Rising Star Lena Fayre’s Dark Pop Alchemy


“Be brave and reach for joy.”

The cover of Lena Fayre's last EP, Is There Only One?, features an Instagram of a woman who is not the 19-year-old L.A. native. As it turns out, it's a photo of the woman Fayre's one-time lover left her for, inspiring the five-song collection filled with absorbing, electro ballads in the name of love lost, confusion, and rediscovery.

Fayre's lush vocals coupled with dark, metallic production is a leap forward from the orchestral-centric songs released a few years ago, like "Belong to You." Since then, Fayre has remerged as an artist unafraid to confront the stab of heartbreak and transform it into airtight electro-pop. "The songs of Is There Only One? reflect my state of mind as I processed, questioned, and eventually found peace with such a visceral experience with rejection," she said about her record. 

Fayre is currently working on a follow-up, but took some time out of her day to answer some questions about creativity, fantasies, and her love of Hayao Miyazaki.

How would you describe your aesthetic?
Soft bitch.

How did your career get started?
I always wanted to be a singer. There’s a lot of opportunity when you grow up in Los Angeles. I met a few people when I was younger who introduced me to the music world. Things sort of just fell into my lap from there, and I remained open and hopeful.

Where do you hope to be professionally in five years?
Accomplished, established, and self-assured. Most of all I hope I can surprise myself, and create something even more beautiful or fun every time I add to my discography.

What’s your next project?
I’m working on a new record. I had the opportunity to collaborate with new friends from Britain and Germany this summer. As of late, I’ve been spending more time cultivating some other interests and projects aside from music. I’ve found my creative aspirations all feed back into each other somehow.

What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
I’ve gotten to make music and visuals with people I love and care for. I’ve shared with them in that, created something permanent. It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done.

What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
I love Hayao Miyazaki so much. His mind must be such a fantastic place. Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite movie! He’s gotta keep tidy though!

What is your favorite driving music?
The album Dreamin’ Wild by Donnie and Joe Emerson.

Whose career would you most like to emulate?
I admire the longevity, fluidity, musicianship, and breadth of Bjork’s career. It’s incredible to take in the life of an artist; from The Sugarcubes to Vulnicura. I hope to grow up through my music like it seems she has.

If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?
I’d liked to have been around for the '60s and '70s, when the music that was popular or cool was also revolutionary. Today’s pop music isn’t necessarily “good” music. It didn’t always used to be like that.

What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
I love taking a day to myself. Make sun tea and listen to music while I get my apartment back to a livable state. It restores my psyche.

How do you wind down before bed?
A cup of scaldingly hot tea and a bubble bath while I watch one of my favorite movies. That’s when I’m feeling lux. Usually I just overthink my way into sleep.

When are you most relaxed?
When L.A. is cold and overcast, and I have nothing to do but whatever makes me happy.

What kind of person were you in high school?
I was a version of the person I am now, just with fewer tools to be an actual person.

Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
I’ve learned how to really love and take care of myself. Self-love will revolutionize your life!

Do you have any phobias?
Throwing up.

What’s a serious side of you that people are unlikely to know about? Either in terms of interests, hobbies, or personality?
I feel like in an alternate universe I’ve opened my own flower shop in a small European town and I have too many kids. I fantasize about that a lot.

What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
I’d love to start gardening. That seems like a lovely way to spend your time. 

How do you hope to grow as a creative person?

If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life what might it be?
Be brave and reach for joy.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.