On her special-edition Zendaya Barbie:
“After my Oscar moment, Mattel contacted us. They specifically wanted to make a Barbie that looked like me, in my exact outfit from the Oscars. I was so excited that Barbie wanted to diversify their brand. Now all little girls can have a Barbie that looks like them. My Barbie is in a box. I never let anyone touch her.”
Did you play with Barbies?
“I didn’t. They didn’t look like me, so I didn’t play with them. As a kid, my main interest was dancing. When I was 8 years old, I was in a hip-hop troupe.”
Is there a film that makes you cry?
“Fruitvale Station. Coming out of Oakland, the story of Oscar Grant III, who was killed by a police officer, had a lot of resonance for me. And my mom taught at Fruitvale Elementary School. I remember his death. They had to shut my school down because of riots. I think it’s important for people to see that film.”
Who in the movies do you have a crush on?
“In the non-weirdest way possible, Johnny Depp! Leonardo DiCaprio! Idris Elba! I have talent crushes. My room used to be full of Michael Jackson posters. Now I have a poster from the musical The Band Wagon.”
Watch & embed video interview with Zendaya: http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/zendaya-interview – W’s Screen Tests with Lynn Hirschberg
Willow Smith arrived at the W shoot with her hair dyed navy blue and accented by large safety pins. “That was my idea,” Smith said. “I was in my bathroom yesterday and saw some safety pins on the counter and was just like, ‘Let me stab a dread real quick.’ When I did it, I was, like, ‘Oh, this is dope.’ ”
Who do you look up to fashion-wise?
“My mom. When she was on tour with Ozzfest, she was very raunchy. I loved watching her onstage.” “I think the first song that ever made an impression on me was my mom performing “Bleed All Over Me.” I would sing it over and over.”
Did you see Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Whip My Hair” on Jimmy Fallon?
“It was so freaking amazing! My parents were ecstatic! They woke me up and said, “Willow—this is the craziest thing.” I can’t believe such an iconic person liked my son. But I don’t sing it anymore. It’s not in my heart anymore.”
Watch & embed video interview with Willow: http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/Willow-Smith-hair-interview – W’s Screen Tests with Lynn Hirschberg
What was the audition for Mad Men like?
“I was 6, and before any audition, I would get so excited. I was obsessed: I liked learning lines. That was fun for me. I remember my first day on set. I was supposed to run into the scene with a plastic bag over my head, and my mother on the show says something like, “Your clothes better not be on the floor.” No one seemed to worry about the potential safety hazard of a 6-year-old with a plastic bag over her head! That was probably a little bit of foreshadowing, the darkness that was ahead for Sally.”
Until Season 4, Sally didn’t get much hair or makeup. And, then, it was kind of an explosion of style.
“Mad Men introduced me to the power of fashion. I realized that style could tell a story. In the last season, Sally wants to impress a boy, so she dresses up. In the scene, I had to smoke a cigarette—and I’m not a pro in the slightest. They used these herbal cigarettes, and during the first take, I smoked it backwards.”
Matthew Weiner, the series’ creator, replaced the actors who played her brothers as they aged but kept Shipka in her role. “She was a kind of heartbeat for the show,” he said. “And the only sequel to Mad Men that I can imagine is continuing the story of Sally Draper. I want to know what happens to her. And that is because of Kiernan.”
Watch & embed video interview with Kiernan: http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/kiernan-shipka-actress – W’s Screen Tests with Lynn Hirschberg
Watch& embed video: Zendaya, Willow and Kiernan reveal their cinematic crushes: http://video.wmagazine.com/watch/kiernan-shipka-willow-smith-zendaya-crush – W’s Screen Tests with Lynn Hirschberg
The fashion shoot showcases couture looks, including:
Zendaya: Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture, Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Chanel Haute Couture
Willow: Schiaparelli Haute Couture, Valentino Haute Couture, Atelier Versace
Kiernan: Dior Haute Couture, Giorgio Armani Prive, Gaultier Paris
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