Beginning his career in showbiz as an extra in I Am Legend, (2007) the rising star Alexander John DiPersia, known to friends and fans as A.J., has now established himself in Hollywood.
Photo above: suit by Klein Epstein & Parker, shirt and tie by Reiss
After his “debut” in I Am Legend, he progressively got better roles over the next few years including small parts in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Melrose Place, Thorns (short film), An American Carol, The Grind (short film) and a few others before landing a recurring role as the character Jeremy on 90210.
In 2011, he’s had several decent roles in The Protector (TV series), Single Ladies in which he plays the recurring character Aaron Spector, as well as two episodes of CSI: Miami playing the role of Scott Pendleton.
Here, A.J. tells DA MAN some of the things that make him tick while displaying a very fashionable side.
Photo above: suit by Paul & Joe Homme, shirt by Maison Rouge Homme, socks by Happy Socks, shoes by Mezlan, watch by Frederique Constant
DA MAN: One of your most memorable experiences is…
Alexander John DiPersia: Going toKenya this past year and getting real tribal. It’s the most beautiful and amazing place with the most beautiful and amazing people. I think it’s most important to experience life as the locals live it when you travel, and the Masai live a pretty cool one.
DA MAN: You can’t live without…
Alexander John DiPersia: Sweaters, tons of them. Missoni cardigans, The Elder Statesman cashmere, anything that makes people tell me I look like a grandpa … a dope grandpa.
DA MAN: Your idea of happiness…
Alexander John DiPersia: Eating a home-cooked Italian meal at my grandmother’s house when all of a sudden my phone vibrates and it’s Jay-Z asking ‘yo baby boy, why we ain’t hang no more?’ Then, I tell him I’m busy so I have to holler back at him.
DA MAN: You value…
Alexander John DiPersia: Family, Integrity, Education.
DA MAN: Something that you’ve not told anyone is…
Alexander John DiPersia: I have a crush on Christiane Amanpour.
Photo above: Jeans by G-Star, T-shirt by Obesity + Speed, vintage necklaces, watch by Patek Philippe
DA MAN: This year, your goal is to…
Alexander John DiPersia: Keep working hard and keep growing as a man … literally, I could use another inch or two.
DA MAN: Fashion, to you, is…
Alexander John DiPersia: A way to express how you feel. It needs to be individual, every outfit personal, you never wanna hear ‘I have a friend who dresses just like you.’
DA MAN: If you were not acting, you would be…
Alexander John DiPersia: A professor; a tenured, high-ranking, highly published, president-advising professor.
Photo above: Jeans by G-Star, vintage T-shirt, watch by Patek Philippe, Shoes by Alexander McQueen for Puma
DA MAN: Your favorite journey has been…
Alexander John DiPersia: Moving toLos Angeles and starting from scratch. It’s been a physical, mental, and emotional journey for sure.
DA MAN: Your motto in life is…
Alexander John DiPersia: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. – Alfred Lord Tennyson
Photo above: Suit by Paul & Joe Homme, shirt by Maison Rouge Homme, watch by Frederique Constant
Color Photographs: Yann Bean
B&W Photograph: Eric Silverberg
Styling: Monty Jackson
Grooming: Karoliina Kangas/Opus
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