame W for not putting her on the cover, but there are multiple shots of her with Marling and solo that can be found online and are in the mag. Oh, and she’s a woman of color. So of course she didn’t get the cover.

    • Dorothy Damage

      She is also the best looking person in this photoshoot.The bright, direct sunlight makes her skin look amazing.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      Exactly. She looked gorgeous in the pictures and her bone structure (goddess those cheekbones) is remarkable.

  • Imasewsure

    These are dull and I’m not a huge fan of his look in general (don’t know her) but I kind of like the casual style on him and am loving the freckles in full sun (now run to the shade dear boy!)

  • MilaXX

    These are awful shots. The cover looks like she’s taking a dump on poor Eddie, and the rest aren’t much better.

  • kayleymaybe

    Amen, says the freckled ginger.

  • SewingSiren

    They musta ate some bad food. Because on the cover they look like they’re trying to not get sick.

  • JasmineAM

    Redmayne is so beautiful, but THAT HAIR. NO.

  • lobsterlen

    She looks like he is doing something naughty to her on the cover …. or she just passed out from heat stroke. Sometimes its difficult to tell the difference.

  • Caitrin

    They look like sick people who should be back in bed.

  • greenbowalabama

    Serious half-assed styling. Looks like they pulled the car over at the first patch of grass they could find, jumped out, and took a few photographs.

  • Sheneve Butler

    What about the WOC (Emayatzy Corinealdi) also featured? She was the best thing about the photos, yet the magazine didn’t think to feature her on the cover. Also, Brit Marling is gorgeous, nothing further to add.

    • Sobaika

      Yeah, Emayatzy Corinealdi was in this shoot but missing here. W Magazine is such a flop sometimes (all the time).

  • Hetha Innis

    What’s up with that location? Lighting and clothes are bad enough, but why the hell is the model in the 2nd pic standing in a yard in front of what seems to be a rusting fence with a parking space on the opposite side? What a cheap ass shoot!

    • lobsterlen

      And another thing … It is suppose to be a spring cover. To me with the brown leaves on the ground, the fence and the parking lot it screams fall and back to school. A back to school ad circular.

      • Derek_anny

        The leaves do look a bit to dry and fluffy, but to me it screams “mud season is finally over!”

  • tereliz

    Hmm, doesn’t read very SPRING, does it? And while the composition, color palette and contrast are nice, the people look like shit.

    And maybe I’m the only woman in the world that thinks so, but ER is kind of gross to me. He looks like a mouth-breather, and that always turns me off.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      You’re not the only one, I don’t get ER either. His posture is always horrible, his mouth is always weirdly open… I just cannot.

  • Jennifer L.

    Will Brit Marling please go away? There have to be hundreds of look a likes in Holly-weird that realize acting is more than trying to look pensive and only reaching disinterested.

    • Airkisses

      Who is this person, anyway?

  • Little_Olive

    Hahaha it’s like they are mocking Michael Kors’ campaign.

  • nannypoo

    Is he trying to hide something with those little floofs of hair he always has on the side? He’s not much of a model. He looks a lot better when he’s moving.

  • jetpackdino

    Is that a chain-link fence behind her? Lol, this is just sad.

  • cheekypinky

    Eddie. Shut your mouth. We are not a codfish.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s just bad all over.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    This is why I get so darn frustrated with magazines sometimes and can understand my sisters who refuse to buy mainstream magazines. Why bother including Emayatzy Corinealdi in the shoot if she’s not good enough to grace the cover?!

  • BrooklynBomber

    I’m a freckled ginger, Tom, and I know whereof you speak. At least he’s got brown eyes in his favor.

  • PrunellaV

    These pics look like snapshots in the back yard.

  • BookishBren

    I don’t get the attraction of Redmayne. I know lots of people go squealy for him, but he doesn’t do anything for me.

  • Jecca2244

    this is the reason that W just had two of their issues slashed. (No this exactly, but so many of their spreads are awful. and there is very little text to read in it these days)

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    Just got home from vaca so definitely not cranky but omg! They took a pic of this girl in front of a rusted chain link fence wearing a granny sweater and got PAID for it? He’s wearing a white tshirt and a jacket! oy.

  • Frank Lithium

    The shoot is doing him no favours.

  • Cindi Tracy Aune

    Poor man looks like he has severe chapped lips ;(

  • kathrineb

    Bad photos bland clothing.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Eddie looks like he’s just stumbled out of the meth lab.