Haley Bennett, the 28-year-old actress and singer, is getting her first magazine cover courtesy of Interview.
The glossy is featuring the actress in its June/July issue, which is devoted to young Hollywood.
According to Interview editor in chief Keith Pollock, the choice of Bennett was multitiered. Central to the decision was the fact that the actress, who is admittedly “not a household name,” has a handful of buzzy new films coming out this year, including “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and “The Girl on the Train” with Emily Blunt.
“With Haley, we felt like that this was the Jessica Chastain, Alicia Vikander moment where they break on the scene and have five movies at the same moment,” said Pollock, who cited upcoming projects with directors Terrence Malick and Warren Beatty among others.
Pollock noted that Bennett has also “been embraced” by the fashion community, citing recent appearances at Chanel and Dior events.
Bennett’s interview, which was conducted by executive editor Chris Wallace, accompanies a photo shoot by Mikael Jansson, which is styled by Karl Templer. Editorial director Fabien Baron told WWD that he wanted the shoot to reflect Bennett’s “charming” character.
“We didn’t want the fashion to overtake her character,” said Baron, who noted she wasn’t dressed “overtly,” in identifiable labels. “It was very light and whimsical.”
The spread accompanies a larger black and white portfolio on emerging talent in Hollywood, which is shot by Craig McDean. Each actor or actress holds a sign, akin to a casting plaque, which provides scant details on their bios. Actors include Hopper Penn, Lola Bessis, Connor Jessup, Laura Harrier, Malachi Kirby and Jeremy Allen White.
The issue also includes more established talent such as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” and actor Jeff Goldblum.
The summer issue of Interview hits newsstands early next week.