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Dree Hemingway grew up in Idaho and attended Ernest Hemingway Elementary School, but later moved to Westlake Village, California for middle school. She said her parents “kept me in the dark [about Hollywood] which was really nice. There was a bit of old Hollywood in our lives, but it wasn’t anything I was ever impressed by.” She spent two years in high school at Oaks Christian High School, and then moved on to pursue modeling. In regards to her famous last name, she said, “In high school…every English teacher was like ‘ah’ because I was in their class.”
Dree said, “Embarrassingly enough, I didn’t know that much about my great-grandfather. I was inspired by his letter writing, so I attempted to keep a diary of what I was doing, but I found it weird. I cherish my experiences inside, rather than having to log them, because then it sounds like an itinerary.” Ironically, she prefers Fitzgerald to Hemingway.
In the modeling world, Dree has appeared in campaigns for Jena Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Valentino and Tory Burch. She described her style as a little bit tomboy, a little childlike. People magazine named her one of the “Generation Next” in its Most Beautiful People issue of 2007.
As an actress, Dree Hemingway has appeared in “The Truth About Angels,” “My Suicide,” and “Starlet,” among others.
Before she was an actress or model, Dree studied ballet as a teen at an intensive ballet program at the Kenney Center. She said she “woke up one morning, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can live and breathe ballet anymore.”
Later, Dree Hemingway trained in classical Shakespearean acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
She has also appeared in the music video for The Vaccines’ single “I Always Knew.” Dree Hemingway said her ideal role would be a Tim Burton fantasy-fairy role.
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A few tidbits: Dree said, “A beach in general, is my favorite thing.” She doesn’t have any tattoos and said, “I live vicariously through my sister, Langley, who has many.” She added, “I love dancing by myself in my apartment and cleaning at the same time. Cleaning is my favorite thing to do: sweeping and mopping.”
Dree Hemingway lives in New York City.