Nevertheless, he approached them the same as he does any stranger he meets in the street. “I’m a believer in the ordinary person, that the ordinary person is just as important and has an equally unique perspective on the world as someone who is famous or perhaps more privileged,” he said.
Shooting the Met Gala, he acknowledged, “became a surprisingly interesting experience” because the nature of a gathering of such proportions meant he had to slightly alter his process. “Usually I approach someone alone out in the world. Here, I had to interrupt conversations, and people might have a cocktail in their hand.” The results, he discovered, from Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka (“who said very tender things about each other”) to Bryan Cranston, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Anna Kendrick, yielded refreshingly ordinary-extraordinary results.
“He broke up with me once. For a day.”
“All that matters is love and friendship. Everything else is just a game.”
“One time we were driving through Italy, and we were listening to a radio station that played nothing but melodramatic Italian love songs. So we started inventing translations. The stories we made up kept getting more and more ridiculous, until soon we were both in tears.”
Photography by Brandon Stanton