Stacy Martin doesn’t want to be called “cute.” Despite the fact that she’s wearing a red Miu Miu dress with star-shaped buttons and feathered heels that are nothing short of adorable on the day we meet, the 26-year-old actress is nobody’s baby. And she won’t be put in a corner…or, for that matter, a box. Martin played the role of a young and unpredictable nympho in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and in 2017 she’ll appear in a whopping five—yes, five—films. Next year, you’ll find her in the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Bell Jar. There’s a quiet-yet-coquettish quality about her that attracts directors and designers, like the inimitable Miuccia Prada, in droves.
The face of Miu Miu’s new L’Eau Bleue (a fresh floral blend of lily of the valley, honeysuckle, and rose), Martin embodies the complexity of a brand that isn’t always what it appears on the surface. If you take, for example, the cheerful floral bathing caps, splashy prints, and playful pool slides seen on the house’s Spring 2017 runway at face value you miss the subtle commentary on society, the environment, and the current cultural climate Mrs. Prada weaves throughout out her seemingly sweet collection. Martin is similar in that she may look like an innocent ingénue, but she’s got something to say when it comes to the stigma unfairly attached to women suffering with depression, or the fact that female actors and directors are perceived as “difficult” when they fight for what they believe in on set. She’s also the epitome of a kitten loving, girly-girl in Miu Miu’s Steven Meisel-lensed fragrance campaign, but she’s actually more of a puppy person who doesn’t brush her hair (even though her father is a hairstylist) or mind showing up to work wearing collagen-infused eye patches and pajamas.
Here, the multifaceted Martin reveals the story behind her bob, the secret to brightening tired eyes, and the feline co-star who never fails to deliver.