Amy Seimetz: Generation W

Don’t call her an ingenue.


“One of my pet peeves is being described as an ingenue,” says the actress and filmmaker Amy Seimetz, 31, whose girl-next-door beauty means she’s often offered parts like the sweet, innocent girlfriend. “I prefer to do things that are a little more interesting,” she says. To that end, Seimetz has started to create her own stories. The stalwart indie film performer (2010’s Tiny Furniture, 2011’s The Off Hours) made her directorial debut in 2012 with Sun Don’t Shine, an atmospheric Southern noir that she wrote. Among the film’s fans is the cult auteur Shane Carruth, who cast her in his dazzling fantasia Upstream Color; and Steven Soderbergh declared publicly that he’d be interested in working with her. Seimetz also appears in the AMC series The Killing and in the upcoming horror thriller The Sacrament. But it’s her work as a filmmaker that has her poised to bring the lurid crime stories common to her home state of Florida to the big screen. “The heat down here makes people do crazy things,” she says.

Generation W

Chloe Grace Moretz

“A good magician never reveals her secrets.”

Calvin Klein Collection pants; (from top) David Yurman necklace, Tiffany & Co. necklace; (from left) David Yurman necklace (worn as a bracelet), Prada bracelet. Beauty note: Brunettes get texture with Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder.

Lea Seydoux

“I like the difficulty of nudity sometimes.”

Léa Seydoux wears a AG Adriano Goldschmied jacket; Valentino pullover; Tiffany & Co. necklace (throughout).

Olivia Bee

“My awkward phase is well documented on an old Flickr page,” Bee confesses. “I don’t show it to anyone.”

Olivia Bee wears a Marc Jacobs sweater; her own nose ring.

Imogen Poots

“I’m not really in a rush to grow up.”

Imogen Poots wears an Isabel Marant tank top; J Brand jeans; her own bracelets.

Kacey Musgraves

“My favorite music is blunt and honest,” Musgraves says.

Kacey Musgraves wears a Chloé blouse; her own nose ring.

Amy Seimetz in 2013. Photo by Craig McDean. Styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera.

Danai Gurira

“Certain women turn into warriors when things are dire.”

Danai Gurira wears a Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons jacket and pants.

Mickey Sumner

“I was once the world’s worst model,” jokes the actress Mickey Sumner.

Mickey Sumner wears a Calvin Klein Underwear T-shirt; Eres bra; Rag & Bone shorts; (from top) Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. necklace, David Yurman necklace.