Faces of 2017

From now through January, we're counting down the actors, musicians, visual artists, comedians, and more that we're most excited about for the New Year. We'll be publishing one story a business day, so check back in daily for our Faces of 2017.  

The Broadway Heroine

For Denée Benton, playing Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is the latest step in an impressive post-college whirlwind.

The Scene Stealer

Jovan Adepo is off to a pretty good start. Born in Oxfordshire, England to an American father and English mother, the actor's first television role was as Michael Murphy in the second season of The Leftovers.

The Shapeshifting Singer-songwriter

When Maggie Rogers arrived at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for welcome week, a professor promptly dubbed her "the banjo girl." 

The Transatlantic Star

A week ago today, Netflix dropped the first eight episodes of The OA, the new sci-fi mystery series from actor-writer Brit Marling and her frequent collaborator, writer-director Zal Batmanglij. Among the show's breakout stars is Irish actor Patrick "Paddy" Gibson.

The Next Generation Rapper

Taylor Bennett is in a jovial mood, and it's refreshing.

The Contemporary Violinist

Since the age of 10—when he became the youngest person admitted to Juilliard—violinist Damien Escobar has been defying the odds. 

The Consciousness Raising Artist

"I had someone gag when they looked at the placenta," says Zoë Buckman when we meet in her downtown Manhattan studio. It's the week following the presidential election, and the 31-year-old artist's work, and this reaction, feel unsettlingly relevant. 

The Detail-Oriented Designer

For her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, A.V. Robertson designer Amie Victoria Robertson envisioned a dreamy wasteland of bright, putrid greens and deep purples. 

The Disquieting Artist

Dan Herschlein's art appears to fall within the horror genre—the psychological kind that slinks in the shadows rather than scares you out of your seat.

The Photo-essayist

Nancy Borowick's mother Laurel and father Howie were both diagnosed with stage-four cancer when she was in her twenties. As a nearly involuntary response, she took out her camera.

The Triple Threat

Callie Hernandez was in her early 20s when she decided to pursue acting full-time, and though she might describe herself as "late to the game," it didn't take long for her to catch up. 

The Young Phenomenon

 Millie Bobby Brown was the first subject we cast for our "Faces of 2017" portfolio. When we photographed her on the first day of September at the Hudson Hotel in New York, we only had an inkling of the star she would become. 

The Comedian

During her comedy shows, Katherine Ryan will sometimes bring up zeitgeist-y celebrities. She has, for example, a particularly amusing bit about U.K. TV personality Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, formerly Cheryl Cole.

The Precocious Rising Star

Lucas Jade Zumann would have you believe he's "lucky."

The Showrunner

"Whatever the hell is going on right now—this whole TV thing," explains actor, producer, and writer Michaela Coel, "wasn't in my plan."

The Subversive Duo

Let's Eat Grandma began writing their debut album I, Gemini (Transgressive) at age 13, but when they released it in June of this year—in the throes of late teenhood—they sounded anything but juvenile. 



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