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Exclusive digital editorial by Kay Nambiar
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Exclusive digital editorial by Kay Nambiar

Fashion Brand new digital exclusive editorial captured on the streets of Paris by Kay Nambiar.     Photographer KAY NAMBIAR Styling:  CLOTILDE FRANCESCHI Make up artist: ANITA JOLLES Hair stylist:  NATSUMI EBIKO Talent:  BIN AT LIS RUTTEN AGENCY AND JULIA AT METROPOLITAN MODELS GROUP   Brand new digital exclusive editorial captured on the streets of Paris by Kay Nambiar.     Photographer KAY NAMBIAR Styling:  CLOTILDE FRANCESCHI Make up artist: ANITA JOLLES Hair stylist:  NATSUMI EBIKO Talent:  BIN AT LIS RUTTEN AGENCY AND JULIA AT METROPOLITAN MODELS GROUP  

In conversation with WIWEK
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In conversation with WIWEK

Music We had a pleasure interviewing an incredibly talented artist WIWEK.     Born in Utrecht, Indian parents, son of a musician. What was it like, growing up in The Netherlands and when did your musical journey start? Most importantly, who or what inspired you to make music?   I loved growing up here, I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters so it’s been a wild ride haha. My musical journey started around the age of 11. My father bought a playstation game for my brothers for Christmas called ‘music 2000’. I ended up playing it the most at a certain point.    My inspiration came from hearing electronic music for the first time on the radio. Trance became really big early 2000 and I remember hearing a DJ set from Tiesto and it was as u can say a very magical revelation to me. From that day I knew what I was going to be when I grew up.      You are known as the godfather of jungle terror. Can you explain what it is and its origins?   It started as a way to explain to my friends what I was making, because there was no other way how I could explain it, I felt. I then inserted it as a genre on soundcloud for the music I uploaded. I think when I released the Jungle Terror EP’s it really catched on and it became a definition.       How do you approach music production? What type of musical gear do you use?    For me the bass is very important. When the bass is right where I want it everything else kind of flows with it. I mostly use software and samples. My favorites at the moment are the ones where they sample a certain percussion in all the hits possible and you can create your own percussion pattern like it’s played live.      Where do you usually get your music samples?   Basically on all the major sample website platforms like Splice and Loopmasters. Occasionally I record own stuff as well.      You have collaborated with artists like Skrillex, Yellow Claw and Marshmello. How would you describe working with them?   I would say one thing they all had in common is that they worked very fast and instinctively. When something is cool it is cool and you do not change it 200x times. Something I can learn from them because I tend to do that on solo productions.      Your latest EP Time Machine Drums embodies many different percussive and melodic elements, what was the creative process like?   It all started with rhythms I heard in my head. From those rhythms I created an environment that seemed fitting for this. I spend a lot of time trying to find the right percussive sounds for what I wanted to express.       Your most recent debut album Cycles was released on March 8 2019in your label Maha Vana . What does it mean and why did you decide to name it like that? Are there any new releases coming out via Maha Vana?   For me life on micro and macro level is a constant cycle. There is always construction after deconstruction, there is always life after death, I even believe that the whole universe constantly implodes and explodes which results in an infinite cycle of everything.  This also implies on my creativity, sometimes I like to make melodic music, sometimes very dark and clubby. My creativity is a constant cycle and this album represents that. I have some stuff lined up for Maha Vana. The Cycles remix EP is coming up and I am working on a new project that involves dancefloor minded songs, something different then the Cycles album.      The Free and Rebellious EP was used as the soundtrack and score to the short film Still in the Cage, filmed in Bangkok, Thailand, written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Jodeb and produced by yourself and Skrillex. How would you describe the overall experience of writing songs and producing a film? What was the most challenging and fun part about it? Did you make the music first or the other way around?   This was huge for me, I remember when I signed with OWSLA they mentioned to me they wanted a huge visual thing around my music. I did not realize it would become a really cool short film. I made the music first and after they wrote the script and visual concept. For me the most challenging part was the music. The filmmaking process was mostly Jodeb his area of work, together with his team. OWSLA did a huge screening at the ACE hotel LA. That was such an amazing experience to hear the music and see the movie in a theatre.      Any new updates or upcoming projects?    So the Cycles remix EP is coming up. I have played a few of them already in my latest mix for Axtone house.  Next to that I am working on alot of dancefloor oriented tracks so I can have a nice fresh start when the world opens up again and I can start touring.    ​ What does freedom mean to you?   Freedom to me means to be free from identity. To have no attachment to self and therefore have no attachment to anything or anyone. To simply experience this life and enjoy its ups and downs. To take the time to observe its pleasures and pains. To be peaceful.     What is your personal style and how do you express yourself through fashion? What role does sustainability play in your choice of fashion?   My personal style is always depending on my mood but mostly it is comfort minded with a certain accessory. Because I like my mood to be comfortable in whatever situation and the accessory stance for the playfulness of how I try to experience life.   Sustainability has not played a big part of my choice yet but my sister just started a vintage Indian clothing company in which she revamps existing items with subtle changes. I’ll be getting more into it now.       What gets you up in the morning? What is your morning routine?   Right now what gets me up in the morning is a new day of creating in the studio. My standard morning routine consists of doing a cold shower, meditation and drinking a fresh smoothie. That gets me very pumped up for a nice studio day. Since I don’t travel for shows now and I am not constantly tortured by jetlag’s this has been very ideal for me for studio life, especially when I add a nice workout and breathing exercises to it.      What is your greatest source of inspiration in life? In work?   Life and work are not really separate concepts for me. Maybe because I do not see my work as an obligation. My greatest inspiration is peace. When I have peace of mind I become a beacon of creation. So my whole life is designed to be in this state. Not saying I am trying to avoid the pains and downs of life, but understanding that this is part of the whole.   We had a pleasure interviewing an incredibly talented artist WIWEK.     Born in Utrecht, Indian parents, son of a musician. What was it like, growing up in The Netherlands and when did your musical journey start? Most importantly, who or what inspired you to make music?   I loved growing up here, I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters so it’s been a wild ride haha. My musical journey started around the age of 11. My father bought a playstation game for my brothers for Christmas called ‘music 2000’. I ended up playing it the most at a certain point.    My inspiration came from hearing electronic music for the first time on the radio. Trance became really big early 2000 and I remember hearing a DJ set from Tiesto and it was as u can say a very magical revelation to me. From that day I knew what I was going to be when I grew up.      You are known as the godfather of jungle terror. Can you explain what it is and its origins?   It started as a way to explain to my friends what I was making, because there was no other way how I could explain it, I felt. I then inserted it as a genre on soundcloud for the music I uploaded. I think when I released the Jungle Terror EP’s it really catched on and it became a definition.       How do you approach music production? What type of musical gear do you use?    For me the bass is very important. When the bass is right where I want it everything else kind of flows with it. I mostly use software and samples. My favorites at the moment are the ones where they sample a certain percussion in all the hits possible and you can create your own percussion pattern like it’s played live.      Where do you usually get your music samples?   Basically on all the major sample website platforms like Splice and Loopmasters. Occasionally I record own stuff as well.      You have collaborated with artists like Skrillex, Yellow Claw and Marshmello. How would you describe working with them?   I would say one thing they all had in common is that they worked very fast and instinctively. When something is cool it is cool and you do not change it 200x times. Something I can learn from them because I tend to do that on solo productions.      Your latest EP Time Machine Drums embodies many different percussive and melodic elements, what was the creative process like?   It all started with rhythms I heard in my head. From those rhythms I created an environment that seemed fitting for this. I spend a lot of time trying to find the right percussive sounds for what I wanted to express.       Your most recent debut album Cycles was released on March 8 2019in your label Maha Vana . What does it mean and why did you decide to name it like that? Are there any new releases coming out via Maha Vana?   For me life on micro and macro level is a constant cycle. There is always construction after deconstruction, there is always life after death, I even believe that the whole universe constantly implodes and explodes which results in an infinite cycle of everything.  This also implies on my creativity, sometimes I like to make melodic music, sometimes very dark and clubby. My creativity is a constant cycle and this album represents that. I have some stuff lined up for Maha Vana. The Cycles remix EP is coming up and I am working on a new project that involves dancefloor minded songs, something different then the Cycles album.      The Free and Rebellious EP was used as the soundtrack and score to the short film Still in the Cage, filmed in Bangkok, Thailand, written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Jodeb and produced by yourself and Skrillex. How would you describe the overall experience of writing songs and producing a film? What was the most challenging and fun part about it? Did you make the music first or the other way around?   This was huge for me, I remember when I signed with OWSLA they mentioned to me they wanted a huge visual thing around my music. I did not realize it would become a really cool short film. I made the music first and after they wrote the script and visual concept. For me the most challenging part was the music. The filmmaking process was mostly Jodeb his area of work, together with his team. OWSLA did a huge screening at the ACE hotel LA. That was such an amazing experience to hear the music and see the movie in a theatre.      Any new updates or upcoming projects?    So the Cycles remix EP is coming up. I have played a few of them already in my latest mix for Axtone house.  Next to that I am working on alot of dancefloor oriented tracks so I can have a nice fresh start when the world opens up again and I can start touring.    ​ What does freedom mean to you?   Freedom to me means to be free from identity. To have no attachment to self and therefore have no attachment to anything or anyone. To simply experience this life and enjoy its ups and downs. To take the time to observe its pleasures and pains. To be peaceful.     What is your personal style and how do you express yourself through fashion? What role does sustainability play in your choice of fashion?   My personal style is always depending on my mood but mostly it is comfort minded with a certain accessory. Because I like my mood to be comfortable in whatever situation and the accessory stance for the playfulness of how I try to experience life.   Sustainability has not played a big part of my choice yet but my sister just started a vintage Indian clothing company in which she revamps existing items with subtle changes. I’ll be getting more into it now.       What gets you up in the morning? What is your morning routine?   Right now what gets me up in the morning is a new day of creating in the studio. My standard morning routine consists of doing a cold shower, meditation and drinking a fresh smoothie. That gets me very pumped up for a nice studio day. Since I don’t travel for shows now and I am not constantly tortured by jetlag’s this has been very ideal for me for studio life, especially when I add a nice workout and breathing exercises to it.      What is your greatest source of inspiration in life? In work?   Life and work are not really separate concepts for me. Maybe because I do not see my work as an obligation. My greatest inspiration is peace. When I have peace of mind I become a beacon of creation. So my whole life is designed to be in this state. Not saying I am trying to avoid the pains and downs of life, but understanding that this is part of the whole.  

Editorial collaboration with Puma starring Yade Lauren
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Editorial collaboration with Puma starring Yade Lauren

Music   We are excited to share one of our latest collaborations with Dutch singer and songwriter Yade Lauren.     Things are going very well for the young talent. Last month Yade left the record label Top Notch and is from now on releasing her music independently. Her first fully independently released single, ’In De Nacht’ entered the Dutch Top 50 at number 1 and on Spotify and knocked none other than Adele off her throne.   On top of that she very recently won 4 awards at the NPO FunX Music Awards: Best Singer, Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Collabo - with Dutch rapper Kevin for their track ‘Samen’ - and Best Song for the single ‘Praat Met Mij’ (also with Kevin). Yade’s creativity shines through in everything she does being responsible for all creative input herself and it’s paying off big time.   Her breakthrough came when her first album ‘Reflecties’ was released in 2020. The album contains 10 personal and sensitive songs, which she describes as a diary. She talks about her father as well as her first love who she met not even very long ago. While writing about the honest truth and speaking about subjects which are not talked about enough, she wants to inspire others. Expressing feelings through her work helps the singer and songwriter to deal with personal experiences. - „I think sometimes it's just necessary. It's very therapeutic and it’s a way to let go. It's more than just words, it’s a feeling.“   In 2021 Yade teamed up with PUMA Benelux to be an Ambassador, kicking it off with being part of the ’She Moves Us’ movement. Through this PUMA wants to give female ambassadors (such as Dua Lipa and Cara Delevingne) a platform to speak out loud and inspire, empower and celebrate women worldwide. Talk shows, interviews and stories are building a bridge between the ambassadors and other women. Talking to Yade and working with her made it very clear, ’She Moves Us' fits her own vision very well. Through her music and way of expression she loves to inspire other women and embraces it with the campaign. In her own songs, she talks a lot about her own insecurities and obstacles that she had to overcome. When you ask her, she takes this very personal and serious, she wants to spread a message. “Women are magically powerful, but they don't always realize it themselves. Believe in yourself,“ she says.   Yade is wearing the recently released PUMA ’Suede Mayu’ sneaker in black and beige colorways. The platform’s over-the-top proportions, give the silhouette a chic and fresh look. The upper takes cues from one of PUMA’s most iconic styles with a re-designed bold platform but keeping it lightweight and comfy. The blown up proportions of the ’Suede Mayu’ push forward the original DNA of the shoe.     Get your PUMA sneakers here.   We had the pleasure to work with this talented woman and are excited to see what the future holds for Yade Lauren.     Photography: Aicha Abdoun  Styling: Magdalena Roe  MUAH: Sisley Angenois  Text: Magdalena Roe  Editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja Location: Conservatorium Hotel   We are excited to share one of our latest collaborations with Dutch singer and songwriter Yade Lauren.     Things are going very well for the young talent. Last month Yade left the record label Top Notch and is from now on releasing her music independently. Her first fully independently released single, ’In De Nacht’ entered the Dutch Top 50 at number 1 and on Spotify and knocked none other than Adele off her throne.   On top of that she very recently won 4 awards at the NPO FunX Music Awards: Best Singer, Best Female Artist of the Year, Best Collabo - with Dutch rapper Kevin for their track ‘Samen’ - and Best Song for the single ‘Praat Met Mij’ (also with Kevin). Yade’s creativity shines through in everything she does being responsible for all creative input herself and it’s paying off big time.   Her breakthrough came when her first album ‘Reflecties’ was released in 2020. The album contains 10 personal and sensitive songs, which she describes as a diary. She talks about her father as well as her first love who she met not even very long ago. While writing about the honest truth and speaking about subjects which are not talked about enough, she wants to inspire others. Expressing feelings through her work helps the singer and songwriter to deal with personal experiences. - „I think sometimes it's just necessary. It's very therapeutic and it’s a way to let go. It's more than just words, it’s a feeling.“   In 2021 Yade teamed up with PUMA Benelux to be an Ambassador, kicking it off with being part of the ’She Moves Us’ movement. Through this PUMA wants to give female ambassadors (such as Dua Lipa and Cara Delevingne) a platform to speak out loud and inspire, empower and celebrate women worldwide. Talk shows, interviews and stories are building a bridge between the ambassadors and other women. Talking to Yade and working with her made it very clear, ’She Moves Us' fits her own vision very well. Through her music and way of expression she loves to inspire other women and embraces it with the campaign. In her own songs, she talks a lot about her own insecurities and obstacles that she had to overcome. When you ask her, she takes this very personal and serious, she wants to spread a message. “Women are magically powerful, but they don't always realize it themselves. Believe in yourself,“ she says.   Yade is wearing the recently released PUMA ’Suede Mayu’ sneaker in black and beige colorways. The platform’s over-the-top proportions, give the silhouette a chic and fresh look. The upper takes cues from one of PUMA’s most iconic styles with a re-designed bold platform but keeping it lightweight and comfy. The blown up proportions of the ’Suede Mayu’ push forward the original DNA of the shoe.     Get your PUMA sneakers here.   We had the pleasure to work with this talented woman and are excited to see what the future holds for Yade Lauren.     Photography: Aicha Abdoun  Styling: Magdalena Roe  MUAH: Sisley Angenois  Text: Magdalena Roe  Editor-in-chief: Timotej Letonja Location: Conservatorium Hotel

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 OMEGA Constellation campaign featuring Kaia Gerber
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OMEGA Constellation campaign featuring Kaia Gerber

Watches Since the early 50’s OMEGA’s Constellation has been a symbol of unrivalled precision and beauty in watchmaking.      Fast-forward 70 plus years and our iconic timepiece is still first choice for the world’s most discerning women, including award-winning actresses – and sought-after models.  Thei latest campaign for the Constellation features a star of the emerging generation, Kaia Gerber.      Shot in striking black and white, the new campaign captures the hard-working model and friend of OMEGA Kaia Gerber, reflecting on her personal style and wearing the most recent editions of OMEGA’s 5th generation makeover, first introduced in 1982.     Thanks to Kaia’s effortless sense of style, unique talent and grounded personality, our latest Constellation campaign has already taken the world’s most familiar timepiece into exciting new territory.      Since the early 50’s OMEGA’s Constellation has been a symbol of unrivalled precision and beauty in watchmaking.      Fast-forward 70 plus years and our iconic timepiece is still first choice for the world’s most discerning women, including award-winning actresses – and sought-after models.  Thei latest campaign for the Constellation features a star of the emerging generation, Kaia Gerber.      Shot in striking black and white, the new campaign captures the hard-working model and friend of OMEGA Kaia Gerber, reflecting on her personal style and wearing the most recent editions of OMEGA’s 5th generation makeover, first introduced in 1982.     Thanks to Kaia’s effortless sense of style, unique talent and grounded personality, our latest Constellation campaign has already taken the world’s most familiar timepiece into exciting new territory.     

Exclusive editorial featuring four talented Dutch designers
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Exclusive editorial featuring four talented Dutch designers

Fashion Exclusive editorial featuring four talented Dutch designers. For this project, we want to give them a stage to showcase their innovative designs, vision and collections.     TEAM CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHY: DION BAL CONCEPT & STYLING: MICHAEL GEERTZEN MAKE-UP:  BIANCA FABRIE VIDEOGRAPHY: YOUNG.YELL SOUND DESIGN, VOICE, MUSIC COMPOSITION AND INTERVIEW: joiah luminosa PHOTOGRAPHY ASSITENTENCE: TESSA BOSMA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: TIMI LETONJA DESIGNERS @MAXZARASTERCK @KEEZ_IE @DYLANWESTERWEEL @RACHELKLOK MODELS: ALEK, NIEK, NASH AND LAURA FROM @THEMOVEMENTMODELS LOCATION @P ARQSTUDIOS Exclusive editorial featuring four talented Dutch designers. For this project, we want to give them a stage to showcase their innovative designs, vision and collections.     TEAM CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHY: DION BAL CONCEPT & STYLING: MICHAEL GEERTZEN MAKE-UP:  BIANCA FABRIE VIDEOGRAPHY: YOUNG.YELL SOUND DESIGN, VOICE, MUSIC COMPOSITION AND INTERVIEW: joiah luminosa PHOTOGRAPHY ASSITENTENCE: TESSA BOSMA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: TIMI LETONJA DESIGNERS @MAXZARASTERCK @KEEZ_IE @DYLANWESTERWEEL @RACHELKLOK MODELS: ALEK, NIEK, NASH AND LAURA FROM @THEMOVEMENTMODELS LOCATION @P ARQSTUDIOS

In conversation with Edvin Ryding & Omar Rudberg
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In conversation with Edvin Ryding & Omar Rudberg

Film A conversation with Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg about day-to-day life, being Young Royals and having a farm on the countryside.       Who are Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg and what does your usual day look like?    Omar: I'm a nice and fun guy and also really calm and lazy.  At the same time, I'm really passionate and willing to do a lot when it comes to the things I love to do. It is important to me to focus on topics I care about, otherwise I lose attention. Friends are very important to me. I like to spend my free time with them.  On a regular day, I would chill at a friend’s house play video games like Nintendo.  I like to take it easy, that is why I haven’t been to a club in a really long time.    Edvin: Actually when I listen to Omar’s description of himself, I don't think we're too different. I also like to chill out, relax, and be with friends. Whenever I'm with friends or generally in a social situation I'm very extroverted and that's a relief because I like to surround myself with a lot of people.  Acting is what I love most and I'm so grateful that I’ve been having the opportunity to pursue this passion for 13 years now.  Acting helps me with being able to express everything through different personas.     What is your aspiration in life and where do you get your inspiration?    E: I’d say that I aspire to create as many different artworks as possible. My inspiration comes from day-to-day life. I am very inspired by my friends and my family and, of course, the people I look up to in my work-life. I try to find inspiration from as many sources as possible.   O: When I think about what my aspiration in life is, I just think about Beyonce and the answer she’s giving. She says that she aspires to be happy. I cannot think about anything else. I mean, it's just right. We wouldn't be able to do things if we weren’t, happy. I see my job as something fun instead of work. If you just see everything from a fun perspective, and you're happy and healthy and you feel good, then you'll be able to do your job forever.  My inspiration is my day-to-day life and the dreams that I've had since a young age. That's what keeps me going. I just see this goal in front of me, and I put all my energy into achieving it.    When and how did you have your debut as an actor?    E: I was five when I got my first part, which was actually a coincidence.  There's a very well-known and experienced casting director in Sweden, who's been working since the 90s.  At the time she was casting for a thriller series on Swedish television and simultaneously buying a bed online from friends of my family.  On her way there someone called telling her what kind of actors she’d have to cast. When she arrived, she had to explain why she was late and asked them if they happen to know a five-year-old with brown eyes. Our friends told her that they don’t know what my eye color was but that I am five, and the kind of the kid that puts on shows and dresses up whenever we have guests over for dinner. So I guess they saw some theatrical talent in me. They gave the casting director my mom's number. Shortly after that, I auditioned and then I got the part.     O: I started acting at the beginning of 2020. I have a friend who got a role back then for a series. Back then she called me, which was a week after we met for the first time. She told me that they were looking for a guy like me who can sing, is Spanish, and is around 21 years old. I decided to audition even though I’ve never done this before since I've had this dream since I was a kid. My main focus was music and singing but whenever I watched movies and series, I was amazed. I really wanted to be a part of that.  I ended up not getting the role. Sometime later I joined the casting w for "Young Royals" and then that's how it all started. It's my debut. So I'm new to the game.     Did you always want to become an actor? And if not, what was your initial dream job?   E: Omar you wanted to be a dancer, right? Sorry. Did you want to be a dancer?     O: I've always loved dancing but I knew that one day I’d be singing and dancing anyway so it was never just my dream to make songs and be on stages. I did have the dream to be an actor as well. If I had to name another career I wanted to pursue as a kid it would be the job of a Farmer. I wanted to have all the animals you can think of. A farm in the middle of nowhere watching the sunrise and starting your day bright and early to feed the animals would be great.  E: I never had a different dream than becoming an actor. It was more about finding different things that brought me joy to have a backup plan if I wouldn't have succeeded in actually becoming an actor. Honestly, that could’ve been anything from being an architect, a cook, or a police officer. Because I started at such a young age with acting I quickly realized that I had so much fun doing it, that I knew I was going to do it forever though.      Netflix’s Young Royals became very popular quickly after the release. How was it for you to play Wilhelm and Simon and in what way can you identify yourself with the characters and could you ever imagine being a young royal?    E: Omar and I talked about this before. There are certain things why we can relate to these characters. I can see myself in Wilhelms when it comes to his struggles with anxiety. I have done my research about the royal families but there's so much more behind it that we, as civilians, don't get to know. So we'll never know exactly what it's like. From what I've read and what I've seen, I know I don't think I would want to be a young royal. Do you agree, Omar?     O: I agree. It would be fun to try it out for a day or a week, but not forever. Edvin really tried to be a prince on set sometimes though.  I can relate a lot to Simon. Whenever he's at school, with friends, but also when he comes home to his Latin American mother and they speak Spanish. They have this same little connection. Life at school is not the easiest thing for him and that way I see myself in Simon. I cannot relate to his grades though.     What impact did the breakthrough of the show have on your personal life?    E: I take pictures with people on the street and there are so many new messages filled with love every day which is incredible and surreal sometimes. After sharing pictures of my dog on Twitter I started receiving gifts like stuffed animals and goodies for him.     O: I agree. Here in Sweden, it’s been even more intense lately. Now that it’s almost winter and it gets cold, indoor spaces get more crowded. So if you go on the subway it's a lot more people in the same spot. It’s so nice to see that there are so many fans of the show.  Until now it’s not too crazy, meaning that we manage to get around without trouble.      E: I actually had a police officer tell me last night that she had seen young royals and she thought you and me were great, Omar. That was quite an experience.      O: That's crazy. My friends and I were pulled over the other week when we were in the car by police officers. They just wanted to see our IDs.     You recently went on a trip to Berlin for the Cartier Clash [Un]limited exhibition. Was it your first time in Berlin? How was your experience in general?    E: The whole trip was incredible and we were so well taken care of.  It was super nice meeting new people and different artists from all around the world. It was also overwhelming at one point when Omar and I had a moment of realization at the exhibition. I asked him if he could’ve ever imagined after shooting a series in Sweden for three months to be able to have these kinds of opportunities. I mean Yeah I tried on a Cartier ring, which was super pretty, and then Timothée Chalamet wore the same ring at the premiere of his new movie “Dune”.   O: I loved Berlin. We didn't see so much of the city but that's fine. We'll go back.  My parents and I briefly drove through Berlin once when I was a kid so I feel like this was the first time I got to say “Hi” to the city. Even without seeing the city really, I found out that Berlin is rocky and a little rough, which I did not know.     Can you tell us about your future projects?    O: Oh yes! I’m releasing a new single at the end of November so that is something that I am really excited about.    E: We’re also starting to film season two of “Young Royals” in February and they're working day and night right now to prepare and make it all work. I think for both of us there are exciting times ahead.      Photo credits: photography by Kay Nambiar casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Max Katt grooming by Andreas Bernhardt interview by Jan Morrison   A conversation with Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg about day-to-day life, being Young Royals and having a farm on the countryside.       Who are Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg and what does your usual day look like?    Omar: I'm a nice and fun guy and also really calm and lazy.  At the same time, I'm really passionate and willing to do a lot when it comes to the things I love to do. It is important to me to focus on topics I care about, otherwise I lose attention. Friends are very important to me. I like to spend my free time with them.  On a regular day, I would chill at a friend’s house play video games like Nintendo.  I like to take it easy, that is why I haven’t been to a club in a really long time.    Edvin: Actually when I listen to Omar’s description of himself, I don't think we're too different. I also like to chill out, relax, and be with friends. Whenever I'm with friends or generally in a social situation I'm very extroverted and that's a relief because I like to surround myself with a lot of people.  Acting is what I love most and I'm so grateful that I’ve been having the opportunity to pursue this passion for 13 years now.  Acting helps me with being able to express everything through different personas.     What is your aspiration in life and where do you get your inspiration?    E: I’d say that I aspire to create as many different artworks as possible. My inspiration comes from day-to-day life. I am very inspired by my friends and my family and, of course, the people I look up to in my work-life. I try to find inspiration from as many sources as possible.   O: When I think about what my aspiration in life is, I just think about Beyonce and the answer she’s giving. She says that she aspires to be happy. I cannot think about anything else. I mean, it's just right. We wouldn't be able to do things if we weren’t, happy. I see my job as something fun instead of work. If you just see everything from a fun perspective, and you're happy and healthy and you feel good, then you'll be able to do your job forever.  My inspiration is my day-to-day life and the dreams that I've had since a young age. That's what keeps me going. I just see this goal in front of me, and I put all my energy into achieving it.    When and how did you have your debut as an actor?    E: I was five when I got my first part, which was actually a coincidence.  There's a very well-known and experienced casting director in Sweden, who's been working since the 90s.  At the time she was casting for a thriller series on Swedish television and simultaneously buying a bed online from friends of my family.  On her way there someone called telling her what kind of actors she’d have to cast. When she arrived, she had to explain why she was late and asked them if they happen to know a five-year-old with brown eyes. Our friends told her that they don’t know what my eye color was but that I am five, and the kind of the kid that puts on shows and dresses up whenever we have guests over for dinner. So I guess they saw some theatrical talent in me. They gave the casting director my mom's number. Shortly after that, I auditioned and then I got the part.     O: I started acting at the beginning of 2020. I have a friend who got a role back then for a series. Back then she called me, which was a week after we met for the first time. She told me that they were looking for a guy like me who can sing, is Spanish, and is around 21 years old. I decided to audition even though I’ve never done this before since I've had this dream since I was a kid. My main focus was music and singing but whenever I watched movies and series, I was amazed. I really wanted to be a part of that.  I ended up not getting the role. Sometime later I joined the casting w for "Young Royals" and then that's how it all started. It's my debut. So I'm new to the game.     Did you always want to become an actor? And if not, what was your initial dream job?   E: Omar you wanted to be a dancer, right? Sorry. Did you want to be a dancer?     O: I've always loved dancing but I knew that one day I’d be singing and dancing anyway so it was never just my dream to make songs and be on stages. I did have the dream to be an actor as well. If I had to name another career I wanted to pursue as a kid it would be the job of a Farmer. I wanted to have all the animals you can think of. A farm in the middle of nowhere watching the sunrise and starting your day bright and early to feed the animals would be great.  E: I never had a different dream than becoming an actor. It was more about finding different things that brought me joy to have a backup plan if I wouldn't have succeeded in actually becoming an actor. Honestly, that could’ve been anything from being an architect, a cook, or a police officer. Because I started at such a young age with acting I quickly realized that I had so much fun doing it, that I knew I was going to do it forever though.      Netflix’s Young Royals became very popular quickly after the release. How was it for you to play Wilhelm and Simon and in what way can you identify yourself with the characters and could you ever imagine being a young royal?    E: Omar and I talked about this before. There are certain things why we can relate to these characters. I can see myself in Wilhelms when it comes to his struggles with anxiety. I have done my research about the royal families but there's so much more behind it that we, as civilians, don't get to know. So we'll never know exactly what it's like. From what I've read and what I've seen, I know I don't think I would want to be a young royal. Do you agree, Omar?     O: I agree. It would be fun to try it out for a day or a week, but not forever. Edvin really tried to be a prince on set sometimes though.  I can relate a lot to Simon. Whenever he's at school, with friends, but also when he comes home to his Latin American mother and they speak Spanish. They have this same little connection. Life at school is not the easiest thing for him and that way I see myself in Simon. I cannot relate to his grades though.     What impact did the breakthrough of the show have on your personal life?    E: I take pictures with people on the street and there are so many new messages filled with love every day which is incredible and surreal sometimes. After sharing pictures of my dog on Twitter I started receiving gifts like stuffed animals and goodies for him.     O: I agree. Here in Sweden, it’s been even more intense lately. Now that it’s almost winter and it gets cold, indoor spaces get more crowded. So if you go on the subway it's a lot more people in the same spot. It’s so nice to see that there are so many fans of the show.  Until now it’s not too crazy, meaning that we manage to get around without trouble.      E: I actually had a police officer tell me last night that she had seen young royals and she thought you and me were great, Omar. That was quite an experience.      O: That's crazy. My friends and I were pulled over the other week when we were in the car by police officers. They just wanted to see our IDs.     You recently went on a trip to Berlin for the Cartier Clash [Un]limited exhibition. Was it your first time in Berlin? How was your experience in general?    E: The whole trip was incredible and we were so well taken care of.  It was super nice meeting new people and different artists from all around the world. It was also overwhelming at one point when Omar and I had a moment of realization at the exhibition. I asked him if he could’ve ever imagined after shooting a series in Sweden for three months to be able to have these kinds of opportunities. I mean Yeah I tried on a Cartier ring, which was super pretty, and then Timothée Chalamet wore the same ring at the premiere of his new movie “Dune”.   O: I loved Berlin. We didn't see so much of the city but that's fine. We'll go back.  My parents and I briefly drove through Berlin once when I was a kid so I feel like this was the first time I got to say “Hi” to the city. Even without seeing the city really, I found out that Berlin is rocky and a little rough, which I did not know.     Can you tell us about your future projects?    O: Oh yes! I’m releasing a new single at the end of November so that is something that I am really excited about.    E: We’re also starting to film season two of “Young Royals” in February and they're working day and night right now to prepare and make it all work. I think for both of us there are exciting times ahead.      Photo credits: photography by Kay Nambiar casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Max Katt grooming by Andreas Bernhardt interview by Jan Morrison  

In conversation with Andrew Matarazzo
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In conversation with Andrew Matarazzo

Music We had a great pleasure speaking artist Andrew Matarazzo.       ‘Don't Say Love,” is your fourth music single and it sounds a lot different than your previous tracks. What was the inspiration behind the sound and lyrics?   A: I’ve been calling DSL the ‘anti-love song’ because, for me, it expresses that point in your life where you’ve been jaded by repeated failed love, and you’re sort of numb to the emotional aspect of it. Connection becomes all physical and just for fun. I wanted the lyrics to have no emotions, which is opposite of my last few songs.     I noticed you refer to your music videos as ‘music pictures.” What’s different about your music videos?   A: As much as I love music, I’m an actor first and foremost, and I think music videos were the first medium where I was able to allow both those sides of myself to fuse together. I really try to create mini movies that go hand-in-hand with the track, almost like a soundtrack to whatever film I'm emulating. Also, these music videos have been an incredible way for me to flex all of my artist muscles. I produce, direct, act, sing and creative direct all of them. I really approach it much more like a short film than a traditional music video.     As an actor, how has the industry changed for you post pandemic?   A: I’ve been feeling the aftershock a lot more recently. So much has changed. The inner workings and the playing field has shifted a lot. The audition process has become a lot less intimate because we’re sending tapes in now rather than meeting people face-to-face. There’s been some interesting shifts, but it feels a lot more like performing for an empty room. There’s a sense of feeling unseen and unheard sometimes.     You’ve been to the Netherlands before. What was your favorite part about visiting?   A: The fans there are so loving and friendly! I’ve done a few conventions there and I remember the energy being unique to some of the other’s I had attended. I’m also a huge fan of museums and architecture and there's no shortage of incredible places there. Beautiful cities all around.     Heartbreak seems to be a recurring theme in your music. Are they all about the same person?   A: Unfortunately for me, no. I’ve known two great loves in my life. Music is a really powerful way of closing chapters and putting feelings to rest. As much as it’s a great place to pull inspiration from, I hope I never have to go through those parts again.     What are some TV shows that have inspired you as an actor?   A: Wow, that list is endless. I rewatched a lot of series during the lockdown, and found some new ones. Madmen, The Sopranos, Succession, Euphoria, Game of a Thrones, Sharp Objects...So many!     Is there a motto you live by?   A: Something I’ve really been cautiously trying to do is return the energy I receive. I noticed there was a lot of unbalanced relationships in my life where, either, I was giving too much energy to people who gave me none, as well as failing to give back energy to people who were giving me so much of theirs. It’s something I’m practicing and it's really interesting who falls in and out of your life when you match them where they’re at.     Congratulations on the music video. The visuals are striking. What was the inspiration for the imagery?   A: I based the video off Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. I wanted it to feel almost like a third installment to the series. More in the future than the last film. It was such a massive challenge to do a sci-fi, futuristic video like this on a smaller scale, but it was an amazing pay off to see all the details come together. I’m very proud of what we did. Andrews' song and music video for ‘Don't Say Love’ is out now on all streaming platforms.     Talent - Andrew Matarazzo   Photographer - Alex Evans  Stylist - Benjamin Holtrop  Groomer - Lisa-Marie Powell  We had a great pleasure speaking artist Andrew Matarazzo.       ‘Don't Say Love,” is your fourth music single and it sounds a lot different than your previous tracks. What was the inspiration behind the sound and lyrics?   A: I’ve been calling DSL the ‘anti-love song’ because, for me, it expresses that point in your life where you’ve been jaded by repeated failed love, and you’re sort of numb to the emotional aspect of it. Connection becomes all physical and just for fun. I wanted the lyrics to have no emotions, which is opposite of my last few songs.     I noticed you refer to your music videos as ‘music pictures.” What’s different about your music videos?   A: As much as I love music, I’m an actor first and foremost, and I think music videos were the first medium where I was able to allow both those sides of myself to fuse together. I really try to create mini movies that go hand-in-hand with the track, almost like a soundtrack to whatever film I'm emulating. Also, these music videos have been an incredible way for me to flex all of my artist muscles. I produce, direct, act, sing and creative direct all of them. I really approach it much more like a short film than a traditional music video.     As an actor, how has the industry changed for you post pandemic?   A: I’ve been feeling the aftershock a lot more recently. So much has changed. The inner workings and the playing field has shifted a lot. The audition process has become a lot less intimate because we’re sending tapes in now rather than meeting people face-to-face. There’s been some interesting shifts, but it feels a lot more like performing for an empty room. There’s a sense of feeling unseen and unheard sometimes.     You’ve been to the Netherlands before. What was your favorite part about visiting?   A: The fans there are so loving and friendly! I’ve done a few conventions there and I remember the energy being unique to some of the other’s I had attended. I’m also a huge fan of museums and architecture and there's no shortage of incredible places there. Beautiful cities all around.     Heartbreak seems to be a recurring theme in your music. Are they all about the same person?   A: Unfortunately for me, no. I’ve known two great loves in my life. Music is a really powerful way of closing chapters and putting feelings to rest. As much as it’s a great place to pull inspiration from, I hope I never have to go through those parts again.     What are some TV shows that have inspired you as an actor?   A: Wow, that list is endless. I rewatched a lot of series during the lockdown, and found some new ones. Madmen, The Sopranos, Succession, Euphoria, Game of a Thrones, Sharp Objects...So many!     Is there a motto you live by?   A: Something I’ve really been cautiously trying to do is return the energy I receive. I noticed there was a lot of unbalanced relationships in my life where, either, I was giving too much energy to people who gave me none, as well as failing to give back energy to people who were giving me so much of theirs. It’s something I’m practicing and it's really interesting who falls in and out of your life when you match them where they’re at.     Congratulations on the music video. The visuals are striking. What was the inspiration for the imagery?   A: I based the video off Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. I wanted it to feel almost like a third installment to the series. More in the future than the last film. It was such a massive challenge to do a sci-fi, futuristic video like this on a smaller scale, but it was an amazing pay off to see all the details come together. I’m very proud of what we did. Andrews' song and music video for ‘Don't Say Love’ is out now on all streaming platforms.     Talent - Andrew Matarazzo   Photographer - Alex Evans  Stylist - Benjamin Holtrop  Groomer - Lisa-Marie Powell 

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TWOJEYS X MANU RÍOS COLLECTION IS HERE
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THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TWOJEYS X MANU RÍOS COLLECTION IS HERE

Jewelry “THE MOST ANTICIPATED COLLECTION OF THE YEAR WITH THE TALENTED MANU RÍOS”.     A era the success of TWOJEYS’ rst collaboration together with the talented Manu Rios in 2020 under the name ‘Trust No One’, TJ returns to create a collection together with the actor with a common theme; the duality of love and heartbreak. Each of the pieces has its own symbolism but always following that line. An ode to the eternal, the abstract and the beauty of the ephemeral. Intangible concepts when we talk about love and lovelessness.     LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT takes strength through the color red, a color that has both posi- tive and negative connotations and that undoub- tedly re ects the strength, passion, and also the destruction of it, symbolizing the ephemeral. is collection speaks of constant change, of the states of love, and of the beauty of living them with in- tensity.     TWOJEYS x MANU RÍOS presents the collec- tion formed by a total of 15 pieces; 7 necklaces, 4 rings, 3 earrings and a bracelet. In addition to 4 accessories in the form of two belts, keychain and matches, and a candle.     TWOJEYS is a unisex jewelry brand created in 2019 by Joan Margarit and Biel Juste. Inspired by the Californian style during a trip along Route 66 from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, they decided to embark on a new adventure and create the TWO- JEYS universe. A brand of unique and timeless jewelry for him and her, designed and handmade in Spain with sustainable, local logistics and biodegradable packa-ging. Both founders, creatives, entrepreneurs and be- longing to generation Z have always been clear that “If you do not nd what you are looking for, create it yourself”. With this motto as a ag, TJ aims to inspire and create a unique style, provi- ding a value that goes beyond a jewelry product. Twojeys is a family, united by a lifestyle that en- hances the versatile and unisex side of the brand.      MANU RÍOS is a singer and actor with more than 9M followers on Instagram and 1.5M on Youtube. He works with brands such as Dior, Louis Vuit- ton, Prada, Jacquemus, Ferragamo, AMI, Valen- tino... and so forth. Manu has starred at Les Miserables theatre play as Gavroche and he is now one of the new cast members of Net ix’s show ‘’Élite’. He has also appeared in magazines such as GQ, Numéro, Vogue, Esquire... to name a few. “THE MOST ANTICIPATED COLLECTION OF THE YEAR WITH THE TALENTED MANU RÍOS”.     A era the success of TWOJEYS’ rst collaboration together with the talented Manu Rios in 2020 under the name ‘Trust No One’, TJ returns to create a collection together with the actor with a common theme; the duality of love and heartbreak. Each of the pieces has its own symbolism but always following that line. An ode to the eternal, the abstract and the beauty of the ephemeral. Intangible concepts when we talk about love and lovelessness.     LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT takes strength through the color red, a color that has both posi- tive and negative connotations and that undoub- tedly re ects the strength, passion, and also the destruction of it, symbolizing the ephemeral. is collection speaks of constant change, of the states of love, and of the beauty of living them with in- tensity.     TWOJEYS x MANU RÍOS presents the collec- tion formed by a total of 15 pieces; 7 necklaces, 4 rings, 3 earrings and a bracelet. In addition to 4 accessories in the form of two belts, keychain and matches, and a candle.     TWOJEYS is a unisex jewelry brand created in 2019 by Joan Margarit and Biel Juste. Inspired by the Californian style during a trip along Route 66 from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, they decided to embark on a new adventure and create the TWO- JEYS universe. A brand of unique and timeless jewelry for him and her, designed and handmade in Spain with sustainable, local logistics and biodegradable packa-ging. Both founders, creatives, entrepreneurs and be- longing to generation Z have always been clear that “If you do not nd what you are looking for, create it yourself”. With this motto as a ag, TJ aims to inspire and create a unique style, provi- ding a value that goes beyond a jewelry product. Twojeys is a family, united by a lifestyle that en- hances the versatile and unisex side of the brand.      MANU RÍOS is a singer and actor with more than 9M followers on Instagram and 1.5M on Youtube. He works with brands such as Dior, Louis Vuit- ton, Prada, Jacquemus, Ferragamo, AMI, Valen- tino... and so forth. Manu has starred at Les Miserables theatre play as Gavroche and he is now one of the new cast members of Net ix’s show ‘’Élite’. He has also appeared in magazines such as GQ, Numéro, Vogue, Esquire... to name a few.

In conversation with Maximilian Mundt
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In conversation with Maximilian Mundt

Film We had a pleasure speaking with German actor Maximilian Mundt.       Who is Maximilian Mundt? Where do you come from, what is your source of inspiration and what are your plans for the future?   I was born and raised in Hamburg. Now I'm 25 and I still live here with my two roommates. I do photography, direct short films, and I also work at the theater with a young adult performance group as the director's assistant.   I'm also an actor who starred in “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)“ on Netflix.   Photography was one of the main reasons for me to become an actor. I just like to put myself into different characters and situations. I bought a lot of costumes, did some weird makeup, and built some dresses and set props.   My inspiration mainly comes from fairy tales like the ones of the German storytellers “The Gebrüder Grimm“. I love them and they are a big inspiration to me. Right now I'm looking for a filming project, which portraits some kind of fairy tale. A sci-fi story would be very cool.     If you had to choose one character trait that describes you best, which one would it be?   It would be Creative, probably. A lot of my friends are studying in the field of art, or they have creative jobs. They often come up to me asking for ideas for certain projects. We then exchange them like: “Okay, I just wrote this little short fun script. What about you? Do you want to join?“ or “I just had this idea for a photo. Would you climb onto that tree and hang upside down? We can slap some paint in your face.“   Did you always want to become an actor and if not what was your initial plan?   I think I've always been an actor, even when I wasn't working as one. I used to entertain my family and friends by making up little scenes or dialogues. I also really wanted to be a biologist, and go into the jungle to find new animals or plants. When I was 14, or 15, I suddenly started to become very anxious about poisonous animals. So I would have had to be a biologist somewhere in Germany in the forest. That sounded pretty boring which is why I let go of that dream.     How did “How To Sell Drugs Online (fast)” change your life, and how do you handle life in the public eye?   I don't have that much privacy in public anymore. I would've never thought that people would suddenly recognize me on the street, wherever I go. They even know who I am when I'm wearing a mask and that is so weird. Some people are also very nice.   When I was in school, I was never the person others would recognize. They wouldn’t come up to me saying “Oh hey Max, how are you doing?“. I was the kind of guy that was not very visible in school. So, this new situation is sometimes odd to me.   It's nice to get that recognition now, but also it is a bit too much when strangers recognize me wanting to talk. In the meantime, it also makes me happy, to see that people love what we did and I am also very proud of “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)“.   I like to be very transparent because with my reach on social media, I can speak about certain topics and I aspire to be transparent about my opinion and simultaneously ask my community what their perception is. I also like to be private, especially in public. I've never been a person that was very outgoing or keen on going to bars and clubs. So, I also spend a lot of time at home.     There is a documentary about a real-life scenario that is very similar to the situation in your show. How much were you inspired by the actual events when curating the script, how can you relate to Moritz, the character that you are playing, and how risky is it really to sell drugs online (fast)? ;)   If you watch the documentary, you'll have no doubt about the fact that the show is very roughly based on the real story. The only thing we were inspired by was the bedroom. Everything else is made up. Even my character is completely different from the real shiny and flakey guy. Maybe you'll be disappointed or even happy that we didn't go for the real story because it is basically about someone sitting in their bedroom and selling drugs for a year, which means that there is not much happening.   Don't sell drugs at all, not on the internet nor in real life. Selling drugs online is very risky because even in the documentary one can see that someday they will end up in prison because there is not much security and always the danger of people finding them. Just don't do it.   The show-runners once said that we’re not responsible for telling the audience what to do or what to refrain from. We're there to tell a story, no matter if it is a “good“ or a “bad“ one. In many shows, the antagonist is the audience’s favorite so they can judge themselves what is good and what isn't.   Just like Moritz - the character that I am playing - I have a very strong will to reach my goals but I would never betray my friends as he does.     In line with the “#ActOut” initiative by Süddeutsche Zeitung, you recently came out as queer. What did that mean to you and how did it make you feel?   I wanted to take this step to be more transparent and to show that people my age, or even younger people who are successful on Netflix and who have a big audience as actors, can be queer, and are not all heterosexual. I wanted to make that visible by saying   “Hey, we're here, you're not alone. Even people in public and actors are queer. So it's okay to be gay.“     If you could talk to your 16-year-old self what would you say?   I'd say that everything is alright, just the way it is and that you don't have to worry that something is not okay with you or that your goals are not right. Because in the end, everything will pay off if you just stay true to yourself.     What does freedom mean to you?   Freedom to me means to love yourself and to be able to accept yourself 100 percent. We had a pleasure speaking with German actor Maximilian Mundt.       Who is Maximilian Mundt? Where do you come from, what is your source of inspiration and what are your plans for the future?   I was born and raised in Hamburg. Now I'm 25 and I still live here with my two roommates. I do photography, direct short films, and I also work at the theater with a young adult performance group as the director's assistant.   I'm also an actor who starred in “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)“ on Netflix.   Photography was one of the main reasons for me to become an actor. I just like to put myself into different characters and situations. I bought a lot of costumes, did some weird makeup, and built some dresses and set props.   My inspiration mainly comes from fairy tales like the ones of the German storytellers “The Gebrüder Grimm“. I love them and they are a big inspiration to me. Right now I'm looking for a filming project, which portraits some kind of fairy tale. A sci-fi story would be very cool.     If you had to choose one character trait that describes you best, which one would it be?   It would be Creative, probably. A lot of my friends are studying in the field of art, or they have creative jobs. They often come up to me asking for ideas for certain projects. We then exchange them like: “Okay, I just wrote this little short fun script. What about you? Do you want to join?“ or “I just had this idea for a photo. Would you climb onto that tree and hang upside down? We can slap some paint in your face.“   Did you always want to become an actor and if not what was your initial plan?   I think I've always been an actor, even when I wasn't working as one. I used to entertain my family and friends by making up little scenes or dialogues. I also really wanted to be a biologist, and go into the jungle to find new animals or plants. When I was 14, or 15, I suddenly started to become very anxious about poisonous animals. So I would have had to be a biologist somewhere in Germany in the forest. That sounded pretty boring which is why I let go of that dream.     How did “How To Sell Drugs Online (fast)” change your life, and how do you handle life in the public eye?   I don't have that much privacy in public anymore. I would've never thought that people would suddenly recognize me on the street, wherever I go. They even know who I am when I'm wearing a mask and that is so weird. Some people are also very nice.   When I was in school, I was never the person others would recognize. They wouldn’t come up to me saying “Oh hey Max, how are you doing?“. I was the kind of guy that was not very visible in school. So, this new situation is sometimes odd to me.   It's nice to get that recognition now, but also it is a bit too much when strangers recognize me wanting to talk. In the meantime, it also makes me happy, to see that people love what we did and I am also very proud of “How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)“.   I like to be very transparent because with my reach on social media, I can speak about certain topics and I aspire to be transparent about my opinion and simultaneously ask my community what their perception is. I also like to be private, especially in public. I've never been a person that was very outgoing or keen on going to bars and clubs. So, I also spend a lot of time at home.     There is a documentary about a real-life scenario that is very similar to the situation in your show. How much were you inspired by the actual events when curating the script, how can you relate to Moritz, the character that you are playing, and how risky is it really to sell drugs online (fast)? ;)   If you watch the documentary, you'll have no doubt about the fact that the show is very roughly based on the real story. The only thing we were inspired by was the bedroom. Everything else is made up. Even my character is completely different from the real shiny and flakey guy. Maybe you'll be disappointed or even happy that we didn't go for the real story because it is basically about someone sitting in their bedroom and selling drugs for a year, which means that there is not much happening.   Don't sell drugs at all, not on the internet nor in real life. Selling drugs online is very risky because even in the documentary one can see that someday they will end up in prison because there is not much security and always the danger of people finding them. Just don't do it.   The show-runners once said that we’re not responsible for telling the audience what to do or what to refrain from. We're there to tell a story, no matter if it is a “good“ or a “bad“ one. In many shows, the antagonist is the audience’s favorite so they can judge themselves what is good and what isn't.   Just like Moritz - the character that I am playing - I have a very strong will to reach my goals but I would never betray my friends as he does.     In line with the “#ActOut” initiative by Süddeutsche Zeitung, you recently came out as queer. What did that mean to you and how did it make you feel?   I wanted to take this step to be more transparent and to show that people my age, or even younger people who are successful on Netflix and who have a big audience as actors, can be queer, and are not all heterosexual. I wanted to make that visible by saying   “Hey, we're here, you're not alone. Even people in public and actors are queer. So it's okay to be gay.“     If you could talk to your 16-year-old self what would you say?   I'd say that everything is alright, just the way it is and that you don't have to worry that something is not okay with you or that your goals are not right. Because in the end, everything will pay off if you just stay true to yourself.     What does freedom mean to you?   Freedom to me means to love yourself and to be able to accept yourself 100 percent.

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