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Hollywood Dream

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Laura Harrier

From Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman to Ryan Murphy’s star-studded new show Hollywood, actor LAURA HARRIER is carving out an impressive career working with – and learning from – the very best. She talks to ALICE CASELY-HAYFORD about swapping red carpets for Zoom calls, the strength in community and the importance of representation in front of and behind the camera

Photography Sonia SzóstakStyling Danielle Goldberg at The Wall Group
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This image: top, Alaïa; skirt, Loewe. Opening image: bikini top, Matteau

Laura Harrier is hovering between her garden and living room, balancing her laptop in her palm, trying to find the best spot so we can speak uninterrupted about her starring role in Hollywood. Our Zoom call and an unreliable internet connection are a far cry from the glamour and Vaseline sheen of the Netflix series about a group of aspiring actors and film-makers in 1940s Tinseltown, trying to get their big break – and certainly from the press tour and red carpets that Harrier currently ought to be on. “It’s such a strange experience, thinking what this would normally be like,” she affirms as she nestles into a chair. “Instead, I’m promoting this whole project at home by myself, sitting on my couch. Obviously, it’s necessary and important, but I definitely miss the fun aspects of all this – the dressing up, getting to meet people and going to different cities to promote something you’ve worked really hard on.”