Ferragamo Taps Ethan Gregory Peck

Ferragamo Taps Ethan Gregory Peck

Ethan Gregory peck is bona fide hollywood royalty, and Ferragamo is championing his look, and his talent

Ethan Gregory peck is bona fide hollywood royalty, and Ferragamo is championing his look, and his talent

Text: Michael Gleeson

You may know Ethan Peck from his role in the ABC Family series 10 Things I Hate About You, in which he played Patrick Verona (the late Heath Ledger's role in the famous 1999 film of the same name). He happens to be the grandson of famed actor Gregory Peck (pretty big shoes to fill!) and appears in new films Eden and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty. Between his big screen projects, Peck tried his hand as modeling, starring in Ferragamo’s Hollywood Legacy short. Here, the actor talks to VMAN about working with the Italian house, his legendary grandfather, his fashion pet peeves, and more.

What made Ferragamo feel like the right fit? Why do you think the brand approached you for the campaign?

ETHAN GREGORY PECK First of all, I was very honored and excited to be invited to work with them. They have consistently been the producers of fantastic creations. Furthermore, I know they collaborated with my grandfather many years ago, and it's a remarkable feeling to continue that relationship. I think they approached me for the campaign because of my lineage and the classical look I strive for. The cut of their clothing is so well suited to my body. It's an uplifting pleasure to wear Ferragamo.

Are you a follower of fashion? How would you describe your personal style?

EGP I'm not an avid follower of fashion, but I do have a great appreciation and respect for the pursuit of refined fashion and style. It's a fun, wonderful way to express oneself, especially in my line of work, which is so visual. My personal style is very minimal on a day-to-day basis—denim and black t-shirts mostly. I wear a lot of dark clothing because I have fair skin and I think the contrast suits me. I also have a thing for beautifully patterned pieces like the feather printed shirt in Ferragamo's current F/W collection.

Do you have any fashion pet peeves?

EGP Maybe flip flops with jeans and a button down? The flip flop part…but I try not to take other people's fashion too personally.

Tell us about your upcoming projects. How do you relate to the characters you play in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty and Eden?

EGP I'm very excited to say both films will be coming out soon, and Eden actually debuted in select theaters and on iTunes on September 18. The characters, while different, share many qualities. In Eden, I play Andreas, who's been thrust into an extreme situation in which he must stand up for his ideas of survival on an uninhabited island with no assurance of rescue. He's directly confronted with a life and death situation and takes a less than optimistic point of view. In Curse of Sleeping Beauty, I play Thomas, who is also dealt a hard dose of life and death, but he takes it on with more intrigue and positivity. Both characters are very determined to do what they believe is right.

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is based on a fairy tale. What was your favorite fairy tale growing up? And do you see yourself as more of a Prince Charming or a villain?

EGP I would have to say Hansel and Gretel was my favorite fairy tale. It's wondrous and terrifying and I love the element of revenge that's there. I see myself as both, but I must admit, I very much enjoy myself as a villain.

You practice classical cello, and Muay Thai. Have you ever considered another career or did you always know you wanted to act?

EGP While those disciplines have been hugely informing, I never really considered doing anything but acting. I find both journalism and psychology very interesting because of the human investigation they require. Acting provides me with that plus a huge freedom for creative exploration. In some ways I think there's no better way to know oneself and others. I've always been very curious about the human experience.

What was your relationship like with your grandfather? Is he an inspiration? And do you have a favorite film of his?

EGP My relationship with my grandfather wasn't as close as I would have liked. He's not a direct inspiration, but I don't doubt there's something of him driving me beneath my skin. It's hard to deny how special To Kill a Mockingbird is; it's still relevant and I think it always will be.

Now that you're fully immersed in your acting career, is there something you wished you could ask your grandfather? If so, what would it be?

EGP Definitely. I wish I could ask him about some the feelings I have about doubt, about fear, and how he handled them.

Did you enjoy being part of this Ferragamo short film? Was it a different experience than playing a role for television or for a movie?

EGP I did! How cool it was. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in something like this. It was different than film and television, yes. There's a dreamlike tone to the piece. It's a heightened reality outside of story; it's a mood.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF FERRAGAMO

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