Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Geek Chic

Issue: June/July 2012

Photographer: Micaela Rossato

Written By: Matt Barone (@MBarone)

 

She knew how to take a picture; she knew her shapes and angles.

 

Brent Rollins: "Actors and actresses can be really tough, because they typically put on the personality you give them. It's hard to figure out what their identity or story is. Even actors with a certain identity are so used to putting on a different story that it's almost a little too wide open in terms of coming up with ideas. For this, we knew we wanted to convey the idea of summer, because this was still our summer issue. We came up with this idea of the 'hot girl next door,' so we wanted to shoot in suburbia and have all these sprinklers cooling her off. There are sprinklers, she's drinking a slushee on the curb, and she has a handheld fan.

This was actually at my sister's house in Palmdale, California. We had been to Palmdale a couple of months earlier to shoot a digital cover for Kid Cudi, and the cookie-cutter houses struck me. The fact that this is where my sister lives is cool, since I got to get my family involved. She was really cool, and I think she used to be a dancer, so she was interesting to watch in front of the camera. Her body movements were very slow and controlled."

 

The photographer, Micaela Rossato, was a sculptor originally. She shoots women by shape.

 

Gina Batlle: "She knew how to take a picture; she knew her shapes and angles."

Brent Rollins: "And she was moving in slow motion which was trippy. The photographer, Micaela Rossato, was a sculptor originally. She shoots women by shape, while most women photographers shoot women for inner beauty."

Gina Batlle: "She was really cool, and it had a lot of American elements with surburbia, the car, and the flag we got made. It was the little things."

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