VMAN / The Miserable Life Of Alex Pettyfer In Los Angeles
Alex Pettyfer was photographed at the Daylight studios in Paris by Mario Testino for VMAN. Styling Elliot Smedley [source]
"He’s amused by the gossip machines that fuel L.A. (a city he has a few strong opinions about, but we’ll get to that later), particularly since he lives soberly and sedately in Tinseltown, where TV stars on drug and prostitute benders only get more famous with every arrest" *true*
“I felt like the industry was just a factory. You hear a lot of people say they want to make art in this industry, but so few people actually fucking do it. I was disillusioned by [Hollywood] at the time, but now I’ve come to accept that’s just the way things are: it’s called show business, not show art.” *true*
“L.A. is growing on me a little bit, but it’s still a shit-hole. I think it’s this insidious pool where nearly everyone lives in fear.” Is there any saving grace to living in Southern California? “Geographically it’s fantastic: in a half hour, you can be on the beach in one direction, go snowboarding in another, or go out into the desert. But socially it’s disgusting. I wish they’d just run all the cunts out.” *true*
"He grimaces with disgust when he recalls being chased into an In-N-Out Burger by paparazzi. He says he now prefers to stay at home with his two dogs, a pit bull and a French bulldog. But he does have an exit strategy: “Being an actor in L.A. is like being in prison: you go, you serve your time, you try to replicate Johnny Depp’s career—and then you move to Paris.” *true*
The only thing I do not get is that if being an actor in Hollywood bother him so much, why he doesn't move back to the UK or to Paris right away!? I don't think this city is perfect, but I won't complain like I am being held hostage here. Being an actor or wanting to be an actor today, you know very well what you are getting yourself into. Plus this town is packed with people looking just like him ready to take over. I always think it is easy to be grumpy once you have what you have wished for ... you just have to be careful what you wish for in life ;-)
After 3 years full time in L.A. I am very careful with people talking about the city like Alex does because at the end they are the one being the worst:-/ Let's hope he won't fall into the dark side ...
Read the full interview here.