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Ariane Rinehart is the most famous woman in history. At least, that’s who she depicts in Biblical epic Noah, which she opens as apple-picking Eve. But Rinehart is no stranger to iconic roles. In December’s The Sound of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood, she sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” as famously angst-ridden Liesl von Trapp. And as the love interest and bride in Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” video, she created a new icon for 185,000,000 YouTube viewers. So what is Rinehart, a Barnard College junior, up to when not tackling roles that would make a veteran movie star cry? We sat down and talked to her about – what else? – travel and New York City.
Noah filmed in Iceland. Did you get to see any of the sights while shooting?
It was pretty fast; I was only there for about five days. But one day when we weren’t filming, the guy who played Adam, also named Adam (Marshall Griffith), and I walked to downtown Reykjavik. We walked along the water, which is really nice, and got to this cute little village area. We asked some locals, “We’re looking for downtown,” and they responded, “You’re in it!” It’s interesting because outside of the downtown area it’s very suburban – not very exciting, a little dreary. But the downtown’s very cute: this little hill, all these cottage-type homes. I tried whale and horse, because I feel like when you’re in Iceland you should eat whale and you should eat horse. Because when are you going to do that ever again?
Tell us one of your favorite experiences.
Iceland’s landscape is very diverse. When we got off the plane, it was midnight, but it was summer so the sun was still setting. Our driver said, “What if we pit-stop at the Blue Lagoon?” So it was midnight and there was still light out, and we dipped our hands in the edges of the Blue Lagoon and its weird, milky, salty water. Then when we were driving to the shoot, we passed volcanoes; miles and miles of volcanic rock covered in moss from hundreds of thousands of years. And we shot in this valley that cars couldn’t access. We had to drive to the top of it and then hike along little sheep paths down into the beautiful, grassy valley with little streams. It was a perfect-blue-sky day for fourteen hours. When the crew said it was time for dinner, I asked what time it was, and they said it was 10 at night.
It was very cool to see so much of Iceland in a very short time. Riding an Icelandic pony and then maybe actually being in the Blue Lagoon, in a bathing suit, floating, would be the next step. But other than that, we’re good.
Where did you stay?
Our hotel, Grand Hotel Reykjavik, was very nice; I was impressed by the country’s measures to protect the environment and promote sustainability. You turn on the lights by putting your key card in the slot by the door. When you leave, all the lights and appliances shut off and there’s no wasted energy. The heat in the pipes was also steam heat, which is big in Iceland because there are so many natural pockets of hot water and steam. It was a chic, simple, environmentally friendly hotel.
Tell us about the set for “Mirrors.”
“Mirrors” shot in New York, on Fifth Avenue at 72nd Street in a Russian billionaire’s empty mansion. When we went in for rehearsal, it was completely empty. The next day we went back, and it was amazing: The house was filled with camera equipment, and they had built all these sets. One room they used to build the funhouse; another, they used to build the pool hall. It was a huge production.
What are your favorite New York restaurants?
I’m really into brunch now. I was never into brunch, but since coming to New York, I’m obsessed with it. I like all the little brunch places on Amsterdam in the 80s and the high 70s. It’s such a perfect area because I love the Museum of Natural History, and all the restaurants around there are great. And my favorite place to get macarons, Sugar and Plumm, is there. I’ve tried a bunch of other fancier places that are less purple and sparkly, but Sugar & Plumm definitely has the best. For my birthday, my aunt took me to Bouley downtown and treated me to the five-course lunch. It was everything elegant and lovely and Parisian that I wanted.
Where do you shop?
I recently discovered Catbird for jewelry and rings. I love it. It’s in Brooklyn, at the Bedford L stop. I have very slender fingers, so it’s hard to find rings that fit, but they have all types of the most beautiful, dainty knuckle and traditional rings. I am obsessed.
Have you seen any good New York theater lately?
Yes, I just saw Lady Day, the Billie Holiday one with Audra McDonald. I got to go back and say hi. [Rinehart and McDonald co-starred in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!] She’s up for a Tony for it, which she should win. Her performance shows that not only can she do the incredible soprano she’s known for, but that she’s striking when not showing off the fancy notes. I don’t even think the range was that high. It’s a one-woman show, too, so the entire thing was just her and that fantastic performance. And I didn’t know that much about Billie Holiday before, beyond her music, but you learn so much.
What gets you through a flight?
Iceland was easy, only five and a half hours. Since we were flying First Class, we had champagne as soon as we boarded and Icelandic lamb at 30,000 feet in the air. Music usually gets me through. I try to read on planes but I find now as I’m getting older I’m more prone to motion sickness. Now I usually listen to music and Zen out and take a nap.