Natalia Dyer is in a pink and white confection of a room at the Ritz in Paris, getting ready to put on her Prada for a night of dinner, dancing, and jewelry to celebrate the launch of Cartier's new Clash collection. It's primed to be a truly extravagant affair with performances by Billy Idol and Christine and the Queens, and mile-long tables with seating for the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal and Rami Malek.
Before she's whisked off with her date to the former prison/palace that held Marie Antoinette before her execution for the evening, co-star and rumored boyfriend Charlie Heaton, the shy 22-year-old posed in a cozy robe and bijoux for BAZAAR.com. See how she stacks her Clash, how she really feels about how fast life can change with a hit Netflix show, traveling with a fear of flying, and taking on the horror genre.
Where do we find Nancy at the start of season three?
Nancy has a summer job-she’s hard at work figuring out her next steps. The trailer gives some of it away, I’m always scared to give away too much.
Where do we find Natalia right now? How are you feeling about the trajectory your career has taken?
I feel good. I feel really good, I’m excited, the past couple of years of my life have been big ones, a whirlwind, a lot of opportunity. You can’t plan too far ahead. It’s good to have some down time to travel and focus on things you don’t get to when you’re working.
Where are your top travel destinations?
I just did a trip with friends in Barcelona and a tiny town in Italy-Europe has been my exploration. I’ve been able to travel more in the last few years and I want to take advantage of that. But Tokyo is my favorite so far.
And Paris! What was it like being in the City of Lights with Cartier?
It was magical-it was all very grand, the dinner was amazing, honestly it was such a spectacle. It’s what you associate Paris with-lavish, ornate. I did all things I would never have done on my own in Paris.
Billie Idol performed as well, do you feel like the '80s are following you?
I don't mind, I think the '80s was just a really fun time. I see why it was an attractive time to think about and be inspired by, it has a really good vibe overall. But it is starting to feel very familiar!
What’s changed most for you since the show premiered?
The day to day stuff. I fly under the radar, but just that people who you don’t know know your name, and talk to you. It’s mostly positive, really nice people but it’s always going to feel a little strange to me. I’m aware of it, but it still catches me off guard. Mentally it’s the biggest adjustment change. It’s all positive things.
What were your goals when you started acting?
When I started in the theatre I was pretty young, so I din’t have goals per se. When I was younger I would have said I wanted to be on Broadway, Phantom of the Opera or something. It was always just fun, it was always something I really loved to do, I had supportive parents.
Is it something you see yourself doing for the rest of your life?
Yes. I think initially, I didn’t know if it was going to be a career, but it’s a bit addictive if you enjoy it. I can’t imagine not doing it, I would seek it out in whatever form available. You're always growing and learning and it’s so dynamic, it’s helpful too as a human. I don’t know in what capacity I'll be acting, but I'll always do it.
What would be your biggest dream role?
Younger me would have said live action Anastasia. You get these scripts and you read them, so it’s hard to say specifically, but working with great directors is something I’d like to do. I would like to explore comedy and an action role. I just always want to tell good stories.
You’re also in a Netflix horror movie, have you always liked the scary movie genre? Do they freak you out?
No, no, no. I don’t like scary movies almost at all, I’ve had to watch them. You have to drag me to scary movies. I just saw Us and that’s my threshold for scary movies. I’m getting more acquainted with it. When you’re acting in scary things, it’s easier to be like 'it’s not real,' but it’s not my genre.
What’s your biggest fear?
Flying. I’m not a great flyer, I think I’m getting better at it and then turbulence hits and I’m in tears. I’m working on it, I’m a baby, I need to get a handle on it. Trains are great.
How do you approach the red carpet? Do you like to look like yourself? Does it feel more like dress up?
I think it’s a bit of a balance, I think it’s fun to wear things that you would never ever wear outside of that setting but I think it’s more like exploring different versions of yourself. I put a high value on comfort. It’s a fun time and I work with Brad Goreski who puts things on me that I would never think to wear but that I actually love, to find new sides of me. It’s a creative outlet almost.
Who are your favorite designers to wear?
Brad also throws things at me that I’ve never heard of. I’m a fan of Prada and Dior, beautiful brands like that, but there are less well known brands that I’ve worn that I’ve really loved.
Do you try to avoid 1980s associations in your red carpet looks?
I don’t actively steer clear of it. In some ways, it doesn’t always suit me. I haven’t actively avoided it, but maybe subconsciously. But if the right look came along, why not?
What’s your jewelry philosophy? More is more? One special piece?
For me, I like to keep a few small sentimental pieces, less for decoration per se. I’m not a huge jewelry person, I get overwhelmed if I’m wearing too much, I like things that don’t really get in my way. Less is more, it’s important that it's sentimental. The Cartier pieces are small and unobtrusive, but still very cool.
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