“Past Lives” and ‘’The Morning Show’’ actress Greta Lee stars in a striking fashion spread for the December 10th, 2023 issue of Sunday Times Style. The cover, captured by photographer James Harvey-Kelly, features Lee in a unique ensemble of a gray feathered sweater and stylish Prada tights paired with understated Hanro underwear.
The cover story, created by stylist Tracey Nicholson, shows the American actress exploring a variety of high-end fashion labels including Alaïa, MM6 Maison Margiela, Donna Karan and Jil Sander. This fashion narrative is further enhanced by Tomi Roppongi’s expert hair styling, Ciara O’Shea’s make-up artistry and Pebbles Aikens’ meticulous manicure work.
Greta Lee, the breakout star of “Past Lives,” a film that has captivated audiences worldwide, shares her journey and insights in an interview with Charlotte Williamson. The concept of “in-yun,” a Korean belief in destiny through past life connections, plays a central role in the film. Initially unfamiliar with the concept, Lee now sees it as a casual, pervasive force and humorously wishes for an “in-yun break” given its prevalence in her life.
Directed by Celine Song, “Past Lives” is a poignant tale that explores the what-ifs of life and the complexities of love. Lee has received critical acclaim for portraying Nora, who reunites with her childhood sweetheart after emigrating from Seoul to Canada. The film’s authenticity is enhanced by Song’s decision to keep the actors apart until they meet on screen, capturing their genuine first interaction.
Lee’s personal journey mirrors the multifaceted life of her character. Born in Los Angeles to Korean parents, she navigated different worlds from an early age, balancing her Korean heritage with the experience of a prestigious LA private school. Her acting career, marked by near-successes on Broadway and television, reflects an ongoing struggle against industry norms, particularly for Asian-American women.
Despite early setbacks, including a mistaken audition call meant for Greta Gerwig, Lee’s perseverance paid off. Song, who initially sought a younger actress, eventually cast Lee, recognizing the depth she could bring to Nora. At 40, Lee embraces this late-blooming success as a hopeful sign for women in the industry.
Lee’s roles extend beyond “Past Lives,” with notable appearances on “The Morning Show” and upcoming projects including “Tron 3” and “Problemista.” Off-screen, she balances her career with motherhood and a passion for gardening, living on a former goat ranch in LA. Despite her rising fame, Lee remains grounded, eschewing social media for a quieter, more authentic existence.
Reflecting on her journey, Lee sees her success not only as a personal triumph, but as a beacon of hope for other Asian American actresses.