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INTERVIEW : Vanity Fair about “Face to Grace”

On September 27th, Vanity Fair published a new article about Grace Coddington and her new series “Face to Grace“. Since Ansel was her first guest, he was interviewed about it. Below is the part of the article dealing with Ansel’s words. You can read the full article here.

Elgort—who spoke to Vanity Fair from the Los Angeles house of his Baby Driver co-star Jamie Foxx, where he is finishing up recording his debut album—said he was on board for the sit-down immediately after Coddington asked him to join her. He said he recently caught up with Coddington at the Met Gala, where he walked around with her for 15 minutes (“which at the Met Gala is a long time to spend with one person, because everyone is bouncing around a lot”), and at the Prada show in New York, where he spoke to her and Pat McGrath for about half an hour. “It was sort of like me and Grace clearly were becoming friends, and enjoyed seeing each other at events and speaking as adults for the first time, because she always knew me as Arthur’s son. And we had always had interesting conversations about fashion and about my father and about all the things that she’s such a great wealth of knowledge for. Then she asked me if I would do her new show, and I just [said], of course.

To Elgort, this sort of interview, in its more unscripted nature, is the future of talk shows. “That’s how it should be, and that’s honestly . . . I think the future of these kinds of shows will probably not be such professionally done versions. It’ll probably be, like, a third person at the table with a phone, and they’re also even maybe part of the conversation, or they’re just really good at filming stuff. Because that’s what people like right now. That’s why social media pops off, because people feel like that fourth wall is broken, rather than feeling like it’s all uptight. What I wanted to do going into that interview—what I thought it was gonna be, and what it ended up being by the end, which was nice—was it just sort of felt like Grace and I were just sitting there talking.”

Elgort—who regularly posts on his Instagram feed for his 10.5 million followers—said he also enjoys the direct channel he has to his fans. “I think that social media is now . . . it is media. It is media that we have control over, as the artist. That’s my direct connection to my fans, and I don’t need somebody to twist my words, or make the headline a certain way, so that they can sell their magazine or get clicks.” He said he tries not to think too hard about what he’s posting, though it can sometimes be a challenge. “I try not to think about it too hard, because I try to think about it [as] if I was just posting for my thousand friends or whatever [I had] when I first started Instagram. But that’s hard—it’s hard, because you gotta think about that maybe studio executives are gonna see this: Are they gonna be cool with that? Yeah, probably. O.K., cool. So there’s a little bit of that.”

He said, though he has definitely been subject to squealing fans and invasive cameras in public before, he isn’t hounded by the paparazzi and TMZ cameras all that much right now: “I think most of the people who have TMZ cameras on them all the time want that. And they sort of get that to happen. Then there are a select few who are in a controversy or something, so they have the TMZ cameras on them without wanting it. But if you really want TMZ to go away, I think you can just maybe not go to the restaurant in L.A. where they’re outside. And you can maybe not live in L.A.”

He continued, “I’ve talked to celebrities about this kind of thing, who complain to me about how they can’t live their lives anymore. I’m like, ‘Well, you also dress to the nines every day, and you’—like I said—‘go to the restaurant with the TMZ cameras outside—you clearly like it.’ I think there’s a way as a public figure to be more hidden. I don’t know. I don’t see Christian Bale all the time getting paparazzi-ed . . . I don’t think it’s that hard—the world’s a big place.”

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