You have been working on this program for more than four years now. What is the most rewarding part of working? Cobra Kai?
It has impacted my life in so many positive ways beyond what I could have expected. I love my job, but with this [show] especially, I had to change a lot as a person and learn what I could do. I think that’s really what it happens to be. It’s been fun to see last year’s season succeed because I really see myself as capable of tackling, and since this is my job technically, it’s also a lot of other parts of life. mine. It’s also my diary. It’s a scrapbook. It was all different pieces of the puzzle watching my life unfold. And the people I work with are amazing, and I really mean it. There are so many amazing people like this in a cast that just amazes me. I’m learning life lessons and I’m really trying to change myself in positive ways. Professionally, I am learning from such talented actors. And obviously, the focus of it, for me, is the martial arts aspect. This is something I never thought I would be able to do from afar, but now, I can consider myself a true martial artist. The fact that I actually spend hours, months, and years of my life practicing this is insane to me. I’m so grateful.
You’ve worked with stylist Laura Sophie Cox, and looking at her portfolio, she’s clearly someone who loves to play with color and prints. What did you enjoy about working with her, and how has she influenced your personal style choices?
The funny thing is that I always wear black from head to toe. That’s my uniform. But that’s mainly because I never knew how to dress myself. I enjoy working with Laura because she influences my personal style in my spare time. It was really fun. I started learning what I love and I’ve come to realize — specifically now — that my style is influenced by masculinity with a tougher, edgier vibe. I always thought that meant I had to go dark to convey that, and she found the play to be really fun with the colors and prints but having that wild, edgy energy brought to the surface. face. It was really fun. I felt like I was a newbie, and she was teaching me.
Is there an item you’re particularly obsessed with right now?
My job now is to subclass. Since playing with the harder angles about wearing suits and the like, I really like the more masculine layered style and that sort of thing. So I’m wearing a turtleneck with a t-shirt over it or a tank top over a long-sleeve t-shirt. It was a bit early in the 2000s, but I feel that my Goth side is having more of an influence on my pre-teen placement. I’m also super into jewelry. I really love rings, and I have seven earrings.
I should also say that you will never catch me in my Doc Martens. It’s my number one style that I build for every outfit around. I listen to metal and emo music, so that’s where I feel a lot of influence from my style. It’s fun to play with elements of that now and soften it up with girly prints and things like that.
To wrap things up, what are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I’m not trying to go into the dark, but here’s my overall challenge to myself for 2021 and will be for 2022: I’m trying to embrace, get used to, and love the grays in my life. living. I feel most comfortable in strict black-and-white environments, and that happens all the time. I just want a straight answer. Just give me a yes or no on it. So I’m trying to survive in the maybes population and really embrace it. Also, I’ve always been a notoriously picky eater, so I’m trying to challenge myself, and my big goal is to just try foods I’ve never eaten before.
Cobra Kai currently streaming on Netflix.
Photographer: David Katzinger
Designer: Laura Sophie Cox with A-Frame Agency
Fashion Assistant: Brit Jardin
Hair designer: Kat Thompson
Create artist: Courtney Hart