Actress Jessamine-Bliss Bell on creating beautiful moments

by Micaela Stanley

“I want to work with people who are about experience and are about learning things and growing together," she tells me,“That’s all acting really is—it’s having moments with other people and in different contexts, building on those moments and expanding and meeting new people and having more experiences.”
There is something so beautiful about certain moments—it’s not a beauty that can be defined by physicality or symmetry. It’s in the weather, the people you’re with, and the place you’re going. It’s the feeling of comfort that comes from complete happiness. The moment that is too ethereal to be captured because it can only be felt.

Model and actress Jessamine-Bliss Bell understands the beauty of these moments. “When you’re walking around there, you just look up and think, ‘Oh my god, I live in this city.’ It’s insane.” She’s talking, of course, about Paris—one of the two cities she calls home.

It is through her work on films such as this year’s Lost Paradise (a primer on artist Yayoi Kusama); theater productions like The Importance of Being Earnest and Romeo and Juliet in Sussex; and a bevy of editorial and campaign work for major magazines and fashion houses that Bell has been able to create the experiences that beget these beautiful moments. “I want to work with people who are about experience and are about learning things and growing together," she tells me,“That’s all acting really is—it’s having moments with other people and in different contexts, building on those moments and expanding and meeting new people and having more experiences.” She pauses, and with complete certainty says, “I want to convey truth. Truth of the moment with other people.”

When I ask Bell about her perception of personal beauty—when and where she feels the most beautiful—she reflects on moments and experiences rather than visages in mirrors. “When there’s no distractions, and you’re just quiet, and you’re with the people that you love, that’s when I feel most comfortable with myself, and hence most beautiful.” After she says this, she pauses once again, taking a long moment to consider, before adding, “Also, when you do something that you love.”

Photographer: Jessie Craig for Patricia McMahon Photography Ltd.

Stylist: Francesca Turner.

Hair And Makeup: Carolyn Gallyer for CLM Agency London.

Talent: Jessamine Bliss-Bell for Next Management, Paris.

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