Dylan Sprouse is a man with many talents. You may know him as Zack from "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody", but this Sprouse twin has come a long way from his time as a wildly famous Disney channel star. Dylan's latest film, Banana Split, was just released today, starring alongside actor and writer Hannah Marks (April) in the role of Nick. The film traces the intricate friendship of two high school girls trying to navigate the chaos of a love triangle that they got involved in – you guessed it – Dylan's heartbreaker of a character.
I was lucky enough to get the opportunity this week to talk to Dylan on the phone about the film, his oblivion in the fashion world, the biggest style differences between him and his twin brother Cole, and much more. Dylan is known for taking on a variety of projects, from music videos to modeling. Today we have to break down all of his facets and hear firsthand what he thinks about each project.
I just saw Banana Split last night and loved it. How did you get the project because I know you shot it a while ago, right?
Yes, it was a while ago. It was almost three years ago and I got involved when the script was in circulation in the agency and caused a bit of a stir. Somehow it ended up on my desk and when I read it it really shattered my expectations of what I had in mind for this "Rom-Com". It was super fast, fun, and a comedic leak, so I was intrigued by it. I was interested in playing Nick and we all got along and next I knew I was in Syracuse with them to film. It was a really nice old way of doing business to make a film.
What was it like to be back in high school for this film? Was this character the way you were in high school or not at all?
Well, I had a very unique experience in high school that it was pretty much just my brother and I in one room together. But I have a lot of experience with public schools and I have a lot of experience with dorms and college life and all that.
I think the most important thing about this character (Nick) is that I had a lot of experience as an 18 year old man and I think this is very important for Nick as he tries to find his place and deal with April's heartache at the same time and try to understand and identify what he needs and wants.
Acting clearly is not your only passion for what I know about you. You are meadery, you grew up as an actor and you still are, you model, you were even in music videos. So I'm curious to see what initially attracts you to a project.
It sounds a bit clichéd, but I tend to just go where the fun is, and I really dissect it from one level only, whether it would be a fun time working with these people or not. I base many of these things on the first conversation. But at least in terms of films, it depends primarily on the character – if it's something different from what I've done before, or if it looks like it is interesting alongside other works that I do. Then it really comes down to a good script. If I like the script or like the idea of the project I'm working on, I'll do it.
So are you aware that you have become a fashion icon these days?
No I'm not.
How would you say your style has evolved over the years as you become more involved in the industry?
In any case, I felt more comfortable in my skin and leaned on a lot of things that I like at first glance. I realized that I usually go to the locker room for things I wear and even brands I wear, and when I come out, people's styling will be, "Oh really?" And I will say, "Yes." And they're going to say, "Okay, I've never seen anyone do that."
I try to get my own personality to do it. I think what's interesting – really at the heart of what's interesting for style and fashion – is seeing what people can do with it and how they can get themselves into it. I think I've really felt comfortable with it in recent years.
Our readers really love you. I don't know if you remember, but when Barbara Palvin (Dylan's girlfriend) walked the Victoria & # 39; s Secret fashion show, we actually posted a video of your reaction to her on the catwalk and it went viral. Well, I'm actually the literal person who recorded this video.
Oh yes – definitely not! It's nice to meet the person behind the video of the VS show. It was fantastic. I'm glad you took it. It was a sweet moment. I like to look back because I saw this for the first time and was really proud. I'm glad to have met you.
Our readers are not only your fan, but also fans of you and your brother. What would you say are some of the biggest differences between you and Cole's style?
Cole's style is everything I wear six months later, which is probably the biggest difference in style. He'll kill me for saying that. I think Cole and I have a similar style and our father is responsible for it and for our upbringing in Ojai, California. We tend to wear things that are a bit western, and we try to take that into account, so a lot of work clothes are mixed in. alternative stuff.
Cole is definitely better at using fabrics than me when we focus on the essentials. He also has a real eye for economy, which I don't necessarily have. If I'm frugal, I'll choose something that has a nostalgia for me, where Cole finds something that's actually good. But the main differences are probably even colors. As you can see, we only have very different color palettes and that seems to be a trend. I like things that look almost a bit medieval or gothic, or a little more rock & # 39; roll, where Cole is a little more like a cozy boy and a little more workwear.
Do you have a favorite outfit that you either wore on the red carpet or to a show? One you really noticed?
We were recently attracted to a Vanity Fair party by Versace, both Barbara and I. And that was just a dream come true. These looks were adapted to us, one of a kind, and then we were not only allowed to meet, but also to have a nice chat with Donatella, and that was really something special. It was also special because in my opinion Versace was formally a little out of my comfort zone just because they used colors, colors and materials. And when I wore it, I felt like a damn king. It made me get it. I thought I understand why and how clever they are. Barbara only looked like a goddess. She looked like Venus or something, oh my god. It's just how ethereal and special these pieces are, I was in love.
Finally, I would like to ask you about All-Wise, your meadery, and whether our readers can do anything during this time to support you? What is the current state of affairs in the face of developments in the world?
That's a good question. It is an interesting time. We were just about to expand our bar when all of this arrived. So we had heard that the virus was coming, both me and my business partner Matt Kwan, and decided to brew a few batches before we reached New York so we could put them in the fermenters and just let them go out. And I'm glad we did that because now we're still brewing and still working, but nobody's going to the brewery.
It was particularly sad and difficult to see how the bar operations stopped. Not because I want to see it finished, but because I see the impact it will have on our clients and our general contractor. It's a tough time. And I think this is actually a major economic disaster.
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