Casting Call: Mitchell Slaggert and Owen Campbell

Casting Call: Mitchell Slaggert and Owen Campbell

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

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Southern Heartthrob Mitchell Slaggert

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Mitchell Slaggert—who hails from tiny Fayetteville, Georgia—never had big plans besides a job at Homeland Security that his uncle had promised to hook him up with when he finished college. One fateful day, while he walked to class, casting director Daniel Peddle tapped him on the shoulder and gave him his card. “He asked me if I model,” recalls the 22-year-old. “I was like, ‘Thank you, but no thank you.’ So, then he said, ‘I discovered Jennifer Lawrence.’ We take a couple photos and lo and behold, I’m getting a contract from DNA Models in New York City. I’m like, What is that?”

Slaggert boarded a plane to New York and two weeks later, he headed to Europe for a Calvin Klein campaign. Soon, he was the male model du jour. But Peddle had bigger things in mind for his discovery. Peddle tailored his script for the indie coming-of-age drama Moss to suit the rugged Slaggert and premiered it at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. Slaggert then landed a role in Wish Upon, a horror film about a girl (The Conjuring’s Joey King) who finds a box that can make her wishes come true—but there’s a catch. For Slaggert, who plays the hot guy she pines for, it all seems like a wish come true. “I just won the lottery,” he says about his good fortune.

Indie's Leading Talent Owen Campbell

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“I became an actor for very much the same reason I love New York,” says Owen Campbell. “You’re around an extreme density of people doing things, and if you’re lucky and you’re open to opportunity, things are happening all the time. The next thing you know, you fly to Croatia to play make-believe when you’re 13.” That first movie he refers to, White Lightnin’, certainly helped kick off his career. Since then, he’s had recurring roles in hit TV series The Americans and Boardwalk Empire, turns in a few well-received plays, and parts in a string of strong indie films—As You Are, Super Dark Times, The Strange Ones, Blame, and Nancy.

“They’re all small budget, but I love those movies,” emphasizes Campbell, a puckish 23-year-old. Campbell’s interest in artistry isn’t limited to stage and screen, though. He and his friends have found a loft in Gowanus, Brooklyn that they’ll turn into a collaborative art space “where we can showcase work across mediums and have lectures and activism.” Then, it’s back to acting for a play, the details of which Campbell is keeping quiet. “It’s by one of my favorite writers, and it’s three scenes, and I’m going to be sharing a dressing room with 11 older British actors. And that’s exciting to me.”

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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