‘Yellow Vests’ Star Juliette Lewis Brings Her Fan-Favorite Punk-Rock Character to Life

Needless to say, welcoming Lewis’ quirks paid off for the creators of yellow jackets, which tells the story of a high school girl soccer team that survives a wild plane crash, set between 1996, the year of the crash, and today, when the middle-aged survivors are haunted by the trauma of their past. The thriller, a modern and all-female response to lord of the flies– captivated audiences and ignited conspiracy theories at breakneck speed.

As part of the older and current cast, Lewis stars alongside fellow Hollywood veterans Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey and Tawny Cypress. Of the quartet of characters, Lewis’s fierce and strong-willed Natalie — a recovering drug addict and con man with “toxic bravado,” as Lewis puts it — has the most distinctive style. A dyed-in-the-wool punk rocker, she mixes modern designer pieces (many from Lewis’s own wardrobe) with the sartorial relics of young Natalie, played by Sophie Thatcher. “Everything she wears is an expression of her mental state,” Lewis explains. “It’s his facade.” The icing on the cake of her insurgent weave is her shaggy, artfully tousled brown bob and signature sooty eyes inspired by iconic rockers Nina Hagen and Siouxsie Sioux. Working with costume designer Marie Schley, makeup artist Patricia Murray and hair department head Marie Larkin, Lewis was instrumental in conceptualizing Natalie’s visual story, which is inextricably linked to the essence and evolution of his complex character.

In conversation with vogueLewis discusses bringing his idiosyncratic vision of Natalie to life, the fanfare around yellow jacketsand what to expect from the shit-causing season finale.

vogue: What attracted you yellow jackets?

Juliet Lewis: The pilot script was one of the best scripts I have ever read, I can’t even remember how long ago. It was so captivating and new. It was something I had never seen before. It was so intriguing, and all the characters were so defined. Melanie Lynskey was involved, and then they mentioned Christina Ricci. And so it made me really excited. The bright, beautiful and enigmatic Tawny Cypress was not yet attached. I had just heard these names, and I was like: “Yes, it is a good cast!’ All four together. We just completed each other.

Diana J. Carleton