How does it feel when you're on the cusp of being famous? I haven’t answered that question, but Lou Llobell can answer it. Today marks a potentially life -changing tipping point for the as -yet -unknown actor, as the epic launches the new show Foundation and he stars. Apple recently committed $ 1 billion to its streaming service, and a large portion of it was donated to tune the blockbuster series created by showrunner David Goyer ( Blade Christopher Nolan ' s ] The Dark Knight movie). It saw Llobell not only in the lead but also in his debut role, meaning this 26-year-old talent was literally pushed into the limelight from relative darkness. With no parts behind him or a solid, drawn entry into superstardom, one can only imagine the intense anticipation of it all. “Of course, you don’t know until this happens, but I’m both excited and overwhelmed myself,” he admits when we talk about Zoom a few weeks earlier at the moment.
Based on the iconic book of the same name by the author Isaac Asimov, The Foundation was commissioned to reach the big time. The sci-fi series follows Llobell’s character Gaal and the Fall of the Empire, the fictional ruling force across the galaxy. His mentor King Seldon (played by the brilliant Jared Harris) developed a mathematical method called psychohistory — essentially, a complex formula that predicts the future — which tells him that the Empire is about to fall and civilization is it will take 30,000 years to recover. However, with Seldon’s plan, the results could be mitigated in just 1000 years. Seldon’s strategy was to create the Foundation to re -establish civilization, and Gaal would help him do that. Although it seems involved, make no mistake that this book series, written in the ' 50 ' s, has a strong fan base and is often cited as one of the inspirations for  Star Wars . It already has a built-in cult following, the Reddit mega-thread is running wild, and the YouTube trailer alone has four million views, so it’s only a matter of time until Llobell’s name and face reach household status .
As sudden as it may seem, Llobell, a London -based Zimbabwean Spanish actor, actually had a moment to meet expectations. Like so many TV and film productions, the Foundation took longer to complete due to COVID-19. In addition, the journey to securing his position as Gaal was a long and difficult process: " I had three auditions. I was the first to casting director. The second was a recall with David Goyer and Rupert Sanders, who led the first stage.And then, we had a five day trial week.It was five days of auditioning every day-me and the five other girls who were going for my role. "It's a bit intense, but it's a great thing to see because we're all young artists of color, which I don't think you see or get along with often. As intense as it is, it's also nice to be with all the women," she said. Llobell. From start to finish, the process took nearly two years, which was more than enough time to wait and ponder. "How, obviously, I'm not ready to come, I think I'm ready for everyone to see it. And hopefully, there's positive feedback," she added.
I have a feeling that behind Llobell's twitter is the fact that this is technically his first acting work, which is clearly a big deal because it's Apple and because there's a big budget behind it, along with a lot of hype, and a complex narrative to reach viewers. So ' t to say that many rides on his performance would be a small word. Despite this huge responsibility, Llobell found it very cool about everything. When we were talking, he was sitting in his kitchen-looking kitchen and wearing a Foundation sweatshirt. She’s not yet in the whole showbiz portion of the glam-squad-and-designer-togs pre-interview, and it’s refreshing. Furthermore, he appears quiet with confidence and sure of what he said, which I think he will be well on once fame, inevitably, hits. I think this is why he doesn’t seem too satisfied with the prospect of suddenly appearing somewhere. “I think it will only hit me when I see a poster or a picture — I don’t know — on a bus or what,” he said. "I think the day that happens is going to be like, ' Wow. ' I think it ' s really going to hit me the day someone comes up to me and goes, ' Hi, I know you. You ' re Lou Llobell from that show. Can I take a picture? '"
So how does Llobell feel about incoming fans?" I think there will be fans of books waiting for books to be a series or something visible, which I think depends on how they take an adaptation version rather than expecting [it] to be identical. I don ' t think you can ' t do it exactly the same, especially ' t the books were written in the ' 40s, and the world today doesn ' t reflect what the world was like then. For example, my staff. I’m top paper, and my staff is a man, probably a white man in the book, but you assume it’s because of when it was written. So I think you have to be open to adaptation and change because of the world around you, "he said.
Along with starring in a big adaptation are the red carpets and press tours, which also means the chance to get dressed. -something few of us have done over the past 18 months.But Llobell seems to be enjoying what he has experienced so far.I was talking to him less than a week after our shoot, and I wanted to know which outfit she loved the most.She was surprised that she loved the pink checkered checkered from the NYC cultural brand Area while she admitted her own personal style was often more minimalist and full of "basics."  “I wore it, and it was very well framed and very beautiful, and [I loved it] with heart diamanté-encrust jeans,” he said. “It’s funny because everyone looks different, but They don't all have links to each other. I felt like it all came together so well, and it was one of the most fun days I’ve had. "
During the shoot (apart from a clear inclination for platforms to raise his 5 ' 1" height), Llobell was very clear in his desire to use his hair as a tool, and he was working close to a hairstylist, and now good friend, Kieron Lavine (who is responsible for her hair at the Foundation ) to make it a reality When I asked her about it, she mentioned Solange and Yara Shahidi as fashion inspirations, especially the latter, because Shahidi often uses her hair as part of her look: “ I think [it] is very important as a person of color, which I am fighting about. love the way I look and my hair texture is [and] don't know how to deal with it, how to comb it or style it but finally reached a point where I m sob rang so comfortable here that I wanted to show it. Once you know how your hair works and how comfortable you are doing it, that’s really like a coming age. "
Speaking of age, I want to investigate him about being Gen Z. How does he feel about being among the generation that's all about acceptance? As he considers he's more of a young millennial, he said that, thanks to the changes over the past 10 years, he has accepted himself more especially when it comes to hair . Llobell told me that he has lived all over the world, from the South Africa to Spain to Birmingham and London, so he was used to adapting to different places. However, he said that, so far, he was the happiest he was. " I am the most confident in myself. Not just how I look but who I am as a person, "he added.
Photographer: Phill Taylor
Photography Assistant: Chris Turner
Stylist: Grace Wright
Styling Assistant: Molly Robinson
Hairstylist: Kieron Lavine and Nylon Artists using Bouclème