Ashton Sanders, Cody Fern and Ansel Elgort cover the latest issue of VMAN magazine photographed by Richard Burbridge and styled by Nicola Formichetti.
On tackling such a huge slice of music history: “I didn’t know too much of the story of the Wu, not to the extent that the show goes into. None of us really know the Wu in the way that the show showcases it,” he says. Sanders plays a young Bobby Diggs, before he became RZA. How was it portraying a living person? “RZA and I have similar spirits, similar souls, similar drives in our history, but you still have to go into the archives and do your research. [RZA’s] here in the flesh, but I still have to revisit a chapter of his life. I had to find the 1990 RZA.”
On paying attention to fashion: “I think it’s what you said: cultivating. I definitely have always been interested in fashion, but I never had a sense of style. I very recently realized how many colors are in the crayon box. And that I’d been using about three of them. And I think a large part of that came from never really having a sense of self. I only very recently, certainly within the last two or three years, have become more comfortable with who I am as a human being. Before, those three colors I had been using were to hide or to fit in or to ameliorate. To make sure that I didn’t stand out at all. Or that I wasn’t perceived as weird. But at a certain point in time, I discovered who I was. And fashion came naturally after that point, because all of a sudden I needed to find different forms of expression.”
On having to stretch a lot for “The Goldfinch” and dealing with the growing pains: “When I was 18 I was like, I’m such an adult now, wow, look at me!” he says. “And then I always look back and I’m like I knew nothing. I was an idiot, I hated everything about myself. I’m glad now that I’m changing.” It’s hard to grow up as someone a lot of people consider a heartthrob. “I think that’s why a lot of people become reclusive and quiet. It’s in these circumstances where no one’s watching that I can have a lot more room to grow,” he says. “Under a microscope, you don’t have room to grow. You’ll hit the lens. I’m taking a little time away, which is nice.”
[Photo Credit: Richard Burbridge/VMAN Magazine]
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