Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz of HBO’s TV series ‘Big Little Lies’ are photographed for Los Angeles Times on January 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Welcome to The X Magazine’s newsletter, The Exclusive, where we’ll deliver behind-the-scenes content, insider tips, and more from some of the most interesting, exciting, and important people from the worlds of theater, fashion, dining, nightlife, and more. Broadway darling and television star Aaron Tveit leads our debut issue — find out more about our photoshoot with him below.
1. Aaron Tveit lounges in a 1944 Chris-Craft. 2. Tveit shoots pool at the private Connecticut property, as videographer Drew John Barnes looks on. 3. The X creative director and photographer Nathan Johnson (right) uses a mirror to capture an artistic shot of Tveit. 4. Writer Tess Gunty relaxes with Tveit’s labradoodle, Miles, in between photo set-ups.
Aaron Tveit is the kind of guy who can show up anywhere, wearing anything, and you think, how can he possibly look this good? When The X Magazine team arrived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Tveit met us for dinner before Company at Barrington Stage, where he starred as Bobby. Sporting his best athleisure and a big smile, Tveit greeted us full of excitement to be the cover star of our debut issue.
We indulged in pasta and wine (he had water and black coffee), and Tveit chatted about spending his summer in the Berkshires and how much he’s enjoyed escaping the New York City heat with his labradoodle Miles. He loves to golf, and Pittsfield boasts several courses. The endless invites from locals to play have kept him busy on the green.
For our photoshoot the next day, Tveit packed a bag of healthy snacks (almond butter and celery) and dog supplies. When we arrived at the gorgeous estate, a la Gatsby’s West Egg, we entered one of the woody guest lodges, framed by lush trees and a glittering lake. “This never gets old for me,” Tveit said. “Getting dressed up in a beautiful place, wearing clothes picked out by people who are really good at picking out clothes — I mean, come on.”
He poured Miles a bowl of food and another of bottle of water before leaving to change. “Oh my God — I look like a Harvard student,” he said, emerging in a turtleneck and jacket. He then shifted into “Yacht Voice,” as he calls it, riffing about stocks and cigars, recalling his Gossip Girlcharacter Tripp van der Bilt. “Okay, okay,” he said with a chuckle. “I’ll stop.“
But the thing about Tveit is you don’t want him to stop. We shot for eight hours, and Tveit never lost his charm and excitement.
We hope you’re as excited as Tveit and we are about The X Magazine, your new destination for all things culture.
Videographer Drew John Barnes, stylist Drew Jessup, editor-in-chief Tony Marion, Aaron Tveit, writer Tess Gunty, and creative director Nathan Johnson.