WE ARE ACTIVISTS — BONNIE WRIGHT

In observing the world of actress, director, and environmentalist Bonnie Wright, the inclination to tell a story and to share the truth seem to fundamentally overlap. While having a resume that’s exposed her to an international audience, Bonnie’s passion has developed in pairing the often heartbreaking realities of modern times with a devotion to beauty, optimism, and possibility. Raised between London and the Southern coast of England, Bonnie now lives in West Los Angeles, where we visited her at her dreamy home in the canyons. Read on for our conversation about new definitions of ‘sustainable,’ the suspension of consciousness, and a life lived by the sea.

 

Bonnie wears the Clara Dress in Nutmeg 

  

  

  

  





Rest is an integral component of building resiliency — How do you think about this in regard to your advocacy work?

Rest can be a privilege in challenging times or while advocating for areas of injustice. I like to see rest as a conscious state - it allows the body to be present enough to fully relax while keeping the ego perspective in check. It is definitely easy to burn out, and I feel lucky to have resources like community and practices like mediation to build internal longevity.

How does your lens as an activist inform your role as a director and storyteller?

They were once quite separate but the more I learned about the state of our planet—both the heartbreaking realities and regenerative possibilities—the more my imagination began weaving it into the narratives I was attracted to. 

I love how film has the ability to transport the viewer to that perfectly suspended space between the consciousness and subconscious mind. I think in that state you have the power as a storyteller to really disrupt and revolutionize people’s ingrained attitudes.

You spent much of your upbringing by the sea. How has this shaped your relationship to environmental activism?

Yes, I grew up between London and East Sussex on the south coast of England, a stretch of coast that is very different to California. From our house I would watch the tide go out for miles, causing the landscape to change hour by hour. 

The perspective of a horizon is my favorite thing to gaze upon, as it anchors me into myself while also constantly reminding me of new possibilities and adventures to be had.






  

  

 

Bonnie wears the June Tier Dress in Nutmeg





 

 

Bonnie wears the June Tier Dress in Black 

  

  

  

  

 

  





What is something you’ve read recently that has shifted your perspective?

A book called Underlands by Robert Macfarlane. It’s a poetic and geological look at what lies beneath the earth’s surface, covering both natural monuments and manmade explorations. He also explores the age of the Anthropocene and man’s incidental role in the world's geological timeline. 

It made me realize why I am so interested in the ocean, the mystery of the unexplored underworld: People have often looked up to the sky, to mountains, to space for the limitless mystery but that has never really interested me. This book was a confirmation.

How do you respond when someone asks you how to start living a more ‘sustainable’ lifestyle?

I think the term ‘sustainable’ is very misleading: by definition there is not much that we do as humans that is sustainable. Rather, I prefer to use the term ‘low impact.’ 

It’s important to look at your own habits… what you reach for immediately without thinking. Then, see where patterns show up - these could be ingrained societal consumerist habits you are ready to evolve from. For example, I think it’s counterproductive to suggest someone go buy a new reusable container or utensil set. Instead, I’d suggest they see what they already own that could be up-cycled into a reusable container.

 

What in your life have you recently simplified?

I have had to let go of expectations I had for projects, which has made me realize how paralyzing those expectations were in the first place. I think strangely that during all this uncertainty I have developed more trust that the world will unfold as it’s meant to. That trust has been solidified by witnessing humanity show up for justice, togetherness, and safety.

 

  

Shop the OZMA High Summer Collection here, and follow Bonnie's work here. Photos by Alexa Miller.

 

  

 

 

 

Bonnie in the June Tier Dress in Nutmeg, and 1930's Bandana in Bare

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