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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair February 2019

From entertainment to world affairs, business to style, design to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst, inspiring and driving the national conversation. Now the magazine has redefined storytelling for the Digital Age, bringing its high-profile interviews, stunning photography, and thought-provoking features to your device in a whole new way.

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1 min.

Sloane Crosley “Laura Dern’s Moment” p. 38 Laura Dern “is a true examiner of the world,” says the V.F. contributing editor, whose latest collection of essays, Look Alive Out There, will be published in paperback in April. After interviewing this month’s cover star, Crosley changed her screen saver to a still from Citizen Ruth, of Dern huffing spray paint. Julia Hetta “Laura Dern’s Moment” p. 38 “I’ve been following Laura Dern since her work with David Lynch, and her characters have always fascinated me,” says the Swedish photographer, who shot Dern in New York. “I was equally fascinated when I met her—she’s filled with humor and isn’t afraid of breaking boundaries.” Micaiah Carter “The Wheel Deal” p. 76 Combining elements of the Black Power movement across several decades “created a timeless yet unique feel to the image,” says Carter, who shot…

2 min.
editor’s letter

I watched Laura Dern’s HBO series Enlightened when it was on the air from 2011 to 2013. I remember feeling there was nothing else like it on television, for its singular focus on an imperfect woman working to put rage behind her and, in so doing, unleashing a different, very potent kind of energy. It was the perfect role for Dern, if not quite perfect for the moment. As she tells Sloane Crosley in our cover profile, “If Enlightened were on right now, given what’s happening in the world, every woman would say, ‘I am Amy Jellicoe,’ but when it was on, male journalists would interview me and relate, and female journalists would ask, ‘How do you feel, playing such an unattractive character?’” Luckily, we have caught up to Dern…

3 min.
opening act

V.F.’s Krista Smith speaks with Stephan James. Before starring opposite Julia Roberts in Homecoming and in Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk, you got your start on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi. I’ve always been pretty reserved, but after taking drama classes in middle school to get more comfortable performing in front of people, I thought I should try out for television. I’m from Toronto, and the show’s been around for like 30 years. I had the opportunity to be a part of two new seasons in a small role 10 years ago, but there will always be those die-hard Degrassi fans who still remember me from that show. And soon after, you made the transition from teen soap to film. Yes, I had my first lead in a little indie film called…

1 min.
watch list

WHAT TO GO SEE Cold War WHO’S IN IT Polish actors Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig, who’s a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence. (For more on Kulig, turn to page 68.) WILL REMIND YOU OF Writer-director Paweł Pawlikowski’s last black-and-white stunner, the Oscar-winning Ida. WHY NOW This fraught story of love in Communist Poland isn’t cheery, but as a study of people bearing up under bitter times, it hits home. Plus, there’s lots of gorgeous music. WHEN YOU CAN SEE IT In art houses now. WHAT TO TUNE IN TO True Detective WHO’S IN IT Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, Streep scion Mamie Gummer, and the always intriguing Carmen Ejogo. WILL REMIND YOU OF Hopefully, Season One of True Detective and not Season Two of True Detective. WHY NOW Nic Pizzolatto’s heavy, brooding anthology series had…

6 min.
a far better thing

You know Pamela Adlon. You’ve seen her. Maybe the first time was back in the early 80s when she was a teenager playing a Pink Lady in Grease 2 or Kelly Affnado on The Facts of Life. Or more recently: Marcy Runkle, Californication’s delightfully brash resident cokehead, or Pamela, Louie’s fictionalized version of herself. You’ve definitely heard her voice—at once distinctively raspy and surprisingly chameleonic—which has given life to a host of cartoons, including 90s kid classics Recess and Rugrats, the beloved Bob’s Burgers, and an Emmy Award–winning stint as Bobby Hill on King of the Hill, starting in 1997. Or maybe you discovered her in 2016 with the celebrated arrival of her own show, FX’s Better Things, which for two seasons successfully tackled the complex, messy, funny, and poignant emotional terrain…

1 min.
heard it here first

Fergie voiced Sally Brown in Peanuts Years active: 1984–85 Role: America’s archetypal little sister Better known as: front woman for the Black Eyed Peas Flea voiced Donnie in The Wild Thornberrys Active: 1998–2004 Role: feral child raised by orangutans Better known as: the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers Frank Zappa voiced the Pope in Ren & Stimpy Active: 1992 Role: beleaguered Pope Better known as: prolific solo artist and front man for the Mothers of Invention Jennifer Garner voiced Mama Llama in Llama Llama Active: 2018–present Role: anthropomorphic single mom Better known as: Alias’s Sydney Bristow; purveyor of organic baby food Keith David voiced Goliath in Gargoyles Active: 1996–97 Role: loving, rock-hard patriarch Better known as: Mister Rogers’s carpenter, Requiem for a Dream’s Big Tim Michael Cera voiced Brother Bear in The Berenstain Bears Active: 2003 Role: tree-dwelling eldest…