Stars Of Sundance: Sky Ferreira

Stars Of Sundance: Sky Ferreira

The actress and musician channels '80s and '90s-era glam in Sundance favorite 'Lords of Chaos.'



The actress and musician channels '80s and '90s-era glam in Sundance favorite 'Lords of Chaos.'

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: Greg Krelenstein

This interview appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazinedigital.com

“I get a bit weary and jaded when I receive music scripts, especially ‘rock’ ones, for obvious reasons,” explains musician and actress Sky Ferreira. But when it came to Lords of Chaos—the story of Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem set in 1990s Oslo, directed by Jonas Åkerlund—things were different. “Danny Gabai, who executive-produced the film with Vice, told me to read it. He said it was kind of a no-brainer—and that was very true.”

Ferreira appears in the movie as Ann-Marit, photographer and girlfriend to Mayhem founder Euronymous (Rory Culkin). “It was kind of funny because I’m the only professional musician in the film, and I am the only one that isn’t [playing] a musician. I’m the only female character in [that peer group], too,” she muses. “There is so much craziness happening during the entire film, and it sort of lands on my character to be the audience’s perspective.” Ferreira found it natural to embody Anne-Marit: “Honestly, I’ve been her before during this lifetime. I’ve been the cool 17-year-old girl who is not impressed. I’ve been friends, and in love with, boys, especially musicians, but their surroundings are absolutely ridiculous. I’ve witnessed the early demise of others far too young who refused to let me help. I think most young girls mature faster than boys.”

To prep for the role, Ferreira studied up on Anne-Marit’s ’80s- and ’90s-era Norwegian fashion and glam. “We used images of her from when she was 17 ... She has big hair and a lot purple eye-shadow. Over time we had her wear more eyeliner and lots of black,” Ferreira says. “[But it was] the boys [who] got to have all of the fun. They spent 10 times longer getting ready because of the wigs and makeup.

SKY WEARS COAT ADRIENNE LANDAU, BODYSUIT STYLIST'S OWN, TIGHTS WOLFORD, SHOES CHANEL

Credits: MAKEUP CIARA O’SHEA (LGA), HAIR RUBI JONES (JULIAN WATSON), PRODUCER ASHLEY HERSON, LOCAL PRODUCER KATE HOLLAND, DIGITAL TECHNICIAN CASEY RICHARDSON, PHOTO ASSISTANTS TIM HOFFMAN, SHEN WILLIAMS-COHEN, STYLIST ASSISTANT JERMAINE DALEY, HAIR ASSISTANT MEGAN GORLEY, PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS TOM O’MEARA, RIQUE CARROLL, RETOUCHING HEMPSTEAD MAY, LOCATION PARK CITY PEAKS HOTEL

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