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Ewan McGregor ‘knew nothing’ about Halston before taking on fashion icon role

Halston: Ewan McGregor stars in trailer for Netflix film

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Halston is a new miniseries on Netflix and it documents the life of the fashion designer of the same name. The TV series stars Ewan McGregor as the title character, who was famous for his designs in the 1970s. McGregor has recently admitted he did not know anything about Halston before he took on the role. 

Roy Halston Frowick, better known as Halston, was an American fashion designer from the 1970s who was known for his minimalist styles. 

He was close friends with stars such as Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Joe Eula and Andy Warhol and he became a household name. 

The designer studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1950s and he started a business designing hats for women. 

Seven years later, in 1957, he opened his first store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. 

Actor McGregor opened up about what it was like playing such an iconic character, and he said he had a lot to learn. 

Taking part in a Deadline Contenders event, he said: “[I knew] nothing at all, I met Dan [Minahan] and I had no knowledge of Halston. 

“But was intrigued by the way Dan talked about him, the photographs that he showed me.

“And also the fact that I didn’t know anything about him was intriguing, like why didn’t I know about this man who was so inordinately famous and made such a mark on American fashion and culture? 

“I was intrigued by him and I was fascinated by the complexities of his life dealing with fame, dealing with addiction.

“There were just lots of elements in his personality that I thought would be extraordinary to play.

“And I was right, he was a wonderful man to get to know.”

He said there was a responsibility to Halston and those who loved him in the way he played the fashion designer. 

Liza Minnelli also features in the series and she is played by Krysta Rodriguez, yet the star was unable to meet the real Liza in person. 

There was one actor, however, who did get a unique opportunity to sit down with Liza and gain insight into her life. 

McGregor was given the chance to speak to Halston’s friend and he said it was an invaluable experience. 

He said: “It was extraordinary to meet her at all, but to meet her and to have this discussion about her great friend Halston was very moving. 

“It was such an important relationship that they shared with each other and I felt that responsibility and I wanted Liza to know that her good friend Halston was in safe hands with me. 

“And that we were approaching this piece with the right respect and that I appreciated the depth of their friendship.

“I couldn’t have imagined how deep that ran until I talked with her.”

Liza asked McGregor to keep their conversation private and he has vowed to do so. 

Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on his portrayal of the designer. 

One said: “Loved this series!!!! Literally got up at like 5 A.M to watch it!!!! Ewan McGregor is the best actor to play Halston (he’s the best actor in the world to begin with!) Can’t wait for Kenobi series and his other projects!”

Another fan said: “Just finished the series! LOVE IT Couldn’t ask for a better actor than Ewan McGregor to play Halston.”

A third added: “Ewan McGregor is so good in Halston omg.”

Halston is airing on Netflix now. 

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