VIOLET IN BLOOM:
Violet in Bloom
- Written By
- EVELYN CROWLEY
- Photography By
- AMANDA DE CADENET
- Makeup By
- KATE LEE
- Hair By
- JENNY CHO
- Nails By
- KAREN GUTIERREZ
- Styled By
- RACHEL ZOE STUDIO
For VIOLET GREY’s photo shoot with the actress Nicola Peltz, the manicured lawns of a private Bel Air residence, studded with modern Les Lalannes sculptures, provided a magical backdrop befitting her demure, sylph-like persona. Barefoot and donned in a diaphanous dressing gown, the 19-year-old actress looked a million miles away from the apocalyptic world inhabited by her Transformers: Age of Extinction character. Peltz, whom critics have deemed both on-the-verge and destined for greatness, is versatile enough to look at home in both settings. Of course, with her bee stung lips and limpid blue eyes, the gorgeous New York native would look at ease wherever she went.
In an effort to become better acquainted with Nicola, VIOLET GREY invited model/actress (and recent cover story star) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on set to interview her. A fellow Transformers veteran, Rosie could relate to the young actress and was eager to compare notes. Shooting a Transformers film, with the intense physical demands, larger-than-life sets, and mostly male cast, is a unique experience that only an actress who’s been through the process can truly understand.
As the sun began to slip below the horizon, the pair retreated to the porch for an intimate chat that alternated between formal interview and giddy girl talk. Read their conversation — at least the parts that weren’t off the record — below.
ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY SITS DOWN WITH NICOLA PELTZ
ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY: I remember getting the call from Michael Bay telling me that I got the role. It was a real mixed bag of emotions. In many ways, I felt that I'd won this once in a lifetime opportunity but I was terrified because I never acted before and never planned on it.
NICOLA PELTZ: I was so excited even though he warned me that it would be like no other movie set and that it would be really fast-moving and hard.
RHW: Yes, I'd come home from the action days just covered head-to-toe in bruises and cuts and have to get in an ice bath with Epsom salts.
NP: I didn't realize how much running went into it.
RHW: Oh my god, and in heels!
NP: I can't even wear certain open-toed heels now. [My feet] look so scary.
RHW: After you do a Transformers, you're like the new hot babe in Hollywood. I felt that so many meetings with studio execs were really just about sprinkling a little bit of pleasure on some guy's afternoon. I remember one man did bench curls throughout our whole meeting. Are you worried about being typecast or put in a box?
NP: I don't know what's coming but I think it's best to just ignore it as much as possible. I have specific ideas about what movie roles I'd love to get next and I'm being really picky about it.
RHW: When did you know that you wanted to be an actress?
NP: As a 12-year-old, I really enjoyed drama class. But my mom was very against the whole Hollywood thing. It took me a while to convince her. When I got my first play, I think she realized how serious I was about being an actress and how hard I was willing to work at it.
RHW: You're still quite young, apart from acting, is there anything else you'd like to do with your career?
NP: My friend's a photographer and I always help him art direct. I also love painting but it's just for me I guess. Like only my mom would think my work is good.
RHW: How do you feel about being photographed yourself? Do you enjoy it? Do you find it creatively fulfilling in the same way that you do acting?
NP: I like it when a photo shoot tells a story and I get to play a character. That's when they're a lot of fun. And since they're not my main job, I don't feel as much pressure. But acting is definitely my passion.
RHW: So I think you're absolutely stunning. You see so many Hollywood stars and the teeth, the nose, the makeup — everything is perfect and it's so boring for me. But your beauty feels natural and real. Can you tell me your skincare routine?
NP: I use a lot of natural products. I'm not crazy about the natural thing though. My mom has this beautiful bathroom with a million products and growing up it was so much fun to explore everything. I guess the two things I am obsessed with right now are Bioderma Sensibio H2O makeup remover and Lucas Papaw Ointment.
RHW: Some of my closest friends are makeup artists and stylists. They have seen me in my most raw and vulnerable states. It's almost like they put your armor on for you and get you ready to face the world. Do you feel similarly?
NP: Yes. I've done projects where I didn't feel like the makeup team had my back and it made me feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. But if you have people around you whom you trust, like Robbin [Kujus] who did Transformers, it makes a huge difference.
RHW: You're about to go on a big, international press tour for Transformers. Do you enjoy being on the red carpet?
NP: Definitely. It's fun to come together with people who you've worked with for six months and watch the movie together and get all dressed up.
- PHOTOGRAPHER:Amanda de Cadenet @ Copious
- MAKEUP ARTIST:Kate Lee @ Starworks
- HAIR STYLIST:Jenny Cho @ Wall Group
- NAIL ARTIST:Karen Gutierrez @ Nailing Hollywood
- ART DIRECTORS:Emily Grey and Jemme Aldridge
- STYLIST:Rachel Zoe Studio @ The Wall Group
- LOCATION:Bel-Air, CA
IN THE HOT SEAT
After being immersed in conversation with Nicola for some time, Rosie decided to go a bit off-script and pose a series of irreverent, rapid-fire questions that forced Nicola to think on her feet.
RHW: SINGLE OR IN A RELATIONSHIP?
NP: Single, right now.
RHW: HAIR UP OR DOWN?
RHW: FAVORITE PLACE?
RHW: Biggest luxury?
NP: A good pair of heels.
RHW: GREATEST STRENGTH?
RHW: Greatest weakness?
NP: Also honesty.
RHW: BATHS OR SHOWERS?
RHW: LEATHER OR LACE?
RHW: WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
NP: The Fault in Our Stars.
RHW: MOST TREASURED GIFT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
NP: My childhood nanny gave me her great-grandma's wedding ring because she said I was the daughter she never had.
RHW: FAVORITE FEMALE ROLE IN A MOVIE?
NP: Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted.
RHW: WHAT ARE THE THREE THINGS YOU WOULD TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND?
NP: My mom, my dad, and a camera.
In polite society, a starlet’s two biggest assets are her TALENT and her makeup artist.