Get To Know Actress Erin Moriarty--Our Favorite Fresh New Face
In addition to covering your most beloved sartorial all-stars, we love to introduce you to fashion’s fresh faces. So we’re excited to debut our new column Meet and Greet! We’re inviting some of the coolest up-and-coming actresses into the Who What Wear studio for an exclusive shoot to talk favorite designers, closet go-tos, and more. From glamming up the red carpet to shaking up street style, these girls are set to steal the spotlight.
Say hello to Erin Moriarty! The stunning 18-year-old actress made serious waves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as one of the stars of comedy coming-of-ager The Kings of Summer alongside Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie. She’s not just our current favorite indie ingénue; Erin—who’s currently playing detective on ABC’s mystery-thriller Red Widow—takes her fashion cues from Alexa Chung and Michelle Williams, turns to 500 Days of Summer for a pick-me-up, and waxes poetic about her super stylish parents.
Get the Look: Erin wears Whetherly Izzy T-Shirt ($90, 626.934.5316); Kain Label Kenzie Sweatpant ($104, 614.481.3090); Capewell & Co. Delicate Hematite Pave Sphere Pendant ($42); Laura Lombardi Lunette Necklace ($57) in Brass; Ora 14K Gold and Silk Friendship Bracelet ($68) in Scarlet and 14K Gold and Silk Friendship Bracelet ($68) in Midnight Blue.
How would you describe your personal style?
Fairly simple with colorful accents. I have always preferred chic, classic clothing paired with colorful shoes or fun jewelry. My parents are both very stylish, so they always encouraged me to explore when it came to personal style. I went through a lot of crazy phases, and I'm still finding myself.
What designers would you love to wear on a red carpet?
I love Chloé, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Givenchy. I think they make beautiful dresses that balance classic style with more fun, contemporary looks.
What's your favorite piece you own?
I own a pair of high-heeled sandals from Rag & Bone that I live in. I'm really awkward when it comes to walking in heels, but these sandals aren't too high and still give me an extra inch. They're so comfortable and pretty at the same time! Who are your style icons? I love the way Michelle Williams and Alexa Chung dress. I think that Michelle Williams wears a really great variety of clothes— whether it's more casual or on the red carpet. She'll wear a feminine, classic dress one week and a contemporary dress the next. Alexa Chung is similar in the sense that she wears really beautiful, classic clothing with an occasional statement piece.
I love The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and A Midsummer Night's Dream (even though that technically counts as a play) by Shakespeare. I had a wonderful English teacher in high school who really fed my passion for reading.
This is such a hard question to answer because I have so many! Fargo definitely makes it into my top three favorite films of all time; I have a serious obsession with the Coen brothers.
What director or actor/actress would you love to work with?
I would love to work with the Coen brothers and Terrence Malick. I love both of their bodies of work so much, so I'm really interested in acting under their direction. First-time directors can be great to work with, too. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed me in Kings of Summer, which was his debut feature. I got to witness the passion and hunger that first-time directors bring to projects and ever since then I've been very intrigued when I've come across a project with a less experienced director.
What movie always makes you cry?
Beasts of the Southern Wild, which I have watched a few times, and I've grown to really love it. It's not a blatantly sad film, but it's definitely morally complex and for some reason I always cry at the end. The father/daughter relationship in the film really touches me and is always a tearjerker.
What movie always cheers you up?
500 Days of Summer and Bridesmaids. 500 Days of Summer is such a sweet movie, and for some reason it makes me really happy. Bridesmaids is just funny, and anything that can make me laugh cheers me up.