NEW YORK — Most young, fashion-obsessed Hollywood actresses have to rely on casting calls and other means to nab a role. Monet Mazur, who appears as style icon Anita Pallenberg in the new film “Stoned,” had fate on her side.
After seeing an interview of Mazur in a magazine, director-producer Stephen Woolley was so taken with the actress’ resemblance to Pallenberg that he asked her to appear in his film, which is about the 1969 death of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones. And fate’s part? It turns out Mazur’s illustrator father had designed the band’s famous lips and tongue logo.
“He said, ‘That’s just too weird of a coincidence — so you have to do it,'” laughs the actress of Woolley’s reaction.
Not that she needed much further enticement. A huge music fan and bohemian clothing aficionado, Mazur, 29, was previously the lead singer for a punk rock group, Nanci Raygun, and also once dated guitarist Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That gave her particular insight into the Pallenberg and Jones relationship.
“When you’re with people that are sort of troubled in that way [drugs] at that time — which Dave is not anymore, but had his time of struggling — it was such a blatant thing for me to take from and use for this that it was kind of creepy,” muses Mazur. Indeed, the eeriness continued as on the very day she agreed to do the film, Navarro sent her a book of photos taken during the years they dated that he was releasing.
Fortunately, her character’s blowout fashion provided a lighter counterpoint to the film’s heavy material.
“They were so my cup of tea, like Indian, Moroccan caftans and robes and the necklaces — we showed a little bit more of the bohemian hippy version of her,” enthuses Mazur, who counts Marc Jacobs and Chanel among her favorite designers.
Ironically, although “Stoned” provides the perfect backdrop for a costume designer’s creative juices, Woolley’s hazy, drug-fueled montages required a considerable amount of nudity from Mazur. Such graphic fare would warrant pause even under normal circumstances, but the actress discovered part-way through the film that she was expecting.
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“You know, pregnant or not pregnant, shooting nudity is just an awkward, uncomfortable thing,” says Mazur, who was eight weeks along by the end of filming.
Since having son Marlon 10 months ago with husband Alex De Rakoff, a writer and director, such decisions have taken on a new poignancy. “You do think, ‘Why do you want to make this movie and put it into the world? Do I want my son to see me in this 10 years from now?'”