WHO: Julia Schlaepfer
WHAT: Ryan Murphy’s Netflix debut, The Politician (part of the creator’s $300 million deal with the streaming giant), is not only a feast for the eyes—seriously, the fashion and set design are as glamorous as they come—its timely and tongue-in-cheek take on politics is chock-full of fantastic performances. You’ll want to watch out for Julia Schlaepfer, who shines as Alice, Payton Hobart’s (Ben Platt) impeccably dressed, tenacious girlfriend who will stop at nothing to ensure her other half is elected class president. It’s the actress’s first recurring role, and we’ve seen more than enough to know this is simply the beginning of a promising career ahead.
Working on a Ryan Murphy production is… An absolute dream come true. Glee was a religion in my household growing up. Every week, for that one hour, my entire family would put everything on hold to watch it together. My best friend and I even dressed up as Quinn and Rachel for Halloween one year! I have been captivated by the magic of Ryan’s shows for as long as I can remember. So I think I will be pinching myself for the rest of my life that I get to wake up every day and do this for a living!
The inspiration for my character Alice on The Politician is… A young, brilliant Hillary Clinton with a dash of Margot Tenenbaum.
I would describe the fashion on the show as… Sophisticated, vibrant, expensive, and, of course GORGEOUS.
If I could take home one of Alice’s perfectly preppy looks it would be… Her ivory Gucci loafers! I wore them in almost every scene; they are Alice’s signature.
The actor(s) I would most like to work with next are… Bette Midler and Judith Light. They are joining us for season two and are both total legends. I have heard that they are absolutely wonderful to work with, so to get the opportunity to learn from them would be incredible! Crossing fingers for scenes with them!
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… There is a specific outfit I wear in the season finale, which is one of my favorite garments I have ever had on my body. For spoiler purposes, I cannot specify, but I have a feeling ya’ll will KNOW. Also, I would say any of the outfits I wore in the Manson film I did, Charlie Says, because we were all encouraged to roll around in the dirt in those costumes. Frankly, what could be more fun?
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… Loose boyfriend jeans with some simple gold jewelry and a turtleneck. I love turtlenecks! Or my favorite oversize T-shirt from Royal Workshop that is bedazzled and has Elvis’s face on it. I love it.
The people and/or fashion accounts I love to follow on Instagram are… Diane Keaton. Have you seen her Instagram? The captions alone are a true gift to humankind. And her OUTFITS! She is a monochromatic icon. I also recently became obsessed with following Doniella Davy, the head makeup artist on the show, Euphoria. WOW, she is an artist. If anyone knows me, they know I love a good rhinestone, and she puts those suckers to use like nobody’s business. It’s inspiring to see how she works. And then, of course, my favorite people in the world to follow are my closest friends. My friends are so beautiful and stylish and brilliant and nothing makes me happier than to see their gorg faces on Insta.
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…