For its latest menswear campaign, Prada assembled a star-powered cast of actors, including Ethan Hawke, Jack O’Connell, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller, to model its ’70s-inspired Spring collection. The pensive and serious mood of the Craig McDean-lensed images comes to life with this exclusive short film, capturing behind-the-scenes moments from the shoot. Though the boys’ actions may sound mundane (like peeling an orange or sipping water), we would say the results are anything but. Plus, when you’re wearing head-to-toe Prada, everything is a little more interesting. Watch the video now.
I have just added 8 high quality photos of Jack from a portrait session he did a few weeks ago in London, most likely during the BAFTA Rising Star nominations announcement to the gallery!
We have a brand new layout and gallery layout thanks to the amazing Nicole! If you run into any errors, please let me know! I hope you all like them as much as I do!
Jack was featured in GQ Australia’s Men Of The Year issue. I have added digital scans from the magazine to the gallery! Enjoy!
The Unbroken star, who appears in W’s February 2015 issue, talks about why Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dallas Buyer’s Club brings him to tears, why he’s crushing on Maureen O’Hara and Judi Dench, and why he’s looking for a love story like The Lion King in real life.
Acting saved Jack O’Connell’s life – but from what, exactly, he’s not sure.
As a child, he was good enough at soccer to think a trial with his local team, Derby City, was a real option, but he also spent more time on the streets, scrapping than he ought to.
“I was juggling things,” he says. “I didn’t know I wasn’t going to be a footballer then. I didn’t know I wasn’t going to go into the army. I didn’t know I wasn’t going to be a criminal. All of these things, I was weighing them up as sort of routes out.”
His parents were hard-working strugglers, but O’Connell saw no appeal in following his father into the railways, with its 5am starts. Acting, though, was a way of showing off for the girls, and that certainly had its attractions.
Even so, it was chance that took him there.
Just as he was about to start secondary school the government decreed that all state-funded schools in Britain had to pick an area of specialisation; his Catholic secondary chose performing arts. “Had I gone to the community school near me, and been Protestant, there’s no chance any of this would have happened,” he says.
By “all this”, he means a career in television and film that has reached its highest point to date with the lead in Unbroken. He plays Louis Zamperini, the United States Olympian-turned airman who was shot down over the Pacific in 1943, spent 47 days afloat in a raft and the next two years in Japanese POW camps, where he was brutalised relentlessly by a guard known as the Bird.
O’Connell met Zamperini shortly before he died last July, aged 97. “Awe-inspiring,” he says of their two meetings. “I’m calling it one of the biggest honours in my life so far.”