Daniel Bruhl covers our Film section inside FAULT Issue 28

Daniel Bruhl – FAULT Issue 28


Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

Photographer – Udo Spreitzenbarth
Stylist – Ty-Ron Mayes
Groomer – Nate Rosenkranz
Imaging – Lorraine Baker
Photo Assistants – Daniel Stauch & Nate DeCarlo

Words: Alex Bee

You might call Brühl an Actor-demic: his performances as an actor are always backed up by extensive, academic-level research. For his role in American period drama ‘The Alienist’, Brühl studied. Hard. The intelligent star, known for his credits in Good Bye Lenin!, Rush and Inglorious Basterds, embodies pioneering criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler in the eight-part series.

FAULT: How did you prepare for your role in ‘The Alienist’?
Daniel Bruhl: I didn’t know the book before but it’s one of those that you cannot put away. I felt like a 12 year old with a book and a torch under the blanket. I read it very quickly and was immediately fascinated by the world that Caleb Carr [the author] created, about each of the characters and the fact that it’s the beginning of so many things at the time that are so important now. My wife [psychologist Felicitas Rombold] put me in touch with criminal psychologists and I’d read a lot about these famous psychologists at the time the story is set. I also read books about New York in the late 1800s just to get an idea of how that place was back in the day.

What do you think makes the series so successful in telling the story of the time?
Daniel Bruhl: What helped tremendously was the passion that was put into that show in recreating the time because its so real and so authentic. When we were working on it we didn’t feel that it was fake, which sometimes can happen if there’s not enough energy and money and passion on a project. I come from movies, and when I was young when I would read a script for a period film and it would say there will be 500 extras and 50 characters and on the day you have one carriage, an old donkey and three extras and then you are supposed to recreate the magic – it just doesn’t work! What was very nice was the chemistry and the friendship we had. Dakota, Luke and I even spent most of our downtime together. Almost every weekend we met and I think that chemistry is something you cannot take for granted.

Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

What series have you been watching at the moment?
Daniel Bruhl: ‘Mindhunter’ [a Netflix series that explores similar developments in criminal psychology] is amazing. I was absolutely blown away by ‘The Handsmaid’s Tale’, it’s a masterpiece! I was very pleased to meet Elizabeth Moss at The SAG Awards, who I think is one of the best actresses around, and I was happy to be able to tell her how magnificent she is. I also spent some time with Matt Smith who is such a great guy and interesting in ‘The Crown’ portraying Phillip – I’m hooked on that show!

How do you find the time to keep up to date with the latest programmes?
Daniel Bruhl: I always find the time! I have a couple of days where I can watch shows in my downtime or I’ll watch them when I’m travelling on the plane.

What was it like working on the third installment in the ‘Cloverfield’ series, which unexpectedly hit devices all over the world after a surprise announcement during a Superbowl ad break?
Daniel Bruhl: It was such a great ensemble. It was interesting because you have astronauts from all over the world and they managed to get all these wonderful actors from different countries, so the opportunity to work with them all was really great. Also, it was something really different for me as I am usually always travelling back in time and this was the first time that I’d actually explored the future.

Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28

How does working on an – equally cinematic – series compare to a film?
Daniel Bruhl: It’s the luxury of time that you have. You don’t feel so restricted as you do when working on a movie when sometimes you feel that pressure. To have that privilege of 10 hours a day and 100 shooting days with one character and the ability to explore the character to the core is very rewarding.

As a pacifist, how do you find taking on roles that are often borne from a conflict?
Daniel Bruhl: That’s whats fascinating about our job as actors: to try and get into the skin and the head of somebody who is different.

What bands or artists are you listening to at the moment?
Daniel Bruhl: There’s a band called War on Drugs that I’m listening to lately and someone from the US called Francis and The Lights. Also Roosevelt, Sigur Ros and Alt-J. There is a lot of great music here in Berlin too with artists and DJs like Frank Wiedemann, Henrik Schwarz and David August – I can highly recommend coming to Berlin for clubbing.

Daniel Bruhl for FAULT Magazine Issue 28




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The Jonas Brothers – FAULT Issue 16 reversible cover stars

We are thrilled to announce that FAULT Issue 16 will be released with a fully reversible cover featuring The Jonas Brothers. Our Illuminate Issue (Fall ’13) features Lake Bell as our front cover star, the Jonas Brothers on the reversible back cover (and internal Men’s section cover) and internal section covers with Jessica Sanchez (Beauty), Caroline Flack (Style) and Charli XCX (Music).

FAULT Issue 16 - Jonas Brothers reversible cover (web)

The Jonas Brothers were shot in New York by photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by Avo Yermagyan – exclusively for FAULT Issue 16.
The emphatic lighting effect throughout the shoot reflects the theme of the issue: Illuminate.

From Disney stars to pop icons, the Jonas Brothers – both together and apart – have forged incredible careers in music, theatre and television. At only 20, 24 and 25 Nick, Joe and Kevin have reunited for a world tour promoting their new album, V. FAULT dropped in on their New York/New Jersey leg for what turned out to be a bit of an adventure…

FAULT: What can we expect from your new album, V?

Nick: It’s definitely different than our previous releases. There’s a lot of growth in the music. I had the pleasure of producing as well, which was fun for me.


Interview by Rebecca Unger

What’s it like being back on tour?

Nick: It’s incredible. I think each one of us, though-with the break and the time off- have a newfound appreciation for our own beds and home but it’s been incredible to be on the road again and playing music.

Do you work best as a team. or do you all prefer doing your own things?

Joe: We always have passion projects that might be individual but, at the end of the day working together is something that we really love.





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Tyra Banks presents art show, 15, in collaboration with the team behind our FAULT Issue 15 Beauty cover shoot – Udo Spreitzenbarth & Ty-Ron Mayes

TYRA BANKS Presents:15

TYRA BANKS Presents: 15

From September 9th – November 9th ’13 at Jack Studios, New York City, supermodel Tyra BanksFAULT’s Issue 15 Beauty section cover star– will present an exhibition of photographs of herself taken in the style of some of her famous modelling counterparts.  Tyra has once again collaborated with the team that worked on her shoot for FAULT – photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth and creative director Ty-Ron Mayes – to create a series of unretouched, monochramatic images that seek to capture the essence of iconic fellow supermodels – friends, colleagues and competitors alike.

“When Spreitzenbarth and Mayes approached Banks in 2012 about working on an art project together, Banks shared with them her vision of 15. The series then became a reality through artist collaboration with hairstylist Sher Rae Tucker–a protégé of the legendary Oribe, and Emmy award-winning make-up artist Valente Frazier.

In the age of pixilated veils, there is no digital manipulation to the imagery. 15 is Tyra Banks in raw, un-retouched images: the photography, styling, and transformative hair and make-up, along with Banks’ extraordinary ability to emulate each character, takes the notion of “black and white” beyond the portrayed models’ varying ethnicity and a description of the photographs.”

… “Named for the number of the iconic women portrayed, and the age at which Tyra began her modeling career, 15 includes interpretive images of Banks personifying the supermodels: Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Grace Jones. Banks also portrays the new wave of talent that has resurrected the genre: Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne. Rounding out the 15, an adult Tyra emulates herself at 15 years old.

With the generous support of Chantelle and VeeV, Tyra Banks Presents: 15 will open on September 9, 2013, with a VIP reception from 7-8pm followed by a general reception from 8-10pm at Jack Studios, 601 W 26 St. (12 FL), New York City


Tyra Banks Presents: 15

Images of Banks as 15 iconic supermodels

Photographs by Udo Spreitzenbarth

September 9-November 9, 2013

 Jack Studios, 601 W 26 St. (12 FL), New York City

About Udo Spreitzenbarth

Udo Spreitzenbarth is an international fashion and art photographer. Spreitzenbarth was born in Germany and currently lives in New York City with his wife, model/actress Melissa Kurland. While studying architecture at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Spreitzenbarth developed an interest in modeling and fashion photography. It was then that he realized his passion for being behind the camera. After his first year in New York City, he shot his first billboard campaign that landed on a screen in Times Square. His editorial photography has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and more. His art photography has received international acclaim with a successful series of solo exhibitions in Berlin, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Tyra Banks- Exclusive fashion film from our Issue 15 shoot!

FAULT Icon: Tyra Banks

FAULTless and flawsome this Summer …

We’ve always celebrated people’s FAULTs. It’s what makes us who we are,
it’s what makes us interesting; and that moment just before our interviewees
answer our signature question – “What is your FAULT?” – is always so revelatory about their respective
personalities. Reactions have ranged from vacant incomprehension and
panicked glances around the room to relaxed and confident chuckles—
often accompanied by a cheeky glint in the eye.

Most importantly, most people give us sincere answers. Tyra—for all her
FAULTs—is a role model for us insofar as she encourages people to embrace
their imperfections and be confident about their own self-image.
Take away the “smize” and the “fierceness”, the millions earned and the
fame and notoriety banked (in equal measure) over many years at the top
of the entertainment industry, and Tyra is still a force for good in a celebrityobsessed
world that, all too often, believes its own hype.

(text from inside front cover of FAULT Issue 15: the EDGE Issue)

tyra banks (inside 2)

FAULT: How would you describe your style in three words?
Tyra: “Fierce”, “flawsome, “beauty” amd “booty”. (OK, that was four words, but that sums it up!)



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Tyra Banks – Beauty cover star for FAULT Issue 15

FAULT 15 Beauty section cover - Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks was shot by Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by Ty-Ron Mayes for the Beauty section cover of FAULT Issue 15

Beauty, brains and business savvy are just a few words to describe the unique and incredible career of our Issue 15 star Ms. Tyra Banks, which has now spanned over two decades. In the fickle world of fashion, “making it” on any level is a tough go but, for those like Tyra, there is making it and there is taking it to another level by building a name for yourself, sustaining a career and growing a global brand built on taking chances and pushing boundaries.

FAULT Icon - Tyra Banks

Tyra also features as the opening spread for this issue as a FAULT Icon

FAULT: Tyra, does “Smize” really matter? Your catch phrases – expressions like “Random Acts of Modeling”, “Smize”, “Flawsome”, “Tooching” and, last but not least, “Fierceness” are mainstream terms now. With millions upon millions of fans globally , all of whom are paying attention to your every word, what is it like for you to be such an icon? 

Tyra: It’s great because it means that when words like “smize,” “tooch” and “flawsome” are penetrating people’s psyches, so is the larger messages behind them. Anybody can perfect the smize and give that model look. You can “tooch” your booty and work it no matter your shape or size.  And being “Flawsome” is embracing yourself and your uniqueness, flaws and all. It’s really cool to hear those words used so mainstream now. Look out for the newest catch phrase, inspired by the 20th Cycle of America’s Next Top Model: the “booch” or “boy tooch.”

How would you describe your personal style in 3 words?

Fierce, Flawsome, Beauty and Booty (Ok, that was 4 words but that sums it up!) …

FAULT 15 - Tyra Banks (inside)

This shot was inspired by Tyra’s thoughts on social media. See the whole shoot – only in FAULT Issue 15
Interview by Leah Blewitt

What is your FAULT?

Making crazy faces and not giving a damn because perfect is boring.



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