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Posted by Veronique on February 16th, 2024

Talia Ryder & Myha’la Herrold Are Two Pretty Best Friends

Romance is out! Friendship is in! This Valentine’s Day, Highsnobiety is celebrating the beauty of love outside the traditional confines of romantic relationships. After all, friendship and creative collaboration take just as much work, time, and effort. Meet 5 couples who aren’t couples here and read about the state of love today.

Talia Ryder, the 21-year-old actor best known for her role in Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and 27-year-old Myha’la Herrold, who stars on HBO’s Industry and in Bodies Bodies Bodies, met on the set of a Vogue shoot. At first, it was just business. Then came friendship, one built on a shared passion for their craft.

The value of this type of relationship is not lost on either of them. “I feel very fortunate to be so early in my career and to have met such amazing collaborators that I hope to continue creating with,” Ryder tells us. And about Ryder, Herrold says: “I don’t think she knows how to be dishonest, and that makes for a great friend and an amazing actor.”

To have a creative collaborator and friend is gold.

Highsnobiety: How did you two meet?

Myha’la Herrold: Talia and I met on our first day of rehearsal for Dumb Money.

Talia Ryder: We actually met for the first time in passing on the set of a Vogue shoot. This was months before Dumb Money. There was something familiar about Myha’la, though — it felt like I had known her before or something.

How would you describe each other’s personal styles?

Herrold: Talia is current and unabashedly herself. Like the definition of an it-girl, because she really is “it,” has “it,” whatever that ineffable “it” is. She’s got it in spades. I always think, “How does she look so cool but also like she just threw whatever together?” Effortless.

Ryder: I would say Myha’la has a punk-chic quality to her style that I really like. I like how she mixes high-fashion pieces with different accessories. There’s a picture on her Instagram of her in Miu Miu lingerie with this big choker and funky sunglasses — that feels really her to me. She looks badass.

How are you similar?

Herrold: I think Talia and I are both good-vibes people. We like to have fun, don’t take ourselves too seriously, and are committed to securing the good vibes.

Ryder: I think we’re both very driven and have a strong sense of ourselves and our style.

How would you describe creative collaboration?

Herrold: Creative collaboration, to me, is really about creating an environment where everyone involved feels supported to add their creative input to the task at hand. Where all the people feel respected, seen, heard, appreciated, and like their contribution is valued.

Ryder: Creative collaboration is being unafraid to share your ideas while also being willing to go out of your comfort zone for someone else.

What do you appreciate about each other?

Herrold: I really appreciate how firm Talia is in her commitment to authenticity.

Ryder: I appreciate Myha’la’s love for her work and her family.

Creatively, what are your differences and how do you navigate them?

Herrold: I think I’m more willing to fold on some things where Talia isn’t. And I really respect that about her. I think I could take a page out of her book and be more firm and outspoken about the things I think creatively.

Ryder: I’m not sure, honestly. At least to me it felt like we were really on the same page about our characters and their journeys in the story. I hope we get to do another movie together again.

Who in fashion do you look up to? What about creative duos?

Herrold: I really look up to Rihanna. It just feels like she doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks or wants from her, so when she makes something, it’s 100 percent her, and when you have that confidence, it radiates and colors everything you do. She’s so fabulous.

Ryder: I really admire Yves Saint Laurent. He and his partner Pierre Bergé were obviously a very famous duo in that world. I think creative duos are really beautiful. If you can find someone who shares your vision and who you can create with, I think that’s a really magical thing. I think a lot about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, as well. They were an incredible duo and both fed each other in different ways.

How does your style overlap? How does it differ?

Herrold: I think I’m really about comfy chic. I think Talia is also down for a comfy chic moment.

Ryder: I think we both enjoy blurring the line between femininity and masculinity in our styles. You can see that in our characters’ costumes in Dumb Money, as well. I think we also both just have a strong sense of ourselves and know what makes us feel good and what doesn’t. I feel like we both know what shapes we like on ourselves and what makes us feel confident; and while they may not always be the same things, our energy aligns.


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Sundance Film Festival 2024
Posted by Veronique on January 20th, 2024

Talia attended the Sundance Film Festival 2024 yesterday. Click on the gallery links below to see all new photos.

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W Magazine
Posted by Veronique on January 5th, 2024

Talia Ryder Falls Down the Rabbit Hole in The Sweet East

At 21 years old, Talia Ryder may still be a fresh face in Hollywood, but the actor and trained dancer has been working since she landed a role on Broadway’s Matilda the Musical. She made her 2020 film debut in the critically acclaimed abortion drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and since then has brought her down-to-earth acting style to West Side Story, Master, Do Revenge, and Craig Gillespie’s GameStop stock craze comedy, Dumb Money. But it’s her latest turn in Sean Price Williams’s psychedelic film, The Sweet East, that showcases her captivating stoicism.

The Sweet East is a little like Alice in Wonderland. Your character, Lillian, wanders into different situations, all involving complicated men who are like characters in a novel.

We never talked about Alice in Wonderland, but it’s a reference that keeps coming up in conversations about the film. Strangely, Simon Rex and I rehearsed our scenes right by the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park. So maybe she was watching over us.

You began your career on Broadway.

For my 12th birthday, my grandmother got us tickets to see Matilda the Musical on Broadway. After I saw it, I said, “I need to do that.” My sister and I convinced my mom to let us audition for Matilda. She drove us to New York, and we went to an open dance call. There were hundreds of kids, and then there were cuts and fewer kids, and more cuts. It felt like the longest process, but we were lucky enough to get cast. My sister was Matilda. I played a girl named Hortensia.

And your sister plays your sister in The Sweet East.

She technically plays my cousin. My sister’s never smoked in her life, and we’re smoking in the scene. And one of the producers was like, “Wait, should we tell her to inhale?” And Sean was like, “Leave it, leave it, leave it. It’s perfect.” It’s my favorite scene. It’s so sweet.

What was your first on-screen kiss?

Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

That character is almost like the sister to the character in your other movie, because there’s a survival aspect to both of them.

Totally. They are actually really similar.

Did you feel like you were constantly having to change personas when you were going through the different scenarios?

That was one of the really fun things about getting to play a character like Lillian—she wears many different hats and gets to try on these different personalities throughout the film. The constant about Lillian is that she’s always making decisions for the plot. She knows that she’s in a film. She’s very aware of the camera watching her. She likes being watched, and that is the driving force. While she may dress different and talk a little different depending on who she’s with, she’s the same girl.

You’re wearing a T-shirt that says “TikTok Sport.” Are you big into TikTok?

I had TikTok, but I deleted it. TikTok is awesome—I liked learning the dances. But the algorithm’s too good. I feel bad if I spend too much time on my phone.

Senior Style Editor: Allia Alliata di Montereale. Senior Fashion Market Editor and Menswear Director: Jenna Wojciechowski. Hair for portfolio by Mustafa Yanaz for Dyson at Art+Commerce; makeup for portfolio by Emi Kaneko for Tom Ford at Bryant Artists; manicures for portfolio by Michelle Saunders for Chanel. Set design by Peter Klein at Frank Reps. Special thanks to Ms. Bebe at Outfitters Wig Shop in Hollywood.


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Numero Netherlands
Posted by Veronique on December 14th, 2023

December 10, 2023
interview by JANA LETONJA

Actress Talia Ryder starred in Sony Pictures’ film ‘Dumb Money’ this September, based on a true story of a Wall Street short squeeze that momentarily turned GameStop stock into the hottest investment in town. Talia started her career in the Broadway production, ‘Matilda the Musical’. Currently, we can watch Talia in Sean Price Williams’ buzzy directorial debut ‘The Sweet East’,which she leads opposite Jacob Elordi, Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy O. Harris. Indie film ‘The Sweet East’ premiered on 1st December.

Talia, we are currently able to watch you in indie film ‘The Sweet East’, which you lead opposite Jacob Elordi, Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy O. Harris. How exciting was taking on this lead role, and opposite such a cast nonetheless?
This was such an exciting role for me to take on. Lillian is such a complex and confusing person, I am honored I got the chance to be the one to figure her out. A lot of the cast was attached before I was, which made me even more excited about this already exciting script.

The film was a collaborative experience between the filmmakers and performers and even resulted in an original song ‘Evening Mirror’, which you are singing. How fulfilling is it for you to merge two of your passions in a project?
Yes, this was an extremely collaborative experience. Working with someone as confident as Sean is a wonderful thing. He always knows what he wants, but he left the creation of Lillian up to me. I think it takes a lot of strength to say “I don’t know this person at all, but it seems like you do”, and let me make her into a real person. But the addition of the song actually wasn’t my idea. We shot the film in two segments, the first in winter 2021 and the second in spring 2022. A few days before we were about to begin shooting the second half, which actually was the first half of the movie, Sean sent me this song that his friend Paul Grimstad wrote and asked if I’d be willing to sing it in the movie. I hadn’t really sung in a while, but it ended up being such an inspiring experience for me. Not only did it add an additional layer to the character where I got to break the fourth wall and acknowledge the camera, but it reminded me how much I love to sing. I ended up getting back into music during the actor’s strike and wrote a few songs that I hope I get the chance to release. I’m hoping to make a record with Paul soon, since we had so much fun making the song in the film.

You started your career on Broadway, in ‘Matilda the Musical’. What got you passionate about acting and performing before making your on stage debut?
I grew up dancing, so I already had an affinity for performing. I loved being on a team where we could work on pieces all year and go to competitions in the spring. It was always my favorite time of the year. My grandma took my sister and me to ‘Matilda the Musical’ for our birthdays, my 12th and MiMi’s 9th, and we left the theater asking our mom if we could audition for the show. I never considered acting before that. I was just so moved by the joy the kids had on stage when they were dancing. It seemed like something I could do.

Performing both on stage and on screen, which of the two would you say excites you more?
I don’t think I prefer one over the other. I choose projects based on the story rather than the medium. I’ve done more films at this point, but I did a play at New York Theatre Workshop called ‘How to Defend Yourself’ earlier this year and really enjoyed the challenge of keeping the story fresh every night. I’m just looking to dance more, whether that be on stage or on screen.

What do you find the most exciting and the most challenging about portraying different characters?
I love getting to play different characters. I don’t really see that as a challenge of acting, it’s just part of the job. I love making playlists for the people I play and I love obsessing over wardrobe choices and backstory. It’s a lot of fun.

It’s just hard to say bye when you fall in love with a character. Lillian is a good example of that, but you get to take the good parts of the characters you play into your life and hopefully leave the bad ones behind. I’m fortunate to have played some special people.

For your performances you received many critical acclaim so far. What are your goals and dreams for the future?
My goal is to keep making work that I’m proud of and to keep making work that makes people feel good, even if that just means making them feel seen. I also would like to direct and choreograph. I directed a music video this year for Del Water Gap and it was an eye-opening experience for me. I always knew I wanted to be on both sides of the camera, but having the chance to try affirmed it. I have such talented friends, I really want to direct a film at some point.

You are also very fashionable. What does fashion mean to you?
I love clothes. I express myself through the clothes I wear. According to my mom, I’ve always been very particular about my clothes and apparently refused to wear clothes with words because I was unsure if I’d feel aligned with the words all day. I love putting outfits together for myself and I really love getting to put outfits together for the characters that I play.

You are currently a YSL global ambassador. What makes you connect with YSL’s vision and values the most?
I’m very lucky to have worked with YSL and the brand’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello, since I was 18. I have always loved fashion and clothes, but I knew very little about the world of high fashion. When ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ came out, several brands proposed a partnership. I was immediately attracted to Saint Laurent and the shapes and attitudes of their clothes. Upon doing further research, I was so inspired by Anthony’s specific vision and his eye for detail that the choice was obvious. Since working with the brand, I feel like Anthony taught me what it means to be an artist in a lot of ways. There’s no rulebook and there’s no limit to what you can do if you do it well and have good people around you. I love watching how he continues to elevate the brand and extend his artistry to different mediums. Also, nobody throws a party like Anthony. I’ve had some of the best nights of my life at his shows.

Tell us more about your hobbies and passions outside of acting. What are the things you enjoy the most in your free time?
I like taking pictures. I like making up dances and songs. I like making things even when I’m not making movies. I’ve been DJing more this year, which has been fun too. Anything that lets me work on something with my friends is a good time. I mostly made music with my friends over the actor’s strike. I love watching movies too. I live by some really great theaters in New York City that show old movies, so I go pretty often. I love the Roxy, IFC, Metrograph, Anthology, Film Forum. I love the website Screenslate, which shows you all the old movies that are playing in the city every day. I love seeing movies in Paris too. There are some really great theaters there.

What can you share with us about your exciting upcoming projects?
‘Dumb Money’, another film I am in, is playing in theatres right now. It’s a really incredible movie I wish we got the chance to celebrate more. Another film I am in, called ‘Little Death’, is premiering at Sundance in February as well. I just saw the film for the first time the other day and I’m very excited about it. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. I’m also slowly working on my ‘Sweet East’ tour film. I’ve been bringing my camera around on the press tour and will hopefully make a film for Blu-ray when we have one. I know I keep mentioning it, but I’m very excited about my newfound love for music. I performed my first concert with Paul Grimstad and some other friends of the film just recently and it got me really excited about what’s to come.


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Interview Magazine
Posted by Veronique on December 1st, 2023

Talia Ryder Is Here For the Letterboxd Hate
By Jeremy O. Harris
Photographed by Spyros Rennt
Styled by Billy Lobos

In The Sweet East, a ’90s-inspired coming-of-age flick directed by cinematographer Sean Price Williams, Talia Ryder plays Lillian, a precocious teen whose desire to escape the mundanity of her Southern upbringing catapults her into a bizarro journey across the Eastern Seaboard. Throughout the trip, Lillian explores the last vestiges of American counterculture, LARPing as a slacktivist punk, a trad-wife, and even a movie star. It’s the perfect fit for Ryder, who, at 21 years old, has propelled a childhood spent dancing into starring roles on Broadway, and now, an indie acting come-up. “You’re gearing up to be the princess of ultra-low-budget downtown New York City cinema,” Ryder’s costar and Interview consigliere Jeremy O. Harris tells her over Zoom, as she prepares for the next stop on her press tour. But that’s not enough for Ryder. “Fuck being a princess,” she says. “I’m trying to work my way up to king.”


TALIA RYDER: Hey! How are you?

HARRIS: I’m good. Wait, my hair looks horrible, but I’ll turn on my video if you do.

RYDER: Okay.

HARRIS: Is that official TikTok merch you’re wearing?

RYDER: No, I got it from a Ghent souvenir shop. They had all this bootleg Instagram and Snapchat merch.

HARRIS: The street style is really street styling right now. [Laughs] So tell me where you’ve been so far on The Sweet East world tour.

RYDER: We started in Belgium, and then went to Valladolid in Spain, and then I went to London for a day to shoot this, and then I Eurostar’d here. I’m in Amsterdam right now with Earl [Cave, her costar], and then we go to Leiden tomorrow.

HARRIS: How rude do you think it is that they didn’t bring me and Ayo [Edebiri] with you? On a scale of one to ten.

RYDER: Beyond rude. I don’t know. There’s zero budget. They didn’t even want to bring me low-key, but I was like, “Come on.” Nick [Pinkerton, the screenwriter of The Sweet East] and Sean [Price Williams, the director] can’t represent this movie. But I wish everyone came. Cannes was way more fun, low-key.

HARRIS: Cannes was super fun.

RYDER: We’re having fun though. Earl’s just groupie-ing.

HARRIS: Have you seen Almost Famous before?

RYDER: Yeah.

HARRIS: He’s a Band-Aid.

RYDER: Yeah, basically.

HARRIS: So there’s too many questions to ask you, but I’m trying to do it quick because you’re on a world tour and I’m in the back of an Uber.

RYDER: Where are you going? What are you doing?

HARRIS: I’m going to a reading for my old assistant of her new screenplay. She’s a genius, so I was like, “Let’s gloss it up, get it printed out, do it at CAA.”

RYDER: I did a reading the day of the New York Film Festival thing. Tommy’s producing this play—

HARRIS: Oh, sick. Yes, yes, yes. Tommy Dorfman.

RYDER: Yeah, she’s amazing.

HARRIS: Okay. But you’re gearing up to be the princess of ultra-low-budget downtown New York City cinema. You started out being crowned by Eliza Hittman [who directed Ryder in Never Rarely Sometimes Always], the great star-maker herself. And now you’re working with the Kim’s Video indie sleaze, Dimes Square—

RYDER: No, no, not indie sleaze.

HARRIS: [Laughs] You’re their Chloë Sevigny—

RYDER: Not the buzzword—

HARRIS: Their Isabelle Adjani.

RYDER: Fuck being a princess. I’m trying to work my way up to being king.

HARRIS: I love that. You’re going to slay all the dragons and name yourself king.

RYDER: Yeah. I want to be making indie movies, but I’m working my way up.

HARRIS: So tell me about that. Because you’ve been carrying a camera around everywhere you’ve gone on this tour. You had one with us at Cannes. You had one on-stage at the New York Film Festival. What’s going on? What are you making?

RYDER: Well, it’s our plan to make this extensive Blu-ray with all these features. And Keith [Poulson] shot a lot of BTS while we were filming the movie, but I want to shoot the after-movie, what happens after The Sweet East. Leia [Jospé] and I edited together what I got at Cannes, have you seen it? We played it at KGB one night. I feel like it’s a continuation of The Sweet East in a way. I don’t know what I want it to be yet, but something funny.

HARRIS: What I love about you stepping into that space is that you know your movies, and I think that for someone your age—it’s really wild, the disparate and rich movie love you have. Were you always that girl?

RYDER: Honestly, no. Growing up I didn’t watch a ton of movies. Before I did Eliza’s movie, I hadn’t seen very many. But after making one, I was obviously fascinated and also realized that it was probably my favorite medium of storytelling and that I eventually want to tell my own stories. But dance was my life before then and that was what I spent all my time doing.

HARRIS: Speaking of which, I just saw a show last night by this dance company from France I’m obsessed with. I genuinely think they would make you a principal if you auditioned tomorrow.

RYDER: Wait, who?

HARRIS: They’re called (La)Horde. They are absolute geniuses. We have to collab with them.

RYDER: Oh, wow. They look sick. That’s literally all I want to do. All the stuff that I’m writing and working on in my own time is all very dance-heavy. I’m just trying to continue my dance training so I can be a choreographer. I want to direct and choreograph my own movies.

HARRIS: It makes so much sense that you want to be a director and a choreographer because you have such a stillness when you’re working. I remember me and Ayo just looked at each other after we did our first scene with you and we were like, “Wow. She’s like an actor, actor.” You seem to know the direction that everyone should be taking and the speed and the energy that it should have. That was so amazing to have that in a scene partner. Did you always have that innate sense or do you feel like you learned that along the way?

RYDER: Dance is the only area of performance that I have been trained in and I feel like it’s taught me the importance of stillness and body language and how to hold yourself confidently. I don’t know how to put it into words, but I feel like everything I know about acting, I know through dance. That’s why a lot of times people comment on my stillness or looks or gazes. It’s because I know how to communicate without speaking. That’s what dance is. Actually, we’re going to do a concert type thing after our New York premiere of the film, and I want to see if I can get some of my dancer friends to come and dance. I’m going to perform the song from the film and one of my original songs. And I told Sean that I want to do a dance solo to start showing people how cool dance is again—

HARRIS: I love that. You’re really going to be out here reminding people that dance is that girl.

RYDER: Dance is that girl. Also, Sean wants you to do a reading—

HARRIS: Maybe I’ll do a play, because also theater’s that girl.

RYDER: Exactly.

HARRIS: Okay. So what we know about our movie The Sweet East is that it was really weird to film. It was a really weird script to read, but Sean was our captain and we followed him, and that always made it feel safe and fun. But now it’s giving Europe loves the movie. Europe is like, “This is real cinema.”

RYDER: Europe’s rocking with it, which is crazy to me because I was worried that so much of the humor is so American and so many bits are—

HARRIS: Not just American: weird, over-35-year-old man’s humor. [Laughs]

RYDER: Yeah, it’s really niche. I feel like the New York City parts and the beginning with the high school kids has some younger social media–esque humor in there, but it’s a movie for nerds. So it is cool that people are liking it so much.

HARRIS: I loved it and I was so excited to be a part of it, but I was genuinely like, “Who is this for?” But as you’ve been out there, how have you been describing this very American internet brain to Europeans?

RYDER: I have no idea. But they seem to be getting it. People have different reactions in different cities. They always want to know why Nick and Sean wanted to tell this story from the perspective of a 17-year-old girl, whereas in Spain, they were more curious about Lillian’s character and her motivations. At the very end of the movie, instead of saying, “The End,” the title card says, “Everything Will Happen.” And people have started finally asking about that, which I love so much. But everyone seems to be liking it. We haven’t gotten any hate, except on Letterboxd.

HARRIS: What’s your favorite piece of hate from Letterboxd?

RYDER: Someone said, “I’d rather peel my skin off than watch this movie again.” Honestly, people could be meaner. I was kind of hoping for more hate.

HARRIS: The only reason I brought up Dimes Square before is because I live in it and I don’t think about it as a place. But this very tall, very pretty guy came up to me at the after-party for the movie. And I hope he reads this because I want him to know that he was really hot and he could call me sometime. But anyway, we were walking up the stairs to KGB Bar [in New York City] and the guy was like, “Hey, great job in the movie tonight.” And I said, “Oh, thanks.” And he was like, “I actually went to hate-watch it, but I left kind of liking it.” And I was like, “Kind of ?”

RYDER: I’m dead.

HARRIS: I was like, “Why did you go to hate on it?” And he was like, “You know, it just felt so, part of the scene.” I was like, “What scene is that?” [Laughs] “Do you want to be part of a scene of broke filmmakers?” And he was like, “It just feels like they’re all doing things with each other and it’s a very elite group to be a part of.” And I was like, “Oh my god.” I feel like they were begging people to work on this movie.

RYDER: That’s so funny. But I mean, kind of cool? Also, what scene? Like KGB movie night?

HARRIS: [Laughs]

RYDER: Even the tweet you sent about Dimes Square cinema, I don’t even know what Dimes Square cinema is.

HARRIS: Did you see that movie that the Red Scare girl did?


HARRIS: [Laughs] I think that’s the closest thing. But listen, I have to go up to this reading now, but I think we got everything we need.

RYDER: You’re so good at interviews.


RYDER: I’m choking at these Q&As without you, Jeremy! [Laughs]

HARRIS: You’re all good.

RYDER: Thank you for doing it.

HARRIS: Thank you. I love you.

RYDER: Love you. Bye.


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V Magazine
Posted by Veronique on November 20th, 2023

V Girls: Talia Ryder
A new star in motion

“Motion! Motion! Motion!” Talia Ryder says, when asked to do the impossible: chart her future in three words.

She laughs and, in between soft chuckles, dismisses her previous response. “I’m just kidding.” Make no mistake, however, the misgiving she feels about trying to describe her future is not a by-product of Ryder’s self-doubt, but an expression of all the places she can go. From starring in campaigns for Saint Laurent and her leading role in Sean Price Williams’ debut drama The Sweet East, to making her directorial debut with a music video for Del Water Gap this past summer, the multi-hyphenate is in constant ambulation, shifting between roles with ease. It comes as no surprise that this ever-mov-
ing force entered the art world through a space
where movement was everything—her home-
town ballet studio in Buffalo, New York.

A dancer before she was anything else, Ryder spent summers in New York City, staying with her uncle and dancing at summer intensives. It wasn’t until 2015 that Ryder moved to the city after landing the role of Hortensia in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical. Here, she found a home in the choreographed chaos, the constant movement of a metropolis. “I like leaving my apartment in the morning and not knowing when or if I’ll ever be back,” explains Ryder. “That’s the fun of it.”

Besides their spontaneous, wandering nature, Ryder loves the streets of New York because they inspire her personal style. Ryder first leaned into the world of fashion at the age of 17 while promoting her film Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Saint Laurent dressed her for the press tour. Since then, she’s become an ambassador for the French fashion house and cultivated a friend- ship with creative director Anthony Vaccarello. “He used his position in fashion to make all sorts of art and bring all sorts of different artists together,” she says. “He’s created a real family— I’ve even met numerous collaborators that I’ve worked with through Saint Laurent.” One of these collaborators was Del Water Gap, also known as Samueal Holden Jaffe, who worked with Ryder on her directorial debut, the music video for his single “All We Ever Do Is Talk.”

The pair met at the Saint Laurent SS23 menswear runway, where Ryder shared her interest in directing. Moving behind the camera has always been a goal for her, and directing Del Water Gap’s video allowed her to bring her filmmaking vision to life–a forward step into new territory. The video, which has nearly 120,000 views on YouTube and her penchant for hazy, muted colors and dramatic lighting. When she posted it, her Instagram comments were flooded with gushing messages and red fiery hearts — the highest of Gen Z praise. Aside from Ryder’s behind-the-camera aspirations—which also include filmchoreography—this star shines in front of the camera also. In The Sweet East, her character, Lillian, takes a strange yet beautiful journey across the Eastern seaboard in along the way by a cast of eccentrics, who represent the astonishing variety of human beings in contemporary society. The film, which Ryder calls “one of the best and most fulfilling creative experiences of [her] life,” is a postcard of perpetual motion. Maybe her initial answer wasn’t so far off the mark after all.


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Vogue Hong Kong November 2023 photoshoot
Posted by Veronique on November 9th, 2023

Talia was photographed by Royal Gilbert for the Vogue Hong Kong November 2023 issue. Click on the gallery link below to see all new photos.

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Variety: Busy Actor Talia Ryder on ‘Dumb Money’ and Keeping Dance as Part of Her Life
Posted by Veronique on September 11th, 2023

As a former child dancer, maybe it shouldn’t surprise anyone that 21-year-old Talia Ryder moved so gracefully into singing, directing and acting. But don’t make her choose just one. “I really like making things, whether that’s acting, directing, choreography or all of the above,” she says.

Since her 2020 film debut in the Sundance abortion drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” the Indie Spirit nominee has brought her naturalistic acting to “West Side Story,” “Master,” “Do Revenge” and “Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.” She returns to the festival circuit with “Dumb Money,” Craig Gillespie’s comedy about the 2021 GameStop stock craze, which had a TIFF Gala premiere Sept. 8. and begins its theatrical rollout Sept. 15.

“It was such an insane moment in time,” says Ryder, who was interviewed before the SAG-AFTRA strike. “Everyone was on their phones, and I felt involved in that story — a good friend was pretty invested in it, financially and emotionally. Instead of [the film] totally being from the perspective of big Wall Street guys, you see how all kinds of people are affected.”

Given her impressive work, it is surprising to learn that the soft-spoken Buffalo, N.Y. native became an actress by chance. “I’ve been a dancer since I was little — that was what I wanted to do. [But] on my 12th birthday, my grandma took me to see ‘Matilda the Musical’ [on B’way] and I begged my mom to let me audition. I didn’t consider it acting — it was the dancing that inspired me — and when they asked, ‘Can you sing?’ I [fibbed], ‘Of course!’” she laughs.

Similar twists of fate guide the protagonist she plays in Sean Price Williams’ road comedy “The Sweet East,” which hits the New York Film Festival on Oct. 10. “I rarely see a teenage character who’s so complex and confusing,” Ryder says. “I think she’s figuring out her point of view as she goes. That’s what’s so beautiful about the character—she’s doesn’t know her place in this world and is desperate to figure it out.”

Ryder helmed a half-hour short about her trip to Cannes with “East,” and several of its crew members worked on her directing debut this summer: her friend Del Water Gap’s music video, “All We Do is Ever Talk,” which she also choreographed. “It’s really nice to be able to create with people that you know and trust,” she says.

Ryder may return to Sundance with Jack Begert’s drama “Little Death,” reportedly playing a woman struggling with addiction. “It’s another strange, sweet indie film I’m excited about,” she says. But the project that seems closest to her heart is James Napier Robertson’s “Joika,” based on the true story of Joy Womack, an American ballerina who made history by being accepted into Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. It premieres Sept. 9 at the Deauville Film Festival. “I’m trying to keep dance a part of my professional life,” she says. “It was such a dream to be able to do everything all at once.”


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Dumb Money
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Follows the Wall Street chaos after GameStop's stock skyrocketed due to Reddit.

Little Death
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Two young drug addicts break into the home of a neurotic TV writer before spending the night in Los Angeles pondering about life, death and morality.

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American ballet dancer Joy Womack is accepted into Moscow's infamously tough Bolshoi Ballet Academy, with the dream of becoming a great ballerina.

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