Portrait of Willem Dafoe by Leslie Hassler

Portrait of Willem Dafoe by Leslie Hassler

  Willem Dafoe’s face is such a mix of things, with his high cheekbones and piercing blue eyes. He can look evil and menacing with his lascivious grin but when he starts laughing he looks like a little kid!

I photographed him this week at a beautiful hotel in Manhattan. 

He has 3 big movies coming out: The Hunter, John Carter and Abel Ferrara’s 444

Franchesca Ramsey by Leslie Hassler

Franchesca Ramsey by Leslie Hassler

Just photographed Franchesca Ramsey yesterday. Her recent viral hit “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” was viewed over 5 million times in 5 days on You Tube! She’s awesome and we had alot of fun!

Abigail Breslin by Leslie Hassler

Portrait by Leslie Hassler

Today was a full house at my studio with so many actors, directors and publicists but the highlight was Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine. She is starring in a new movie called Janie Jones and she was here with the gorgeous Alessandro Nivola. Both of them brought their guitars and we had a little jam session!

William H. Macy

William H. Macy by Leslie Hassler

portrait by Leslie Hassler

I have loved Bill Macy’s acting since seeing him as Jerry Lundegaard, the car salesman who hires Steve Buscemi to kidnap his wife in the Coen Brothers movie Fargo. Now he is on the hit Showtime series Shameless. He was shooting with me the other day here at my studio and the stylist had brought a few clothes. Instead, I pulled some of Miguel’s clothes out of his closet and dressed Macy myself. When Miguel got home and saw Bill hamming it up for the camera, he said, “Hey those are my clothes!” and Bill said “Yea, I checked all of your pockets and you’re out of Vicodin.”  At the end of the shoot when Bill gave me his email address,  I said sarcastically, “AOL?” and he goes, “Well, you still drive a Land Rover.”

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo by Leslie Hassler

Portrait by Leslie Hassler

Melissa Leo won The Golden Globe last night for best supporting actress in The Fighter and I thought she was great! She was here at my studio and was such a warm, beautiful person. And sooo smart. She’s a huge talent and extremely grounded. I’m so happy she won!

Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum by Leslie Hassler

Portrait by Leslie Hassler


Emmy Rossum is on the new show Shameless on Showtime with William H. Macy. She’s absolutely gorgeous and amazingly fun to photograph. This is my Grandmother’s dress from her collection of vintage clothes and her top hat which I found in her attic. More pictures to follow on my website, I wish I could post them all!

Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal by Leslie Hassler

Portrait by Leslie Hassler

I love this picture of Gael Garcia Bernal because it looks like you can peer into his soul. He was staying at The Hudson Hotel and we did this picture in the courtyard which is covered in Moroccan pillows. I love his eyes in this picture. Very warm and mysterious. He is charming, self-deprecating and a sweet guy. His movie with Diego Luna and Will Ferrell comes out in 2011 called Casa De Mi Padre.