You know her as the bitchy, blonde cheerleader that serenaded the country with show-tunes and got pregnant on Glee, but Dianna Agron has since moved up and on from the popular television show. Having starred in the blockbuster hit, The Family, alongside Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeffier, and with two new movies on the way, the actress is definitely one worth keeping on the radar. The golden tressed, Georgia-bred beauty has much to offer to the future and she’s not about to let anyone forget. We chatted with Dianna in LA during a shoot to talk everything from Glee to a potential future album. Check it out below and pick up your own issue, available in Galore Shop NOW!
How was it portraying Brandon Flowers in the new Killers music video?
Playing Brandon Flowers in their ten year anniversary video was so damn cool. For a few reasons. When I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my big dreams, Hot Fuss, their first album, was out. I would blast “Smile Like You Mean It” while driving over the canyons. Sing “Mr. Brightside” at the top of my lungs on a night out with friends. I can’t believe it’s been a decade of residing in LA and having the Killers in my life. I’ve seen them once it concert, it was in Hyde Park, and I ended up backstage with a few friends plus another crew, which included Prince Harry, Beatrice and Eugenia. Usually I would not choose to be backstage at a concert, but this one was something different. It was sprinkling, and the audience did not care. Thousands upon thousands of the most hardcore fans danced together in this beautiful manner. It was like two shows were happening at once, the boys onstage and the crowd below. Thankfully, the day of the shoot was just as good as I could have imagined. The boys are funny, sweet and self deprecating, Plus Warren Fu, our director is a true talent. It made me so very happy.
What was life like growing up in the Bay Area?
Growing up in the Bay….truly some of my fondest moments. Burlingame isn’t the biggest nor is it the smallest town. I think 32,000 people, or at least around that then. Our community was accepting, nurturing, it is one of the best places to be raised. I lived for music, and concerts…sometimes I would have to say I was at a sleepover and really be at a show. There we’d be, in the mosh pit, despite my small frame, getting bruises, crowd surfing, you name it. Then I’d go to ballet class after school and have to cover up my concert wounds. Silly harmless rebellion, things like that. Sneaking out of the house to meet your friends in the park at 2 A.M. But it was a safe neighborhood, and really, we were just in seek of a thrill. The good old fashioned kind. Sometimes it worries me that innocence is lost too early. Kids trying to grow up too fast. I am glad I wasn’t one of them.
Have you ever wanted to use a tennis racket on a ex boyfriend or creepy blind date like your character Belle Blake did in The Family?
Hmmmm…..there are definitely moments where you’d love to beat the shit out of someone. Sure. People can be cruel, take advantage of young girls, you name it. But, my best tennis racket is the ability to use my words. Just have to be confident and remember to use them. Standing up for yourself, and putting someone in their place with wit is a truly admirable skill.
Any chance we’ll see a Dianna Agron album coming out in the future? And if so, what genre would it be?
I guess I have to say no to an album in my future. You never know! It’d be nice to get into stuff that was more me, though I’ve loved everything I’ve had the chance to sing on Glee. I’m lucky really. I grew up watching old musicals, which is what made me want to act. It’s come full circle and I am the happier for it. As for what my album would be called…..Not sure, definitely not Dianna Agron. Something fun. I’m trying to think of something on the spot. It’s not working. Instead random words are coming to mind. Bats, Night, Dark, Blue…..
Your favorite bombshell of all time?
Bombshells…at the moment I am thinking about Anna Karina. Those scenes in “Une Femme Est Une Femme?” She’s a little tiger. So lovely.
Beauty secrets for keeping up those gorgeous blonde locks?
To maintain my blonde locks the purple shampoo is key. And there’s this detangler brush from London, it’s genius. It’s like five dollars and you can find them in Boots and things like that. It’s a genius thing and I panic if ever I think I’ve lost it. I’m a sucker for anything that saves time in regards to grooming.
What’re your plans for 2014?
2014 will be a year for new projects, new travels, and much happiness. I’ve had some hard things to get through, emotional loss in 2013, and through sadness comes deeper understanding and pursuit of happiness. At least that’s what I think. Boring answer, a bit. But true. Maybe 2014 will be the year I also try something I am terrified of. Like scuba diving. Probably not, but maybe. Never say never.
How have you been getting into character for Conspiracy on Jekyll Island?
Getting into character on this new project, “Conspiracy on Jekyll Island” has been fairly seamless. The team is supportive, communicative, and my wardrobe is the best thing I have ever experienced. She’s a badass, she knows it….there is nothing exceptionally feminine about her and she is unapologetic. It’s delicious. It’s day two of me being here, we had a cast dinner last night and also had some vodka shots. A great unifier. Right? It seemed so at the time. We definitely had our initiation and deep bonding. So now, tomorrow, day one of shooting for me is going to be even easier.
Photography: Ellen Von Unwerth
Interview: Jeremy McClain
Stylist: Kyle Edward Blackmon at kyleedwardb.com
Makeup: Dawn Broussard at The Wall Group
Hair: John Ruggiero at Starworks Artists