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Noah Jupe Talks The Undoing’s Killer and Finale Expectations

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Spoilers for The Undoing episode 5, “Trial by Fury,” ahead.

Admit it: You gasped at the end of last Sunday’s The Undoing.

The HBO murder mystery, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, built a pyre of tortuous, sometimes questionable twists over five episodes, then tossed a lit match during the final moments of its penultimate installment. Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman), still puzzling over her inscrutable husband Jonathan’s (Hugh Grant) involvement in the brutal killing of his lover (Matilda De Angelis), finds the missing murder weapon in her son Henry’s (Noah Jupe) violin case.

“In murder mysteries, you always rule out the kid—because of innocence, because of the fact that they’re a child,” Jupe tells me over Zoom. “It’s one of the reasons I took the job, being part of that twist and right in the center of it. I loved exploring the fact that maybe Henry wasn’t innocent, maybe [he was] on the dark side, maybe he had his own secrets.”

Henry is a just another notable entry in Jupe’s already outstanding resume—at 15, the Brit is easily one of Hollywood’s most in-demand child actors, with pivotal roles in A Quiet Place, Ford v. Ferrari, and last year’s star-making Honey Boy. In fact, despite the tension of being central to a murder mystery, The Undoing is probably one of the actor’s less stressful roles to date: “There were some nice and easy scenes at the start,” he admits. “But it did get pretty deep pretty quickly, I do have to say.”

Along with shielding his character’s burden of guilt, Jupe more than holds his own alongside co-stars Kidman and Grant. Perhaps it’s because his seven-year-old brother keeps him down to earth? “He was like, ‘What are you choosing now Noah?’ And I said, ‘I’m shooting this thing where both the Paddington villains are playing my parents,'” Jupe laughs. “He was like ‘Oh. How does that work?'”

Ahead, Jupe talks untangling Henry’s motivations, creating the “unconditional love” of a family unit, and the shock you’re not expecting from tomorrow’s finale.

When you did your initial read through of the scripts, did you have any idea of where it was going? Did you think, Henry could be involved?

Oh, I wanted to be the murderer. I was like, “I’m the murderer for this reason, this reason, this reason.” But everyone was like that around the table [read]. Hugh was like, “I did it.” Nicole was like, “I did it.” Everyone was gambling over who did it. It was such a lively table on the day we read through the last episode. Everyone was so excited. You never get that in a read-through with the episodes. I’ve been a part of lots of movie read-throughs and you read it through in one go, but these were on separate days, and then it all led up to this final episode. It was almost as if we were watching it at the table.

Give me the general vibe in the room as you read through the finale.

It’s a journey of itself. It’s like a normal finale in the sense that it brings everything together—and then takes that on a journey. It’s like a movie. It’s that last episode that has its own arc. It’d work as a movie. And it was silent. It was very silent throughout that whole episode 6 [read] until the end. It definitely delivers.

How do you think people are going to react to the finale?

I think it’s going to be extremely satisfying to a lot of people. No one’s going to expect what happens. People might have predicted the outcomes, but the outcomes are given and then taken on a whole journey. No one it is expecting that. People might have predicted who it was, maybe, but no one’s expecting the journey you’re going to go through in the sixth episode.

I know Susanne has a very particular method. She makes you rehearse first thing every day, right?

She’s very fluid. There are lots of conversation involved. We get in in the morning and talk about the scenes, and then if we want to experiment, we experiment. And if Susanne wants to show us something, she shows us something. It felt like you were on the same level. It wasn’t a structure, just a free flow of ideas. And then by the end of that, everyone coms to the conclusion of how they wanted the scene to go. But it still wasn’t even strict, “That’s how the scene is going to be.” There was improvisation in the scenes, lots of experimenting, and I really got to give it to Susanne for creating that vibe on set and it being an efficient way of doing it, because that could get out of control.

What did rehearsal look like before you shot the final scene of episode 5?

Because we were in my bedroom, we had a whole day of that, and there’s a few scenes of my bedroom. I think we had the one with Donald and me at the violin, and then a couple of moments between me and my mom that were really deep and allowed us to create this bond between us as characters. What was fun was absolutely destroying that bond at the end of the day with this last scene. We’ve built up this trust throughout the day, and then this last scene was the realization that nothing is as it seems, that the truth is not necessarily the truth. It was really fun to play that and really fun, as two actors, to have that journey throughout the day.

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Throughout the course of the series, are you dropping hints for this bombshell? Or are you trying to play it as straight as possible?

Knowing my end, the journey as a whole, was good because I knew the truth of my character. And I had never really played a character before that you didn’t know everything about, that was hiding. That was really interesting in playing the scenes, knowing that there was this physical hammer attached to me constantly. And I reckon if you went back and watched the scenes, there are moments when my mom will say something and it’s like, “Do I tell her? Do I not?” Or she’ll say, “What about the murder weapon?” And then there’s a reaction from me.

I loved the scene with Henry and Jonathan walking through the park at the beginning of the pilot. It feels like a very real snapshot into a father/son relationship. How did you build that rapport with Hugh?

It was one of the first scenes we shot, and it was really cold. Terrible weather, but kind of beautiful. Central Park in the winter is stunning. The beauty of it, and the cold, me and Hugh sat next to each other in big coats shivering throughout the scene. That element broke the ice, excuse the pun. Me and Hugh got on quite well. We have a very similar sort of humor. From the read-through, getting to know him, making him laugh, him making me laugh, kind of built that relationship. And this scene, he’s really funny and it is such a nice, rhythmic scene between a father and a son. It just kind of came. We talked loads about it, but then when we actually started doing it, it all came together and felt instantly great. It came naturally.

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And then you contrast it with Henry visiting him in prison. Were you conscious of the parallels there?

That scene was really interesting, because seeing your dad and not being able to touch him was a huge thing. Knowing that he’s been put in there for a reason, not knowing if that reason is true or not, but still knowing he’s done something wrong to get himself in there—the trust between them is broken.

But honestly, within a family, there’s only unconditional love. It doesn’t stop as soon as someone does something. It’s not like a boyfriend and girlfriend, when someone cheats, it just goes [away]. There is that love that will always be there no matter what happens. So exploring that and exploring the fact that he can’t not care for his dad—he has to care for his dad and he wants him back, because ultimately he spent his whole life with this person as his father figure. For that anchor to go, in a moment of Henry’s life that’s so dramatically changing all of the time, is terrible for him. So he wants it back, and [that scene is] almost exploring the lengths he will go to believe certain things just so he can get his family back together.

I could not fathom why Henry would eat up all this TV coverage. I think I would try to avoid replaying the worst moment of my life. Why was Henry doing this?

There’s no answers around him—in terms of his parents, in terms of his grandfather. The only place there’s almost answers is the news. And Henry almost got into this mental state that he thinks that, at some point, something’s going to come out that resolves all of this. He needs to be [on his phone] so can run back to his dad and say, “It’s fine. It’s fine. We’re all going to get back together.” He’s constantly waiting for that moment, for that breaking news moment, when they say, “It wasn’t him, it was actually this person,” and everything can go back to normal. I’m sure he hates watching it. He absolutely hates seeing it all. But he has to.

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Fendi Couture Brings Out Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, and Kate Moss

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Virginia Woolf, Bella Hadid, and Kim Jones walk into a room. That’s the vibe Jones brought to Fendi couture with his highly anticipated debut for the Italian maison. In a year in which fashion took its rightful place on the back burner, the new creative director’s reimagining of Fendi gives us something to be excited about.

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After leading Dior Men for three years and completing a tenure at Louis Vuitton (during the Supreme stint, of course), Jones took his transition from hyped-up menswear to couture womenswear literally. Citing Virginia Woolf as a major source of inspiration (Fendi is also presenting an exhibition of rare books and manuscripts to accompany the couture collection), Jones’s clothes blur gender lines with direct references to Orlando, Woolf’s novel which sees the protagonist switch from male to female mid-story with little explanation.

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Lila Grace Moss Hack, daughter of Kate Moss

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The resulting collection sees gowns spliced with tailored suits, clutches in the shape of books, quotes from the novel embroidered on accessories, and a pattern in the final looks pulled from the marble-bound books Woolf published with her husband Leonard Woolf for Hogarth Press.

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The bag reads: “Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.”

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The casting of the show presented the same level of thoughtfulness. Dandies wove through a complex glass maze wearing sweeping trains alongside every Super imaginable: Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, Christy Turlington, and Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace Moss Hack shared the stage, all faces familiar to the brand.

To further drive home the importance of fashion (and its androgynous fluidity), the show notes iterate a line from Orlando: “Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.”

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Who is Alev Aydin? – Meet Halsey’s Boyfriend and Child’s Father

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Halsey began 2021 by unveiling some major news: she’s expecting her first child with screenwriter and film producer Alev Aydin. She shared the life update via Instagram on Wednesday, posting a series of photos where her baby bump is fully visible. “surprise! 🍼🌈👼🏻 Photos by @samdameshek,” Halsey, 26, wrote alongside the pictures, tagging Aydin, who is 37, according to People.

Underneath Halsey’s post, he wrote, “Heart so full, I love you, sweetness” next to a pair of heart emojis. “I love you!!!!! And I love this mini human already!” she replied.

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This will be the first child for Halsey, who has previously opened up about suffering a miscarriage and battling endometriosis. She paid tribute to her “rainbow baby,” a term commonly used for a child born after pregnancy loss, on Twitter, writing “my rainbow” alongside a matching emoji. Aydin retweeted the message on his own account.

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Ahead, everything we know about Aydin, including his matching tattoo with Halsey and how long the couple has been dating.

He’s a writer, actor, and producer.

Like Halsey, Aydin is in the entertainment business. He created and produced the 2017 series Small Shots, wrote and directed a 2017 short called HipMen: Los Angeles, and has appeared in a few episodes of the daytime soap General Hospital, according to his IMDB. Aydin’s debut film was 2013’s Lonely Boy, in which he wrote, produced, and starred in the project about “romantic misadventures of a schizophrenic bachelor.”

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He and Halsey were first linked together in October 2020.

Although not many knew about Aydin and Halsey’s quiet relationship, the pair do follow each other on Instagram. They were even spotted shopping for art supplies at Los Angeles’s Blick back in October by the Daily Mail, which referred to Aydin as Halsey’s “pal.”

The couple “have been dating for several months,” according to a People source. “Halsey has been low-key about their relationship,” the insider continued. “They were spending a lot of time at her house in the fall though, and it was obvious that she was happy.”

Halsey was last linked to Yungblood in March 2020, following some flirty social media interaction. Before that, she dated Evan Peters for several months in late 2019 and early 2020. The Grammy nominee was also in an on-again, off-again relationship with G-Eazy until 2018.

There’s evidence Aydin and Halsey are longtime friends.

The new couple may not have been photographed by paparazzi until 2020, but the friendship between Aydin and Halsey extends back at least a year earlier. In March 2019, he shared a throwback photo of himself and Halsey from a Lakers game that January.
“Back when I did a very cool thing I’ll prob never get to do again – massive thanks @iamhalsey for the courtside experience. Only ones not on our phones, actually watching the game. 🙏🏻” he wrote alongside the post.

Halsey and Aydin in January 2019.

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His Instagram is an ode to filmmaking.

Aydin’s passion for movies runs far deeper than his profession. A scroll through his Instagram will find stills from movies such as Parasite, Get Out, and Romeo + Juliet. He also paid tribute to Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese last November.

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He and Halsey have matching tattoos.

The timeline of Aydin and Halsey’s romance is unclear. But they did mark a major milestone by getting matching tattoos together in June. Tattoo artist Amanda Owley shared photos of the couple’s matching tattoos on their feet of the word “Seeds.” According to Owley’s caption, the tattoos were drawn “in each other’s handwriting.”

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The Best Hair Fragrances For Extra Luxurious Strands

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You might be wondering if you need a hair fragrance. After all, using one is inherently extra. (The proof is in the many indulgent scents available, and how the product adds yet another step to your hair routine.) We’re here to tell you that hair fragrances are more than just fancy, as experts say that they can be better for your hair than your everyday perfumes.

According to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, hair fragrances typically use less alcohol (an ingredient that can strip hair of its moisture) than regular perfumes. In its place, you’ll find more water, as well as ingredients that can help improve the look and feel of your hair, Think: camellia oil (an emollient that can help condition), silicones (which are meant to help prevent frizz), and hyaluronic acid (a humectant).

Devin Toth, hairstylist at New York City-based Salon SCK, echoes this, and his method for using one is to spritz at the roots and mid-shaft before quickly running your fingers through the length of your hair. The end result: “While you’re walking, hair-flipping, or putting your hair up in a ponytail, the scent will be desirable without becoming overbearing.”

If you’re still not sure if hair fragrances deserve space on your vanity, Toth captures our sentiment entirely. “When I think of hair fragrances, I think of aromatic sprays for cocktails at reputable, fancy cocktail lounges,” he says. “Are they necessary? Probably not. Are they wonderful? Absolutely, and they definitely elevate your experience.” Read on for some of our favorites, below.

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Mojave Ghost

Like the beloved eau de parfum, this hair perfume contains ambrette (a plant with a musky, amber scent), woody, and floral notes for a crisp yet enigmatic scent that you’ll be delighted to surround yourself with all day long.

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Kayali Déjà Vu White Flower Hair Mist

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$40.00

This spray—which is housed in a travel-friendly bottle—blends together floral notes like gardenia and tuberose with vanilla for a warm, modern fragrance. It’s earned King’s stamp of approval, as it doesn’t contain any alcohol that can dehydrate your hair. 

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J’Adore Hair Mist

This featherweight mist will leave your hair smelling like the classic eau de parfum: vibrant with hints of citrus and fruit. Its bottle is just as elegant and you’ll want to display it front-and-center on your vanity.

4

Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

Sol de Janeiro
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$19.00

This mist captures the essence of the brand’s cult-favorite Brazilian Bum Bum Cream with its warm and delicious notes that include pistachio and salted caramel.

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Rosa Nobile Hair Mist

Acqua di Parma
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$60.00

This mist bottles up the feeling of walking through a romantic, lush garden, as it swirls together rose and peony with musk and woody notes.

6

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume

Sachajuan
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$72.00

This hair perfume is as refreshing for your strands as its clean fruit-floral scent. It’s formulated to help moisturize, reduce frizz, and pump up the shine to add oomph to your hairstyle when you need it.

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Mix:Bar Cloud Musk Hair & Body Mist

Spritz on this mist—which is made up of at least three percent fragrance oil—for a musky scent of vanilla bourbon. It is subtle, seductive, and—the best part—only $9.

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Advanced Hair Mist in Vert

Raincry
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$53.00

Within this elegant (and portable) bottle is a mix of warm florals that will linger on your strands long after you’ve spritzed it on. That, and a blend of amino acids to help strengthen hair.

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L’Huile De Parfum Travel Size Fragrance-In-Hair-Oil

Kérastase
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$37.00

This hair perfume oil’s notes will give you an irresistible halo of citrus and florals, while its blend of emollient oils (like sunflower seed) will nourish your hair and give it a fresh-from-the-salon softness and shine.

10

Cleopatra Hair Fragrance

This slightly sweet, floral musk blend takes on a unique scent once it hits your hair and skin. It melds with your natural aroma, leaving behind sexy, yet sophisticated aura.

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