SOMA Magazine - April 2017

Maggie Lindeman, Dominic Adams, Madeline Brewer

Elizabeth Chang 2017-05-05 01:47:17

Maggie wears Bailes bomber Maggie’s own jewelry, jeans & tank Puma sneakers Not Just a Pretty Girl Growing up with social media for the average teen can be difficult when your peers have direct, 24-hour access to publicly scrutinize. However, for the 18-year-old musician and Instagram star, Maggie Lindemann, public scrutiny is not only an everyday occurrence, it is exponentially amplified with nearly 2 million followers. Her latest sultry pop single, “Pretty Girl,” is about feeling boxed-in when commenters dismiss her as just “pretty.” She seeks to break the chains of the diminishing label so she can be viewed as more than the sum of her physical parts. Growing up in Dallas, Texas, Lindemann was frequently misunderstood and often bullied for her presence on social media. However, it was ultimately social media that kickstarted her music career when her future manager discovered an Instagram post of her singing, prompting her to pursue the career path in Los Angeles. Now the spotlight seems to suit Lindemann, who fearlessly uses her online presence as a means to express herself musically and emotionally. In a tearful confession, she publicly came out as bisexual, feeling that it was important for fans to see her living her life authentically. She’s released several singles, including “Knocking On Your Heart” and “Things,” both of which were top 25 hits on the iTunes Alternative Chart within a day of their releases. As her massive fanbase follows her musical and personal growth, Maggie Lindemann is becoming a symbol of hope for her peers. In your song, Pretty Girl, it had an empowered, feminist message about how too often, girls are valued for their appearance. How have you personally dealt with this? I think being on social media, a lot of the time people are judging you based on what you look like and based on what you put up onto social media. I have a lot of people commenting saying, “Well, what does she do?” and then someone else is like “Oh, she’s just pretty.” And I think that people need to move onto something deeper than people’s physical appearances. I want people to see me as an artist and as someone they can relate to. I’m just a normal person, too. So when you first went on tour and you got to have an in-person experience with your fans, what was that experience like, seeing your fans outside of cyberspace? Oh it’s definitely amazing being able to see it in person, it’s so different when you’re actually there experiencing it. Someone came up to me in my LA show and they gave me this ring that belonged to their grandma, who had passed away. They said that their grandma said to give it to someone that means a lot to you. So she gave it to me, and she cried, and she said, “I just want to let you know how important you are to me.” When people approach me and say “you helped me with this” or “you saved me” or they tell me about an experience they had and how I helped them with it, it makes me feel really good that I’m able to be there for them and that they can look to me for help. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right. What do you want people to take away from the experience of listening to your music? I want them to know that they can follow their dreams, and they can have a voice. They don’t have to fight, they can be themselves. Hair & Makeup by Emily Amick Maggie wears Bailes bomber Maggie’s own jewelry, jeans & tank Puma sneakers Humanizing an Enemy Dominic Adams plays the irrefutable villain in The Weinstein Company’s new military drama, SIX, on The History Channel. Adams’ character, “Michael,” is a radical terrorist, and yet, as Michael’s story unfolds, grey areas are uncovered, and eventually, softened feelings toward the character are molded into actual empathy. Adams delivers a performance that paints a complex, compelling portrait of a US citizen turned Taliban terrorist. A main cornerstone of Adams’ character is that he harbors a vendetta against the Navy SEAL Team SIX operator who shot his unarmed brother. There’s a recurring theme of violence breeding violence within the series, where each side believes they’re committing acts of war for the greater good. However in reality as an actor, Adams seeks to initiate change by nonviolent means. Growing up in Bristol, England, Adams was always drawn to the psychological elements behind performing and aims to create a bridge of understanding by portraying human elements. While he can’t personally relate to the vengeful nature of the character he plays, Adams is set on portraying an authentic experience that helps the viewers to understand even a perceived enemy. In turn, Adams’ naturalistic portrayal of Michael underscores the question of what it means to be human. Do you think violence shaped Michael or do you think there’s something innately insidious to his character? It’s not that Michael has lost touch with his sense of humanity. He’s not, in my opinion, bloodthirsty. There’s a real sense of “I’m trying to achieve something that I believe is good, and yes there’s bad, but that has to come before we get to the good,” but it’s not just about terrorizing people. I never would condone senseless violence ever on any side. I’m pro-humanity, pro-living. As far as people losing their lives for causes that are dictated by other entities, whether that be governmental or religious belief, that’s just not how I align. But as far as Michael goes, there are just human elements. He feels like he’s been wronged in his life at various times that might give him some slight justification to how he thinks. Not necessarily with what’s involved, but how he thinks. Were you able to draw on anything personally from this tense political climate in building the complexity of this character? I, still, in my wildest imagination, could not think that Donald Trump would become the president of the United States. By the time we wrapped, there was a palpable air of racial tension. And ultimately, we as a society need to find a way to connect to people who have that sort of mindset and get to the root of what really causes that and realize that we’re all the same. The conflicts, the temperature of this country, the flash points for what could happen in terms of division - as we go into season 2, that’s very much going to be at forefront of my mind in how we proceed with a storyline for the character. What’s on the career bucket list for you? Of course there are things personally that I want to achieve, but beyond that, it’s not about myself. It’s about my role and how I show up as a person contributing in the world. We all have a voice, but when you are in a position of having people’s ears, that voice and how you use it is more important than ever. And for me, as that platform grows, it is my responsibility as a person of this world to support others and help affect a change in terms of raising the consciousness levels of the society that we’re in. So the biggest career goal would be to help support and be a beacon for integrity. Also, inspiring people to rise up and be the best that they ought to be, because that’s a daily endeavor. I think if we all took a moment to focus on that with a degree of originality, we would all rise together and the world would be a better place to be in. Styling by Kelly Brown Grooming by Aleetha Clanton Photo Assistants Tyler Demogenes, Simon Cordova & James Moy Digital Tech Alexander Quel Production by Keith Carhill Dominic wears Allsaints turtleneck Stylist’s own tuxedo Orange Suits Her Crowned Miss Pitman in 2010, former pageant queen Madeline Brewer thought she was destined for sparkly, fairy princess roles on Broadway; instead, she found herself cast as ruthless soldiers and incarcerated felons. While the onscreen typecast initially came as a bit of a shock to Brewer, it evolved into a blessing that allowed her to play layered, complex roles in more than one critically acclaimed series. Brewer is best known for her debut, transformative role as “Tricia” in Orange is the New Black, the cornrowed drug addict. Her character’s drug overdose in season one marked the first tragic death of the series. Brewer went on to play other unconventional women, like the bloodthirsty soldier, “Raiman,” in the Black Mirror episode, “Men Against Fire,” and more recently stars as a struggling comedian in the indie film Hedgehog. Additionally, the 24-year old has landed a role in the Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the 1985 novel about a dystopian future where women are stripped of their rights. In a turn of events, Madeline Brewer traded in her pageant tiara for Tricia’s cornrows, which ultimately became her real crown. According to her, the hardened roles ironically helped her to emotionally soften, become more empathetic, and overall contributed to her growth as a human being. You ended up embodying Tricia so well, even though at face value you have nothing in common with her. What ultimately do you think psychically linked you to playing this character? I auditioned for Tricia and going in, I was like, “I’m never going to get this.” It was my first film/TV audition, I was four months out of musical theater school, and they told me the whole time I was like a fairy princess and I was going to play Glinda. It was the most horrific thing I’d ever experienced, I was so nervous. And I guess when that kind of fear and vulnerability splits the tough exterior of the character, it becomes something pretty interesting. All those things that Tricia displayed in being afraid of her shadow was just me being on set for the first time. I was so new to that world, and it was amazing to grow with Tricia as a person. She opened me up and forced me to see life from a different perspective, which is something I needed as an actor. She made me realize the importance of telling the story of an abuse survivor and drug addict, and to bring more humanity to them than just those labels. You’ve had a chance to play really tough women. Have those qualities leaked over into your personal life at all? I’d say characters like Tricia and Raiman in Black Mirror where they’re hard shells and it’s the first thing you see has been very interesting for me because I’m a total softie. They’re women I have access to inside of me, but I don’t wear on the outside. They helped me to stand my ground a little bit more. A character like Raiman is just true to what she was: a born and raised, stone cold killer. It was the part of me that I feel like was truly a tough bitch- like a totally down, badass woman. I have no parts of that that I wear in my everyday, so it was really fun to explore. What are you looking forward to most with The Handmaid’s Tale? I’m excited to see how and who The Handmaid’s Tale affects, who feels empowered by it, who feels that it’s a similar political climate to ours today, and what people take from it. I mean, there will be naysayers and there will be people who will call it feminist propaganda and that’s just kind of how it’s going to be, but it’s a beautiful piece of artwork written in 1985 that just so happened to be prescient. Hair by Derek Yuen Makeup by Andre Sarmiento Styling by Dean Hau Photo Assistants Tyler Demogenes, Simon Cordova & James Moy Digital Tech Alexander Quel Production by Keith Carhill Maddie wears Vivienne Westwood suit

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