Hillary Sproul

Name: Hillary Sproul
Where she was born: I grew up in a very rural town in Northern Maine.
Where she lives now: I live in Brooklyn and it’s okay.
What she does: Writing, film.

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On her mind today:
Colors and filters and lights.

A record that changed the way she hears music:
I remember very specifically the first time I heard “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground when I was a little girl. I was obsessed with the sound and didn’t know what it was. Actually it was during that scene in Oliver Stone’s hilarious film The Doors when Jim Morrison gets to hang out with Andy Warhol and Val Kilmer does his amazing stoned Lizard King bit. I was just a child and always remembered that wonderful song in the background but didn’t figure out what it was until I was 12 and happened upon an Edie Sedgwick biography in a used bookstore in Northern Maine. I became curious about what The Velvet Underground was because I liked the sound of the name.

That Edie Sedgwick book, also- I had no idea what it was; I just liked it because the cover was all pastel and the girl inside looked so pretty.

What she’s been watching and reading:
I’ve become re-obsessed with Bertolucci’s The Conformist. I’ve never seen better. I’m in love with Jean-Louis Trintignant and his beautiful poker-face sensitivity. Alberto Moravia wrote the novel the film is based on and he also wrote the novel Godard’s film Contempt is based on. That’s actually my favorite Godard film, so clearly there’s something there with Moravia and I should be reading it.

I’ve also been wanting to read Italo Calvino’s Difficult Loves and am simultaneously having and on-and-off relationship with Henry Miller’s Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. It’s not because I don’t love him, it’s just that life is keeping us apart.

Where she goes to be alone:
My bedroom is illuminated by pink christmas lights and its a glorious place to retreat.

What she is currently working on:
A film with my friend, co-writer, former acting school classmate and all-around genius (amazing actress and musician) Remy Maelen.

What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of:
Too much talk, too little action! Really! Everyone, go do something!!!

With whom would you like most to go on a “tête à tête”:
I really love Jean Louis Trintignant. Look at his lips!

But actually, my whole life I’ve had this affection for F Scott Fitzgerald. I keep a little picture of him as a little boy wearing a hand-drawn crown because I read once that when he was a child, he had wanted to be king. In all of his letters and all of his writings, he emanated this striving and deep-seating longing; this ultimate loneliness. His dreams break my heart. I want him to be an eternal king. I’d like to tell him how much I appreciate his ever having graced this earth.

Her most striking moment:
When my little brother sacrificed himself for me during the Ice Storm of ’98. (It’s a long story.)

Whom she considers a style icon:
I kinda like boys who wear suits casually. I think of Nick Cave and Marcello in La Dolce Vita, Thin White Duke Bowie, that kind of thing. But that doesn’t really pertain to me. I believe in the power of a uniform; easy, travel-friendly clothes. Everything needs to be able to come and go and lay on the floor and be picked up and thrown on at leisure. This leads me to wearing exclusively black. I also like little black dresses and therefore I like CK1-style 90s minimalism.

I forgot to choose an icon: the original costume designer for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV series. Everyone looked great. I want to be Buffy Summers.

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Hillary and Rob Lowe, as photographed by Alejandra Sabillon

What cracks her up:
Seriousness. Almost every single thing my little brother says. I can’t think of him when I’m alone in public because I become the girl laughing alone in public.

Who represents your artistic “family”:
I don’t know but my family is very artistic.

With whom she would like to grow old:
My little brother.

With whom she would like to run a country:
I have no idea but I wish the world would please be safe. I very deeply wish for peace.

What represents her spirit animal:
I’ve always been a fox. Specifically a red fox. Though occasionally I do drift into fawn territory but whatever.

What is her WILD Wish:
Rob Lowe, call me. (Would be hilarious.)










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