Zoey Deutch is exhausted. A 26-hour travel day starting in Italy ends in Colorado, and she hitchhikes with a stranger from Denver to Aspen to co-host the opening of Saks’ new pop-up store. She looks amazing but you’d never know it. Dressed in a white floor-length beaded gown with pin embellishments, the actress commanded attention at every corner at the Casa Tua party. Considering it’s a fashion event, every guest wants to know who Deutch is wearing (Proenza Schouler), but it turns out there’s no right way to approach her modesty. “I feel very out of place in my fashion,” she told ELLE.com. “I don’t know what I really want to buy, but I’m very clear: If I see it, I like it, I want it, I get it.”
In her new movie It’s not okayDownloading today on Hulu, Deutch is cosplaying one more Emily in Paris Even though she has never seen the show. Social media mockery follows Danny, a wannabe influencer gone wrong pretending to be a survivor of a horrific attack abroad in order to gain social media fame. Deutch, who is no stranger to Hollywood as a girl Back to the futureS Leah Thompson and director Howard Deutch, or Instagram (she’s 27; an app she started when she was in high school) prefers to leave the message up to interpretation. “It’s a fun opportunity for the audience to watch and play God,” she says. “Do you think she should fire another shot or don’t you think she should?”
Here, Deutch talks all about Saks, her unique style, and the pros and cons of social media.
Growing up, did you feel pushed to have a career in Hollywood just because your parents did?
I don’t know if I was aware of any pressure; I wasn’t personal to him in my consciousness and it wasn’t expressed, but maybe deep. Above all, I felt supported and deeply grateful to know that this path was an option; I know that’s not a luxury available to many – choosing the life of an artist, writer, actor, singer doesn’t even seem possible. I am so grateful that my feelings were encouraged.
What is your relationship with social media? Has it changed over the years?
There are very calming parts about it, because I grew up with it and it’s been in my mind as a part of my life since my conscious years. My best friend Willa [Bennett] And I had MySpaces together when we were 10 years old, and we were doing this thing before it was a thing now, and we were good at it, and we loved it. We used to take these artistic pictures all the time. It was very creative; It wasn’t empty as I just saw it. We do these funny photoshoots: dress up, paint, mixed media stuff. It was expression in a way you don’t identify with social media. It sounds so silly to say, “We were the most creative on MySpace,” but we were! When I edit photos or colors and play with things like that, it calms my mind – I shut down. My friends send me pictures and I play with colors. I enjoyed it. There’s that side of him and then there’s that side of him that I find very toxic and I despise him.
Jumping on the BeReal bandwagon?
I jokingly say that I miss this time because my generation wore fishnet tights and tights and eyeliner and sweatpants and Reeboks in middle school and high school. I like Crazy! You guys are lucky. All these things are a reaction to excessive aesthetics and excessive Photoshopping and FaceTuning. I think it’s good.
What was it like working with Dylan O’Brien again?
After we are framed The clothes In London, I told him about this film. [Director] Quinn. [Shephard] I met him, and I’m excited to be able to work with him again in a different capacity. Both films were shot during severe Covid times, so we were in a bubble. We were basically each other’s only people. He has become a very dear friend. Plus, he’s funny.
Danny’s wardrobe in the movie is so. Emily in Paris– Corpse, but your style is really different from your character. What’s your favorite purchase recently?
I recently bought this blue Rodart dress from Saks. It feels very ’50s. I’m trying to find a special occasion to wear it – I don’t want to waste it!
What do you usually look for when shopping?
I feel very much everywhere in my fashion. One day I’m dressed as an Amish buttercup [pieces], and the next day I’m flare suit vibes, and the next day I’m in a tutu, a 12-year-old going to Disneyland. I don’t know what I want when I shop, but I’m very clear: if I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.
That’s what drew me to the script in the first place It’s not okay?
I was told to cancel the culture. That was the part where I really got into it.
How do you feel about erasing culture?
I find it counterintuitive that we all sit behind our computers and play god and decide who should live or die. It is not very constructive, and does not accurately represent the human experience. I don’t know what message it sends, if you get it wrong it’s all over and you might as well give up. But of course there is more to it than that. This movie is about a man who does bad things, and I think it’s a fun opportunity for the audience to watch and play God. Do you think she should get another shot or don’t you think she should?
Think there’s social media protocol you should follow when tragedy strikes?
You certainly don’t pretend you survived like Danny. [laughs]. It’s a clear line you shouldn’t cross. I think in life in general, if you’re genuine and you’re compassionate and you’re guided by those qualities, that’s a great way to be.
This interview has been edited and expanded for clarity.
Claire Stern is the deputy editor of ELLE.com. She previously served as an editor at Bergdorf Goodman. Her interests include fashion, food, travel, music, peloton and so on The hills– Not necessarily in that order. Harriet The Spy had a diary and she wasn’t ashamed to admit it.