With Starring Role in Upcoming Series, Cody Fern Breaks All the Rules

Thursday April 29, 2021

Cody Fern in a promotional photo for the upcoming series "Eden."
Cody Fern in a promotional photo for the upcoming series "Eden."  (Source:Stan)

In 2019 Australian actor Cody Fern made the cover of British GQ Style #28 where he was labeled "Hollywood's Genderf*ck rebel." At the time he had played the spawn of Satan on screen in "American Horror Story: Apocalypse," as well as serial killer Andrew Cunanan's golden-locked ex-lover David Madson in "American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace." Labeled "Ryan Murphy's muse," the 32-year-old had made headlines earlier that year when he appeared at the Golden Globes with a bold, non-binary look.

Cody Fern arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Associated Press  

At the awards Fern was "decked out in Maison Margiela. Black Tabi boots, black high-waisted trousers, and a black buttoned-up blouse, sheer from the shoulders up," writes Wonderland Magazine in a recent photo spread and interview with the actor. "It was the kind of outfit that seemed to make the whole world stop and wonder, perhaps collectively: who the fuck is that?"

Fern was unnerved by the attention his look generated. "I knew exactly what it was going to do," he told Wonderland about the reaction the look generated. "And the thing is, I didn't give a shit."

The look came about when the Hollywood newcomer couldn't find anyone to style his look for the awards. Instead he went into the Maison Margiela's L.A. store and bought the outfit off the rack. "I had been playing the game of wearing the suit with the nice tie and trying to fit in, so there was part of me that thought fuck that," he told Wonderland. "So doing that at the Golden Globes? It was actually for me. It was like shedding that skin."

Since then Fern appeared in the most recent installment of "AHS," entitled "1984," and recently signed for a role in the upcoming Stan original series "Eden," which was recently shot in Australia. "The mystery of Eden unfolds in an idyllic coastal town, where the disappearance of a young woman triggers a devastating chain of events which lays bare the dark and hidden heart of the community," writes the Daily Mail. In addition to Fern, the 8-part mini-series features a diverse cast that includes queer actor Keiynan Lonsdale ("Love, Simon"), Sophie Wilde, BeBe Bettencourt and Samuel Johnson. Watch the trailer at this link.

In addition to acting, Fern is a filmmaker, having released his short film "Pisces" in 2017, and a model known for his "bold and stunning sense of fashion," wrote the Indian website OtakuKart. "He is one of the few male celebrities who is bravely taking the risk, which normally males do not take in their choice of clothes. Cody told in a Vogue interview that he doesn't care for stereotypes, and he feels that clothes don't have any gender. He has collaborated with the biggest and most popular fashion designers and attends fashion weeks. He is well known for his red carpet looks where he does not like to go for something simple. Instead, he goes for a very bold choice. He also got featured in several magazine covers."

According to OtakuKart, Fern is dating social media influencer and model Eric Smith. "They first appeared together in an Instagram video together in 2017. There were rumors about them dating after the video became a talk, and many people questioned his sexuality. Though Cody never came out as gay publicly, he still flaunts off his relationship with his boyfriend on social media, which cleared people's doubts."

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