Casting Call: Cole Sprouse and Steffan Argus

Casting Call: Cole Sprouse and Steffan Argus

Casting Call: Cole Sprouse and Steffan Argus

Meet the next generation of TV and film's brightest stars before they make it big.

Meet the next generation of TV and film's brightest stars before they make it big.

Photography: Steven Klein

Styling: Matthew Ellenberger

Text: Maxwell Williams

This article originally appeared in VMAN 38, on newsstands now. Get your copy here.

Renaissance Man: Cole Sprouse


Cole Sprouse is an archaeologist. “I went [on digs] around the world,” the 25-year-old raves about his recently completed studies at New York University. “I went to Germany, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, and France in my undergrad [years].” Cole Sprouse is a photographer. He recently shot Kendall Jenner for the cover of The Sunday Times Style Magazine and has previously shot an editorial for W as well as a campaign for Adidas.

Cole Sprouse was an actor—is an actor, most recently seen on Riverdale. Sprouse plays the role of Jughead, the beloved spiky-hatted character from the Archie Comics universe. But it wasn’t an easy choice for Sprouse to step in front of a camera again. From 2005 to 2011, Sprouse and his twin, Dylan, filmed over 150 episodes of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, both insanely popular Disney Channel shows. “It was a rollercoaster, to be honest,” admits Sprouse. “A lot of child stars deal with their own self-identity. And then I graduated and it was in my control now—and I had developed a much greater sense of personal agency. I had read this script I said, ‘You know what? Let’s give it another shot. Let’s see how it goes.’”

Action Star with a Lyrical Streak: Steffan Argus


Steffan Argus’s kind smile and understanding eyes make the 18-year-old perfect for the role of Jack on The Gifted, a TV show debuting in October. As the boyfriend of a young mutant (played by Natalie Alyn Lind), he supports her as she comes to terms with her powers. “She’s just living this normal life, going to high school, but things become complicated when we find out that her little brother is also a mutant,” relates Argus. “My role is, I’m trying to be there for her.” This isn’t Argus’s first rodeo: From ages 13 to 15, he was in Kidz Bop, the teen group that does cleaned-up covers of pop songs. But with Bryan Singer—who has directed four of the X-Men features—at the helm, there was plenty of excitement. “That was the first time I’d ever done any action, so seeing that all happen was so interesting,” says Argus.

Still, Argus isn’t done with music. He recently released an EP of nautical folk-pop songs called Lost at Sea. “There are four songs and they’re a cohesive story,” he says. “It’s the beginning of a story—there’s more to come.” Argus—also the star of the webseries The Commute—feels that the two media are connected. “I just love stepping into these roles and existing in these different universes,” he enthuses.

Credits: Hair Andy LeCompte (The Wall Group) Production Stephen Holtzhauser (Good company) Digital technician Tadaaki Shibuya Photo assistant Mark Luckasavage Stylist assistant Ahmad Francois Hair assistant David Naumann Location Chateau Marmont


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