EVIE HENDERSON is a rising Talent represented by Select Model Management. She is an actress who started acting when she was very young. She walked for Dolce & Gabbana last month and is moving to New York which will be an exciting chapter for her. Evie is a dreamer and likes meeting new people and getting to know them. She has a strong sense of her own fashion style and a direction that she would like to pursue with her acting and modelling career.
Interview & Photography by celebrity portraiture photographer Zuzana Breznanikova
What is your story? How did you get into acting?
I got into acting when I was really young, I always enjoyed it and my parents always signed me up after-school acting clubs. One day I was scouted during a class and asked to be involved in a new E4 TV project called School of Comedy. I filmed this series on and off for 3 years and enrolled in Arts Ed. I trained at this amazing performing arts school for seven years.
You walked recently for Dolce & Gabbana. How does it feel walking for a fashion show like that?
I felt very flattered to be included in such an amazing show. It was a dream come true!
What is your fashion style?
I would say my style is feminine but also very casual during the day. I’m never not in a pair of converse, and at night I like to dress up and play around with prints and colour.
What brings you the greatest joy?
The things that bring me joy is my family and friends. I am very family-orientated so spending time with them beats anything. Work and new exciting projects where I can be pushed excites me and gives me joy also.
What do you like most about modelling / acting?
I like how there are options of travel and meeting new people and exploring new places. I am moving to New York very soon.
It sounds like you might be travelling more than ever. What can’t you travel without?
I cannot travel without my special toy that I have had since I was a very little!
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DEANO BUGATTI is an English actor. He is originally from Newcastle with Italian roots now based in East London and working as an actor. There is something about him; no one can explain what it is but there is something special. He already appeared in War Machine (2017) starring Brad Pitt. This year he also made a debut on Eastenders and has appeared in Star Trek (2015), My Cousin Rachel (2017) and Victoria Abdul (2017). I think he will be huge in Hollywood (great name too) and will probably write and produce movies as well, he is a great story teller and very articulate. Everyone loves his energy and enthusiasm and he really inspires people. He looks amazing in front of the camera and is a natural. He is actually very humble and makes a great impression on people and you cannot help but like him.
Interview and portraiture by Photographer Zuzana Breznanikova
“I believe it is all about the journey“
What is your philosophy on life?
I believe everything happens at the right time, every time, even the mistakes and failures. I believe it’s all about the journey getting there than it is getting to the finish line first. I believe the visions in my dreams come true and law of attraction is real, I believe spirits and karma exist. I believe that life is far more advanced than we’ll ever know which means anything can happen beyond our wildest imagination. I like to find the magic in every single day, I see people as books, you’re a book, I’m a book, our friends and family are all books. We all have a story to tell and today our pages have crossed, I feel like I have read the book of my life and its the best story ever told, I get everything I’ve ever wanted so I’ve gone back and read the pages again with more gratitude, even in the darkest times I always learn a lesson.
How did you get into acting?
My friend posted a link on my Facebook wall about StarTrek extras wanted, it was the last day of casting, I really love all Sci-Fi movies so I was stoked that I would see how it all works behind the scenes. I called a few people to ask if I should go and they all said no, if I wanted to be a serious actor then go to drama school and it would be a waste of my time waiting around for hours and I wouldn’t be seen etc but I took a leap of faith and didn’t listen to anyone of them apart from my Mother, She said go for it, she knows I would love it either way so I flagged a taxi down and directed him to the studios. As I arrived the queue outside was ridiculous, a couple miles long at least it was outrageous, my heart sank and reality started to kick in that I wouldn’t even be seen at all, then my angels arrived. The taxi driver drove straight to the front, I had previously said only the address to him, nothing else, he argued with security that I was a VIP? They lifted the barrier and I was now first in line? I realised this was a sign and started to believe more that this is happening. I filled the forms in, had a picture and measurements taken then left not knowing if I’d got the job or not. Five days later I had a phone call saying I look like Anton Yelchin one of the main actors and would I like to be a lead stand in instead?! I didn’t know what that was so I just accepted it, it turns out you get to meet everyone behind the camera including the actors, producers & directors, I couldn’t believe my luck. I was originally booked in for one day, on the day I was due in Anton called in sick meaning I didn’t need to be there anymore, again my heart sank, however they asked me to stick around incase anything changes.
I was overwhelmed being on the star trek set, it was the best thing I’ve ever seen, I was along side hollywood actors on a huge movie seeing the real Captain Kirk,Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto as SPOCK live in action, that is the best form of learning an actor can get, it was magnificent. Later that day a moment occurred when they needed the stand in for Sulu, Sulu’s stand in had been by my side all day, I turned around and he was no where to be seen? so they then pointed at me to get in quick. I ran into the U.S.S. Enterprise star trek ship and took my place, I thought that this might be my first & only chance in life to ever do this so why not come out as if I was the lead actor and see what it feels like, so I went for it. I came out of that spaceship acting my heart out, I could see the director & producer talking to each other then I heard a voice on a loud speaker saying could I do that again the same way please Deano, I did a few more ‘takes’ they then released the other stand ins & I worked the next five days solid.
After filming there was an email sent to the casting agency saying how much they liked working with me, that email was then forwarded to Brad Pitts company who then booked me as a lead stand in for WAR MACHINE. In the first few days of filming, Brad walked passed me and took a second glance, he kept looking over & I started to panic thinking he didn’t like me so I kept my head down. I had very long hair passed my ears at the time, someone from the production team came over to me and said that Brad Pitt really likes the look of me, would I like to be in the movie as one of the marines and if I did I would have to shave my hair right now?! You have never seen a man make himself bald so fast! I always knew this day would come so it was an easy decision for me to shave everything off in a second, it went down well with the director David Michod, it got the desired effect I wanted which was to let them know I’m not messing around, this means everything to me. Over time I worked and made friends with some phenomenal actors such as brad himself, RJ Cyler, Lakeith Stansfield, Will Poulter, Kola Bokinni, Hopper Penn, Pico Alexander the list goes on, it was the best learning experience anyone could ever wish for. I asked all the questions I wanted to know from the best people in the game, it was a dream come true. I had a drink with Brad at the wrap party and he told me thats how he started his career which gave me a lot of confidence for my future, I was then referred to an agent who asked me to do a monologue in front of him. I took all I’d learned from Star Trek and War Machine and gave it everything, he offered me the contract there and then in his office, I cried all the way home with happiness as I knew the journey had begun.
Portrait of Deano Bugatti during his actor interview in London
Actor Deano Bugatti telling his story during interview
Actor Deano Bugatti getting into his story; gets passionate about story telling
Actor Bugatti recollecting happy memories while telling his story
I captured these raw emotion images while Deano Bugatti was telling his story.
Who are the most well known actors I’ve worked with?
I’d say Brad Pitt is the biggest and Judi Dench, Will Poulter is a personal favourite of mine as I genuinely think he’s one the best in the business, he’s so talented, funny and such a humble guy.
What has been your favourite acting experience so far?
My favourite acting experience wasn’t caught on camera unfortunately but it will be in my mind forever, I made a great friend on War Machine called Hopper. He invited me to go see him at his home so I jumped on a plane and went to see my brother from another mother across the pond. We got super drunk and had a crazy night out it was brilliant, I completely forgot where I was! We ended up forgetting the code for the gate to his house so we attempted it and failed many times while laughing and being really loud. We were there for sometime before the gates started opening up randomly, there was a bright light and a silhouette of a man walking towards us, it was Sean Penn, I thought I was dreaming. I thought he was going to shout at us for waking him up but he was amazing, he laughed at us for being so drunk and sent us to bed. I woke up in the morning to a stunning guest house with a signed Michael Jackson picture on the wall to Sean personally and pictures of him with Tom Cruise and everyone else I’ve ever seen on TV?! I walked up the long path to the kitchen where Sean was there on his own going through a script, he made me a coffee and we chilled for bit talking about life then he asked me to go through the script with him to see if it sounds right, as I was reading, it hit me that I’m reading scripts with the Oscar winning actor Sean Penn?! The realisation hit me what I was doing, I went to the toilet for a little overwhelming cry, sorted myself out and went back, it was by far the most surreal moment of my life so far.
Deano Bugatti by Zuzana Breznanikova
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What do you like most about acting?
Everything I love it all, I genuinely love my job and not many can say that. I like going into a different world, I like all the intelligence that goes into it from researching a character role to breaking down scripts and seeing what works best and which ways works best for me. I like to dress up in all the costumes and go back to periods of time I can never visit unless time machines exist, I love the pressure to perform in auditions they make me feel alive, I like being around other actors that want the same thing as me so we always have something to talk about, I know deep down this is what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life so I want to know as much about my craft as possible, I’ll be forever learning.
What are your current film & tv commitments right now?
I’m not allowed to say right now unfortunately but I can say this is the most exciting time of my life ever, I’m feeling very loved and blessed at the moment however, I’m always interested and excited to receive new scripts.
What do you do when you’re off duty from acting?
I’m never off duty, I’m always learning, If I’m not auditioning then I’m learning my script for my next time to shine or helping actor friends with their self tapes, I believe Karma will come back to sort me out in the future so I’ll help others knowing I could learn something new from them.
What advice would you give aspiring actors?
Never give up, No matter how hard it seems, Never ever give up on your dreams.
Deano Bugatti is represented by Tom Fitz at Simon & How for acting and Select Model Management - Special Bookings for modelling.
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Harrison Griffiths is a British model who has worked with some of the biggest names in the British fashion industry including Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, as well as for the Italian luxury fashion house Prada and Vogue Italia. He is also a great commercial model who has shot campaigns for fashion brands including T.M. Lewin and a commercial for Hackett London (click the link to check it out). He has a very British look and the most amazing cheekbone structure - surreal! I could see him doing more commercials and movies - he looks like an actor and the screen loves him. He is represented by Premier Models in London and Marilyn Agency in Paris.
Photography and Interview by Fashion Photographer Zuzana Breznanikova
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m 24 years young, love Sheffield Wednesday and try and live life with a smile on my face. I was very lucky to be scouted at the age of 18 on my first visit to London and from there my life changed drastically. It hasn’t all been bells and whistles but it’s made me the man I am today and everyone I know or have known has been part of that. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by love and I hope I reflect that back to the people closest to me.
What is your philosophy in life?
It’s hard to say anything here without sounded very cheesy or like a broken record! I have “creid I duit fein” tattooed on my wrist and I guess its meaning “believe in yourself” is one I stand by. I had the tattoo when I was 17 and it’s not the best for modelling jobs but it means something to me. I also have “17” tattooed on the back of my arm, which is my lucky number!
I have seen a great commercial you did for Hackett London. Can you tell us bit more? or Did you enjoy doing the commercial?
It was a great day, however it was freezing cold along the Thames! The best thing about it was that it gave me a chance to showcase some acting skills along with my modelling. I suit the tailored look well so it turned out to be a nice commercial. I want to build on my acting in the coming year.
Do you have any funny stories to tell?
After a show in New York I split a drink not once but twice on none other than Jonny Deep! The first time he was annoyed but the second time he was not happy at all. Understandably, I was told to leave.
You are a seasoned model. What advice would you give to models who are just starting out?
First of all you have to enjoy it! Never take anything for granted and, for me, surrounding myself with people outside of the fashion world is important. It keeps your feet firmly on the ground and also take your mind off work. Overthinking everything and rejection is a big part of modelling so allow yourself time away to enjoy yourself. Lastly, always keep an eye on your money and know exactly how much you’re being paid!
Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
As long as I’m happy and healthy, the world is my oyster. I’d like to be pursuing my acting more and continue modelling.
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Men’s fashion photography campaign / photoshoot for menswear brand launch ‘ANNIE HOOD’ by Fashion photographer Zuzana Breznanikova. This men’s fashion shoot with this cool and trendy men’s fashion brand was a great fun. Great creative collaboration - the models were also great! A menswear brand aimed at the younger generation with such a cool vibe (very popular on social media).
Men’s fashion portrait. Model: Lewis Chesson-Grieve (Nevs)
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Models: Lewis Chesson-Grieve & Lukas Katinas @ NEVS Models
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Is Victoria the next Russian ‘supernova’ after fashion model Natalia Vodianova? She was listed as Top Newcomer from S/S 16 by models.com. She made her debut on the runway as a Burberry exclusive! She made a buzz in what was her first season walking for the biggest designers. She walked Valentino, Prada, Dior, John Galliano, Chanel, Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, Paul & Joe and Miu Miu. She is a fresh face and having photographed her I think she has the special something.
- Could you tell us a bit about you?
Well, my name is Victoria and I’m a 17 years old Russian model. I really love traveling and meeting new people and that’s what I think my job helps me with! I also love sport and was playing tennis for 9 years but now I don’t have enough time for it so I usually just go to the gym or a swimming pool.
- How did you get into modelling?
I was not actually scouted and I didn’t do elite model look and stuff. I just was on a summer holiday in London with my mum, I was 15 that time, and my friend told me that I should try to go to Elite because I look like a model, basically a lot of people were telling me that. The morning after I did it and they liked me which I was surprised with because I was not super sure in myself, but I was super happy haha! So that’s how I signed the contract with my mother agency and started working.
- You walked for so many top designers. It must be very tiring doing so many shows. What does your life look like during Fashion Week?
You’re kind of out of life for a month, I find it super fun actually! 90% of models would say that the most tiring thing is no sleep. As for me it’s really hard to wake up in the morning because of that. I don’t hear my alarm for ages so girls who I live with start hating me haha.
- What are some of your favourite designers?
Oh, that’s a good question! I’d say Alexander Wang, Burberry, Valentino and MiuMiu.
- You opened and closed Burberry show at S/S 2016 Fashion Week. How did it feel walking for such prestigious brand?
I was such a fresh new face that time, as you know it was my first show ever! To be honest, I really was nerves before it so lovely people who I worked with were supporting me. Everything was very new for me , but for sure I was enjoying it a lot! When the show started and I went to the runway I felt like the happiest person in the world! For sure! After the show I started getting more followers, texts and stuff, I was smiling for the whoooole day haha.
- How would you describe your fashion style?
Oh, it could be so different, to be honest. Sometimes I wear girly dresses and stuff like that but sometimes it’s more similar to London, Camden Town style if it counts!)
- What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Well, for now, my dr Martins shoes, love them.
- What can’t you travel without?
My headphones and a book!
- How do keep fit and healthy?
I just love being an active person, hate sitting at home. So I’d say doing sports, being active and not overeating.
- You appeared in Vogue Russia? How did it feel being photographed for such a well-know fashion magazine? Can you tell us about the shoot?
It was really fun! Teams on shoots like that are always amazing, so we were just enjoying the process. I also met some nice people during that shoot who I am still in contact with, which is really cool!
- What had been your favourite modelling experience so far?
Opening Burberry show, for sure!
- Has modelling changed you as a person?
Oh, yes! I was kind of a shy person before I started doing modelling, and now not at all, I can talk with whoever I want about everything I want ! I also became more mature which helps me a lot because when I’m working or traveling I have to sort everything out by myself.
- What do you like most about modelling?
For now I will definitely say that meeting new amazing people and making new friends in every country.
- What is the best modelling advice you’ve been given?
You always have to have fun of what you’re doing!
- What advice would you give to aspiring models?
Just don’t be shy, don’t stop doing it if something went wrong at the beginning. And if you don’t know English , learn it! Just as soon as possible!
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