Meet Sasha Spielberg

Musician, actress and super-rad chick Sasha Spielberg is the kind of girl we want to be—or at least hang out with on a regular basis.

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Gemma Hart Ingalls
Sasha Spielberg is the kind of girl we want to be.
Sasha Spielberg.
Sasha Spielberg.

Sasha Spielberg is truly a Generation Y Renaissance woman. The 23-year-old has appeared in several movies (yes, she is that Spielberg—daughter of Steven and actress Kate Capshaw), she is writing a screenplay, and she recently starred in the first-ever campaign for Nicole Richie’s clothing and accessories lines. As if that wasn’t enough to keep a gal busy, Spielberg is also half of the band Wardell, a duo she formed with her brother Theo Spielberg. The songstress’ cool off-duty style is the perfect complement to her dreamy, angelic vocals, as heard on Wardell’s latest EP, Brother/Sister, released in June. (For an added musical bonus, we recommend Googling the songstress’ YouTube rendition of “Love Hurts” with Zooey Deschanel.) We caught up with the LA native to talk about good tunes, good fashion and the trials and tribulations of having a good last name.

How did you first get into music?
I used to sing Titanic’s “My Heart Will Go On,” and I made my dad record a video of me singing like a real diva.

Have you and Theo always played music together?
Yes, Theo and I always had an interest in music. Theo plays every instrument imaginable, and I just tinker away at the piano, so I would try to tinker away loud enough that he would take a hint and invite me to play music with him.

How did you come to the decision to form a band?
It was a pretty natural process. There was no decision; there was a song, and that was “Opossum.” Our parents would play it over and over again, so we decided the only way to get them to stop would be to write another.

How would you describe Wardell in three words?
Never. On. Time.

You released the EP Brother/Sister in June. How does is differ from your 2011 album The Accidental Zoo?
We released this EP with an amazing UK label called National Anthem. We like to think of this as our first release. The 2011 release was mainly us being like, Wow, the Internet is so accessible—while nodding our heads and scratching our chins.

How has growing up with a famous last name shaped who you are?
It's an uncommon last name. I used to always want a very common last name so I wouldn’t have to deal with the “Are you related?” question. I would make up last names for myself, but then as I got to college and my identity sort of crystallized, my last name was just the second word on an overdue paper.

Your parents are both in the entertainment industry. What personality traits did you inherit from them?
I am a very theatrical person—even the way I speak at parties is intense. I have “bits” for everything. I’ve inherited my mom’s facial expressions and my dad’s way of looking at the world through music.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style can be summed up in collars and high-waisted skirts. It has to be comfy, and it has to be something I don’t have to unzip midway through a meal.

What are a few of your go-to brands and designers?
Brands? I’m still learning. The lessons begin in my mother’s closet soon, hopefully. I do like Chloé and Lanvin though.

Who has influenced your band musically?
I would say a mix between Fleetwood Mac,
Kate Bush and Christina Aguilera. That’s not
a joke.

Is there a musician you look up to or whose career you would like to emulate?
Stevie Nicks, all the way!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with a sibling?
An advantage is that the idea of saying everything without saying anything can be translated into music. In terms of the disadvantages, I’m sure we’ll start bickering once we’ve spent a solid amount of time together on the road.

You are our current girl crush. Who is yours?
Is Jennifer Lawrence too obvious an answer? Oh well, she's the one for me.

Hit play for Sasha's summer playlist—find it in the new Music Issue, on stands and available for the iPad now!

Originally published in July/August 2013

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