Tavi Gevinson recently starred in Wren's fall 2012 short film, "Beware of Young Girls." In it, she displayed several of her many talents, including singing, and inspired her directors (and me) to gush about about how great and smart and inspiring she and her website, Rookie, are. Indeed, Gevinson is someone to "beware of" in the sense that she's got a bright future ahead of her and that might seem intimidating to some. So, when Wren offered us the chance to shoot her a few questions, we asked her about just that. Click through for Tavi's thoughts on shooting the Wren film, her toned down personal style, pursuing singing/modeling/acting and college, which she does plan to attend. How did you end up starring in this film? Maximilla messaged me about working together, and she was already going to make this Wren film but didn't know what it would be about yet, and so the timing was perfect!
What was the most fun part about shooting it? What was the most challenging? The most fun part was just the general environment. We shot it at the greatest house, all wind chimes and hanging rugs, and it was maybe the only day of the year that Los Angeles was rainy, which made it feel like Harold and Maude, and we were playing Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac while we got ready. All of this was especially nice because I was with people who just wanted to create something wonderful and have a good time together. The most challenging part was going outside and trying to look somewhat graceful in the cold!
What do you like about Wren? Melissa's clothes are at once cool and collected but dreamy. The prints can be all over the place (the poppies in this collection totally slayed me!) but the shapes make you feel all put together. And there are tons of little surprises -- the silk cheetah print pleated skirt I wear in the video was made with the fabric inside out so that the print would be more matte. And it's nice knowing that you have some kind of secret, that on the inside of what you're wearing it's this saturated, silky cheetah print.
We don't get to see your own outfits as much anymore on Style Rookie. How would you describe your personal style now? What designers/collections are you obsessed with lately? My style feels the same in that it's different every day, though lately I've toned down some of the kook and have realized the value of being comfortable when you are working on other creative things.
It seems like you've been putting yourself in the spotlight a little more lately with this, the Neil Young performance during fashion week, those Uniqlo ads, etc. Any particular reason? Are you interested in building a career in one or more of those avenues (acting, singing, modeling)? When it comes to these kinds of projects I just take it as it comes and see what shows up in my inbox and think about what would be fun and interesting. I judge them individually and try not to think about what, collectively, it means for my "image" or whatever. I like acting and singing and don't really mind modeling and, in the right contexts, would probably like to do more in the future.
One question about Rookie. You get the coolest interview subjects and contributors. How do you do it and who has been the most exciting one for you personally so far? We write a bunch of emails and hope that people like the site and want to be featured or want to contribute. The most exciting for me personally was when I got to interview Daniel Clowes, because Ghost World, the book and movie, has shaped the way I see things so strongly, and I never really expected to cross paths with him in the fashion context I was used to.
Have you thought about college yet? Where you'd want to go and/or what you'd like to study? Not really. I would like to live in California but I don't know much about the schools there yet. I think I want to study something more broad, probably art history, that will help shape my general way of thinking and point-of-view and in that sense come in handy in whatever creative pursuits I try after college.
Is there anything you can't do? Many, many things.