Garrett introduced Inside Llewyn Davis at today’s Independent Spirit Awards ceremony. The movie was nominated for several awards including Best Picture, which 12 Years a Slave won, and Oscar Isaac for Best Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. IFC will be airing the show, starting tonight at 10 pm EST.

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Independent Spirit Awards
Laura
01 Mar, 2014


A thousand and one thank yous to my friend Juliana for translating the article from the March issue of L’Optimum Style for us! Juliana did a fantastic job with this and if you repost this anywhere else, please give credit to both her and Mrhedlund.com.

And last but not least, magazine is on newsstands now in France and can be purchased HERE or downloaded digitally HERE.

ON THE ROAD TO GLORY

From the farm to the movies, the history of this new “Hollywood darling” already has every bit of the American dream. With his appearance à la James Dean, with whom Garrett Hedlund also shares some biographic characteristics, the ambassador of La Nui de l’Homme, of Yves Saint Laurent, becomes untouchable. Will he get the big role that will seal his destiny?

What’s the main point in common between the Coen brothers and Garrett Hedlund, who got a role in their last movie, Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), in which the young actor of 29 years-old plays a mysterious road pal? Tip: That comes from the past, to a place where it’s pretty chilly. The right answer is that all the three of them are from Minnesota, a rural State on the north of the United States, around 3.000 kilometers from Hollywood. There’s nothing glamorous there (like Fargo, a dark comedy by Ethan and Joel Coen set in Minnesota and North Dakota, might lead us to believe), its cereal fields and cruel winters don’t stimulate its habitants to pursue a carrier in the cinema. Especially when, like Garrett Hedlund, one grows up in a farm not far from the Canadian border. But when you are a handsome young man, tall, slim, blonde and with blue eyes that you know how to use to make a bad boy look like a charming snake, then you can start on dreaming…

I didn’t grow up watching many movies: there was only a little movie theater there, I must have gone two or three times, and then we didn’t have many TV channels at the farm. The fact of not being saturated by all of that, never having too much of that, made it even more fascinating, I wanted to be part of it, or at least to dream to be able to”, he explains. “I decided not to listen to those who wanted to ruin the dream, which made me to be a little lonely”, he tells and a quote from Albert Einstein comes handy (“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”, or something like that.)

So, he, the little poor boy from the Midwest, wanted to abandon his place and his farm-boy boots, other trait that can be used to compare him to James Dean or even Brad Pitt, to whom he’s frequently compared to. James Dean didn’t, in fact, have a father who was a farmer in Indiana? And Brad Pitt, didn’t he grow up in the Missouri in a conservative family, before he got emancipated? Right, but Garrett doesn’t have yet his Rebel Without a Cause or his Legends of the Fall to put him in the rank of new sex symbol and to turn him into the girls’ idol. While he waits, he has already taken steps.  “When I [moved to] Arizona at 14 years old (to join his mother – ed) there was no more than a state that separated me from California”, tells Garrett. Before going through those 600 kilometers that separated him from the glory, he decided to take acting classes, paying 80 dollars/hour (his Wikipedia page says 60, but maybe he counts the interests rates) with a personal coach to recite the monologues. A big expense, whatever it is, for a young man who couldn’t afford books or a “lectic” (meaning electric) guitar, according to the expression he had written, as a kid, on a gift list to Santa.

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Article - ON THE ROAD TO GLORY
Laura
28 Feb, 2014


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The magazine is on newsstands now in France. It can be purchased internationally HERE and digitally HERE.

Garrett On Cover of L'Optimum Style
Laura
27 Feb, 2014






The event benefited the Lakers Youth Foundation and Garrett was pictured with his mom.

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Garrett Attends Versace Event
Laura
24 Feb, 2014




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