Marc Jacobs can add actor to his long resume.
Some time between designing for three clothing lines and becoming the creative director of Diet Coke, Marc found time to make his acting debut in the upcoming film Disconnect that deals with the seedy underbelly of the internet.
Huffington Post got a chance to talk to the famed fashion designer about his new venture into Hollywood and what they found out might surprise you, especially the role that Winona Ryder played in his newfound career.
When discussing how he got into the film, Marc stated:
“I met the director, Henry-Alex Rubin, years ago in Paris via a mutual connection, an actress named Winona Ryder. He was shooting a mockumentary around her shoplifting scandal and wanted to shoot in my showroom.
On becoming a porn baron as his first role:
“I never wanted to be an actor, so for me, it didn’t matter that the role was a porn baron. It could’ve been a circus clown; it would’ve been no different. It was the fact that someone wanted me to act that was the real ‘draw’ to this film. To this day, I have no idea why he’d want me to be involved. It must have been something humorous or perverse about having me in that role.”
On the similarities of Hollywood and fashion:
“Firstly, I don’t speak the language of movies. I didn’t understand 90 percent of what they were saying, so I really felt like I was in a foreign land where I didn’t speak the language. There are some similarities in putting on both productions, especially when it comes to the tedium. I’m used to the tedious aspects of putting together a fashion show.
On social networking:
“I don’t want to chat online with people I don’t know. Firstly, there’s something deeper there. Boredom? Years ago I had a MySpace account and I had all these friends I didn’t know and that fed my ego. I’d stay up until 2AM chatting with people I don’t know. Who does that benefit? Me or them?
You can read the full interview by heading over to the Style channel of the Huffington Post, but look out for Marc making his acting debut on April 12 when Disconnect hits theaters. Check out the trailer above.