Emma Holzer is a triple threat


Emma Holzer in cardigan, tank top, Chanel skirt, Curated Vintage from Fivestory; Chanel, Dina C’s Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique belt; hat, Gigi Burris headwear. Photography by Nick Mele

At just 23 years old, Emma Holzer is an old soul who shares spitfire tendencies with her grandmother, Jane Holzer, Andy Warhol’s famous muse.

But that’s where the similarities end.

“She is herself,” said Jane. “People are trying to compare us. I mean, alright, alright, we’re both blondes and we played the part. But she’s smarter than me. I see a great future for her, and I think she is going to be a great movie star. She’s still a human being, and she’s really sweet and cares about people and she’s kind. This is what makes me so proud of her.

Like her grandmother before her, Emma is a multi-hyphenate, offering a triple threat of talent in singing, acting and modeling. She grew up in Manhattan, but wintered in Palm Beach because her mother, Ashley, is an equestrian dressage rider who frequented the Wellington circuit. While her mother competed, Emma often spent time with her grandmother, “Janey” as Emma calls her.

Emma Holzer in Christian Dior dress and Jimmy Choo shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory, Palm Beach;  Chanel cardigan, Dina C's Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique, photo by Nick Mele
Christian Dior dress and Jimmy Choo shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory, Palm Beach; Cardigan Chanel, Dina C’s Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique.

Emma knew that her grandmother was friends with Andy Warhol and that the artist had already filmed the birthday of her father, Rusty. But she didn’t realize Janey was one of her muses until she was a teenager.

“I was probably about 13 when I looked at the screen tests she did with him,” Emma says. “It’s strange. I know she was one of his muses, but to me, she will always be Janey, always a grandmother.

As a young girl, Emma remembers living in her grandmother’s house on 65th Street in Manhattan when her family’s home was undergoing renovations. When she looked up from her dinner, she saw Warhols and Jean-Michel Basquiats on the walls. At first, she says, she didn’t know how special these pieces were. But as she learned more about them, it developed her eye for art and her own creative sensibility.

“Being surrounded by this will inspire you and shape you,” she says. “It was support for my own artistic talent.”

Emma Holzer in hat, jumpsuit, Chanel belt, Dina C's Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique, West Palm Beach;  Chanel shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory, photo by Nick Mele
Chanel hat, jumpsuit, belt, Dina C’s Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique, West Palm Beach; Chanel Shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory.

This artistry is about to explode onscreen: Emma is set to appear in an adventure thriller titled Nine bullets with Lena Headey (Game of thrones) and Sam Worthington (Avatar). And she will be featured in the next comedy, the Rehabilitation of Molly Singer, with Britt Robertson (tomorrow) and Jaime Pressly (My name is earl).

She’s also taking her singing to the next level, working with music director Charlie Walk, known for turning emerging artists into household names. Songs like “The Sun” and “Overtime” were born out of this collaboration and show Emma’s promise as a singer of dance pop music a la Ariana Grande.

“I like to make music on songs that I needed when I was younger,” says Emma. “’The Sun’ is definitely one of those songs. It’s about shining bright and not really caring what other people have to say about it. If shining makes people feel bad. “Comfortable, that’s their problem. The sun doesn’t decrease its brightness, so why should I decrease mine?”

Emma Holzer in Chanel Cardigan, Blouse, Curated Vintage from Fivestory, Photo by Nick Mele
Chanel cardigan, blouse, Curated Vintage from Fivestory.

Emma is just as passionate about protecting Earth as she is building her career, and she’s tired of those who turn a deaf ear to the signals the planet sends.

“It breaks my heart to see the destruction of the planet happening before my eyes,” she said. “Ultimately, Earth is our mother. He doesn’t need us, but we do. It’s funny to me how the way we treat the Earth is the way we treat women in our society. We mine and use it for profit, but don’t take care of it. Look at climate change now, and we have record tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, and people are saying that’s not true. It is like telling a woman that she is irrational and unreal to speak out. We tell him to shut up and everything will be fine.

But this is not good. And Emma wants to take action.

“I love the planet,” she says. “He gave me everything and I want to give him everything in return. I want to take care of our home so that I can leave behind an Earth that my children and their children can live on and enjoy. I want to spread love and light where I can and fight against the things that are wrong.

Emma Holzer in Chanel jacket, jeans, belt, necklace and Dolce & Gabbana bra, Dina C's Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique;  Chanel shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory, photo by Nick Mele
Chanel jacket, jeans, belt, necklace and bra Dolce & Gabbana, Dina C’s Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique; Chanel Shoes, Curated Vintage from Fivestory.

Emma posts on Instagram about ways to help the environment (@emmaholzer) and embrace sustainable fashion when and where it can. One of her favorite sustainable lines is local brand J. Logan Home, which transforms vintage scarves from fashion houses like Prada, Gucci and Hermès into gorgeous shirts and home accessories.

“There’s no reason you can’t protect the environment and look great doing it,” she says. “This is a problem that goes so deeper than many of us can realize. Its roots are steeped in the culture and the country. This country has not been around that long and we have caused so much destruction so quickly. . We need to look at our culture and rewrite the book so that we can make a difference locally. “

Emma plans to use her career and influence to make these changes. “Someday, as my career as a singer and actress grows, I want to use my platform to take bigger action, or start a business, or become a big contributor to a business that can take action.” , she says.

Emma Holzer Chanel dress, jacket, boots, belt, Dina C's Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique, photo by Nick Mele
Chanel dress, jacket, boots, belt, Dina C’s Fab and Funky Consignment Boutique.

For now, however, she’s working to build her buzz, mostly dividing her time between New York and Los Angeles for work, with many visits to Palm Beach to relax and hang out with Janey.

“I learned to appreciate Palm Beach more as I got older,” she says. “I like that you can drive 30 minutes and be able to ride a horse. I love that the weather is nice and the ocean is so warm and beautiful. I love how relaxed life is here. It is very calm and serene.

And, of course, the sun is shining brightly, just like her.


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