After 68 episodes as a hunky teacher on the CW’s 90210 reboot, California native Ryan Eggold had had his fill of playing heartthrobs. “Everybody has to go through that,” he says. “Like Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise—not that I’m Brad Pitt or anything.”
Though his female fans would beg to differ, Eggold, 31, starring in NBC’s The Blacklist, sees himself as more hipster hobbyist than sex symbol, spending his time off collecting reclaimed wood for his Brooklyn apartment and writing and recording music.
It’s this complexity that makes Eggold a natural as Blacklist’s identity-swapping teacher/assassin Tom Keen. “It’s rare to play someone always taking on new personae,” he says. “It’s fun to create a new walk and talk.”
The varsity jacket may be back, but trust us: You should leave your old one in the attic. The key to avoiding the “aspiring prom king” look is in wearing styles with the right silhouette and details. Lucio Castro’s Gamuza suede jacket, for example, takes the raglan-shouldered classic to a new, luxe level.
“The quilting on the shoulders balances the proportions of the torso,” says the designer. “You can wear this jacket with your favorite jeans or even joggers.”