LOS ANGELES, CA: Dylan Frances Penn. Five-foot-seven and change. Sister of Hopper Penn. Daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright. Niece of Chris Penn, Michael Penn and Aimee Mann. Granddaughter of Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan. Aries. Model. It’s quite a potent concoction. You get the Robin Wright DNA immediately: the lips, the hair, the nose, the moon-dust white skin, the soft yet strong beauty that the movie world bathed in in her mom’s breakout film The Princess Bride. The Sean Penn stuff isn’t so clear—yet. Her real love is writing, observing people, their behavior—definitely Seanesque—and she’ll get a chance to plumb those depths in her acting debut in the horror flick The Condemned, shooting now and due out next year. Yup, she’s following the well-worn and often fraught path from modeling to acting—one, incidentally, that she’s refused to do until now—that so many leggy beauties have stumbled and fallen on—only this may be a path worth watching. Not for the spectacular and predictable fall but a possible rocket launch into the Tinseltown cosmos. Dylan Penn. Coming soon.
So, Dylan, the cover of TREATS!, eh?
Yes! It feels pretty strange. I’m honored to be on a cover of a magazine like TREATS!. I was so excited to work with Tony Duran; it was definitely an experience I will never forget. I never would have guessed getting naked—using a Fendi purse to cover my vagina!—would be so challenging. Ha!
What made you want to do the cover of TREATS!?
Tony Duran. I knew his photography from before and really admire him as an artist. I have always loved his black-and-white nudes; they were always so tastefully done and, more specifically, showed that certain elegant yet strong beauty that I think all women embody.
You grew up in San Francisco, not Los Angeles. Was that a good thing?
Thank god I didn’t grow up in LA! No, in all seriousness, I was raised outside of San Francisco, in Marin County, in a small suburban town called Ross. I couldn’t have chosen a better, more beautiful place to grow up. I don’t deny that I had a very privileged upbringing but my parents, and the town, maintained a sense of normalcy that I think many people find hard to achieve, and I am so grateful for that.
What’s next in your career?
Well, I’m trying out this whole acting thing…it’s hard to say for me because I’ve rejected it my whole life until now. I literally can’t say it without laughing. My truest passion is writing so I continue to do that on my own while seeing what all the buzz is about being in front of the camera. I start my first movie at the end of the month with Eli Morgan Gesner, who I cannot wait to work with. I swore I would never do a horror film but when I read the script and met him I couldn’t resist; it just seemed like it would be so much fun to make and I really wanted my first experience to be just that. Plus, it’s 3 weeks in New York in the spring—and I’m getting paid for it. Fuck, yes!
Model// Dylan Penn
Photographer// Tony Duran
Interview// Rob Hill
Stylist// Aaron Cassou
Makeup// Kela Wong / Opus Beauty Agency, using DIOR Cosmetics
Hair// Ms Wong for Solobace Salon, using FHI Heat Runway IQ
Spray tan// Kela / The Loft Hair Lounge & Spa