By Laurie Brookins
Adam Sandler came calling recently—and Sarah Mutch had to turn him down. “I booked a part in his new film but then couldn’t get my work visa coordinated that quickly,” says the 25-year-old Canadian beauty. “I was pretty devastated, not just because it was Adam Sandler, but also because I would love to work on a comedy. It was like having a winning lottery ticket, and then someone takes it away from you.”
You probably recognize Mutch’s sultry looks from a variety of highprofile editorials (including covers of Italian Vogue and Maxim) and ad campaigns, most notably Guess, a label known for vaulting models into acting. “It definitely puts you on a high-profile stage,” affirms Mutch, who has transitioned her career into gigs both small-screen—TV’s Stargate Universe, Smallville and Supernatural—and big, including her latest, Funkytown. Set in 1970s Montreal, Funkytown explores the birth of the disco-club scene and the seedy underpinnings that in hindsight are all too recognizable. “I play Adriana, a girl who wants to launch a singing career, but her story turns out to be a bit more Milli Vanilli-esque,” Mutch says.
Other projects are in the works, but at press time Mutch had to keep mum on the details. She’s based in Los Angeles, but once this year’s pilot season wrapped, she headed straight to New York, where she recently signed with top-tier agency IMG, another decision rooted in propelling her career forward. “I’ve been modeling since I was 14, and I knew if acting was going to be where I was headed, I had to get really focused on that.” Still, you will see her in Miami, where she’ll happily trek for modeling jobs because she “loves, loves” the city. (She’s also been romantically linked to Miami Beach’s Wayne Boich, scion of the Ohio-based coal and energy conglomerate.)
All of which means Mutch may be trading in her Canadian passport for an American citizenship sometime in the near future, and then she won’t have to say no should Adam Sandler call again. “Oh, yeah, becoming an American is a big priority right now,” she says with a laugh. “The meetings with lawyers are taking place even as we speak.”
Goddess gown, Christian Siriano ($1,800), and python beaded ankle-strap pumps, Christian Siriano Limited Edition (price on request). christianvsiriano.com. Bijoux collection necklace ($1,100) and lavender-amethyst Cerise ring ($1,900), David Yurman. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave.; davidyurman.com
STYLING BY KELVIN SEAH HAIR BY WILL CARRILLO FOR SEBASTIAN AT CELESTINE AGENCY MAKEUP BY RIKU CAMPO FOR GUERLAIN AT CELESTINE AGENCY
photograph by lisa loftus
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.