The making of a German Bad Boy

The Creative Director had another one of his “ideas”. He wanted a  „German Bad Boy“ for an upcoming editorial and film he’ll be directing next summer and I got the assignment to find this bad boy and set up the shoot. He made a comment about how the term “German Bad Boy” is an oxymoron, but I was determined….I thought a moment about it. Names like Wilson Gonzales Ochsenknecht, Elyas M’Barek, Til Schweiger  came up……And I was beginning to think that he was right. I couldn’t say  that these actors in my eyes represent bad boys.

I then had the idea to create a bad boy.

At first, I tried to remember the names of some of the  actors in tv series I watch.  I went to the  „Gossip Girl“ page and found pictures of „Nate Archibald“ and „Chuck Bass“.  I Googled „bad boy“ and the first person that showed up was „Twilight“ star Robert Pattinson. I laughed. He looks nice and has a mysterious look. But that’s all. And then „Sin City“ star Josh Hartnett came up. He did an advertisement for Armani men cologne and laying next to him a hot girl desperately grabbing at his shirt. On his face an amused, winner smile. I was getting closer.

Suddenly, I saw pictures of James Dean and another handsome guy who were both wearing only white t-shirts, jeans and sneakers. Later I found out that the other guy was Marlon Brando, and he and James Dean were the original bad boys. My mood board is set….

I was introduced to a young good-looking, up and coming actor named “Paul” and
I booked Germany’s hottest photographer Oliver Rath, a real life bad boy.

Shooting day. The styling and make up are done. Oliver Rath shows up…Let’s Rock and Roll!

Vivienne – The Daily Grind

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