Justin Prentice – exclusive shoot & interview for FAULT Magazine Issue 26

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13 Reasons Why has been the most talked about show on Netflix over the past year. Produced by Selena Gomez, the show follows the trail of 13 teenagers as they uncover the reasons for their friend Hannah’s suicide. Heavily influenced by the negative impact of social media, teenage bullying and sexual assault, the show brings to light an unexplored side of leisure television. Speaking to Justin Prentice who plays Bryce Walker – Hannah’s sexual abuser – FAULT uncovers whether it’s beneficial or irresponsible to expose a young audience to explicit suicide.
 

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What were your initial thoughts going into a show like 13 Reasons Why with such a heavy character to play?

It’s always rewarding to play such meaty characters. I was excited for the challenge. I was also thrilled to be working with Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, and Anonymous Content. Each has cemented themselves as power plays in the industry, so that alone were ample reason to climb aboard the show.

 

Having Selena Gomez as Executive Producer on the show – did you have any preconceived ideas in regards to the end result and what was your overall experience of working with her?

I knew that this project was going to be special, in part because of how much it meant to Selena. She and her mother, Mandy Teefey, have been a main force in adapting this story from the Jay Asher novel. If it weren’t for the two of them, we wouldn’t have a show. I’ve had a great experience working with Selena. She is a great boss to have.

Photography: Lionel Deluy @love artists agency
Styling: Angel Terrazas
Grooming: Melissa Walsh using jack black
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To say that your character is not likable would be an understatement – how did you approach playing him so accurately and were you at any point reluctant?

Yeah, Bryce isn’t the best kind of person. I was never reluctant to play the part, but I was concerned with portraying him accurately. I had many conversations with psychiatrist Dr. Rebecca Hedrick and sexual assault expert and advocate Alexis Jones. They gave me great advice on people like Bryce and were instrumental in bringing Bryce to life. I wanted Bryce to be recognizable to the viewers. We all thought it would be more powerful if audiences were able to relate Bryce to someone they knew in their own lives vs. Bryce being a sheer monster. Not to say that his acts weren’t monstrous, but he still needed to be human.

 

The show in itself holds a strong responsibility towards young people battling depression and social bullying. Did you ever feel that it might be harmful to put out a project so heavy? There have been reports of a suicide in Austria that followed 13 Reasons Why’s formula with the tapes.

Any time you have a show that unapologetically sheds light on controversial issues, there’s going to be controversy. 13 Reasons Why is often times hard to watch because it can hit so close to home, but that makes it real. It gives people an opportunity to talk about these deep issues that are so often hard to initiate conversations about. We get so many letters and so many people coming up to us in person thanking us for the show and our portrayal of the events in the show. It’s definitely helping people. I wouldn’t say they followed the formula in 13 Reasons Why. For starters, their method was different than Hannah’s. They also didn’t leave any tapes. Any blame on the show is just speculation at this point. The girls had recently watched the show, but it has been admitted that there is no conclusive evidence of any correlation. Cases like this are heartbreaking, and our hearts go out to all people who are going through similar things. We have heard from several experts that a show does not cause someone to take their own lives. Anxiety, depression, stress, etc can. Our show gives people an outlet to talk about these issues that they may be experiencing.

 

Interview by Adina Ilie

What do you think are the positives of putting a character like Bryce Walker out there?

Most people know someone similar to Bryce Walker, and if they don’t personally, there are many cases of privileged athletes who get away with rape. Bryce is real. That’s terrifying, but true. Film and Television have the wonderful roles of spotlighting problems in society. The lack of education on sex and what consent looks like create people like Bryce and create people who think they can take whatever they want. These are kids, who would, often times, never do such things if they were just given the proper guidance early on.

 

13 Reasons Why has been confirmed for a second season  – where is the story going for Bryce?

My lips are sealed [laughs]! I can say that it’s going to be great! There is more to see in all of these characters. Season two takes some interesting turns.

 

Lastly – what’s your FAULT?

I suck at time management! I’m working on it. We only have one life, that we know of, so I should spend less of it procrastinating. There are a lot of things that I hope to accomplish. All of which are going to be hard to achieve if I don’t start cracking down…

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FAULT Weekly Playlist: Polina

LA based, Russian born singer/songwriter Polina is a classically trained musician with model good looks. Her latest single “Little Babylon” is a testament to her adept ability to create sonically challenging music. Her collaboration on “Book Of Love” with Felix Jaehn catapulted her into the spotlight and counts more than 19 million plays and it’s clear that Polina has a bright future ahead. 

We asked Polina to put together a playlist and some of her current favorite songs – take a listen below. 

Polina – Little Babylon (Jyye Remix)

“Australian based Jyye sent this remix to my label (Ultra) during our world-wide remix contest. It breathed new and different energy into ‘Little Babylon’ a great mix to start a day to, work out to or play before going out. Pumps me up every time I hear it.”

Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing

“This song and the whole album has literally been on repeat in my house. I heard the song for the first time at Verve Coffee in West Hollywood (in LA) while I was well ummmm in the loo so I was schazam-ing it in a very awkward position, with my arm stretched out to the ceiling speaker. Amazing album.”

Christine & The Queens – Tilted
https://soundcloud.com/christineandthequeens/tilted-1

“Heard this while touring with Felix Jaehn in Germany this fall. Christine is an artist with a vision in her own lane. The song is super cool. Big props!”

Contessa – Running


“A fresh new single by a new project and supergroup that’s a collective of music and visual artists coming together. You might have to watch the video to see what my connection is here :)”

Deadmau5 – 4ware

“Feeds my ‘young raver days’ tastes. My trance-y guilty pleasure. I was brought up in Europe before moving to the states at 16 so hearing tracks like this one takes me right back there.”

Mura Masa – Firefly

“Been out for a minute, but I’m still very much into this glitchy track. It takes a lot of turns in terms of sound and I like that!”

The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – Starboy
https://open.spotify.com/track/7HtPBwBoCBDy1tpstag7HL

“How could I not include this one! A huge fan of both The Weekend and Duft Punk. The records ‘s got some subtle MJ undertones.”

Cashmere Cat – Trust Nobody (feat Selena Gomez & Tory Lanez)

“Far end of the pop spectrum for me but Selena’s got some serious swag on this one. And Cashmere Cat’s production is sick!”

Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover

“If the word ‘glow’ had a sound form that would be Petit Biscuit. Just love his warm sound. Good vibes. Listen to this one a lot when I want to chill or traveling.”

Bonobo – Break Apart feat. Rhye

“Leaving you with some introspective meditative thought provoking music. Two of my favorite artists of this year Bonobo & Rhye got together and made a beautiful record together. Hope you enjoyed my favorite tracks of the week! Xo Polina”

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FAULT Magazine Weekly Playlist – XYLØ

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Los Angeles Brother/sister duo XYLØ first captured our attention this summer with the decidedly dreampop single “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea,” with singer Paige’s meandering vocals backed by lush synths and piano chords. Their music is dark yet hopeful, simultaneously capturing all of our ambitions and regrets. We asked Chase and Paige to put together some of their favorite songs and the result is a mix of classic tunes (Bruce Springsteen) and a few more recent hits (Rihanna and Selena Gomez), proving that their musical tastes are as diverse and richly layered as their own productions.

CHASE 

Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire

“This is soundtrack for a warm summer night drive, it has this tension and sexiness. He has such a commanding presence to his vocals (almost has me convinced I should have sex with him). I love the atmosphere the synthesizer adds, it almost doesn’t fit, wait…it totally fits. Brilliant.”

Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful
“I love the song writing, it’s so somber. She’s so vulnerable, it’s almost pathetic, but it’s ok because her voice is so darn cute. Lovely strings as well.”

Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money
“This is a great song to listen to while sitting in LA traffic to help distract you from the living hell your experiencing. Trust me.”

PAIGE

Disclosure – Magnets ft. Lorde
“I love the lyrics and the picture they paint….’smoke and Sunset off Mulholland…’
I would listen to this as I’m putting on my make-up for a night out. #amiriteladies !?”

Selena Gomez – Same Old Love
“This is a laid back tune, yet it has a really sassy vibe to it. Which is a common trait of our music. It’s a signature Charli XCX melody performed by a sultry Selena.”

The Smiths – There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
“Personally , I believe that this is one of the best love songs ever written. A hopeful song for a hopeless soul. The pleasure, the privilege is mine…”

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