photography by Kelly Nyland / styling by Levi / hair & makeup by Francine Tomalonis / model is Aj Knight

Who are your acting role models, or people that inspire you?

You know, my acting role model for so long was Kevin Spacey, but fuck that guy. Now I’m just constantly inspired by other queer artists and filmmakers like Xavier Dolan, Ezra Miller, Alan Cumming. People that just have the balls to be themselves really keeps me goin’. Also Wes Anderson. Always Wes Anderson.

What do you think is unique about the artist community in LA?

Where I come from, a lot of people are the same. Not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just the way it is. And LA is the complete fucking opposite of that and I am so in love.

What is your favorite color?

Yellow yellow yellow!

If you could liken yourself to a cartoon character, who?

I played Peter Pan in high school. Fun fact: We had a fly system and everything, and when I flew out onto the stage on opening night, a child *literally* screamed from the audience “THAT’S FAKE”…fucking kids.

some q's with actor aj knight

Where are you from/where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Texas, but always planned to GTFO ASAP.

How did you get into acting?

After a critically acclaimed tour-de-force performance as Billy Ray Cyrus in my fourth grade musical Santa’s Holiday Hoe-down, I didn’t have much of a choice.

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is a little quirky, a little bright, and pretty damn gay.

Is there a decade you vibe with aesthetically?

I’ll never be as in love with contemporary style as I am with the vibe of the 70’s. Like, c’mon.

Any style icons you’re obsessed with?

I’m listening to David Bowie as we speak, so I feel like he’d be mad if I didn’t say him. Plus, it’s just the truth. The yellow suit? Nothing compares.

 

What is one important fact you want the world to know about you?

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