17 September 2020   No Comments

From director Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Valley Girl), the HBO Max original dramedy Unpregnant follows 17-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) who enlists her ex-best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) for a wild, 1000-mile road trip over three days, in order to get an abortion. It’s a decision that she never imagined she’d have to make but a positive pregnancy test has led to the unexpected choice and she’s going to need genuine support to get through.

As part of the film’s virtual press day, Collider got the opportunity to chat 1-on-1 with Barbie Ferreira who talked about her desire to be a part of projects that serve something bigger, wanting to explore the comedic aspects of the character, finding the tone of an abortion comedy, doing stunts, her character’s own romantic journey, sharing this experience with co-star Haley Lu Richardson, and where she thinks these characters might be in five years. She also talked about returning to her Euphoria character for Season 2, and how much that series evolves and changes.

Collider: How did this project come about for you? Is it something that you went through an audition process for?
BARBIE FERREIRA: Oh, yes, I fully auditioned a few times, with (director) Rachel [Lee Goldenberg]and then with Haley [Lu Richardson]. It was last summer, right after Euphoria had come out and I was looking for my next project. Unpregnant made so much sense to me because I like to be a part of projects that serve a greater connotation. And also, it had an opportunity with Bailey to play a different character and explore the comedic aspects that I have. It was really fun.

When a project comes your way and it’s an abortion comedy, what is your reaction to that? Was it something you were immediately curious about?
FERREIRA: I am the kind of person who was immediately curious and intrigued. I like when projects like this, and even from an audience member, bring something new to the table. A lot of things are almost carbon copies of themselves and things can be repetitive, and I was like, “What is this movie trying to say?” It was like a clear message. It also had those really classic, amazing road trip, comedy and teen movie aspects, with completely different and more emotional connotations, in the actual journey itself. So, I was really intrigued about having this really amazing, teen comedy that is pretty accessible to everybody who watches it but also has this internal message and this greater idea. That was really cool.

This movie really pulls off the insane trick of telling a story that doesn’t make light of abortion but is still a fun movie. Did you have a lot of conversations about tone, either prior to or during shooting?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I’m sure Haley also had a lot of conversations but for me, it was finding the balance of being the funny one but making it real. I didn’t want it to be too on the nose. I think the funniest things are when things take a second to hit and you laugh right after. Being able to still bring that Bailey personality and general demeanor into the heavier scenes, whether it be at the clinic or in other situations, it was a lot of finding the flow in Bailey’s need to be comedic. I feel that way. When I’m nervous, I just make a bunch of jokes, all the time, so I brought that into Bailey – the nerves, anxieties, and how she deflects it with humor.

This is just such an interesting friendship because obviously it’s strained right now but your character supports Veronica in her decision without really questioning her or making her doubt herself. Do you think that helps make their friendship also feel more real and relatable?
FERREIRA: Absolutely. What was really shown in the movie is that Veronica’s “friends” who are supposed to be her best friends, she can’t really talk to openly about anything. She can’t have a discussion with them. She can’t talk about it with her boyfriend. She doesn’t have this communication with people because she is so scared of being judged. And Bailey is this figure that’s the least judgmental, roll with the punches kind of girl, and is really there for Veronica. She pays no mind to the fact that she’s actually having an abortion. It’s more of, “How am I able to make sure that she can get there on time?” Bailey misses that friendship a lot and it messed her up in the head, so she wanted to be there for her friend who really was close to her and really meant something to her, in that way.

The movie also has a brief departure into action flick territory. What was that like to get to do? How much fun was it to get to do like the whole car chase?
FERREIRA: That’s also a new thing for me, doing stunts. I’m by no means a girl who does my own stunts. At one point, I had to roll in the dirt and that was hard for me. I’m not very nimble. I’m not very quick on my feet. But the car chases were so fun. Some of it was green screen with me screaming while someone bounces the car. It was hilarious. The action aspects of it were really fun for me and also a learning experience. I worked very closely with my stunt driver who would be dressed exactly like me in a wig, which was very weird. It was super fun.

What did you love most about your character, from day one, and were there things that you really grew to appreciate about her, as you peeled those layers away?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I think what I really love about the character is her cynicism towards high school and people in general, and questioning everything, and not buying into the bullshit that people put on you when you’re a teenager. That’s my favorite part of her. She just doesn’t care what people think about her, in that way. I had to grow into some of Bailey’s decisions. I loved all of it. I never had a moment where I didn’t understand why Bailey did something. I always felt like I knew where she was coming from, even if her decisions weren’t the best.

It’s fun to get to see Bailey go on her own romantic journey and explore her relationship with her family.
FERREIRA: It paints the whole picture of Bailey Butler. Instead of her being the best friend who’s just there for the ride, she’s a fully fledged human being who has her faults and her pluses, and all the stuff in between.

How much fun was it to get to explore the romance?
FERREIRA: I love that. I haven’t really played a queer character and it was sweet because it was her first kiss. That was really cool. Betty Who was incredible. It brought me back to being young and awkward and strange, and also really insecure but wanting to like kiss, and the awkwardness of how to talk to people who you’re really attracted to. It was super fun. I loved it.

Veronica and Bailey go on this wild journey together and have plenty of ups and downs along the way. What was it like for you to have Haley Lu Richardson to go through this experience with?
FERREIRA: Haley and I were so close, from the beginning. We’re both really crazy girls, in a good way, I hope. I shouldn’t be the judge of my own craziness. We’re just really high energy goofy and silly, and maybe a little too silly. It was a ride. Every day was something new. We were just keeping ourselves alive. The scenes were really in depth and we were in the middle of the desert where it’s freezing cold or the wind is whipping, so we had to keep that fun alive a lot of the times. We definitely kept each other entertained. It was amazing

If we could catch up with these characters in five years, what do you think they’d be doing? Do you think that this experience would have bonded them and they’d still be friends?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I’ve had a few situations in my life where this has happened, where you’re young kids and you have a falling out in your friendship, and then you spend years awkwardly not wanting to confront each other or communicate because kids don’t know how to communicate and no one knows how to communicate, and then you rekindle the friendship and they’re still your friends to this day. When there’s a bond like that, like with Veronica and Bailey, they’re friends for life. They always have been. Veronica just had to steer a little bit away and so did Bailey, to find themselves as individuals and come together as friends again.

What was it like to have Rachel Lee Goldenberg at the helm of this project?
FERREIRA: Rachel was great because she’s a great listener. When you’re making a teen movie or television show, you have to listen to people who are of that age. By no means, am I a teenager but I like to keep up with Tik Tok and Instagram, and all of that. I graduated high school six years ago. I feel like people who listen usually get a way better story and a better, more natural feel. Sometimes when your generation is different than the other generation, it’s harder to use the same slang or music, or whatever it is, of that time. So, I love that she really talked to us and listened to us, whether it would be about that, or about the character, or about what teens do now. The best part of it was that we had a really collaborative effort and they were so accommodating and listened to me.

You’re definitely building quite the career as an actor, between Euphoria and Unpregnant. Do you think it will feel different to return to your Euphoria character for Season 2, after having had this experience?
FERREIRA: I do. I know Kat like the back of my hand. We did it for so long. It was a whole year, or almost a year, doing it. I do miss playing Kat, so I do think it’ll feel like returning back to this character that I’m so in love with and that I really, really think is the role of a lifetime. I haven’t done it in awhile because of the quarantine, so I miss it. I think it will make me miss Kat more because that’s my baby. It’s cool to play the arc and see how Kat’s personality will evolve, depending on what happens. It’s gonna be super cool to develop how Kat is in Season 2.

Have you gotten to read any scripts yet?
FERREIRA: I’ve read a few scripts. Fun fact, Euphoria is rewritten a lot. Sometimes you get a script and then, a few days later, you get a completely different story. So, who’s to say what’s actually gonna happen. All I know is that it’s gonna be great and it’s gonna be an adventure and it’s gonna go there once again.

Source: collider.com

12 September 2020   No Comments

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When Barbie Ferreira was a plus-size model, most of her friends looked like her. Soft, fleshy, bountiful. She was part of a group text chain, “The Fat Agenda,” whose members labeled themselves as the “fats in fashion.” As a teenager, she’d hated that word — “fat.” It was weaponized by schoolmates and anonymous commenters who trolled her Tumblr. But when she and the other curvy models began using it as a self-descriptor, it no longer felt as offensive.

Reclaiming that word felt empowering,” she says. “‘Fat’ used to be the worst thing I could ever be called. But ‘fat’ is not a bad word. I really had to train myself to think: Being fat is the least of my problems. Am I a good person? Am I responsible? Am I talented? I’m still training myself, I think.”

Ferreira’s relationship to her body has continued to evolve since leaving the fashion industry to pursue an acting career. In Hollywood, the 23-year-old says it has been difficult to find a community of like-sized peers. She does not personally know other performers who “can relate to the body shaming issue.

It’s the beginning of all this,” she says, meaning more inclusive onscreen representation. “People are starting to figure out that maybe they don’t always cast actors who are super thin. But I know there will be more. I just have to keep going.

On “Euphoria,” the HBO series that introduced Ferreira to a wider audience last year, Ferreira’s weight is central to her character’s backstory. She plays Kat, a high school student haunted by the fallout from a boyfriend who dumped her after she gained 20 pounds. But Kat regains confidence after secretly deciding to become a cam girl, locating an online trove of men who find her and her kinky leather get-ups immensely attractive.

In Ferreira’s first movie role, however, her body is never so much as mentioned. The film, “Unpregnant” — which debuted on HBO Max on Thursday — follows two Missouri high school seniors forced to road trip to New Mexico so that one of them (played by Haley Lu Richardson) can legally get an abortion. It’s a comedy, a genre Ferreira was eager to try. But she was also drawn to the project because it did not call attention to the way she looks.

Before ‘Euphoria,’ everything had to do with my body — ‘plump’ or ‘overweight’ girl,’” she recalls. “When it’s like, ‘Hello, there! I am big and that is why I am sad today’ — you really don’t need to say all that. I’m like, why don’t we just ignore my body? And in this movie, me just existing is enough.

Ferreira is in the living room of her Silver Lake apartment, where one of her three cats keeps entering the video chat screen. She is sitting on a new couch she was recently forced to purchase from Ikea after one of her felines infested her home with fleas. It’s temporary furniture, covered in a shoddy bedsheet, that she’ll get rid of as soon as she moves into the home she just bought — her first. The house, she says, is cozy and old — “kind of the opposite of the glass houses everyone is buying in L.A.” — and she plans to cover it in wallpaper and keep chickens in the yard.

I’m a maximalist,” she says, turning the camera to show off her current gold- and purple-painted walls. She sets her device on the kitchen counter and starts rummaging through her refrigerator. She picks up a sweet potato, deciding to whip up a hash with ground chicken and garlic spread.

Ferreira says she is not a skilled cook, despite the fact that her mother is a professional chef. She is particularly close to her mom, though, who gave birth to her at 21 — just a few years after moving from Brazil to Queens, N.Y. Ferreira says she was raised in a progressive household; her second birthday party was an adults-only affair held at a West Village bar where the entertainment was a drag show. She is pro-choice and did “Unpregnant” in part to promote the idea that abortion is a human right.

Full interview: latimes.com

12 September 2020   No Comments

Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira says the follow-up season to the HBO hit definitely won’t disappoint fans. ET recently spoke to the 23-year-old actress about the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed show about a group of teenagers going through plenty of shocking drama when it comes drugs, sex, relationships and more, and she teases that the wait will be worth it.

Ferreira, who plays Kat on the show, said she and the cast — which includes Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Maude Apatow and more — were set to start shooting season 2 earlier this year, though the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to production plans.

There’s a break season happening, not quite sure about much of those details but I’m sure it’ll come out soon-ish,” she tells ET’s Deidre Behar. “We just have to make sure everything is safe and there’s so many people rooting for us, so many incredible artists and creatives that you don’t want to … to do it right you have to wait. It’ll come eventually and it’ll be worth the wait, I’m sure.

Zendaya told InStyle last month that the cast might film a couple of bridge episodes that can be shot safely but aren’t necessarily part of season 2, and Ferreira didn’t shut down the exiting possibility.

I don’t know anything about that, I do think it’s happening, but I don’t know any details whatsoever,” she says.

As for what she wants to see with her character, Kat, she said that although Kat ended up with the lovable Ethan at the end of the season, she would like to see the show explore more of Kat’s friendships as opposed to her love life.

God, I think I just really wanna see Kat come into herself more and explore her dynamics with her friends,” she shares. “I think that’s where I want to see Kat more, like, where is her place with her friends, how does she bring her confidence into her everyday life and school life?

Ferreira acknowledged that her life has been a roller coaster since Euphoria’s massive success, though she’s been working as a model since she was 16 years old.

It’s funny because we shot for such a long time and a year after, it was so exciting and I’ve been focusing more on my private life, like, what do I like to do?” she shares. “Kind of staying away from the internet. … I kind of am just revisiting what I liked as a kid, almost. Like, board games, or amusement parks or, like, swimming in a pool, kind of just taking it back to when things were a little more innocent.

During quarantine, I’ve definitely been playing board games, going outside, going on a hike, like, swimming, doing all these things that I’ve kind of never had time to do which is really great,” she adds.

As for her love life, Ferreria is happily not single.

I’ve been with my partner for, like, a year, so no dating for me which is great, thank god,” she cracks. “It’s going great, everything is incredible. I feel very lucky and blessed right now because I feel like I have a really well-rounded life, and it was a journey to get there. I mean, it definitely is for everyone, so I’m feeling really good.

Ferreira’s latest project is Unpregnant, which she stars in with Haley Lu Richardson. The film — which will be released on Sept. 10 on HBO Max — features Richardson’s character, Veronica, convincing her former friend, Bailey (Ferreira), to take a road trip with her to Albuquerque from Missouri so that she can get an abortion without her parents’ permission.

I love the idea of normalizing the topic of abortion and reproductive rights but also telling a different perspective on it and how people shouldn’t have to feel a certain way after getting an abortion,” Ferreira tells ET of the film. “There’s a whole range and spectrum of emotions that happen.

At one point, her character, Bailey, also gets to make out with singer Betty Who.

It was not awkward at all because I just came off a project where I had sex scenes with seven different people, so that was really awkward, even though it really wasn’t,” she says, referring to Euphoria. “The kissing was so tame and, like, I thankfully have a little bit of experience doing intimate scenes and this was the wholesome, sweet young version of it.

Source: etonline.com

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After announcing a series of new collabs the past few weeks, including H&M x Sandra Mansour and H&M x Kangol, it seems the Swedish fast fashion giant is continuing to stay booked and busy this season with the debut of its Fall 2020 Studio collection (the brand’s more elevated, fashion-forward line).

Dubbed “The Refined Rebel,” the line incorporates notes of ’70s rock, disco and punk complete with bright jolts of color. “We began by looking at the poet Violet Paget, she was a rebel in her time as she had no fear in dressing androgynously,” H&M Studio’s Concept Designer Linda Wikell tells PAPER of the collection’s origins.

Likewise, our other key inspiration was David Bowie,” she adds. “Not only does he have a song ‘Rebel, Rebel’ — that was a bit of a mantra in the making of this collection — but he was rebellious in his style too. Much like Paget he pushed the boundaries of gender with what he wore.

Citing the androgynous, risk-taking style of both Paget and Bowie as inspirations, the collection also looks to the sophistication of their lifestyles for a high fashion touch. “The refined elements of this collection come from Florence, Italy,” explains Wikell. “Paget had taken a residency there and we were drawn to the flamboyant style of the locals as well as the decadence of the city.

To celebrate the launch, H&M Studio enlisted some of its favorite muses — Barbie Ferreira, Veronika Heilbrunner, Celeste, Alton Mason, Young Emperors and Mia Kong — to co-create the campaign from their respective homes across the globe. The result? A playful, eclectic collage that showcases each party-ready design.

Working with producers through Zoom, each model essentially took creative control for themselves, working through each look with the H&M team and shooting all of the images on their phones. From there, the team’s editors overlayed up-close detail shots and imagery of full-body looks onto various colored backgrounds, emphasizing the line’s versatile styling options and bounty of color.

I felt really put together and that’s quite rare these days,” says Ferreira, who conducted her shoot at a friend’s house. “I had my little bangs out, which is also rare because I usually just put my hair up and wear a t-shirt and shorts and it was really refreshing to wear real clothes again and wear something that made me feel really dressed up.”

As for her thoughts on the collection, Ferreira cites the duality of the elevated-yet-rebellious aesthetic as a standout design technique. “I think that the silhouettes are very classic and gorgeous, but the fabrics are really fun, so there’s purple sparkly, and there’s these really bright greens,” she explains. “I love this one dress I wore that almost has like a collar and it has these little feminine twists to these really cool leather pieces and patterns, and that’s my favorite combo. [The collection] is very sexy and it blends a masculine look with a feminine look, which I also love.

Similarly, model Alton Mason worked on his set of images with his siblings at home and had total control over his artistic direction. “Personally, I feel like the clothes are timeless and they reflect the past, the present and the future,” he says. “There’s this all-black suit and there’s this turquoise suit that I loved. Those just felt really timeless to me. I felt that I could wear them anywhere no matter what time of day and for any occasion, whether it’s casual or something very elegant and chic. I really felt like myself in the clothes.”

The H&M Studio FW20 collection will be available online starting September 24. As its arrival approaches, click through the gallery below to browse a selection of items.

Source: papermag.com