by Luciana M.August 18 2018No Comments

Finn Wittrock for The Wrap

Finn was photographed for The Wrap‘s Emmy issue, and our gallery was updated with portraits and magazine scans.

Finn Wittrock’s friends were confused. They knew he was in the Ryan Murphy miniseries “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” about the trail of dead bodies Andrew Cunanan left across the United States before he finally killed the fashion icon.

But he hadn’t been in the first three episodes of the 10-part limited series — and when he made his appearance in Episode 4, his character, closeted army vet Jeff Trail, was almost immediately beaten to death by Cunanan (Darren Criss).

“My friends were like, ‘You were filming that for so long, and that’s it? You’re dead already?’” Wittrock said. “And I would say, ‘Aren’t you figuring out that it’s working backwards? There’s going to be more — stick with it.’”

“Gianni Versace” did largely tell its story in reverse chronological order, and there was more coming of the relationship between Trail and Cunanan — enough that Wittrock became one of six acting nominees from the limited series. The others: lead actor Criss, supporting actors Edgar Ramírez and Ricky Martin and supporting actresses Judith Light and Penélope Cruz.

The unusual storytelling approach — Wittrock described it as “we’re gonna tell a crazy true story, and we’re gonna tell it backwards and somehow make it feel really current and alive” — created its share of problems for the actors.

“It’s always hard to shoot things out of order,” Wittrock said. “But when you’re shooting things out of order that are already written out of order, just keeping the timeline in your head was a big challenge. Tom Rob Smith, the writer, created an amazing sort of kaleidoscopic structure, but I’d have to go to him and say, ‘Just making sure: Where are we and when are we?’”

The “when are we?” question also resonated in unexpected ways. Jeff Trail was a decorated veteran who stayed in the closet because of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which he spoke out against anonymously. “When I first read the script, I remember thinking, ‘This is kind of a ’90s problem, right? We’re past this,’” Wittrock said.

“And then a few weeks later the transgender ban in the military happened, and suddenly it was a learning experience for me. I thought, ‘Oh, this is not over. This story is even more current than I thought.’”

by MariliaOctober 04 2017No Comments

Finn Wittrock photographed for Hero Magazine

Finn was photographed by Hugh Lippe for Hero Magazine’s Issue 18, styled by Gro Curtis. Our gallery was updated with some pictures and will upload more soon.

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by MariliaAugust 25 2017No Comments

American Daydream: Finn Wittrock photographed for Vogue US

Fashion photographer Steven Klein captured “American Daydream” story for the September 2017 edition of Vogue US featuring Finn Wittrock. You can find scans and the photoshoot on our gallery, enjoy!

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by MariliaMarch 17 2017No Comments

Observer: Finn Wittrock on the Endurance of ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Observer released a new article with a video and photoshoot with Finn Wittrock, he talks about his projects on Brodaway, American Horror Story.

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The first time I saw Finn Wittrock, he scared the shit out of me. As Dandy Mott in the fourth season of American Horror Story (that would be the “Freak Show” one, for those not keeping up), Wittrock, 32, was a rich mommy’s boy-turned-serial killing clown (because in a Ryan Murphy production, one naturally follows the other) who turned matricidal when he didn’t get his way. Wittrock, with his cleft chin and movie star good looks, has a polish that tends to cast him in a darker light: as mere mortals, it’s hard for us to imagine anyone that attractive hasn’t just been over-compensated for some defection of the soul. Which is why he’s made such a good foil in the last three seasons of Murphy’s seasonal anthology, playing everyone from Dandy to Rudolph Valentino to a vampire/male model named Tristan (and that was in the same season!) to, most recently, a backwoods inbred cannibal in American Horror Story: Roanoke …a role that required the actor to transform himself with so many prosthetics that he was barely recognizable.

But outside of AHS, Wittrock has enjoyed a killer career trajectory, beginning with an off-Broadway stint in 2011 for Tony Kushner’s The Illusion and a year later, on Broadway in Michael Nichols’ production of Death of a Salesman, a rendition made famous by its applauded reviews and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance (Wittrock and future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield played Hoffman’s prodigies). Wittrock, like his AHS co-star Evan Peters, seems at home playing smaller parts in larger ensemble films, like his turn in Adam McKay’s The Big Short (where he played a young garage investor, Jamie Shipley) and most recently, as Emma Stone’s clueless, pre-Gosling boyfriend in La La Land. 

Luckily, Wittrock didn’t manage to be part of the coterie on-stage during the epic #OscarFail of 2017, as he was in rehearsals for his return to Broadway in Sam Gold’s The Glass Menagerie. (Prior to that, he’d been working with Gold for New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Othello.) As he splits his time between Los Angeles–where he lives with his wife–and New York, where he performs alongside the likes of David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig and Sally Field. Wittrock sat down with us on his day off to talk about Tennesse Williams, Ryan Murphy, and while he’ll always be brushing up his Shakespeare.

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by MariliaJanuary 08 2017No Comments

Finn Wittrock featured on Esquire Magazine

Finn Wittrock is featuring the new issue of Esquire Magazine (February 2017) and there’s a new photoshoot and interview. He talks about his projects in the past years and what’s coming next. Read it bellow:

IT’S 11:00 A.M. and Finn Wittrock has good reason to be hungry. He’s fresh off his first performance of Othello, in which he wrestles and bench-presses and does one very convincing keg stand onstage. So when we meet at a bustling Ukrainian diner on New York’s Second Avenue—where he’s enough of a regular that a waiter gives a small salute as we pass by who am I to tell him it’s a little early for kielbasa and pierogi?

It took me a moment to recognize the 32-yearold actor, who’s traded his usual swoop of hair for a high-and-tight cut in order to play Cassio opposite Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in the modern, Marines-themed production. Wittrock has been chipping away at mainstream fame for years, with supporting roles in The Big Short, Noah, and Unbroken, but has so far resisted any efforts to pigeonhole him. He earned a sizable fan base (and an Emmy nomination), for example, for his role as American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Dandy Mott, a bloodthirsty
man-child who drinks cognac from a baby bottle and makes puppets from the corpses of his victims. “I enjoy the athleticism of jumping from one very different thing to another,” he says of his knack for shape-shifting
between psychopath and golden boy.

He hopes to screen a few films on the festival circuit in 2017—most notably Landline, alongside John Turturro and Jenny Slate—but the immediacy of live performance keeps luring him back to the theater. That’s why he decided to do back-toback productions of Othello and The Glass Menagerie. It all reminds him of something “Phil Hoffman”—as he calls him, dropping the “Seymour”—told him during their acclaimed 2012 run of Death of a Salesman: “Once the play’s done, it becomes myth.” The deaths of Hoffman and, shortly thereafter, the show’s director, Mike Nichols, provided a haunting affirmation of those words. “That’s the beautiful tragedy of theater,” says Wittrock. “It’s the most amazing experience, but then it’s freed and gone.”

But that doesn’t mean that the actor believes the power of art is fleeting. More than ever, he feels that it has an important role to play in today’s culture, as voices like Shakespeare’s “can be instructive” and theater can help you “heal and elucidate what you’re feeling.”

He was disappointed with Donald Trump’s decision to chastise the cast of Hamilton for reading a political statement to audience member Mike Pence. “It was such an opportunity to say, ‘How great that we live in a country where you can express yourself.’ [But] he just made it another fight. He can’t help getting in the ring.”

When I find Wittrock by the stage door after Othello’s Sunday matinee, his eyes widen with guilt. “I thought you were coming tonight!” he says, apologizing for his tight schedule. But his performance has already given me plenty to think about, so I send him off to go restock on calories before the evening show two hours from now, when he’ll begin to rebuild the myth from the ground up.

You can also check our gallery to find the photoshoot and scans:

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by RoryDecember 05 2016No Comments

[NEW Photo] Project Fashion Tails

A new photo from the Project Fashion Tails photoshoot in 2015 with Finn has been posted. There is an exhibition at the Animal Museum in Los Angeles, California now as well. Project Fashion Tails is an initiative starting to educate the public about the plight of homeless animals through the use of high fashion photography. You can learn more about the initiative here.

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