Art Streiber on photographing “Entertainer of the Year” Jimmy Fallon for Entertainment Weekly

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Jimmy Fallon. Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

 

Entertainment Weekly’s 2014 “Best and Worst” issue is hosted by none other than Jimmy Fallon, whom the magazine names “Entertainer of the Year.” The magazine asked Art Streiber, who most recently shot Fallon and his daughter, Winnie, for a People cover story, to photograph the new king of late night for the cover and accompanying feature. Below, Art sheds light on how the shoot came together…

“Jimmy Fallon brings just as much fun to a photo shoot as he does to the Tonight Show.  He is warm, witty, self-deprecating, and incredibly easy to work with.

At our cover shoot for Entertainment Weekly at Drive In Studios the week before Thanksgiving, he arrived wearing a hoodie with the words “Winnie’s Dad” on the back. Winnie is his 1 1/2-year-old daughter with whom I had the privilege of working last year for People.

EW photo editor Michele Romero and I had spent a few days going back and forth, coming up with new ways to make the celebratory-balloon theme fresh and “Fallon-worthy.” Michele also came up with the brilliant idea of filling a grocery bag full of trophies, which ended up running on the table of contents page.

After he changed into his Burberry tuxedo with the help or our wardrobe stylist, Brian Coats, we set Jimmy free on set to wrangle 150 helium balloons. Our set designer, Shawn Patrick Anderson, had arrived hours earlier to pre-inflate the silver mylar balloons that would serve as our backdrop. (We only had one or two casualties that ended up on the ceiling.)

The highlight of the shoot came as Jimmy was leaving. He left a voicemail for my older daughter, who’s in college, telling her to get out of bed and go to class, in the voice of the character “Sara with no ‘h,’” even though classes are “Ew!”

And the balloon-shaped typography on the opener? That’s the genius of EW’s design director, Tim Leong.”

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Credits

Tim Leong / design director
Lisa Berman / photography director
Michele Romero / photo editor

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