Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis Believes in Magic
What does it mean to be a man today? Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis may have an idea. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter is the new face of Ermenegildo Zegna’s #WHATMAKESAMAN Spring/Summer 2021 campaign, which aims to explore and encourage a contemporary dialogue surrounding modern masculinity. Zegna presents an opportunity for us to consider the ideals that matter to the men in their lives by posing the question: “What makes my man?” Not only is Day-Lewis an accomplished musician and model, but he’s also the son of the Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis and the César Award-winning actress Isabelle Adjani, who also appears with him in the campaign to offer an intimate portrait of relationships. On the day of Zegna’s campaign launch, Day-Lewis took some time to answer some questions lifted from the interviews of Andy Warhol, where he discussed his self-care routine, his favorite ’90s movies, and why it can, in fact, be magic all the time.
ANDY WARHOL: Do you dream?
GABRIEL-KANE DAY-LEWIS: On and off. Sometimes I have these incredibly vivid dreams and it takes a while after having woken up for me to realize that they aren’t real. My favorites are the ones in which I can fly. Peter Pan was kind of my idol growing up—ironically.
WARHOL: Showers or baths?
DAY-LEWIS: It really depends on what kind of mood I’m in. Showers to clean off, baths to relax. I’m talking candles, bath bombs, and the works.
WARHOL: Is there anything you regret not doing?
DAY-LEWIS: Finishing college. But then again, I have the option to go back if I ever choose to.
WARHOL: What was your first job?
DAY-LEWIS: I worked at Galignani for a summer when I was 15. It’s one of the oldest book stores in Paris.
WARHOL: When do you get nervous?
DAY-LEWIS: When I get a “we need to talk” text.
WARHOL: Why can’t it just be magic all the time?
DAY-LEWIS: It can be. I truly believe that you can create your own reality. Simply being a part of the human experience is a 24-hour magic show.
WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?
DAY-LEWIS: I haven’t eaten breakfast in years. I’m forever and always a lunch and dinner guy.
WARHOL: What are you reading right now?
DAY-LEWIS: The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz.
WARHOL: Where do you dance?
DAY-LEWIS: Between sets at the gym.
WARHOL: Who’s your dream date?
DAY-LEWIS: The Duchess of Bay Ridge.
WARHOL: What do you think about love?
DAY-LEWIS: I think unconditional self-love is the most beautiful and powerful thing a person can experience. It means letting go of the need for external validation and being at peace with yourself.
WARHOL: How were you discovered?
DAY-LEWIS: Through a friend of a friend.
WARHOL: What’s the craziest thing a fan has sent you?
DAY-LEWIS: Pictures of myself.
WARHOL: What are your beauty secrets?
DAY-LEWIS: Drinking plenty of water and a good night’s sleep.
WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?
DAY-LEWIS: Every single one of Scorsese’s ’90s gangster movies, all in one.
WARHOL: Would you ever marry one of your fans?
DAY-LEWIS: I don’t see why not.
WARHOL: Are you interested in furniture?
DAY-LEWIS: I’m a pretty simple guy—give me a bed, a desk, a lamp, and an armchair and I’m all set.
WARHOL: What kind of clothes do you like?
DAY-LEWIS: A plain tee, jeans, and comfortable sneakers.
WARHOL: Do you have a TV?
WARHOL: What do you love about New York City?
DAY-LEWIS: The kind of stuff you see on a subway commute, New Yorkers’ open-mindedness, the cultural diversity, and a good bacon egg and cheese on an everything bagel.
WARHOL: Do you keep a diary?
DAY-LEWIS: I keep a songwriting journal and it’s pretty much the same thing to me.
WARHOL: What are you most proud of?
DAY-LEWIS: My individualism, but also my ability to empathize with and help others.
WARHOL: How many hotels have you been kicked out of?
DAY-LEWIS: None, as of yet.
WARHOL: Do you get eight hours a night?
DAY-LEWIS: I try!
Grooming by: Ledora Francis.