Will Peltz Is A Modern Star In the Making

Will Peltz Is A Modern Star In the Making

The budding actor talks about his new flick 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser', his modeling work, and rooming with his actress sis Nicola.

The budding actor talks about his new flick 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser', his modeling work, and rooming with his actress sis Nicola.

Photography: Rayan Ayash

Text: Lisa Mischianti

A 19th century French play written entirely in rhyming-couplet verse might seem somewhat atypical inspiration for a teen love-triangle flick, but Will Peltz’s new movie Sierra Burgess is a Loser draws from just that—and will be coming soon to a Netflix account near you. “The film is based off the Cyrano de Bergerac story, set in today’s world in high school,” explains Peltz, who appears in the movie as “the mean, popular girl’s douchebag boyfriend-ish love interest,” a description he punctuates with a chuckle. “Basically, this guy thinks he’s in a text relationship with the popular cheerleader in school, but he’s actually texting this other girl who likes him," he explains about the film's premise. "They end up falling in love over text, but he thinks she’s someone else.”

This type of digital-age dilemma is not unusual creative fodder for Peltz, who got his start in projects like the online chat room horror flick Unfriended and the dramedy Men, Women & Children, which explores the effects of the internet on interpersonal relationships. Next on the docket for him will be Time Freak, which comes complete with time traveling technology and teen longing. “The director Andrew Bowler made a short film called ‘Time Freak’ that was nominated for an Academy Award in the short film category. From there, he ended up raising money to make the full feature,” Peltz says of the movie’s origin. “It has a nice message about relationships and life—that you can’t control everything or make it perfect.”

He also relished working alongside co-stars Asa Butterfield and Sophie Turner. “I had met Sophie very briefly before we did the movie together—but I’m definitely a Game of Thrones watcher. She’s honestly awesome, just so cool,” says Peltz. “I’m also friendly with Joe [Jonas, her fiancée]. In January, we were all in Paris together for Fashion Week. They’re such a fun couple.”

Indeed, Peltz has been making the fashion rounds as well. You’ve seen him model for brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Tod’s, Philipp Plein, and Calvin Klein Jeans (the last of which featured him in a campaign alongside his girlfriend, model Kenya Kinski-Jones). Dabbling in the fashion industry is something Peltz has enjoyed—especially the rush of attending the runway shows. “It’s weird, I’ve always been into fashion, but never thought of it as a career or something I could do. It’s such a fun, crazy world to be a part of,” he says, adding of the last show season: “Tom Ford was really cool. That was one of my favorites.”

When it comes to goals and plans, Peltz muses on one day working with his roommate, fellow film star, and little sister Nicola. “I think if we were to do a movie together, it would be something darker, grittier, with a little edge,” he says. “That’s a huge dream. At some point, it has to happen.” For Peltz, that collaboration would be a full-circle moment, as the former ice hockey star with potential pro aspirations got his first introduction to the acting industry through his sister. These days, the sibling duo lives together in L.A. and, while pursuing separate successful careers, they’ll always have each other close by. “Right now our place is getting redone, but while that’s happening we’re still living in the same building across the hall from each other,” says Peltz. “When it’s done in August, we’ll be back in the same spot as roommates again.”

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