We first met Drew McNamara (Drew Mac for short) on ‘Rich Kids of Beverly Hills’ as EJ Johnson’s dashing best friend with witty one-liners and James Dean swag. Drew went on to costar on the spin off show ‘EJNYC’ where we find there is more to this rich kid than popping bottles in the VIP room. He rises above petty on-screen drama dealing with real life issues and acknowledges he needs to do something rehab. Drew started off as a dancer, choreography and a boy band member of ‘I Am Him’ who later changed the name to ‘Finale’. He was discovered by Grammy award winning producer Steve Russell who has worked with stars like Toni Braxton, Chris Brown and Jordan Sparks. Russell chose Drew not only for his good looks but his fierce dancing skills. From there, Drew goes along to choreograph a number in Iggy Azalea’s smash hit ‘Fancy’. But as of right now, Drew has decided to focus on his solo career, and releasing an EP, ‘Again’, last year. We decided to catch up with this industrious man of few words to discuss his journey after successfully completing rehab.
What has life been like after ‘EJNYC’? Filming ‘EJNYC’ was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. However, it was a big eye-opener and helped me realize I had a problem with alcohol.
The show brought up the fact that you have some health issues and that drinking contributes to it. How are you doing today and is it true you recently went to rehab? I recently went to rehab for alcohol and prescription addiction, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I learned how to live my life in a healthy way and be grateful for everyday. I’ve never been happier.
We see you are working on new music. You just released a single ‘Again’ featuring Exes. What is this song about? Again is about an ex coming back into your life, and even after they completely f*cked with your head and messed things up in the past, you let them back in, and fall for it all over again. Every song I write is from a personal experience of my own.
What type of music do you get into? Who are some of your musical inspirations? I love all different types of music. Some of my biggest musical inspirations are The Killers, Kid Cudi, Men Without Hats, The XX, Ty Segall, Soft Cell
Which is your favorite vintage shopping or designer? My favorite vintage store in LA that I am OBSESSED with is ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’. My all time favorite designer is Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.
How would you describe your style and what’s your favorite piece in your closet? My style is dependent on my mood. It changes day to day. Generally, I would describe it as upscale street-wear meets 60s punk. My favorite piece in my closet is my Saint Laurent black biker jacket. It’s a staple in my usual uniform.
We have to ask are you dating anyone? What do you look for in a guy? I love to stay busy and always have a lot of things in the works, but right now my priority and main focus is my album.
Keep up with Drew on Instagram and Twitter @drewmacsays.