Devon Ross — The Beginning of Everything

Photography:
Charlotte Hadden
Model:
Devon Ross
Stylist:
Carolina Augustin

One of the many magical things about music is that wherever you are, a song can swiftly transport you to another place. For Devon Ross, listening to music is her piece of home in her new life in the United Kingdom. Since moving to London from Los Angeles, her collection of records, plus her love for playing the guitar, is the 22-year-old’s method of grounding, as her acting career takes flight.

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Devon Ross is now a London local, but she’s still in awe that The Beatles walked the streets outside her front door. As the daughter of Lenny Kravitz’s lead guitarist Craig Ross, Devon grew up in Los Ange-les, surrounded by music. But the normalcy of showbiz didn’t dampen the pinch-me moment The Beatles territory gave her when she moved to West London. When I speak to the actor, model and musician on a video call, she’s sitting in her London flat. Behind her is a plastering of magazine cut-outs of musicians, and a nude portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono takes centre stage. Hundreds of collected records are squeezed into shelves and Devon sits beneath them – music being her shrine. “We’re kind of running out of space,” the 22-year-old smiles. “I’ve been buying records since I was a kid, and we really do love all music. In our kitchen we have a little vintage radio, so I’ll put on Radio Caroline or a station called Angel, which just plays 1940s  swing music.”
Devon’s wolf-cut hair, pixie features and thrifted, 60s-esque aesthetic are a perfect match for the Portobello Road and Brick Lane markets she frequents. At home, she jams with her boyfriend Earl Cave (Nick Cave’s son), and at work, she exists in it-girl territory.
Devon’s latest big job was actually her foray into acting, playing an assistant to Alicia Vikander’s disillusioned movie star character in the HBO miniseries Irma Vep. The drama-comedy series opened the gates to all the glamour of Cannes, and has positioned Devon as one to watch within the television sphere. “It’s been surreal,” she says. “It’s been the ultimate crash course in acting – for a first gig, I was fortunate to land this. It was with amazing seasoned actors that I could learn from, so I was so lucky to be in that environment on my first go.”
For Devon, years spent model-ling for the likes of Gucci, Valentino and Simone Rocha was the perfect setup for the cool and calm character she plays in the show. “I’ve always said that modelling has an element of acting to it. Every model is an actor in their own right,” she says. For the multi-hyphen artist, the creativity she was able to bring to the role was a huge highlight. “You have more freedom than I thought you did,” she says. “I didn’t know you were allowed to suggest things to the director and have so much creative input.”

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Omega watch, Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood necklace, Boucheron rings

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Boucheron ring, vintage belt at Carlo Manzi

Devon has an air of confidence that’s still full of wonder at the opportunities and world around her, but she’s also equipped with the maturity of someone who’s mixed with adults their whole life.
As a kid, she has fond memories of being on tour with her dad, and it was her parents (her mum is model Anna Bauer) that instilled a strong sense of self-confidence. “Growing up I was so lucky to have parents that were always backing me and always telling me to do whatever I want, which gave me this confidence. They never told me I couldn’t do anything.”
This self-belief helped her feel at home on the Irma Vep set and reduced feelings of intimidation. “I didn’t take acting classes because I knew that they had cast me for a reason,” Devon says. “I’m not saying I knew what I was doing, but whatever I did I must have done right, so I shouldn’t overthink it by taking classes and getting really in my head about it. A lot of people say that you shouldn’t ever act, you should just be the person you’re playing.”
After watching Irma Vep, it’s hard not to draw parallels between Regina, the assistant, and Devon, the burgeoning actor. Regina has an obsession with films and Devon has an obsession with music. “Regina knows she’s the smartest girl in the room and she has no problem sitting in a room with investors and directors and she just knows she’s the coolest,” Devon quips. “She just sits back and shares the most pretentious facts about cinema and that’s just who she is.”
Working alongside Alicia allowed Devon to absorb her craft like a sponge. “I feel like everything I learned was from watching her,” explains Devon.
“If I didn’t know what something meant I’d just ask her and she’d tell me and was really helpful with everything. She made me feel so comfortable and didn’t make me feel like I was new at this.” As for other roles Dev-on would love to play, she’s open-minded and endlessly curious. “I’m at the bottom of everything and still learning everything I can learn,” she says. “So it’s all exciting to me. I’d love to play someone who’s really different to me and I have to really re-search or study, that’s the dream.”

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As a kid, she has fond memories of being on tour with her dad, and it was her parents (her mum is model Anna Bauer) that instilled a strong sense of self-confidence. “Growing up I was so lucky to have parents that were always backing me and always telling me to do whatever I want, which gave me this confidence. They never told me I couldn’t do anything.”
This self-belief helped her feel at home on the Irma Vep set and reduced feelings of intimidation. “I didn’t take acting classes because I knew that they had cast me for a reason,” Devon says. “I’m not saying I knew what I was doing, but whatever I did I must have done right, so I shouldn’t overthink it by taking classes and getting really in my head about it. A lot of people say that you shouldn’t ever act, you should just be the person you’re playing.”
After watching Irma Vep, it’s hard not to draw parallels between Regina, the assistant, and Devon, the burgeoning actor. Regina has an obsession with films and Devon has an obsession with music. “Regina knows she’s the smartest girl in the room and she has no problem sitting in a room with investors and directors and she just knows she’s the coolest,” Devon quips. “She just sits back and shares the most pretentious facts about cinema and that’s just who she is.”
Working alongside Alicia allowed Devon to absorb her craft like a sponge. “I feel like everything I learned was from watching her,” explains Devon.
“If I didn’t know what something meant I’d just ask her and she’d tell me and was really helpful with everything. She made me feel so comfortable and didn’t make me feel like I was new at this.” As for other roles Dev-on would love to play, she’s open-minded and endlessly curious. “I’m at the bottom of everything and still learning everything I can learn,” she says. “So it’s all exciting to me. I’d love to play someone who’s really different to me and I have to really re-search or study, that’s the dream.”

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Photographer: Charlotte Hadden
Stylist: Carolina Augustin
Talent: Devon Ross
Interview: India Hendrikse
Make-up: Lydia Ward-Smith
Hair: Liam Russell
Production: The Curated
Photographer’s assistant: George Zenko
Stylist’s assistant: Annie DavisMarianne Agb
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