Rising Stars: Loving Lydia Hearst
Having previously been named as Supermodel of the Year, tell us about your journey in how you began your career
My life changed overnight when I shot a cover and editorial for Vogue Italia by Steven Meisel in April 2004. I have always wanted to work in the fashion and entertainment industry and I have been very fortunate and am grateful for my career.
As on our Hollywood’s rising stars, what do you love most about acting?
My true creative passion is acting. I find myself drawn to character-driven roles and scripts where I’m forced to challenge and change myself, both physically and emotionally. With acting, every project and every role is a new adventure. I love to challenge myself, that’s a huge part of what draws me to a part. As an actor, you have to live the part, own the words and breathe life into the role. At the end of the day, the camera only wants to see something that’s truthful.
What upcoming projects do you have that you can tell us about?
Between Worlds just came out on Netflix. It is a dark, psychological thriller where I play Mary, the wife of Nicolas Cage. Mary died tragically in a fire, but instead of moving on, Mary cannot let go of her former life and in turn possesses a young woman’s body. She is determined to settle her unfinished business with the living. The Haunting of Sharon Tate in theaters and On Demand now, is both a psychological and a spiritual film. The plot is inspired by an actual quote from Tate, from an interview published a year before her death in Fate Magazine, wherein she reveals having dreams about ghosts haunting her house and foreseeing her own death at the hands of a satanic cult. I put a lot of time and effort learning all that I could about Abigail Folger and did my best and due diligence to respectfully portray the person I was hired to play. We all worked extremely hard and put a lot of love, effort, and care into portraying these people and telling this story
Grace and Grit out later this year is based on the best-selling true story is a one of courage, connection, and love beyond life.
Where did you grow up?
What is one thing you miss the most about your hometown?
I loved growing up in Connecticut! Sometimes I miss the fall, but not winter. And, I miss being able to take day trips to visit Mystic Seaport and Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum.
How would you describe your personality in 3 words?
Unique. Generous. Open.
What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to know about you?
I have been playing the flute since I was 6 years old, briefly went to circus school and studied aerial silks, have trained in hand-to-hand combat and machete fighting.
What inspires you daily?
I find inspiration in the everyday. My biggest source of inspiration is nature – Being outside, going on hikes, watching the sun rise and set helps get my creative juices flowing. I’m also inspired by risk. I love to take risks and be challenged. Starting something I have no idea how to finish but finding a way. The creative process itself brings me to a place of being totally present and that process itself is inspiring.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done in your life?
I love to travel and have adventures! The craziest thing I have ever done… Dangle off the top of the Edge of the Empire State Building for a photo shoot with Heatherette. I also climbed a mountain made of obsidian (lava glass) naked and also rode a rodeo bull naked for Tyler Shields photoshoots.
What’s a TV show you would like to make a cameo in?
There are A LOT of shows I love to watch. But, I’d much prefer to have the opportunity to audition and be cast based of my talent, hard work, and efforts in either a guest-star or recurring role.
What is something on your bucket list that you would love to accomplish in the next 5 years?
I truly just want to be happy and continue to work hard. Also, my husband and I would very much like to have children.
How do you describe your personal style?
My style is rather eclectic and always changing. I think that I’ve recently become more comfortable with being myself and not trying to fit into whatever mold people have tried to project onto me in the past. And, perhaps that comes with a combination of maturity, confidence and finding someone who truly loves and appreciates me as I am. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as bad fashion; it is all a form of self-expression.
What’s your current obsession?
My Nintendo Switch. Whenever I’m traveling and not working, I’m playing my Switch. I have over 30 games (some of my favorites being: Zelda BOTW, Skyrim, Super Mario Odyssey, Diablo III, Layers of Fear, Super Mario Deluxe U, Yoshi’s Crafted World), and have collected well over 50 amiibos (I have even had some custom ones made). I love it!
What is your #1 go-to beauty secret?
Never go to sleep with makeup on. And… Always remember to drink water and wear sunscreen!
What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Be present. Don’t get caught up with whatever might happen tomorrow or what the next opportunity may be. Focus on today and right now, otherwise you’ll miss it
What do you love most about Modeliste Magazine?|
I love that every issue features fun, fearless, strong, intelligent, and inspiring women.
Photographed by Hudson Taylor
Hair Styled by Matthew Collins/ The Wall Group for Dyson
Makeup by Rachel Goodwin at Streeters