Marvel’s “Kraven the Hunter” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson dominates the September 2023 issue of Esquire US with not one, but two spectacular cover images captured by Norman Jean Roy. The British-American actor flaunts his chiseled physique and six-pack abs in R13 pants for the first cover (above), and exhibits a timeless appeal in a Gucci coat, vintage tank top, pants, and boots for the second cover image (below).
The cover story sees stylist Bill Mullen dressing Taylor-Johnson in a selection of high-end designs from renowned fashion houses such as Prada, Maison Margiela and Loewe. Hair styling for the editorial was meticulously crafted by Thom Priano, while Valissa Yoe took charge of grooming, and the entire production was expertly managed by Boom Productions.
Inside the magazine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s conversation with Alex Pappademas is as varied as his roles, touching on the challenges of parenting, the joys of everyday life, and the pull of home.
Having relocated to England with his family, Taylor-Johnson is now immersed in a series of projects. He’s set to play the iconic Marvel villain in “Kraven the Hunter” and has recently wrapped up “The Fall Guy” alongside Ryan Gosling. Yet, whispers in the industry suggest he might be the next James Bond. While he remains tight-lipped about the Bond rumors, there’s no denying the actor’s rising star power.
Taylor-Johnson’s approach to his craft is deeply introspective. He believes in the authenticity of a role, stating, “When you say stuff like ‘I’m the greatest hunter of all time,’ you’ve got to know deep within your being that it’s coming from a place of reality and depth.” This dedication is evident in his preparation for “Kraven,” where he delved deep into the character’s psyche, drawing inspiration from real-life figures who shared a bond with animals.
Beyond his professional life, Taylor-Johnson is a family man at heart. He and his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, have crafted a life filled with love, challenges, and the joy of raising four daughters. Their home in Somerset, an old farmhouse property, reflects their desire for a tranquil life away from the limelight.