#Out100: Behind the Scenes & Outtakes
By Out.com Editors
We had no idea how actor and activist George Takei would react to us wanting to dress him in the silk robe and pants by Dries Van Noten. "He never looked so butch," his husband and manager Brad Altman quipped. He was having such a great time, he even allowed Out's photo director, Greg Garry (above, with beard), to join him on the rug for a little candid shot.
While in Los Angeles photographing cover star Wentworth Miller, the team—photographer Danielle Levitt (left), Out's Editor in Chief Aaron Hicklin, and Out's Fashion Director Grant Woolhead—joined him for a group shot.
They always say don't work with children or animals and we happened to have a little bit of both (our youngest honoree, Jazz, turned 13 the day after her photo shoot in New York City). Probably one of the most complicated shoot days was with 83-year-old Edie Windsor (she wasn't the oldest honoree this year, that title goes to 87-year-old David Knapp, one of the three Boy Scouts we photographed) who was instructed to clutch and free a series of doves. "We had the bright idea to hire doves for the Edie shoot," explains Levitt. "The bird keeper, a very stubborn man from Staten Island who would only enter the location once paid in cash, loomed over the set threatening to leave with his birds because we were taking too long!" Luckily no birds—or heroic lesbians—were harmed in the course of the shoot.