Derek Zoolander brings ‘blue steel’ to the cover of ‘Vogue’


The Zoolander franchise, which debuted in theaters 15 years ago, is special for Stiller, who prefers the daft model to reamin a part of his legacy over his other on-screen, persona, Greg Focker in Meet the Parents. “I’d much rather have somebody say, ‘Hey, Zoolander,’ than ‘Hey, Focker,'” he quipped.

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The director/actor also revealed how he came up with the character’s iconic Blue Steel pose. “That look came out of me in the mirror at home, when I brush my hair or whatever,” Stiller recalled. “I guess with the selfie culture, it’s just a natural extension. Did I have any idea that it would live on? No.”


Although Cruz is new to the Zoolander world but has always been a fan of the comedy. “I’m one of those people who’s seen the first Zoolander four or five times,” she said. “I’ve done comedy in Spain, in my own language, but I’ve always said I want to do more comedies in English. I do all these intense dramas, and all my characters are always suffering. For many reasons I need to once in a while do a crazy comedy.”

Zoolander 2 hits theaters February 12. In the meantime, here’s a flashback to when ET visited the set of the first film in 2000.

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