Dree Hemingway Finds Love in L.A. with New Film

Dree Hemingway Finds Love in L.A. with New Film

After moving from NYC to the City of Angels, the actress's role in L.A. Times feels all too real.

After moving from NYC to the City of Angels, the actress's role in L.A. Times feels all too real.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Ellie Grace Cumming

Text: Whitney Mallett

It was a new feeling, getting used to being alone in Los Angeles,” recalls Dree Hemingway, who relocated from Manhattan a few months before she started shooting L.A. Times, a Whit Stillman-esque comedy of manners. While the city’s rhythms were a change of pace from the “hustle and bustle” of New York, she soon found perks: “I love being quiet and going to bed really early,” she reveals.

L.A. Times follows an aspiring writer (Michelle Morgan), her TV-industry boyfriend (Jorma Taccone), and the writer’s interior decorator BFF (Hemingway), all thirty-something creative professionals searching for love. “Los Angeles is definitely the main character of the film,” she notes, adding that the city’s clichés are gently mocked throughout. Hemingway only realized later how true-to-life some of the film’s stereotypes really are, like the aforementioned boyfriend’s obsession with games. “People love a fucking game night in Los Angeles,” she observes.

Hemingway’s character, Baker, dates around but struggles to settle. “Los Angeles is weird for dating,” the actress contends, explaining that because people hang around bars less, one often has to use a dating app, something she’s no fan of. “I’m not someone who sleeps with men easily,” she says. “I’m kind of stubborn, where I will wait until I find the right person.”

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That selective tendency extends to her career, as well. “I’ve been really picky, but I think it’s smart because I’m proud of everything I’ve done,” she explains. Her resume of indie films includes Sean Baker’s Starlet and Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip. Much like her dating life, she notes, “I want [collaborators] to be people I connect with.”

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