If you were a fan of Oxygen’s modeling competition The Face in Season 1, this second season is sure to blow you away. Naomi Campbell and Nigel Barker are still there, being all gorgeous and fabulous, but now they’ve added big name models Lydia Hearst and Anne V to the mix!
The best part about the new coach dynamic is that these three superpowers of the fashion industry have been friends for years — in other words, they aren’t afraid to be themselves when facing off with one another.
Wetpaint Entertainment was able to speak with Lydia recently about her new gig. From there, she broke down her history with the iconic Naomi, how she balances her modeling and acting careers, and that time she romanced Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Congratulations on your first season on The Face. What made you decide to get involved with the show?
Lydia Hearst: I watched the first season, and I’m a huge fan. Naomi asked me to come be a part of the second season and, of course, I had to say yes immediately. I was good friends with both Naomi and Anne V beforehand, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to be on such an incredible show, and to work with my friends.
Had you worked with either of them before?
With Naomi, we were just in the same fashion circle. Anne and I haven’t done photoshoots together, but we’ve done some runway shows together over the years. And we’ve been friends for about a decade.
How would you describe your coaching style, compared to Anne’s or Naomi’s?
I’m much more loving and nurturing. I really want to see my girls do well. But if they do not fall in line, I have no reservations about getting a little tough with them. I also wanted to integrate some of my acting skills that I’ve learned over the years. I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say, but I used a bit of method acting to get them to come out of their shells.
You mention your acting experience. Do you have a preference between acting and modeling?
I love doing both, I’m a firm believer that there are 24 useful hours in every day and I love to work. I love the audition process, and I love going to sets and fitting the clothes and reading the lines. If I could follow in the footsteps of anyone, it would be someone like Charlize Theron, Milla Jovovich, or even Diane Kruger, where they were all high fashion models who successfully transitioned into acting — yet they didn’t leave the fashion world behind.
We were all Gossip Girl fans, and you made a notable appearance in Season 1. How did you end up doing the show?
That was an amazing show. I actually became a part of that because one of my best girlfriends, Michelle Trachtenberg [Georgina Sparks], was on it for many seasons. Ed Westwick [Chuck Bass] was incredible to work with, and I’m still very close with the director. Because of him, I recently made a little guest appearance on [ABC’s] Mistresses. It was fun stirring up the drama. I guess that’s what I do, if I’m not creating drama in a scripted series, I’m getting murdered in feature films or trying to wrangle my girls on The Face. I wear many hats.
Catch The Face on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Oxygen.
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