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Luke Newton, man of the hour

Luke Newton, man of the hour

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Luke Newton,
man of the hour

ISSUE TWENTY ONE

photography DAN MATALLANA starring LUKE NEWTON production and interview STEPHANIE AROUESTY coordination ANTONIO MONTAÑO styling CHARLIE WARD for SEE MANAGEMENT with SS 24 Zegna collection grooming MELISSA DEZARATE for A-FRAME AGENCY set styling MAISIE SATTLER art direction FERNANDA MARTÍNEZ location BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Luke Newton is the man you’ve been seeing everywhere in recent weeks—on billboards, in magazines, and on social media–. This is due to the big success of the TV show Bridgerton, in which the actor portrays Colin Bridgerton, a young man with a noble heart and an adventurous spirit who has won the hearts of millions.

Wearing earth-toned looks, oversized cuts, and lightweight fabrics —especially linen— from Zegna’s spring-summer collection The Oasi of Lino, Luke is the cover star of our June’s Digital Cover, making each piece a statement for this season.

In the search for upcoming talents, Luke Newton is, without a doubt, a promising figure in the film industry who is gaining more and more fame every day. This actor, who has an undeniable British charm, has been part of the huge success of the current fourth most-watched TV show on Netflix.

 

Born in the United Kingdom, in a small town called Shoreham, Newton began his acting career in theater. However, it was his leap to the screen that catapulted him to stardom. Best known for his role in Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, this 31-year-old man has made a significant impression in the world.

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In the search for upcoming talents, Luke Newton is, without a doubt, a promising figure in the film industry who is gaining more and more fame every day. This actor, who has an undeniable British charm, has been part of the huge success of the current fourth most-watched TV show on Netflix.

Born in the United Kingdom, in a small town called Shoreham, Newton began his acting career in theater. However, it was his leap to the screen that catapulted him to stardom. Best known for his role in Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, this 31-year-old man has made a significant impression in the world.

No one can deny that Luke exudes a modern charm and fresh style, which perfectly fits Zegna’s SS24 collection, The Oasi of Lino. The starting point for this collection? As its name suggests: linen, an ideal fabric for this season due to its lightness and versatility, offering softness and comfort, sharing qualities with cashmere, another favorite fabric of the Italian brand.

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Through a carefully curated color palette, each garment designed by Alessandro Sartori alludes to modern tailoring.

Likewise, with this collection, the brand once again makes it very clear its commitment to the environment, as all fabrics from Oasi Lino are made from linen fibers that ZEGNA agreed to certify as 100% traceable from 2024 onwards. A decision inspired by the values of Oasi Zegna, a natural place located in the Alps of Biella in northern Italy, and the place where Ermenegildo Zegna decided to found the eponymous brand. A natural territory of 100 km², conceived as a way to give back to the community and which today serves as a model of social and environmental awareness.

Among the standout pieces are the Alba Overshirt, Alpe Chore Jacket and Triple Stitch Luxury Leisurewear Shoe. Garments worn by Luke in this photoshoot that will become the must-haves for any male wardrobe for this summer season.

L’Beauté Homme Can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved in acting?
Luke Newton I have two aunts that performed while I was growing up so I saw them a lot on stage, that’s what made me fall in love with storytelling. I always wanted to be a character. I’ve always loved acting and storytelling, and as I got older, I was really exposed to art and I felt like there was no other path for me so I just kept pushing and now I’m so glad that I did. There was never a choice to give up, I thought that if I continued to audition eventually something would drop. I am so grateful for my team and with my agent who made sure I would not give up.

LBH What can we expect in the new seasons?
LN It has been a really big press tour, and Jess, the writer, has given us a little tiny bit of information. She let me read my first scene which was very exciting. Nick and I have talks about our hopes about our roles but it is so hard to predict. This show is so romantic but we have explored the romantic comedy. Colin is going through a difficult time so I look forward to next season, just being happy and enjoying that.

LBH Do you consider Bridgerton a global phenomenon?
LN Yes, absolutely! When we started with season one, as soon as I read the script, I knew it was something different and it was a different version of a period drama, then we filmed and it felt like a little secret that nobody knew about. We were filming a new Netflix show and we felt really well supported. I felt in safe hands but nothing could have prepared us for the moment when it came out on Christmas day in 2020 and it blew up. Now, looking back three seasons, the show is evolving and becoming its own style. I’ve been looking at the last five years of my life. It feels like all the work I’ve done since 2019 is all been in place for this moment.

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LBH What is the thing you love the most about Colin?
LN I think it’s his ability to not take the rules of society too seriously. He likes to break the rules in a subtle way. For example he interrupts dances, if there is a couple dancing and you interrupted them that’s a bold thing to do at that time. I love that he is a little bit of a rule breaker and I relate to that because I wouldn’t like to massively break the rules.

LBH What do you hate about him?
LN His stubbornness, and that he wants to be the hero all the time. There is a moment in season three where the drama kicks off and Penelope comes and breaks the news to him and he is excited by the drama. Those were not good news but he is still excited about that, he rushes into it and makes it even worse. 

LBH How do you prepare for the intense scenes?
LN Nicola and I were given a very gradual process into it through three seasons. We’ve had time to prepare but I also think that nothing can prepare you for that first day. When you are completely undressed in front of your co-star, I try to balance between making the crew feel comfortable or making me feel comfortable. The thing that helps me the most is leaning into the story and the script and making it as truthful as possible and I can’t make mistakes, so then I stop thinking about how I look.

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LBH If you weren’t Colin what other character would you be?
LN I can’t really see myself as any other character. I love Benedict’s storyline this season, he is very free and I think that is a very nice place to sit on set. He is a free spirit and kind of a rebel. I can’t wait to see Benedict’s story next season.

LBH What does this show mean to you?
LN It has changed my life, I love that I get to wake up every morning and think that this is my job and all the work for the last 16 years has led to this. It feels like it’s paying off. Also the stability in the show, knowing that I get to play a different version of this character next season, particularly with Colin because he is growing up. To get to play a character that’s growing it’s a gift. One of the biggest things is the cast, it feels that there is something so different because we all connected and shared experiences that we’ve been through. I recently shared an evening with Jonathan Bailey, Luke Thompson and Phoebe Devynor and we all shared moments and we realized that the show has done so much for us and we get to celebrate together year after year. Every year someone different gets to enjoy the ride as the star of the show and then take a step back, it is a crazy experience.

LBH Besides acting, what hobbies do you have?
LN I love to sing, that’s always been something special. When I was in my twenties I thought I may want to explore the music industry but I also love storytelling, playing a character and getting to know how other people feel and finding empathy for other roles. I love spending time with my family and one of my hobbies is gaming. It happened with the lock down with my friends and then it became something constant. It sounds really weird but it really connects me with my friends.

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LBH Would you do a musical movie?
LN Absolutely! That’s on top of my list. I loved to watch musical movies when I was a kid.

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LBH What is your favorite childhood memory?
LN I think Christmas at home. I’ve got quite a big family, lots of strong women. We always spend Christmas together and spend a week together.

LBH What do you like the most about your hometown?
LN I’m from a seaside town so I love the air, I feel like I can really breathe and be quiet. Now I have moments where I go back for the quiet, I’m traveling the world so I like the quiet.

LBH What is the best piece of advice someone has given you and who gave it to you?
LN To be as present as you can, particularly in this industry when you are constantly chasing the next thing, sometimes it can be a struggle to enjoy the moment. Technology is also complicated because it doesn’t let you enjoy the moment.

LBH How would you describe your personal style in three words?
LN Vintage, classic like the 50s style and I am becoming more adventurous.

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LBH If you could bring a fashion trend from a lot of years ago, what would it be?
LN I love the 1920s, how everyone was almost the same but there was a slight difference. Maybe I would bring the 1920 suits because when I think about this decade when we look back in 50 years I don’t think that we will be able to place the style because people are inspired by the 90s fashion. If you take a picture of 10 people in the street you wouldn’t be able to tell in which decade they are, because we all dress very differently.

LBH What is your favorite fashion accessory?
LN I love watches. I also like rings and necklaces.