Oakes Fegley Is Hooked On Greek Mythology

Photographed by Danielle Kosann

Oakes Fegley, the young and talented star of The Goldfinch, talks social media, Stand by Me, and Wes Anderson…

From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?

For breakfast I would go with a good chocolate and banana crepe. Then at lunch I would have to do a classic turkey club sandwich and at dinner a nice filet mignon cooked medium.

When did you know that you wanted to be an actor? Did you ever want to be anything else?

When I was younger my sister did a lot of community theatre. I guess after watching her I wanted to do it as well. When I was younger I wanted to be an architect, but I’d love to get into music.

What do you think of social media and how it affects your generation?

I hate a lot of things about social media but it’s so hard to avoid, and there are good people online too.

How are you similar to your character in The Goldfinch? How are you different?

I am very different from Theo, but that’s what made him fun to play.

What movie has had the biggest effect on you and why?

Stand By Me is a movie that affected me when I first saw it. The performances from the young actors shocked me and truly inspired me.

What book has had the biggest effect on you and why?

Growing up, the Rick Riordan books based on Greek mythology really interested me and got me hooked. 

What’s your all-time favorite song?

My all-time favorite song is either What Are You Kids On? by CHAPPO or Taking A Walk by Trippie Redd.

What things outside of school and acting do you love?

I love skating, playing the guitar and hanging out with my friends when I’m not working. 

Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t yet?

I would love to work with Mahershala Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio, Wes Anderson, and so many more.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be the cast of Game of Thrones. Simply because I am a huge GOT fan and love them all. 

If you could put a quote on a tee shirt to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?

If I could put my current mood as a quote on a t-shirt it would be, “Just chill out man.”

Oakes Fegley, photographed at The Central Park Zoo in New York, NY

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