An actor heading to an audition makes imaginary wardrobe decisions all the time: What would a crusty Chicago detective wear? How about a single father of two in Denver—boots or Chucks? Just as important is the everyday outfit for around town. You never know what big macher you might meet while picking up a carton of milk. For up-and-comer Michael Klinger, however, the notion doesn't enter his mind. He describes his style as basic. "I do love blazers and jackets, though. Someday I'd like a reason to wear them more often."
A Miami native, Klinger landed in Playa del Rey in 2006 and then made his way east to Hollywood. "Since most auditions are on this side of town, I wanted to be closer to work and feel more plugged in," he says. Klinger recently scored the role of Depression-era bank robber Harry Brunette in J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. His scene involved a shoot-out and an explosion, but most of it ended up on the cutting room floor. "If you blink you'll miss me," he says. "It happens to everyone." The big thrill was knowing that director Clint Eastwood had personally chosen him for the part. Next up for Klinger is a feature film with Tom Sizemore—and hopefully the bucks to invest in a few red carpet-worthy duds.
[The Oaks Gourmet Market]
Lacoste sweater, $155; Moods of Norway jacket, $449; G-Star Raw pants, $220; Civic Duty shoes, $54.
AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK:
[The Daily Planet]
Billionaire Mafia shirt, $68; Civic Duty shoes, $59; actor's own sweater and jeans.
NIGHT ON THE TOWN:
Lacoste shirt, $88; Moods of Norway jacket, $349, vest, $139, and pants, $149.
[Counterpoint Records & Books]
Lacoste shirt, $115; Billionaire Mafia sweater vest, $78; G-Star Raw blazer, $286, jeans, $220, and fedora, $95.
NAME: Michael Klinger OCCUPATION: Actor AGE : 31 PERSONALS YLE : "Jeans and tees all the way." HAUNTS: UCB Theatre,Runyon Canyon
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Must-have items for any Hollywood actor—or just to look the part
' Transport scripts, head shots, even a laptop for downtime Web surfing. Medium messenger bag in blue leather with flap closure, $1,490, at Gucci, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3451 orgucci.com.
Slouchy Knit Beanie
' Ever since Brad Pitt sported an oversize chunky version, it's become the unofficial hat of the almost famous. Eugenia Kim beanie, $175, at eugeniakim.com.
' The paparazzi aren't hounding you yet, but shades are still de rigueur. Metropolitan brushed metal aviators, $165, at Emporio Armani, Beverly Hills, 310-271-7790 or armani.com.