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Diego Boneta: Triple-Threat Performer With Undeniable Style

The "90210" and "Rock of Ages" star has hit the entertainment trifecta in TV, film, and his original love, music.
James Ryang

The Guy

The Mexican-born pop star made the leap from music to acting by landing a role in the CW’s 90210, then playing an ’80s rocker beside Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages. In a way, it was familiar territory. 

“My parents loved ’80s bands,” says Boneta. “I wanted to become the next Bono.” At 12, he beat out 40,000 hopefuls for a spot on a Mexican talent show for kids (he came in fifth). “I asked my grandma, ‘Am I crazy to want this?’ and she said, ‘Querer es poder’—where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Clearly, she was right: This fall, Boneta, 24, is slated to star in the Fox comedy-horror series Scream Queens as well as release an EP he describes as “Bruno Mars meets the Black Keys.” He’d like to do a bit of jet-setting, too. “Paris is my favorite city,” he says. “I feel like I lived there in a past life—and I don’t even speak French!”

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The Clothes

Nothing suits a world traveler better than clothing with universal appeal. Enter Original Penguin and its Textured Moor jacket. To create it, “we looked at old tailored British jackets, but they were too stuffy,” says company design director Adam Weir. So they combined soft-tailored shoulders with a shorter, tighter fit that evokes the casualness of a cardigan—perfect to pair with, say, jeans and a henley. 

“It’s a European feel with an American sensibility, for a guy who understands style,” says Weir. “We wanted that ‘dressed up’ moment in something that felt outdoorsy.”

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