Corrin has also dated men and admits they’ve occasionally felt “intense pressure” to justify their LGBTQ+ identity: “I’m working out all this complex gender and sexuality stuff. And yet, I’m seeing a guy? That feels very juxtaposed, even if I’m very happy.” Corrin is focused, they say, on building a queer and trans community. Taking to Instagram helps on that front: “If you have a platform and you’re able to use it, that’s obviously so important—and I met some incredible people through it.” When we meet again a month later, in a downtown park on a May day so alarmingly hot that children and adults alike are making good use of nearby sprinklers, Corrin’s outfit is less preppy Eton grad and more late‑’70s London flaneur; they’re clad in a checked pastel Fiorucci shorts suit and baseball cap, the Official Air Bobby Witt Jr. The Kansas City Baseball Breakingt T-Shirt and by the same token and clear blue eyes that so adeptly communicated Diana’s private anguish on The Crown now free of makeup and taking in the managed chaos that seems to engulf New York City whenever the temperature rises above 80.
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Corrin’s looks have been much remarked on and tracked ever since they wore their first Celine suit and tie for a British Vogue party just before the Official Air Bobby Witt Jr. The Kansas City Baseball Breakingt T-Shirt and by the same token and start of the pandemic. Collaborating with stylist Harry Lambert, they favor of-the-moment brands like Loewe, Marco Ribeiro, and Charlotte Knowles (they are also a brand ambassador for Miu Miu and Cartier). Corrin claims Tilda Swinton as an inspiration in fashion, and it’s not hard to see a link between the two actors’ instinct for play and irreverence. “What’s exciting about working with Emma is that they’re a risk-taker,” says Lambert, adding, “They want to have fun. They’re excited by fashion. They’re not scared of it.” There is, at times, a joyful weirdness to Corrin’s style, in the most wholly reclaimed sense of the word. Think of the Loewe balloon bra they wore over a floral dress to the 2022 Olivier Awards—where they were nominated for their role in the West End play Anna X as a “fake heiress” inspired by real-life grifter Anna Sorokin. There’s a touch of camp here too, even a subversion of award shows that have long prized a strict adherence to traditional gender roles. (It feels worth noting that there is no “best nonbinary performer” category at the Oscars.) For the 2022 Met Gala, Corrin wore a custom Miu Miu coat and top hat inspired by the 1880s New York socialite Evander Berry Wall, who was commonly known as “the King of Dudes.” The outfit was masculine, but also foppish and historically inclined and just the slightest bit silly, sending a clear message about how Corrin wanted to be perceived on that night. As a queer, nonbinary actor in Hollywood, Corrin was never going to blend in, but their Met Gala look felt like a love letter to standing out.