THE TIMES – When Gabriella Wilde and her husband first contemplated a move to the country, the actress and former model was hesitant. Now, standing in the revamped kitchen of her Somerset home, blonde ponytail swishing as she makes herbal tea, she couldn’t be more content.
If it wasn’t for the relocation, she might never have bagged a role as the coquettish Caroline Penvenen in Poldark – her minxy antics have been thrilling the 5m-plus viewers of the drama’s second series. Nor would she have given birth to her second son in the master bedroom suite (“The builders had to put up scaffolding to hold up the birth pool. They obviously thought I was completely mad”), or have an immaculate designer farmhouse.
Hillhouse, her rambling home, is set in glorious countryside just outside Bruton. A turning takes you onto a gravelled drive where you are greeted with spectacular autumnal views; you can just about make out King Alfred’s Tower amid the fields and trees. Through a nondescript arch, you enter a wild, overgrown garden set within a courtyard, then a grey door leads you into the quirky property that Wilde, 27, shares with her musician husband, Alan Pownall, and their sons, Sasha, 2, and Shiloh, five months.
Formerly three cottages, now conjoined, the property was on the market for œ1.3m in 2015, but with the help of a local property finder, the couple bought it for a little more than œ1m. “This was the first one we both felt was right,” Wilde recalls. “The view was incredible – I came in and was shocked by it. You can see for miles. It’s really a special spot and it has a calm energy.”
The peace and quiet was soon disrupted by an extensive year-long refurbishment, under the guidance of the interior designer Sophie Ashby. The layout was reconfigured and the downstairs living area, which has an Aga, a woodburner, a fireplace and radiators, is now free-flowing yet cosy. “I’m someone who hates being cold,” says Wilde, who is dressed in a black poloneck jumper, spray-on grey jeans and chunky black boots.
Gabriella is featured in the new issue of The Times magazine. She talks about Poldark, her family, modeling and acting in her interview, that you’ll find below. Make sure to check the new photoshoot in our gallery. Big thanks to my friend Helen at Kit Harington Online for the help!
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THE TIMES – It is not especially hard to understand why, when embarking on a career as an actress, Gabriella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe changed her name to something a little more snappy. Not only is Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe a bit of a mouthful, but to the readers of gossip columns and glossy magazines, it comes loaded with associations: the aristocratic English rose from the glamorous, bohemian society family. The sister, Isabella, who allegedly broke Prince William’s heart. The stepsister, Cressida Bonas, who did the same to poor Prince Harry. The polo-playing DJ brother called Jacobi. It comes with a lot of baggage, the Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe name. Gabriella Wilde, on the other hand, does not.
“The most obvious name to choose was my mother’s maiden name, but that was Hubbard,” she explains. “Not very glamorous.”
In the end her agent saw a book by Oscar Wilde on her bookcase and Gabriella Wilde was born. Having cut her teeth in Endless Love, St Trinian’s and The Three Musketeers, she’s been dominating the nation’s Sundays as Caroline Penvenen, a minxy heiress in Poldark. Did she fall in love with a topless Aidan Turner in the first series, like the rest of us?
“I was probably the only person in the country who didn’t watch it,” she confesses. “I’d just had a baby so I was in a tired hole with my son.”
The day after she got the part of Caroline, she found out she was pregnant with her second son. “I couldn’t celebrate because I was panicking that I was pregnant and freaking out about how I was going to make it work.”
Gabriella is in the Winter issue of Town & Country (UK) magazine, here’s a first look at her new photoshoot and interview.
TOWN & COUNTRY – The actress and model Gabriella Wilde is every bit the carefree English rose of the fashion world, yet her pseudonym conceals her aristocratic heritage. Here, the scion of the Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe clan tells Sasha Slater about her role on the new series of Poldark and family life in the country as she wear’s A/W 15’s dresses with her signature poise…
Poldark may have been notable last season principally for Aidan Turner’s impressive topless scything skills. But the next series of the Cornish bodice ripper will be lightened up by Gabriella Wilde, playing a saucy young heiress, Caroline Penvenen, come to sow chaos among the copper mines. ‘She’s fun, bright, witty, but she can be badly behaved at times… she ruffles a few feathers,’ says Wilde.
By contrast, the actress herself is blissfully domesticated. She married Alan Pownall, the lead singer of the electro- pop band Pale, last September, and together they have a son, Sasha, who is now almost two years old. Home for the family is three old farm cottages knocked together in Somerset: ‘I grew up in the country,’ she says. ‘So I always knew I wouldn’t bring up my children in London. It’s too hectic.’
This is not yet a bucolic haven though, and sounds quite as chaotic as the capital: ‘We’re knee deep in mud and dust because we’re doing the house up,’ she says with a sigh. ‘And my husband’s here most of the time running the building work.’ She also recently added a huge-pawed and clumsy Italian mastiff puppy called Turtle to the mix.
Wilde started her career as a teenage model before mov- ing on to acting, and has starred in The Three Musketeers opposite Orlando Bloom, a remake of the horror film Carrie and the first-love melodrama Endless Love with Alex Pettyfer. ‘Modelling is something that goes hand in hand with act- ing these days,’ she says. ‘And I enjoy it more than I used to – my involvement in the creative process is deeper.’ As one of the faces of Estée Lauder, and a permanent fixture on Poldark, she is looking for ‘a life that’s more predictable, one where you can build relationships and you’re not just flying in and out. Modelling can be very transitory, and that’s not what I want’.
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RAG & BONE – Earlier this summer, London-based Gabriella Wilde flew to New York to shoot our FW15 campaign. We caught up with the beautiful star on set in Brooklyn to discuss the campaign, her style and career…
What is it about rag & bone that resonates with you?
rag & bone has an understated coolness. It is chic with an edge which I love. I’ve always been a big fan of the brand, it appeals to my natural style.
What were your thoughts about the campaign concept?
I loved the concept. It was very different, a bit raw. It was really fun to shoot. I love the hardness of the images.
What do you like about New York?
New York has an energy like no other city in the world. I never really feel like it’s real life when I am there.
How would you define your style?
I have never followed trends but just like what I like. I usually prefer to dress in a simple way, but wear clothes that are well made. I’m not a girly girl and I often like to wear men’s clothing. My husband probably influences my style the most – I steal his clothes a lot.
The face of new Crescent White on acting, her tri-coastal lifestyle, and why nothing beats a good moisturizer.
The way Gabriella Wilde tells it, acting found her. “I never actually even thought about being an actor until I was 20 and I got asked to audition for a movie,” Wilde recalls. Enrolled at City and Guilds of London Art School at the time, the British-born beauty subsequently auditioned for the film, which she didn’t end up doing, “but that’s where the interest started,” she says.
Transitioning to the big screen wasn’t too much of a stretch for the painting student. “I did a lot of portraits because I was very interested in portraying other people— which is probably why acting appealed to me—because it was something where I could literally be other people,” she explains. That Wilde also has a face for film—and fashion—certainly helped: her angelic features and long, cornsilk locks compelled Burberry creative director, Christopher Bailey to cast the now 24-year-old as the face of his Fall collection in 2012, which she quickly followed up with editorial spreads in style bibles like V and Another Magazine. Then the film roles came fast and furious, with her breakout debut as Sue Snell—the mean girl with a good heart—in 2013’s Carrie, and a starring turn alongside Alex Pettyfer in this year’s cult-romance, Endless Love.
Wilde’s patrician good looks come part-and-parcel with being descended from the aristocratic Gough-Calthorpe family, but her noble ancestry has little to do with her rise to fame in Hollywood, where she currently spends her time when she’s not in London—or New York. We recently caught up with the new mother as she tended to her newborn son, Sasha Blue, on the set of her first campaign shoot as our latest face. Here, Wilde tells The Estée Edit about her beauty education growing up with six sisters, her favorite multi-tasking makeup tip, and why she never watches her own movies.
VOGUE – JOINING the likes of Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse and the recently-appointed Kendall Jenner, British model and actress Gabriella Wilde has been signed up as the newest face of Estée Lauder. Spotted by Naomi Campbell aged 14, Wilde is a descendant of Charles II (her full name is the rather impressive Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe).
“I am so excited to follow in the footsteps of so many incredible women who have represented Estée Lauder,” she said. “They all inspired me and now I hope to inspire others.”
As well as an acting career that has seen her star alongside the likes of Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom and Julianne Moore, Wilde has previously modelled for Burberry, Lacoste, Topshop and Abercrombie and Fitch.
“Gabriella is a timeless beauty, a talented actress and an accomplished artist – the perfect new face to reflect the modern image and values of Estée Lauder,” said Richard Ferretti, senior vice president and global creative director for Estée Lauder.
With last year’s projects having included getting married to musician Alan Pownall and giving birth to their son Sasha, Wilde’s first campaign for Estée Lauder will be for Crescent White skincare, launching in March.