The Man Who Spots Stars - Gallery
He sensed the stardom in Ryan Gosling and Adrien Brody before they hit it big. How does photographer Jeff Vespa do it?
Written by Krista Soriano
Ryan Gosling, 2001 Sundance Film Festival (January 21, 2001)
This was the first time I ever met Ryan. We literally met one minute before I took this photo. It’s on Main Street in Park City—we didn’t have a studio then at Sundance—and he was there for The Believer. Nothing happened right away, but Pantera Sarah, a party promoter in L.A. who’s known Ryan since he was very young, was freaking out to me about how he’s going to be huge, and I believed her.
But you just don’t think that after someone’s made it they’re going to become even more massive, which is what happened to him in the last four or five years. And someone like Ryan, these guys don’t change. We’ve stayed friendly over the years, and it’s cool to watch guys like him stay who they are.