BONES AND ALL Star Taylor Russell Covers HARPER’S BAZAAR’s Dreamers Issue

Posted on January 19, 2023

BONES AND ALL star Taylor Russell covers Harper’s Bazaar’s Dreamers Issue photographed by Amy Troost and styled by Alexandra Carl. 




On learning to play the harp during the pandemic lockdown by signing up for virtual lessons:
“I wanted to play it for a very long time,” she explains. “I was like, ‘What’s the one instrument that none of my neighbors are going to hate hearing?’ “Russell was living in New York at the time, and everyone was stuck indoors. “It’s the harp. It could never be annoying. It’s such a beautiful, calming thing,” she says. (The first song she learned to play was “Creep” by Radiohead.)

On her leeriness with being labeled an “It girl”;
She tells me that she recently turned off her phone for a week and “didn’t turn it back on and just read for the week because my brain was so overwhelmed.”

On her belief that one’s willingness to change is what makes a good artist:
“The good ones, you can tell that their life is evolving throughout the decades because they’re interested in different things. I mean, all the good ones have their specific eras,” she says.

On her approach to fashion:
“I feel like a little kid being able to do all this stuff that I’m doing right now,” Russell says of her approach to fashion. “ ‘Why not just run around that playground?’ is how I feel. Let’s see how it shifts and evolves.”

On her approach to acting which includes cliff-diving into roles and tapping into memories to connect with a character: “Acting is the opposite of running away,” Russell says. “It illuminates something.”

On being drawn to the genuineness of the film, Bones and All:
“It felt so sincere,” Russell says of the Bones script. “That’s something I look for because I think it’s vulnerable to be sincere. That’s something that a lot of people want, but it’s hard to grasp.”

On being handpicked by director Luca Guadagnino for the role of Maren in Bones and All, and how that process wasn’t at all typical for her: “Guadagnino just offered me the role after seeing Waves,” she says. She couldn’t believe her luck: “I just felt like, ‘Oh wow, life can be easy like that? That’s weird.’ ”


[Photo Credit: Amy Troost/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]

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