NICK FOUQUET & NOAH MILLS

NICK FOUQUET & NOAH MILLS

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INT. NICK FOUQUET’s HOME, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MORNING

NICK FOUQUET, in a hat of his design, and NOAH MILLS sit around an island in the kitchen of NICK’s Santa Monica apartment, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

NOAH
We met through your dad [laughs].

NICK
Yes. That’s actually a funny story. He was in town for a campaign — my dad’s a model of the silver fox variety — and, after the shoot, he told me how he wanted to meet up with Noah, this “really cool” guy he met on set.

NOAH
Super cool guy.

NICK
So, we went to lunch at Cafe Stella in Silver Lake. When we left, my dad asked what I thought of you. “Honestly, he’s kind of lame,” was my answer. True story. A couple days later, you hit me up again.

NOAH
Sent you some nudes.

NICK
I invited you to my shop, which was in a garage in Venice at the time. We hung out for a bit, and that’s when I realized you’ve got depth.

NOAH
Looking back, I probably came on a little strong [laughs]. I didn’t know anybody when I first came to Los Angeles. It was a very lonely time.

NICK
But we’re best buds now! You’re one of the coolest guys I know.

NOAH
I finally feel situated, and you had a big role in that. I moved to Santa Monica in part because you’re over here.

NICK
I’ve lived near an ocean my whole life. I draw a lot of inspiration from my surroundings, so Los Angeles, with its mountains and beaches, is creatively conducive to my craft. You don’t get all the different elements in cities like New York.

NOAH
But do you think you’d be doing more business there?

NICK
I’d definitely be drinking more [laughs].

NOAH
Same. That’s why I’m trying to move back [laughs]! Kidding aside, I love the East Coast. I grew up in Baltimore. I still think about going to New York City to do Broadway, or about buying a place upstate. It continues to amaze me how all of our friends are finally getting their shit together now that they’re in their 30s.

NICK
For me, you’re a great barometer of what life used to be versus what it’s like now. In addition to the spiritual growth we’ve achieved since we met, we’ve both grown in our respective careers, too.

NOAH
I didn’t have a life outside of modeling when I came to Los Angeles. I’d just sit and wait for the next call from my agent. Seeing how you lived then — you were very focused on your work, but you had a girlfriend, you’d surf on the weekends — motivated me to figure my stuff out.

NICK
Knowing how hard you’ve worked, watching you evolve from model to actor to producer has been incredible.

NOAH
Your trajectory has been sick, too. You’re a boss. Honestly, you took hatmaking, something I didn’t even think would work, and built a business that blew all of my expectations out of the water. Now you’re expanding into clothing design, another area entirely. And you’ve started to model, which is cool.

NICK
That’s not true [laughs]. I’ve done some campaigns, like Brooks Brothers with my dad, as an extension of my job as a designer. As a whole, this industry is fun and eclectic and that’s sort of what I love about it.

NOAH
There was a time when, as a straight dude, you weren’t supposed to be interested in fashion. When I started modeling at 18, I didn’t know one brand from another. I’d never even met anyone who identified as gay. It was only in the last couple years, in part from hanging with you, that I became super into men’s clothes.

NICK
Growing up, most people assumed any guy into clothing was gay, but I never felt that way because I have a father who loves style. I’ve always seen clothes as an outward expression of someone’s inner self. And nowadays, I think it’s universally understood that the modern man cares about what he wears.

NOAH
And I won’t apologize for it [BOTH laugh]!

NICK
What can I say, I love clothing and talking about it with people. That’s my passion, as weird as it may sound.

NOAH
You create products that genuinely interest people. When I tell people what I do, the conversation ends immediately [laughs]. While I’m grateful for my modeling and acting career, I’d love to have a craft or skill set like yours. That said, I’ve learned from experience that doing the exact same thing as my friends can put a lot of pressure on those relationships. So I’m glad we have separate careers.

NICK
It allows us to be honest with each other about what we could be doing better. Though asking you for advice is like going to the bank for a gallon of milk — sometimes I wonder if it’s the right source [laughs]. But seriously, we’re compassionate. We talk about potential character defects and where relationships may have gone wrong, too.

NOAH
Like that one breakup I had couple years ago. Being able to kick it with you while I was going through it was huge at the time. Coming out here, surfing, and having fun showed me there’s life after the storm, you know?

NICK
And now you’re on a whole other level.

NOAH
That’s friendship, right? Helping each other get through whatever it is we’re going through, and enjoying the ride along the way.

CREDITS

Photography byMichael Brager

Conversation moderated byAnthony Rotunno

Nick Fouquet is a designer and milliner based in Los Angeles.
Noah Mills is an actor and model based in Los Angeles.

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