How Austinite Costume Designer Juliana Hoffpauir Fashions Fantasy

June 28, 2024
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Juliana Hoffpauir and Glen Powell on location filming of Netflix’s Hit Man.

Film costume designer Juliana Hoffpauir, a native Austinite, is very busy these days. The latest film she costumed, Hit Man on Netflix, starring Glen Powell and directed by Richard Linklater (they were co-producers, too) is getting Oscar buzz, and plenty of thanks for that is due to Hoffpauir’s ability to create the wardrobe for the man-who-works-in-disguise (nine of them) hit movie. Her road to acclaim has been years in the making, including fan-fave films such as 12 Mighty Orphans, Sister Aimee, The Iron Orchard, and many more. But she’s just warming up for even higher heights to scale. Here, her longtime pal, Lance Avery Morgan, who worked with her and got to see the dynamo in action on The Iron Orchard, catches up with her behind the scenes to learn more about what makes her so captivatingly charming.

Three qualities that got me where I am today are…Curiosity, Motivation, and Resourcefulness.

Easiest career decision I ever made is…Moving to Louisiana to get my foot into the film industry’s door.

I chose to be a professional film costumer career because…I love working with actors to help develop their character for the story. I have always loved movies, acting, and clothes…and they all came together for me as character design.

Due to my ongoing involvement with costuming, I have found that…Many people don’t know their own sizes.

When I am on a set or location, it never fails that…I’ll eat the cookie at craft services.

The classic movie star style I most identify with is…I’m a wannabe. I want to be cool like Winona Ryder.

My personal style signifier is…A hat. So practical for the sun and bad hair days.

From Alexander McQueen’s 2003 Collection

Classic designer I wish was still designing today (and why) is…Alexander McQueen. Too young to die. What else could he have done with those mad skills? I saw his exhibit in NYC, and it was very beautiful and inspiring.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighborhood in one city…The French Quarter for atmosphere.

How I made my first dollar…Babysitting.

Last thing I binge/marathon watched…Reservation Dogs.

Book that left a lasting impression on me…To Kill a Mockingbird.

On that note, my favorite fiction character is…Yes, Atticus Finch.

My real-life hero has got to be…My mother and father.

First music I bought…Be Good Johnny by Men at Work.

If I could live in a foreign city it would be…Venice.

Venice, Italy

What everyone should try in their lifetime is…Camping in Moab.

If I could compete in an Olympic sport, or create a new one, it would be… Synchronized swimming in my dreams.

If I weren’t doing what I do I would (be a…)…Really bored.

If I had a superpower, I’d want it to be…To have a whale lung for underwater breathing.

A simple way to get people to laugh is easy. Just…Be yourself.

I phrase I might overuse would be…Seriously?

My motto? Easy….It is what it is.

Favorite scent these days is (because)…Maison Louis Marie #4 Boi de Balincourt roll-on perfume oil. It’s easy breezy, and smells earthy and light like how sunshine should smell.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands is…Tweezers.

A celebrity I would prank phone call and what I would ask them is…I’d call the young Henry Thomas, who played Elliott from E.T. When he asked me to phone home, in my best ET voice I’d say, “I’ll be right here.”

E.T. Courtesy of Universal Pictures

An artist whose work I would collect (or like to collect) is…Walter Anderson.

In my fridge, you will always find…Wilted lettuce.

My favorite beverage these days is…Anderson’s Coffee’s Mocha Java.

My perfect day would end…In a hot tub.

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