LANKY MODEL JOHN HEIN IS LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE: HE PULLS OFF GRIM, MENACING LOOKS BEFORE THE CAMERA, BUT HEIN IN REAL LIFE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS A FULL-TIME JOKER
Lanky model John Hein is leading a double life: He pulls off grim, menacing looks before the camera, but Hein in real life and on social media is a full- time joker. Photography
Amodel’s Instagram account is typically filled with landscapes that provoke feelings of wanderlust and stunning photography. In a way, beauty becomes sort of an invisible theme that weaves itself through campaign and editorial shots and travel memories. Not so with John Hein.
This American model really knows how to crack you up with cheeky images and witty captions. Posts uploaded during his travels are complete rib-ticklers, made all the merrier by his larger-than-life facial expressions. In previous interviews, the 27-year- old didn’t shy away from admitting one of his greatest obsessions: the “Seinfeld” TV series with George Costanza being his favorite character.
Back to modeling, however, Hein has shown his ability to orchestrate some serious career moves. These, in turn, have bagged him hundreds of editorials and a number of high-profile campaigns, including for Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry where he posed with his reallife model girlfriend Tilda Lindstam. For this particular photo shoot, the ex-punk singer channels a dark mood on the streets of Los Angeles.
DA MAN: Hi John, how are you doing? And what are you currently busy working on?
John Hein: I’m doing great. I’m currently working on some short films for a festival that some friends and I put on in New York.
DA: Let’s talk about the most obvious thing: your love for “Seinfeld.” Since when have you been obsessed with this TV series?
JH: I grew up watching “Seinfeld” with my family since before I was even old enough to understand some of the jokes.
DA: Why George? What made him appeal to you?
JH: George represents all the negative qualities about people that I think are funny. He’s neurotic, jealous, cynical, and he’s a liar. He does things that you sometimes want to do, but never could.
DA: Is this a family thing? Or are you the only one obsessed with “Seinfeld”?
JH: Everyone in my family likes it, but my younger brother and I are the ones who know everything about it. We quote lines all the time to each other.
DA: Speaking of which, you were a musician before you started modeling, right? Did you sing or did play an instrument?
JH: I sang in a punk band. I’m not very musically inclined, but I like karaoke. [ Laughs]
DA: After you were discovered in Los Angeles, when did you decide to take up modeling full time?
JH: I lived in Los Angeles for eight months and was brought to New York by my agency, Ford. They knew I’d do well here and I began modeling full time once I got my footing.
DA: You certainly have some great moves when you dance, but what about walking the runway? Did it take you a while to practice that?
JH: No, and you can tell I haven’t practiced dancing either! [ Laughs]
DA: You’re in the Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry campaign with your model girlfriend Tilda Lindstam. How did you guys meet?
JH: Tilda and I had several mutual friends before we first met. They made her date me and she’s been stuck with me since.
DA: Any other big projects coming up soon?
JH: I wrote and directed a web series called “Lowlives” with my friend, Mitzi Akaha. That is in the editing stage and should be out soon.
DA: Do you have any particular goals in this line of work? Are there any photographers/stylists you dream of working together with?
JH: I’d like to incorporate other work that I’m doing (acting, writing, etc.) into this industry or use experiences I’ve had in modeling as material for other work. I like to work with anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously and lets me make bad jokes on set. [ Laughs]
DA: What was the funniest moment in your modeling career so far?
JH: When I get to work with friends and embarrass them in front of the rest of the team, I usually get a laugh out of it.
“I like to work with anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously and lets me make bad jokes”