Last night, Sebastian attended the Vanity Fair After Party for the 94th Academy Awards. He ran in his co-star Lily James at the event plus his Avengers: Endgame co-star Taika Waititi. Although we have no pictures of him with them, his other co-stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, new Oscar winner, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and many of his other Marvel co-stars. I have added photos to the gallery for the event as well as a portrait taken by Mark Seliger. Enjoy!

 



Welcome to Sebastian Stan Network, your newest fansite for Romanian-American actor, Sebastian Stan. I originally opened this site in November 2021 but after a few problems I had to close it for a few months.

Whether you know him from his Marvel projects or your love goes back as far as his Gossip Girl days or before, you’ve obviously come to appreciate his talent, his humor, and his personality. And he’s also not hard on the eyes!

Even though I have been a fan since Gossip Girl, I started majorly following him beginning with the Marvel world and by Civic War, I became huge Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier stan. I became a major of stan of Sebastian(the man) during his Marvel press tours. I thought he was so hysterical especially with Anthony and Chris Evans. Plus, I saw what a good heart and generous soul he had. After The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I went back and watched everything I hadn’t seen of his already. As much as I like most of his characters, especially Bucky Barnes but TJ Hammond from Political Animals will have a soft spot in my heart forever. 2022 has been an even greater display of Sebastian’s talent.

I’m still working on a lot of the gallery including finishing his career section and adding the press archive and video gallery. I have most of the photos from this year’s projects and events but I still have to update other things from this year.

About this site:

→  There are no candid/paparazzi photos other than Sebastian filming one of his projects or him arriving or leaving public events.

→  I try not to post any personal pics of fans with Sebastian unless they are donated. (I love donations btw!) If I’ve posted personal photos that belong to you and you want them removed or just given credit, let me know and it’ll be remedied quickly.

→  I have posted photos with credit from Flicker of conventions. If yours have been posted and you want them removed, let me know.

→  The Marvel section is mostly UHD/4k quality except the extras and some documentaries. The Martian film is also UHD/4K. Everything else is at HD. All screencaps of the 2022 projects have also been 4k/UHD.

→  I’ve been able to obtain hundreds of exclusive outtakes from some of Sebastian’s popular photoshoots. I have posted only some of the pics so far. Due to the fact I had to remove some after I opened last year, I won’t be posting as many. They are tagged, but very subtly. Please do not remove the tags. That could end up with the outtakes not being released.

→  Below are some of the exclusive photoshoots I have posted so far. Please also visit other sections of the gallery. I’m sure there is new stuff mixed in with pics you’ve already seen. I hope you enjoy!

 

 
 
 

Thank you so much to Emily, Jay, Holly, Ashley, and Jen for their help with the site. A very extra, special thank you to Kaci! She has been there every step of the way getting the themes right and helping me with graphics, watermarks, etc. She’s so kind and doesn’t realize how amazing what she did for me was. So thank you, thank you!
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FLAUNT: Ever had a bad dinner date? It’s not the law of attraction—rather the law of averages—that ensures anyone putting themselves out there on the love-seeking scene today will encounter their fair share of whackjobs, weirdos, and ghosts. But no dating disaster you’ve been through could be worse than what befalls the characters in gripping new Rom-Com/ Horror film, Fresh (Hulu). Starring young British actor Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) and seasoned leading man Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I, Tonya, The Martian), Fresh begins by exploring the dynamics of the contemporary dating world… before crossing the boundaries of… taste…

Stan plays Steve, a handsome, single doctor who accidentally (but we realize later, of course, on purpose) strikes up a conversation with Daisy Edgar-Jones’ Noa in the produce aisle. It’s all so natural. They exchange numbers. He texts her. They go on a date. It’s a good date. Since they met IRL and not through an impersonal app interface, they skip a few steps and quickly get intimate. Noa’s best friend, Mollie, (played with verve by Jojo T. Gibbs) finds Steve’s lack of digital presence disturbing, but enjoying the love-buzz, Noa throws herself into her exciting new romance.

But Noa’s soon to find out—the very hard way—that behind this charming facade, ‘Steve’—a pseudonym—is really quite something else. Instead of the sophisticated getaway he promises her, she’s face to face with primal fears, and her sweet, sensitive lover is revealed to be a mix of Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and American Psycho, prone to Patrick Bateman-style musical interludes as he … well, that would be giving it all away. Suffice to say, in classic horror movie style, trapped in a mysterious house in the woods, Noa has to find a way to get out… And Fresh—directed by Mimi Cave, written by Lauryn Kahn, and produced by Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up, The Big Short, Vice)—is the clever, knowing, and full of suspense result.

Flaunt caught up with Daisy and Sebastian in London about Fresh, cuisine, and how they found a friendship in the midst of horror.

So how is London treating you?

SS: I think it’s been good, it’s only been 24 hours now since we’ve been here. But it’s been good—the rain is here, of course. A nice, cloudy, rainy day.
DEJ: I love it when it’s rainy in London— it’s my favorite! It’s so, you know, romantic and lovely when it rains.

Daisy, you are of course a born and bred London girl. It must be nice to be home. But you’ve lived in London before, haven’t you, Sebastian?

SS: Yeah! I was in London In 2003, when I did a year at the Globe Theatre; my college, Rutgers University, had a program at the Globe, so that was the first time I was here. In 2010, I basically lived here for a year do- ing Captain America: The First Avenger, and then I was in and out of London. And then in 2019, then the pandemic, and I lived here for another six months doing another project. So, I really do like it here.

Oh, so you’re basically a local with all of that experience.

SS: Almost.
DEJ: Practically a Londoner. He still hasn’t had a Sunday roast, though. That, to me, is shocking.

In all those years?

SS: I didn’t even know what that was—because usually Sundays, I keep to myself.

Right.

SS: And I was always in the hotel room crying.
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PASTE MAGAZINE:> Sebastian Stan had been acting for nearly a decade before Marvel came along. The Romanian-American actor was filling out roles as secondary and background characters for years during the 2000s in movies like Rachel Getting Married, The Covenant, Hot Tub Time Machine and Black Swan, and on TV shows like Gossip Girl—more than once playing an antagonist. But Stan is not a grizzled character actor: He is handsome, youthful and, above all, unusually sweet-looking. He has soft features, big, puppy-dog eyes and an invitingly goofy grin, and even now he appears younger than the pushing-40 reality. Stan’s is an easy face to be drawn to, and thus an apt one to cast sneakily in roles as villains and bullies because it is so effortless to be disarmed by him. The people over at Marvel must have noticed this. It’s why Stan became such an immense breakout once they got ahold of him back in 2011, taking keen advantage of his boyish looks and experience countering said looks in roles as jerks and assholes, and turning it into massive success. From there, Stan has been turning it into a success that is all his own.

Opposite Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s introduction of the popular hero, Captain America: The First Avenger, Stan played Captain America/Steve Rogers’ fated best friend and war buddy, Bucky Barnes. In this first Captain America installment, Stan was a heart-tugging death scene. But in reprising this role (with a twist) three years later in the far more acclaimed sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel exploited one of the oldest tricks in the archetype book. Positioning Stan as friend-turned-agent-of-death for the fascistic secret organization Hydra, Stan was a messy-haired, brooding, baby-faced killing machine. But in simpler, more timeless terms, he was another misunderstood bad boy. And as a person who was detrimentally on Tumblr during the most of the 2010s, I can speak intimately to Stan’s status as an object of intense desire in the role. His long-haired, black-makeup-smeared visage proliferated GIFs, photosets and homoerotic fanfic ships between him and Steve Rogers (which I am certain persist to this day). Quite frankly, people went fucking nuts for Bucky Barnes. In turn, they went fucking nuts for Sebastian Stan.

Still, Sebastian Stan was not quite a star. He is more at home in co-lead and supporting parts, the latter of which Bucky Barnes very much was despite his prominence and veneration. Even as Stan graduated from the cinematic arm of the franchise, he moved into a co-starring role alongside Anthony Mackie’s character, Falcon, in the spin-off series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Stan is more of a character actor than a star, and it’s a title into which the performer has begun more easily to slide post-MCU. But even before the MCU’s Phase One concluded in 2019, Stan had been gradually carving himself an acting niche in indie films separate from the superhero franchise that made him. He had already played support in films from major directors—Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky—but it was playing Jeff Gillooly in Craig Gillespie’s biopic treatment of the infamous Tonya Harding scandal that drastically altered Stan’s perspective on what he wanted out of his career. Challenged by the role, he became more open to films that demanded more from him, like as an undercover cop opposite Nicole Kidman in Karyn Kusama’s dark thriller Destroyer.

Now with his sadistic turn as the charismatic, cannibalistic villain in Sundance breakout Fresh, and as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in Hulu’s biopic limited series about Lee’s leaked sex tape with Pamela Anderson, Pam & Tommy (reuniting Stan with director Craig Gillespie), 2022 not only feels like Stan’s year, but like he is the closest he has ever been to establishing himself as a true creative force. Fresh in particular, while fun, would not work without Stan’s buoyant magnetism and wit, the tame horror elements and heavy-handed subtext on modern dating alleviated in part by his screen presence. It’s no wonder why Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) was so seamlessly charmed by him one day at the grocery store, exhausted by the dating scene and thrilled by a kind, down-to-earth and confident older man who, unbeknownst to her, happens to be a cannibal and purveyor of human flesh for the black market. As said cannibal, Steve, Stan is equal parts winsome and sociopathic. Like Noa, we feel betrayed when Steve reveals his true self. We were just as fooled by him as she was. How couldn’t we be? Just look at him!

As Tommy Lee, Stan is kind of perfect. He adds an extra little something to the fictionalized interpretation of this real-life person that would be lost without him in the role, something that Lee himself lacks. In the show (I guess in real life too? I’m not familiar with Tommy Lee—this scandal happened the year I was born) Lee is established as, well, an asshole. A bit of an entitled bully. The kind of character that Sebastian Stan is not unaccustomed to portraying. But Stan looks, quite frankly, nothing like Tommy Lee, and this only works to his advantage. In addition to Stan’s compelling take on the hotshot rock star whose star is quickly fading from view, a performance which oscillates seamlessly between funny, infuriating and empathetic, it’s Stan’s countering appearance that gives Tommy Lee more of a sympathetic edge, whether Lee deserves it or not (he often doesn’t). It’s the very thing that has made Stan such an inviting presence in film even when he’s playing antagonistic.

In an interview with IndieWire from 2018, Stan claimed he wouldn’t necessarily turn down the opportunity to play the lead in a franchise. But he notes that, right now, he’s grateful that Marvel has given him the freedom to pursue meaningful roles in smaller works of art that really move him. In a perfect world, this is what tentpole franchises would offer actors and directors alike, and what is occasionally touted as the reasoning behind indie filmmakers taking on large superhero projects; the freedom to pursue passion projects afterwards. Yet it is often the reality that creatives more prominently involved with the superhero industrial complex have difficulty (or disinterest) in branching out in exciting new ways afterwards, despite the oft-purported “one for them, one for me” rhetoric. Instead, some seem to be stuck inside the system. Though getting their start in compelling indie dramas, exciting actors like Elizabeth Olsen and Brie Larson have become noticeably absent in the smaller cinema landscape as of late, mostly gearing themselves towards continued franchise work; Robert Downey Jr., on the other hand, has claimed that he will never make another indie film again. Meanwhile, Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi seems mostly disinterested in returning to his affecting, low-key New Zealand comedy roots outside of small TV gigs. It is fascinating—and mostly disheartening—to see which artists become disappeared by the franchise system, and which, like Stan, use it to thrive.



 

In conversation with his former costar Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan shines a light on how he gets into character both physically and mentally, from roles like rock legend Tommy Lee to a charming psychopath in Fresh.

L’Officiel: Sebastian Stan has lived many lives. From his breakout role as disgraced prep-school bad-boy Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl to Marvel’s Bucky Barnes, Stan has largely managed to fly under the radar. That is, until now. Starring as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in the hit Hulu series Pam and Tommy has planted Stan squarely in the spotlight. The miniseries, which also stars Lily James as Pamela Anderson, follows the untold story of the infamous sex tape seen ‘round the world, which was stolen and leaked during the wild early days of the Internet.

His latest role sees Stan explore the horrors of modern dating in Hulu release Fresh, where he stars alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones as Steve, a seemingly nice guy who is not at all what he seems. “The movie explores the idea of this hero complex, which fucks up all our relationships with each other; the idea that there’s a knight in shining armor that’s gonna come and save the day,” Stan says. “I’ve certainly fallen into the trap of wanting to be that strong guy who isn’t going to be vulnerable.”

Exclusively for L’OFFICIEL, Stan speaks with friend and former costar Margot Robbie about transforming himself for a role, on-set chemistry, and his favorite rom-coms.

MARGOT ROBBIE: I’m gonna start way back at the beginning, when you were conceived—no, I’m joking, not that far. We physically met during the chemistry read for I, Tonya, but I had seen your tape before. I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but I didn’t recognize you at all. I think you were wearing a turtleneck and you may have even grown the ‘stache. I remember being like, “Wow, this actor is so good, who is this guy? He’s going to be such a find.” And then I looked you up and I was like, “Holy shit, it’s the hot guy from Gossip Girl and those Marvel movies!” Since then, I feel like you just keep transforming. I wanted to ask you about the more physical transformation, particularly when it comes to Pam and Tommy and Fresh. Is that something you find helpful?

SEBASTIAN STAN: I feel like the physical stuff always helps us, right? Because I’m such a self-conscious person with regard to my “Sebastianisms.” Having to morph into something that’s not really you is scary, but it stops me from judging myself.

MR: Do you wanna know a Sebastianism that I’ve noticed? You cover half your face with your hand when you laugh. I love it.

SS: [Laughs.] Yeah, I do do that. That’s also my favorite emoji, by the way.

MR: But I totally get what you’re saying. I feel like the less I look like myself and the less I sound like myself, the more separate I am from the character. That being said, what drives you to make the choices that you make? Even if I hadn’t worked with you, and I didn’t know you, I know I would be a fan of yours because of the risky characters you play and the projects you sign onto with so many first or second-time directors.
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Forbes: Sebastian Stan has played a Marvel superhero, he has played real-life rocker Tommy Lee, and he even stirred things up on Gossip Girl early on in his career. Today however, the Romanian-born actor’s latest performance in the Searchlight Pictures film Fresh (now streaming exclusively on Hulu) has showcased the full spectrum of Stan’s outstanding acting abilities in a singular project.

Now, I am not going to spoil the subject matter nor genre(s) that Fresh would most definitely classify itself as, but Stan achieves a career-best performance with this enigmatic portrayal of Steve. After his character comes across the film’s main protagonist Noa (played brilliantly by Daisy Edgar-Jones) during a random encounter at a supermarket, a charming romance ensues between these two seemingly well-intentioned young people and moves questionably fast, without a safety net, something bewildered viewers of this film will soon wish was put in place all along.

So, what was it for Stan that intrigued him most to want to purposefully fall down the rabbit hole of this truly Fresh (pun intended) character?

“It was a script that had a lot of questions that it was raising and I sort of felt like there were things about the confusion of dating and this sort of not really knowing people right away and the projection that we throw on one another,” Stan tells me at Forbes. “Seemingly, why we’re drawn to certain people and particularly, that it took this ‘knight in shining armor’ complex that we’ve all heard growing up with, men and women, and flipped it on its head. When I read [the script], it kind of hit and I couldn’t stop thinking about it and usually that’s how I know to maybe engage further.”

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A new Hulu series starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan is a picaresque romp through the history of the stolen sex tape that changed pop culture.

NY Times: Back when 1995 was young, Pamela Anderson and her new husband, Tommy Lee, the drummer for the flashy metal combo Mötley Crüe, were on top of the world. She was starring in the TV hit “Baywatch,” and while his band was past its 1980s prime, he could still live la vida rocka in their Malibu mansion.

You can’t blame them for wanting to preserve some of their happiest moments — including some very naked, very sexual ones — for posterity, with the help of a Hi8 camcorder.

And then, much to the couple’s dismay, the footage got out. And got around.

Those events and their fallout are dramatized in the eight-part scripted series “Pam & Tommy,” a wild, picaresque romp through the nightclubs, palaces and porn dens of mid-90s Hollywood, which debuted Wednesday on Hulu. But the show has more on its mind than celebrity antics or period-perfect riffs on the outlandish trials and tribulations of its lead couple — although it has those, too.

The series uses the scandal — which begot fortunes, ruined lives and made the celebrity sex tape a defining artifact of the internet age — as a guide through a transitional period in American culture. It depicts a time when glam gave way to grunge and when cheap video and dial-up modems exponentially expanded the reach — and the invasiveness — of the business of sexual imagery.

“We’re still living in that today,” said D.V. DeVincentis (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”), a writer, executive producer and co-showrunner of the series. “You could argue it all comes from, if not this moment, then this period, and it’s something you’ll never get back in the bottle.”

It is hard now to grasp the scope of the affair, which has become shrouded in a mist of 1990s nostalgia.

“Obviously Pamela was so a part of everyone’s world, and even just that time in the ’90s is very sort of romanticized in my head — this wild time of crop tops and Spice Girls,” said Lily James, 32, who portrays Anderson in “Pam & Tommy.” “But we also talked about how there’s this deeper, untold story that was largely missed by the headlines.”

Seth Rogen, 39, who is among the show’s executive producers, plays Rand Gauthier, the real-life electrician who stole, duplicated and distributed the tape. Rogen recalled by phone his first awareness of the footage. “I was 13, 14 years old when it came out, so I did not know the full story by any means,” he said. “I just knew it was this thing that was floating around my social group a little bit — that was looked on as this mythical thing, like ‘Lord of the Rings’ almost.”

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Forbes: For many reasons, the theft and leaking of the Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s private sex tape was a landmark moment in popular culture. From privacy to ownership rights and ethics to sexual content online, the ripples of the splash it created continue to this day.

However, Pam and Tommy isn’t just about that tape. Based on a 2014 Rolling Stone article, the Hulu miniseries stars Lily James as Baywatch star Pamela and Sebastian Stan as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and goes beyond the tape, the theft and distribution, and looks at the fallout and impact of the video being made public.

I caught up with Stan to talk about the project’s uniqueness, the reality of recreating Tommy’s legendary genitalia, and his relief at the positive reaction to the first official image from the show.

Simon Thompson: Your transformation in Pam and Tommy is incredible. What was it like the first time you saw yourself as the complete Tommy Lee?

Sebastian Stan: Lily and I had to do this camera test, and that was the first time I think we finally had all the touches; I had the tattoos, she had the wig, the whole thing. That was a big and telling day for both of us. Until that point, I would look at pictures of him over and over and think, ‘How am I going to pull this off?’ The hair and makeup team that we had were geniuses. They researched so hard, and the way they planned everything was special and specific. From every single tattoo to the amount of stubble I had, it was a conscious decision on their part to try to move us in the right direction.

Thompson: You and Lily didn’t spend a lot of time together before that because of the pandemic, right?

Stan: Even afterward, I would never see her outside of Pamela. There was no time because she would get there super early, I’d get there early, we’d go to two different places, spend three hours getting ready, and then meet and film. At that point, I would meet Pamela; I wouldn’t see Lily herself. Sometime at the end of the day, I would maybe get a glimpse of her running from the makeup into the car to go home. It wasn’t until the end of the shoot that I formally met her. I was amazed at how close to Pamela she looked and how much of her essence was there.

Thompson: As an actor, is that helpful, or is it your worst nightmare not to have that personal time and connection with the other actor?

Stan: She and I had all these scenes together, and we always needed to communicate and stay in touch about everything so that we were always on the same page. It was different, but no two projects are ever the same. We just happened to have a really good group of people on this. From the guys doing sound to our camera operator to the directing, we seemingly had the best of the best. Everybody came in and worked so hard, so it was unique in that way.

Thompson: There was always going to be an element of controversy around Pam and Tommy. When you got the script, who did you talk to about it and use as a sounding board to help you decide whether or not to take it on?
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VARIETY:The cast and creatives behind “Fresh,” a rom-com-turned-thriller that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, unpacked the need for horror (and a touch of humor) when tackling today’s realities of dating and the continued commodification of women.

“There’s a lot of tropes in this film that are there for a reason – and hopefully we’re challenging them. We’re twisting them in a different way,” director Mimi Cave told senior entertainment writer Angelique Jackson in Variety’s Virtual Sundance Studio presented by Audible.

“[There’s a] subconscious way women operate in the world that men don’t know about,” added the film’s writer, Lauryn Kahn.

In “Fresh,” a young woman named Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) meets Steve (Sebastian Stan), and the two start seeing each other romantically. However, Noa soon learns that her new partner has some concerning dietary tendencies — diving the film into the literal meaning of “meat market.”

“[‘Fresh’] was very complex and sort of surprising. [It] kind of pulls the rug from underneath your feet,” said Stan. “As actors, it’s a nice challenge.”

“[The film] is sort of exposing this level of fear of threats that we do live with without ever discussing or interrogating,” added Edgar-Jones. “What’s so wonderful is being able to explore that whilst also creating something that is really entertaining. There is a lot of dark humor throughout this script, and I love that.”

Jojo T. Gibbs, who portrays Noa’s best friend in the movie, also noted the importance of seeing platonic relationships in the film’s landscape — as well as the joys of working together as a cast on the project.

“When I did the chemistry read with Daisy, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, she’s amazing.’ We clicked from the jump, and the bond just was very fluid. And I think it spilled over onto the screen very well,” said Gibbs.

Hear more from the conversation with Kahn, Cave, Edgar-Jones, Stan, Gibbs and Dayo Okeniyi in the video above.