July 25, 2018
Anna Brewster in The Light & The ShadowJacques Marie Mage, Summer 2018
Anna Brewster is by all accounts a wonderful mix of vulnerability and resilience, warmth and wicked honesty. The actress-turned-model-turned-actress has quietly worked her whole life— modeling for the likes of Ben Sherman and Hermes, then moving on to embody roles big and small, including notable appearances in Hippie Hippie Shake, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Brewster has since rightfully broken into the mainstream with her ongoing role as Madame de Montespan, the powerful and lascivious mistress of King Louis XIV in the TV series Versailles. For the Jacques Marie Mage Summer 2018 Campaign, we find the multi-hyphenate talent silently engrossed in the contrasting undulations of light and shadow while emoting her signature mix of calm, cool, and classy.
JMM: You've lived and worked in many places around the world. How does a sense of place influence your artistic practice/performance, if at all?
Anna Brewster: Wherever I go I like to soak up the city. My style in Paris is different to my style in London, which is different to my style in NY. There's inspiration everywhere in Paris, the couture, the buildings, the streets. This influenced me a lot with my work on Versailles as it was Louis XIV who made a lot of this happen. So you can see him everywhere.
JMM: Which are your favorite cities, and what are the qualities that make them special?
Anna Brewster: Right now Mexico City is my favourite. I love the people, the food, the spirit of the place. It's like nowhere else (that I've been to).
JMM: How do you see your former work as a model influencing your work as an actor, and vice versa? Are their similar requirements, in terms of physicality, emotiveness, etc?
Anna Brewster: There's always an element of escapism, changing yourself, putting on a different persona. But the two are very different. Modeling is physically and mentally exhausting, you never know if you are coming or going and you get treated a lot differently than with acting. Acting you really give a bit of yourself and that's why I love it.
JMM: What presently compels you to wake up in the morning?
Anna Brewster: Trying to achieve, it's how I make my life, by achievements, and my life can change dramatically in a day or even a phone call so it gets exciting sometimes.
JMM: Can you tell us the story of the last time you felt “out of your comfort zone”?
Anna Brewster: I do daily, I'm not a very relaxed person and I suffer with anxiety so it's a daily occurrence.
JMM: If you could travel through time, would you go into the past or the future? Why?
Anna Brewster: I wouldn't mind rewinding, I guess, to visit some iconic moments in time. I love watching history documentaries. I don't think there's any point in going to the future, it would spoil things.
JMM: What song would you choose to dance to at 5 in the morning?
Anna Brewster: At the moment Dua Lipa's “Rules.”
JMM: Can you describe the last time you had déjà vu?
Anna Brewster: TBH no, sorry.
JMM: What is your longest standing obsession?
Anna Brewster: Sunglasses, hahaha. I love them, I have so many, I'm figuring out how to display them.
JMM: What is your favorite erotic image?
Anna Brewster: I really like the Instagram account Paris Obsessions.
JMM: Where do you go, what do you do, to be alone?
Anna Brewster: My bedroom, it's the only place I can really be alone.
JMM: Which do you find most (real and/or metaphoric) value in: a window, a mirror, or a prism?
Anna Brewster: A window. It's better to look out than at yourself too much.
JMM: If you had to eat a human organ, which would it be?
Anna Brewster: Liver, I don't know why.
JMM: Would you rather be entombed alive or instantly vaporized?
Anna Brewster: Vaporised, the other is my worst nightmare.
JMM: Sunrises or sunsets?
Anna Brewster: Both: I love the quietness of morning, but sunsets are magical and usually incredibly memorable.