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rami malek and angela sarafyan: two good reasons to stick with this twilight thing to the bitter

end. by liz armstrong. photographed by jennifer rocholl

morning after

morally questionable corporal on the HBO miniseries The Pacific and potstirrer in the Tom Hanks feature Larry Crowne. “I like being able to inhabit someone who’s got some type of irregular mental state,” he says. “I like all those kinds of deviant characters who are not the regular Joe.” His good looks accentuated by unconventional charm, Malek doesn’t come off as the boy next door in Within three minutes of conversation with the peculiar beauty Angela Sarafyan, we’re speaking person, either. “I can put on a good face for Mom and Dad,” he says, “but I in whispers, playing spies who have cracked the like to be unpredictable.” code to each other’s lives, drawn into an Malek grew up in the San Fernando imaginary intrigue. Valley—a fact he’s very proud of—in It lasts just a half minute before we snap back “one of those very communal, ethnic into reality: She is in a gauzy dove-gray dress kind of families where everyone’s preparing for her photo shoot, in the process throwing food in your face and talking of having her long hair getting trained onto loudly and making sure you have to rollers; I am sitting across from her, dodging the unbutton your pants before you leave makeup artist working on her eyes. the table.” While he’s the only actor of  “There are girls who know they’re beautiful and the bunch, he says, they know how to be pretty,” she says. “I never “I think everyone’s quite artistic or functioned in that way. The things that attract me are odd.” These include her latest role as a vampire crazy, I can’t quite tell the difference.” This includes a schoolteacher twin mate in Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2, the latest and brother. When asked how he prepped final installment in the saga of otherworldly his non-actor twin for the possibility of heartache and blood. Sarafyan, the daughter of being mistaken for a teen vampire actor Grigor Sarafyan, plays the quiet, wise sensation, Malek says that when he companion to Benjamin, Rami Malek’s alpha gets recognized, he sometimes says, vampire and a master of element manipulation. Together in Twilight lore they’re the favorite children “that’s not me. You’re thinking of my twin brother.” He shrugs off any of the Egyptian Clan. mention of public adoration with The two met on set and have since formed a apparent sincerity. “It’s a bit unnerving, genuine friendship. As some of the first cast because I’m not the typical attentionmembers to arrive to shoot this chapter of the enormous franchise, the two newcomers immediately seeking type,” he says. “I can be a bit decided to stick together. “Angela and I hit it off from reclusive and I do like having a little bit of anonymity, though I feel that might day one,” says Malek. “For one, she’s a gorgeous be slipping away soon.” young lady so I felt compelled to try to open my Sarafyan faces the same challenge. mouth and have words come out that were relatively Over the next year, she will be seen in charming, and she responded, which was great. I a leading role alongside Clint think we’ll always have a special bond because of Eastwood’s son and in James Gray’s those first few days we got to spend together.” latest film, Nightingale, with Joaquin During Twilight downtime, they helped each Phoenix and Marion Cotillard. other refine characters for other potential jobs, “Sometimes it’s been like this,” she including Malek’s first audition for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. He was eventually cast as says, pretending to fall and clutching the table for balance. Though she Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son-in-law, and follower of his religious cult. And they’ve formed something moved to the States from Armenia at age four, Sarafyan says, “I’m an L.A. of a clan themselves off-screen as well. “We girl. I especially realize that when developed a relationship that was unique to us,” I go to another country, or even Sarafyan says. “I think he’s odd, too—a strange another state. It’s so amazing to be a bird. That’s where we connect. We made a good part of this pool of talented, creative, couple. We even look alike.” cool people who bring light to all the  As she’s getting ready, Malek is entertaining the other parts of the world.” crew with animated stories that have them all laughing. Sarafyan hears him and her voice turns to honey: “He’s such a sweet boy, huh?” “Sweet” is a new role for Malek. “I’ve never played the boy next door,” he says, adding that he’s played a “lot of weirdos in film and television” including a
stylist: sean knight. hair: john d. at starworks using tresemme. makeup: kristee liu at starworks using hourglass. grooming: nick manelos at magnet using oribe. FROM LEFT: on rami: stylist’s own vintage levi’s jacket, t-shirt by diesel, jeans by j brand; on angela: sweater by gap, shirt by marc jacobs, shorts by michael kors, vintage brooch by palace costume. stylist’s own vintage schott nyc jacket, shirt and pants by michael kors, boots by bess, ring by huckleberry ltd.

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