Shiloh Fernandez, star of the upcoming film Red Riding Hood, a modern-day re-telling of the classic children's fairy tale, is Nylon Guys' big, bad cover boy for its March issue. Inside, the 27-year-old actor talks about watching himself onscreen, how he lost the part of Edward Cullen in Twilight, and why he hates American Apparel. (Photo: Marvin Scott Jarrett)
On watching himself in trailer for Red Riding Hood: "The first time I saw it, I was like, 'What the fuck?! Thank God Gary Oldman is in this movie!' It's like, 'Oh my God, there's me trying to be romantic, which is disgusting!' And then you see Gary Oldman's face and you're like, 'Yes! He saved us! It was surprising because the other boy in the film is Max Irons, who is tall and British, the Robert Pattinson type. My thought going into the film was that I would be the little American scrapper."
Above left: Jacket by McQ by Alexander McQueen / T-shirt by ksubi / Pants by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair / Shoes by Creative Recreation. Above right: Jacket by Lanvin / T-shirt by Calvin Klein Underwear / Pants by Gap
On screen testing with Kristen Stewart for the part of Edward Cullen in Twilight: "I wanted to talk about the relationship and the part, and she hadn't read the book. She was sitting on the kitchen counter biting her nails and kicking her feet and I'm like, 'What's going on? Do you know how to speak? Can we communicate about this?' So I ended up ignoring her and talking to Catherine (Hardwicke, the film's director). What I didn't realize of course was that she has a big say because she's the lead girl and you have to have chemistry."
Above left: Jacket by Lanvin / T-shirt by Calvin Klein Underwear / Pants by Gap / Shoes by The Generic Man / Belt by Calvin Klein. Above right: Jacket by Levi's Workwear by Filson / T-shirt by Topman / Jeans by Dior Homme / Shoes by Seavees
On asking American Apparel founder Dov Charney, who had previously approached Fernandez about being a catalog model for his then-fledgling company, for a job when he arrived in L.A.: "So I was like, 'Do you wanna take my picture?' And he's like, 'Not at all, but I'm opening a store and you can work in the stock room.' It was awful, the worst job ever."
(Photos: Marvin Scott Jarrett)