Whether it’s undoing a terrible fashion choice or reliving a memorable moment, going back in time is something you’ve probably thought about on more than one occasion. Actress Sofia Black D’Elia can relate—sort of. The brunette beauty stars in this month’s sci-fi adventure film Project Almanac, out today. In the movie, she and a group of friends build a time machine hoping to alter past events. Off-screen, however, D’Elia admits she wouldn’t change a thing, especially when it comes to her standout resume, which includes a breakout performance on the MTV series Skins, a part on the final season of Gossip Girl (as Nate’s love interest, no less), and an exciting role in the 2016 Ben-Hur remake (more on that later). We caught up with D’Elia to talk about her career, the one event she wouldn’t mind experiencing over again, and more.
If you could actually travel back in time, what would be the first thing you’d do?
I would relive the Super Bowl when we [the Giants] beat the Patriots for the first time and David Tyree caught the football on his helmet.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Nothing. Everything was worth it. I did nothing right, but it’s better that way.
How would you describe your personal style?
A bit tomboyish, but sometimes flirty.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of fashion?
The craziest things I’ve done with fashion were when I was on Gossip Girl. I would walk out of my trailer and realize that my outfit cost more than my month’s rent in New York, and that’s terrifying to me.
Credits: Nasty Gal Britt Crop Tee ($32); Storets Ingrid Pleated Skirt ($128) in Ivory; Selin Kent Louise Ring ($625) in Yellow Gold; Wwake Nestled Opals Ring ($445) in 14k Yellow Gold; Sarah & Sebastian Traced Array Ring ($290).
What has been the most exciting experience working as an actress thus far?
Traveling. Growing up in Jersey and always wanting to see more than my backyard, it’s been honor and a privilege to have a job that takes me places.
What has been your favorite place to travel to for work?
Well I’m going to Italy, and I have a feeling that will be my favorite.
What was the best part about joining the cast of Gossip Girl?
Honestly, working with that wardrobe department was really exciting for me. I don’t have an education in fashion, and it was kind of like a crash course. I just found it all really beautiful and exciting. I learned a lot. I think everyone that worked on that show learned a lot. I kicked a pair of Louboutins off once, because I had just done a scene all day in which I am walking this runway, and I was in so much pain. Someone ran up to me and said, “You can’t just kick off $4,000 shoes.” I was very embarrassed after that. I’ll never do it again.
What film are you rooting for this award season?
That’s a good question. I would say Boyhood, Birdman, and Whiplash are my three favorite films of the year. I just think the acting across the board was really phenomenal and inspiring.
Credits: IRO Chayanne Leather Jacket ($1132, 210.276.1885); Tory Burch Shirley Jacket ($495) in Moonrise; Camilla and Marc Rocio Shirt ($299) in Winter White; Mother The Charmer Jeans ($196) in Dance of the Mockingbird; Selin Kent Louise Ring ($625) in Yellow Gold; Wwake Nestled Opals Ring ($445) in 14k Yellow Gold; Sarah & Sebastian Traced Array Ring ($290).
What’s the one thing in the world you can’t live without?
My brother. We are five years apart. I don’t have a serious attachment to anything material that I would really need in my arsenal. Maybe Vaseline and a Band-Aid, those are useful. And a toothbrush. I hate not having a toothbrush.
What was the last thing you Googled?
Maine Coon, the cat. I’m not into cats, but my friend was saying that he wants one because it would confuse people, as it’s the size of a dog. I Googled it out of curiosity, and it is indeed the size of dog, but it’s a cat and it’s really scary.
What’s your TV guilty pleasure?
What song is currently on repeat?
“When I Get My Hands On You” from The New Basement Tapes
What are you reading?
Right now, Life in Year One by Scott Korb, which I’m reading for a movie I’m doing. It talks about what it was like to live during biblical times. It’s not the most exhilarating book in the world, but I’m finding it very interesting.
Can you tell us a little about your next project, Ben-Hur?
Yes, so it takes place in year one in Palestine. It’s a remake of Ben-Hur. It’s really cool for me, because I’ve never played a Jewish person before. I’m Jewish, and this is as old-school Jew as you could possibly get, so I feel I’m getting in touch with some roots I haven’t been acquainted with. It’s shaping up to be such an amazing cast, and I’m really excited they are bringing me onboard.
Photographer: Jenna Peffley
Fashion Editor: Nicole Akhtarzad
What fresh faces are you excited to see on the big screen this year?