Behind the Lens - Lea DeLaria

As a huge fan of the Netflix TV series Orange is the New Black, I was thrilled to be ask to photograph the hilarious and outspoken comedic Actress, Lea DeLaria for Diva magazine in UK. 

I remember her role in The First Wives Club, asking the ever-fabulous Goldie Hawn to dance, and in episodes of Friends, Law & Order and Will & Grace. 

I do a ton of research before I shoot anyone, especially celebrities. What i loved about Lea was her vivacious energy and unapologetic individualism. I didn't want to shoot her as anything other than herself, so I decided to give her a glamourous 'dandy' look while allowing her personality to overtake the photograph, rather than a fancy concept or location. 

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DeLaria has all her suits custom-made by Saint Harridan, but I worked closely with Stylist Newheart Ohanian to pull vintage pieces and fun accessories to make sure the look was modern and fun. Shirley Pinkson did the grooming and gave her a slick dandy look to go with her styling...

©Madison Shields

©Madison Shields

My favorite look was a pair of metallic copper Duckie Brown brogues and a Vivienne Westwood handkerchief with her signature 'buddy holly-esq' specs. 

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

Lea was not afraid to try things out of her comfort zone, and I showed her a sketch of her arm wrestling herself, which tickled her to no end. With concepts like that, you really need everyone to commit, or it will look tend to look forced. She committed to the moment 1000% and I'm so happy with how it turned out...

Sketches and references on set

Sketches and references on set

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

On set with DeLaria and team

On set with DeLaria and team

My absolute favorite shot of the day was of DeLaria peeking from behind a wooden table in an Ellen Christine toadstool hat. It was a gem of a moment for me, and one that really showed her silly and sweet side. 

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

©Sophy Holland / Lea DeLaria

To date, I don't think I have been made to laugh that much by any talent on set. She deserves every success she gets on OITNB. 

©Madison Shields / End of the Day Antics

©Madison Shields / End of the Day Antics

Photo - Sophy Holland

Styling - Newheart Ohanian

Grooming - Shirley Pinkson

Assistants - Bradley Ennis and Madison Shields

Studio - Pier 59

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