One thing I know about Willem Dafoe is that he likes to pretend. He is as convincing playing a vampire as he is a messiah, equally an asset to the tragedy of Lars Von Trier, as he is to the whimsy of Wes Anderson. Impossible for us to ascertain who he will show up as next, we just know that we will believe him.
We all coexist in a pretend world full of pretenders but no one has presented more personas with more frequency and as successfully as Willem Dafoe. I’ve caught glimpses of him in fifty or more films made by as many directors, and he’s always the character and identity he’s pretending to be. I was jazzed to have an opportunity to talk about his passion to transform, and his current impersonations and adventures.
[Interview by Brian Hendricks / Photo by Terry Richardson / Styling by Heathermary Jackson]