Alexa Demie is The Industy Block's Freshest Cool Girl

Alexa Demie is The Industy Block's Freshest Cool Girl

The musician and style icon goes to Hollywood as the heart of Jonah Hill's nostalgia-laced semi-autobiography 'Mid90s'.

The musician and style icon goes to Hollywood as the heart of Jonah Hill's nostalgia-laced semi-autobiography 'Mid90s'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Lorenzo Posocco

Text: Maxwell Williams

This interview appears in the pages of V116, our Winter 2018 issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com today!

There’s a kind of cool girl in Los Angeles who talks with a slight drawl and hangs out in all the best spots and has all the right friends. No matter her circumstances, she remains upbeat and unbothered. Alexa Demie is this quintessential California cool girl—and she’s about to go national. But you wouldn’t know it from this laid-back status update: “I just had some meetings, and now I’m hanging around and chilling,” she says with a laugh.

In Mid90s, the writing and directing debut of Jonah Hill, Demie plays Estee, a shy member of an L.A. skater crew. She plays a pivotal role in the coming-of-age of protagonist Stevie (Sunny Suljic), who has been stunted by an abusive older brother (Lucas Hedges). “It’s about skating, but it’s not really. The heart of the film is really about friendship,” says Demie. “I knew it was going to be good, but watching it, I was like, ‘Holy shit. It’s so so so so special.’”

Like Hill, Demie straddles multiple disciplines: She’s directed music videos, and is a singer too, having taken her song “Girl Like Me” on tour last year. New music is on the way, as is HBO’s Euphoria, executive produced by Drake and written by Sam Levinson (Assassination Nation). Demie plays, as she puts it, “the female Patrick Bateman, minus the killing. It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever read in my life. I can’t say much, because people are trying to hack into all our emails to get the scripts. But the music is incredible and the visuals will be stunning.”

Demie is something of an expert on visuals: “I made costumes for Nicki Minaj,” she says. “I had a sunglasses line, and I ended up getting Japanese investors. J. Lo, Nicki Minaj, and Amber Rose ended up wearing them. They were in Vogue Korea.”

Having conquered creative direction, Demie’s time on Mid90s was a lesson in movie direction: “[Jonah] knew exactly what he wanted; there’s a party scene where we’re drinking and smoking, but it was all choreographed step-by-step for this one-shot take,” she says. “It was a learning experience for me.”

A proven boss in her own right, Demie is bound for big things—all with her cool-girl grace. “She’s a mogul,” Demie says, invoking the third person with yet another laugh. “She’s an entrepreneurial girl.”

ALEXA WEARS DRESS REDEMPTION, SHOES STEVE MADDEN, WATCH MOVADO

Credits: MAKEUP HOMA SAFAR, HAIR ANNA LYLES (ATELIER MANAGEMENT), MANICURE MERRICK FISHER (OPUS BEAUTY) USING CHANEL LE VERNIS, PRODUCTION KRISTEN TERRY, ANTHONY CABERO (ROSCO PRODUCTION), DIGITAL TECHNICIAN GARY HAMNER, PHOTO ASSISTANT CORY HACKBARTH, STYLIST ASSISTANT ABI ARCINAS

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