Rachel Zegler of ‘West Side Story’ Is Reimagining Fame — Interview


What’s on your car playlist? “I love Glen Hansard. He’s a folk musician. I listen to a lot of Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. And show tunes. ‘At the Ballet’ from A Chorus Line — that’s my go-to, singing-in-the-car song…. ‘Daddy always thought that he married beneath him.’ People who drive by me probably think I’m having a mental breakdown.”

When do you feel most beautiful? “Right after I take off my makeup.”

Most memorable haircut? “I grew up with the classic Latina bowl cut that my parents gave me, which I will never forgive them for. I looked like Dora the Explorer.”

Favorite podcast? “My friend Kurtis Connor has one called Very Really Good. I love Kurtis’s podcast so much. I’m pretty sure he roasted my Met gala look in his last podcast. Great criticism, buddy.”

Favorite Romeo and Juliet adaptation? “I’m partial to 2021’s West Side Story, but I do really enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. I saw Claire Danes at the Met Gala and I almost had a heart attack. It’s beautifully done, and it’s young Leo. What more could you ask for?”

Do you believe in love at first sight? “I do, but I also believe in being realistic about it as well. You got to get to know them. Come on, María and Tony! Get it together, guys.”

Best advice from Steven Spielberg? “He’s in my phone as ‘Creative Sponsor.’ I can call for advice whenever I need it. He gave me a lot of advice the second I got the part. It started with, ‘Just don’t read what people have to say.'”

Red carpet beauty inspiration? “We all want to look like Selena. I trust makeup artists. My favorite person to work with is Nina Park. She knows my face so well.”

Fashion stylist, Britt McCamey. 

Hair: Clara Leonard. 

Makeup: Sil Bruinsma.

This story was shot at the Abrons Art Center, a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. It originated as the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1915 and today showcases dance, theater, visual art, and more.

This story originally appeared in the December/January 2021/2022 issue of Allure. Learn how to subscribe here. 


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