Erin Wasson on How Acting is Like a 'Full-On Internal Bitch-Slapping'

Last night, VS. Magazine hosted the launch of a new fashion-themed video at the Soho Grand with Erin Wasson, who stars in the short film. Directed by 25-year-old advertising industry alum Jenna Elizabeth, the video--called "The Heimlich Maneuver"-- shows Wasson administering CPR to a fellow model who chokes on a piece of Georg Jensen silver jewelry. (Watch it here--creepy.) “There’s something about saying ‘I can afford to eat this’ that is funny," Elizabeth explained of the concept. "I like the sense of humor in literally having your stomach pumped for jewelry.”
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Last night, VS. Magazine hosted the launch of a new fashion-themed video at the Soho Grand with Erin Wasson, who stars in the short film. Directed by 25-year-old advertising industry alum Jenna Elizabeth, the video--called "The Heimlich Maneuver"-- shows Wasson administering CPR to a fellow model who chokes on a piece of Georg Jensen silver jewelry. (Watch it here--creepy.) “There’s something about saying ‘I can afford to eat this’ that is funny," Elizabeth explained of the concept. "I like the sense of humor in literally having your stomach pumped for jewelry.”
Photo: Andrew Baris

Photo: Andrew Baris

Last night, VS. Magazine hosted the launch of a new fashion-themed video at the Soho Grand with Erin Wasson, who stars in the short film. Directed by 25-year-old advertising industry alum Jenna Elizabeth, the video--called "The Heimlich Maneuver"-- shows Wasson administering CPR to a fellow model who chokes on a piece of Georg Jensen silver jewelry. (Watch it here--creepy.) “There’s something about saying ‘I can afford to eat this’ that is funny," Elizabeth explained of the concept. "I like the sense of humor in literally having your stomach pumped for jewelry.”

A ton of models attended the party (Helena Christensen, Ali Michael, etc.), as well as one unexpected guest from the cast of Girls. Alex Karpovsky, who plays the irritatingly lovable character, Ray, was there too (you know, the one who just took Shoshanna’s V-card). And though Karpovsky wouldn’t get into too much detail about his own appreciation for cute tops and pants with "slim legs" (insert now-infamous awkward gesture here), he was excited to be in attendance. “I’m always eager and excited to meet cool people and I think this is a cool project,” he told us. “I’m expecting to see some original, innovative, and fresh expression.”

But the evening’s real star was Wasson, whose feature-film debut in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opened in theaters last Friday. We sat down with Wasson to discuss what it’s like to become an actress and if she’s discovered any special methodologies to improve her newfound craft.

Fashionista: So first things first, how did this whole short video concept come about? Erin Wasson: Vs. approached me—they were the first ones to get excited about the movie I had done. They had this really great concept, and I looked up Jenna’s work and she was so young and so talented, that I had to do it. I think she captured something really awesome considering that [the film is] fashion driven.

Cool, so how did you even get into acting in the first place? Acting chose me! I am a creative person, and I look forward to all conduits of creativity in my life. I learned a lot about myself in the process—it was kind of like occupational therapy.

What kind of things did you figure out about yourself? I mean it's all very personal stuff, full-on internal kind of bitch-slapping moments that you have with yourself. Just being a part of that process for three months; It’s not the actual acting it’s the whole process.

So are you pleased with how Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned out? Yeah, it’s a fucking bitchin’ movie.

Click through to see some party pictures.