Naturalist Project Issue #8
photos Maurizio Bavutti style Romina Herrera Malatesta featuring Sam Claflin
To say Sam Claflin’s star is rising seems woefully inadequate; rocketing would be a more appropriate term. Certainly there’s been nothing steady about the British actor’s career path to date. Just months out of LAMDA he was notching up the parts in prestigious TV shows, chasing this up with scene-stealing roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman. Claflin, 29, isn’t someone who’s about to rely on a megawatt smile and ‘nice guy’ reputation to keep stoking his career, however, if you’ve seen his turn in The Riot Club, you’ll know he’s not afraid to do nasty.
It’s Claflin’s recurring role as the chiseled Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series, however, which has really positioned him teetering on the edge of superstar status (just a cursory glance at the comments on his Instagram shows you the kind of megafandom a role like this will get you; ‘My future husband’, ‘You’re so cute’, ‘Love you so much’, the ubiquitous heart-eyes emojis). And yet despite Claflin’s very not normal career, he himself has somehow remained resolutely normal, preferring nights in with his wife or at the football with his old mates, to party hopping and red carpets. In fact, he seems faintly bewildered by the whole fame thing, insisting in typically understated fashion that he’s not interesting enough to warrant that attention. Watch him in something and you’ll most likely disagree with him on that. Claflin exudes that indefinable yet utterly unmistakable X-factor, which tells you maybe he won’t be able to dodge that attention for much longer. I spoke to him from Berlin on the eve of the world premier of the final Hunger Games installment, Mockingjay Part 2.
grooming: Cash Lawless @ Jed Root
producer: Matt Brown
styling assistants: Page Schultz & Caitlin Cowger
special thanks: Amy Bartlett & Laura Colman @ Premier