STELLA MAEVE: “The Wild Winds”
Featured in BELLO issue #146

photos by TAMAR LEVINE

words by MICHELLE GANNEY

Stella Maeve is a TV chameleon, from Chicago P.D. to Law & Order and even Golden Boy, the young 27-year-old actress is killing it in on the small screen.

Her latest role is a step away from the usual dramas we tend to see however. She plays Julia in Syfy’s The Magicians where she revealed all she could about season two of her hit show.

When trying to explain the basic premise of The Magicians, the young beauty struggled to find the right words, “Oh my gosh where to begin? It’s such a crazy trip! It’s based off this trilogy science fiction genre, which they’ve now adapted for television.”

She plays a very deep and complex character, “Julia [her character] starts out as this upper class, wealthy, straight-A intellectual. However, we then get to see this epic downfall and this tragic journey that this woman endures. She’s kind of like the girl we all went to school with, you think she has everything together but she doesn’t really.”

We are well into season 2 now so the budding actress shed some light on where her character is now after all her horrific and traumatizing experiences. “Season 2 is the journey of her coming back to herself, to figure out after all of those horrible things, how do I navigate and figure out who I am at the core of all of this? Is she driven from rage or fear, can she move forward? So yeah she goes through all these wacky quests to find herself.”

She said the show has some lighter moments but ultimately it’s getting deeper, “We get to play with moments of lightness but I definitely think it’s darker. Just when you think nothing worse can happen to her, it does. She’s sort of socially inept. The show is a great metaphor for life, it takes on genuine situations that people can relate to.”

Aside from The Magicians Stella has also dabbled in movies. She said the most enjoyable character she has ever played was a struggling young girl called Melissa. “My favourite was a character in Starlet, she was a porn star addicted to pain killers who lived in the San Fernando Valley. It was wonderful working with Sean Baker, he’s just one of the most amazing directors ever. I wouldn’t tell anyone to watch any of my work ever, except for this one film.”

With awards season in full swing the brunette beauty did admit she hasn’t been massively keeping up to date with it all but there is one film in particular that caught her eye. “I loved Nocturnal Animals, so incredible. I did feel like it was a cliff-hanger I did have that reaction but then I thought Kudos to them because that’s what life is, there are no definitive answers.”

Directed/Photographed by Tamar Levine
DP Miles Santiago
Editor Arielle Om
Original Music: Drum & Lace
Stylist Jessy Cain @ The Wall Group
Makeup: Dana Delaney @ Forward Artists
Hair: Dallin James @ The Wall Group
Photo Assist: Shawn Bo
Location: Sibling Studios

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Aleksandar Tomovic
Editor in Chief

French photographer (of Serbian Origins) lives and works in Los Angeles. Known for his celebrity fashion editorials and recognized around the world for his european esthetics and american efficiency.

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