May December’s Charles Melton Takes the Spotlight for WSJ.

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Published February 27, 2024

Charles Melton links up with WSJ. Magazine for its men's spring issue.Pin
Charles Melton links up with WSJ. Magazine for its men’s spring issue. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis / WSJ. Magazine

In the pages of WSJ. Magazine’s spring men’s fashion issue, set to grace, stands on March 9, 2024; Charles Melton commands attention. The May December star, earning accolades for his portrayal of Joe Yoo—a character whose turmoil seems as visible in his frame as it is palpable in his spirit—contrasts sharply with the actor’s vibrant presence.

At 33, Melton’s reality is one of confidence and a return to the athletic form that initially catapulted him into the limelight, starring in Riverdale.

Charles Melton for WSJ. Magazine

Actor Charles Melton strikes a pose for WSJ. Magazine.Pin
Actor Charles Melton strikes a pose for WSJ. Magazine. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis / WSJ. Magazine

Melton’s performance in May December has garnered critical acclaim and many nominations, including a Critics Choice Award, a Film Independent Spirit Award, and a Golden Globe, hinting at his growing stature in the industry.

Away from the camera, Melton’s life in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, is one of the simple pleasures—spending time with his Siberian husky, Neya, indulging in football, anime, and journaling—a stark contrast to the complexity of his on-screen roles.

WSJ. Magazine spotlights Charles Melton in its spring men's fashion issue.Pin
WSJ. Magazine spotlights Charles Melton in its spring men’s fashion issue. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis / WSJ. Magazine

Natalie Portman, Melton’s co-star in May December, remarks on his transformative ability: “It’s only been now, where I see him so physically and emotionally transformed as himself, that I realize how in character he was back then,” highlighting the stark difference between Melton’s charisma and his portrayal of Joe Yoo.

Making a kissy face, Charles Melton poses for a cheeky image for WSJ. Magazine.Pin
Making a kissy face, Charles Melton poses for a cheeky image for WSJ. Magazine. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis / WSJ. Magazine

Melton’s reflections on his racial identity and upbringing reveal a man who has gracefully navigated the complexities of perception and self-identity.

Growing up in Kansas and Texas, Melton experienced the challenge of fitting into various environments, a skill that he likens to shape-shifting, which has undoubtedly influenced his approach to acting and character immersion.

His choice to bring his mother as his date to the Golden Globes—a moment lightened by her enjoyment of the sushi—underscores a groundedness amidst his rising fame.

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Charles Melton takes the spotlight for WSJ. Magazine. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis / WSJ. Magazine

For Melton, acting is not about the spotlight but the opportunity to delve into the lives of others, to “disappear” into roles that resonate with his journey of self-discovery.

His connection to Joe Yoo, a character seeking to minimize his presence, mirrors Melton’s introspective quest—a poignant reflection of the actor’s ability to find pieces of himself in his characters.


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