Okay, we get it: Tavi Gevinson is over fashion, but we didn’t realize how much just totally, really over it she was until now. In an interview with The Cut, the high school senior–who infamously made headlines at age 13 by wearing a massive pink bow to a Christian Dior show, blocking the view of many an old-guard editor–basically likened Fashion Week to that dreaded high school buzzkill: homework.
First off, she doesn’t even go to Fashion Week anymore–and skipped the sartorial frenzy this time around for the celeb-filled Toronto Film Festival:
I didn’t know Fashion Week was going on. I mean, I’m not over the parts that were always important to me, but … it’s not like Fashion Week is every day, and I’ve been doing it every day for the past few years. It’s not a great answer, but it just doesn’t feel very … it’s the same feeling [as when] I leave from school to go to a city and I come home and I have to catch up on homework. [Laughs.] That’s, like, the only thing on my mind right now.
Acting on the other hand, is cool for her. The 17-year-old was in Canada promoting her first film role playing the best friend of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s daughter in Enough Said, which also stars the late James Gandolfini. (NY Mag‘s Jada Yuan thinks Gevinson resembles a “less buxom Dawson’s Creek-era Michelle Williams,” but I might go Never Let Me Go-era Carey Mulligan instead.) Turns out, the charmed newbie actress kind of just fell into the whole Hollywood thing.
There’s never really a plan. When I was younger, I always liked acting. You know, like, acting locally, or community theater at school. But it’s not an especially insured career choice, so I was like, “It’s a hobby, whatever.” And then my agency, UTA, approached me because they were like, “You are very good at expressing your general point of view. You might want to explore this in a few mediums, if you ever want to. We just want you to have the resources to do stuff outside of online, if you want to.” And I was, like, “Well, actually, I am interested in acting.”
Well, there you go. But was it easy for the outspoken Rookie editor-in-chief to switch gears from writing to acting?
It is a very different thing for me because I’m part of someone else’s vision, whereas normally I’m a boss of 80 people, and writing is also so different from acting. But the thing I work toward is just to get that feeling where you’re really in a kind of a zone — which sounds really pretentious — but I don’t really care because if you worry about sounding pretentious you can’t say anything smart, ever. [Laughs.] I mean, you know, that feeling when you’re writing and you start to understand what you want to say, and with acting you really feel in the scene, it’s just being present that can happen in a lot of different mediums, and for me acting is one of them.
So acting, writing, bossing a staff of 80 people around–and she hasn’t even started college yet. No wonder fashion might seem trifling at this point. Gevinson may be deep in the process of college applications, but we figure she’s pretty much got that essay part on lock down.