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ARTICLE KATE BRANCH

PHOTOGRAPHY SEBASTIAN FAENA

STYLIST DELPHINE DANHIER

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Makeup and grooming Marielle Barrera  (Joe Management) Hair Charlie Taylor using René Furterer (BRIDGE)   Manicure Honey (Exposure NY) Set design Lou Asaro (Marek & Associates)  Digital technician Adam Leon (Pier 59 Digital)  Photo assistant Siggy Bodolai  Stylist assistant Julia Ehrlich  Production Helena Martel Seward  Set design assistant Tatyana Bevz  Retouching BLANK Digital  Location Øutpost Studio, NY

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PHOTOGRAPHY SEBASTIAN FAENA
FASHION DELPHINE DANHIER
TEXT Kate Branch

ON VALENTINE'S DAY, GET READY TO BE DAZZLED BY ENGLAND'S FINEST EXPORTS. BEAUTIFUL ACTORS (AND FORMER BURBERRY CAMPAIGN STARS) ALEX PETTYFER AND GABRIELLA WILDE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SET CINEMAS ABLAZE WITH ENDLESS LOVE

Who better than a pair of gorgeous Brits to tackle an American cult classic? This Valentine’s Day, watch Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde lust after one another in the retelling of Scott Spencer’s forlorn love story Endless Love. The film serves up a heavy dose of sexual awakening via plenty of steamy scenes between two of the finest young actors in cinema today—it’s a casting miracle that will get anyone hot and bothered (first daters, take note).

While Franco Zeffirelli’s original 1981 adaptation starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt (the film birthed the song “Endless Love,” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross), this updated version has considerable twists, according to Wilde, who credits the director and independent filmmaker Shana Feste (Country Strong) with heightening the intrigue. You know the tale: a beautiful rich girl falls for a working-class bad boy against her father’s wishes. Their union is unbreakable, their hearts beat as one, and then BOOM, drama ensues… “But there is a lot more going on in this movie than two kids falling in love,” says Wilde over the phone from her London flat. “It’s a bit edgier.” 

For Pettyfer, it’s the simplicity of the film that he likes most: “Our movie is a lot more lighthearted than the original, but still a beautiful love story,” he says while walking his brown and black pup, Salem, on the streets of Beverly Hills. “The problems in the movie are simplistic, but so truthful—it’s about pure love.”

We swoon.

The Windsor–bred Pettyfer, who has appeared in Burberry campaigns lensed by Mario Testino and graced the cover of VMAN, first tested his acting chops in a primary school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The curly blond played Willy Wonka, and to this day credits his mum for jump-starting his love of acting. Not long after, he scored his second lead role, in 2005, with the laddy TV movie Tom Brown’s Schooldays. With his obvious talent and Grecian God good looks—he played every sport in school, swimming, soccer, etc., he says—Pettyfer was catapulted into Hollywood in 2011 with consecutive roles as a futuristic voyager, in the dystopian thriller In Time, as the Beast to Vanessa Hudgens’s Beauty, in the fairy tale update Beastly, and as a teen alien on the run, in the sci-fi adventure I Am Number Four

It wasn’t until the summer of 2012, though, with his turn as an eager but naive stripper in Magic Mike, that audiences truly understood the gravitas behind his many layers. A bevy of young It Girls took notice—Pettyfer has since been linked (and inked) to the likes of Emma Roberts, Dianna Agron, and Riley Keough. Now Gabriella Wilde is on his roster, if only for our viewing pleasure. 

The film marks the second remake in a row for fellow Burberry alum Wilde, who played empathetic high schooler Sue Snell in this past fall’s Carrie, alongside Julianne Moore and Chloë Moretz. But Wilde might have more in common with her Endless Love character, Jade Butterfield. Born into an aristocratic family, Wilde, whose given name is Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, is about to give birth to her first child, with fiancé Alan Pownall, frontman of the electronic band Pale. (Fittingly, her nickname among close friends and family is Bumpy, “morphed from Bumbly Bee,” she says.) The sirenlike beauty is no stranger to inhabiting privileged environments, having officially arrived, also in 2011, as the Queen of France’s lady-in-waiting in The Three Musketeers, alongside rising actor Logan Lerman. “The point of it for me is to discover new things and be challenged,” says Wilde. “No actor wants to be typecast. Feeling really safe as an actor is not a great thing because you’re not learning or growing. In Squatters, I play a homeless girl who has grown up in a trailer park.” 

Pettyfer also prefers the macabre over the mundane. “I think I am most vulnerable when I have to be somewhat like myself and be more charming and lovable,” says the Los Angeles transplant, who moonlights as an amateur race car driver. “It’s easier for me to play darker roles. To open yourself up and open your heart, it’s a scary thing. It’s a scary thing in life, let alone in a movie.” 

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup and grooming Marielle Barrera  (Joe Management) Hair Charlie Taylor using René Furterer (BRIDGE)   Manicure Honey (Exposure NY) Set design Lou Asaro (Marek & Associates)  Digital technician Adam Leon (Pier 59 Digital)  Photo assistant Siggy Bodolai  Stylist assistant Julia Ehrlich  Production Helena Martel Seward  Set design assistant Tatyana Bevz  Retouching BLANK Digital  Location Øutpost Studio, NY

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