EDITOR’S LETTER | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022
Clockwise from left: David Needleman with Wilmer Valderrama, Evan Simonitsch (stylist), and Kat Thompson (groomer); Andrew Gelwicks (stylist), Amanda Warren, and Needleman; Douglas VanLaningham (stylist), Dylan McDermott, and Needleman
W HEN I FIRST MET PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID Needleman on our Blue Bloods cover shoot several years ago, it was love at first sight. As in when I now tell people how much I love him, I actually say, “You don’t understand. I really love him.” And I’m not alone. The entire Watch team feels the same way about David, which is why when it came time to shoot the three covers for this issue (Dylan McDermott, Amanda Warren, and Wilmer Valderrama), it was the perfect opportunity to spend time with one of our favorite people. David has shot for some of the best publications in the busi- ness, including Vanity Fair , The New York Times , Billboard , The Hollywood Reporter , and L’Uomo Vogue . We feel honored to have him as a regular contributor to Watch , so much so that we’ve now made him an even more official part of the family as our photographer-at-large. We’re all looking forward to seeing what he does next in our pages. So back to those covers! Dylan McDermott (“Playing It Cool”) has been on the scene for years, capturing our hearts in every- thing from Steel Magnolias and The Practice to American Horror Story and The Perks of Being a Wallflower . Now, as Remy Scott
on FBI: Most Wanted , he is gaining even more fans and critical acclaim—he’s definitely a lot of people’s “most wanted.” Amanda Warren (“She’s the Boss”) is the (beautiful) face of CBS’s new drama East New York . Amanda has starred in Lincoln , The Leftovers , and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri , but it is in this role, as Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, that she takes the lead, literally and figuratively. She will knock your socks off. We have loved NCIS ’ Wilmer Valderrama (“Man at Work”) since we first saw him as Fez in That ’70s Show . (Can you believe that premiered almost 25 years ago?) Since then, he’s been in films and shows such as Encanto , Grey’s Anatomy , and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and has done incredible work as a social activist and entrepreneur, starting a company called Allied Management Group, which focuses on amplifying Latino voices in the media. This guy just gets better and better. We hope you love these photos and stories as much as we do. Happy holidays!
Rachel Clarke /Editor-in-Chief
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER • 2022
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