Lydia Unleashed

“I love it,” she continued. “It’s a job just like any other, and what kind of girl growing up doesn’t want to be Barbie and doesn’t want to play dress-up every single day?” (Indeed, as a girl she had a formidable trove of Barbies, including a collectible series by designer Bob Mackie.)

Recently, she’s been hanging out with a group of young people who call themselves “the 2.0.” They include a giddy gaggle of creative aspirants such as photographer Nadav Benjamin and musician and nude Internet dude Cisco Adler, whom she has dated.

“I would say my closest friends are probably the 2.0,” she said. “It’s not about a clique, it’s just about a group of people coming together and it’s a lifestyle—it’s a bond. … So many young people are wrapped up in the party scene. The great thing about everyone in this group is, we all have real jobs, we get up in the morning. We work and that’s what brought us together…We are hardly ever apart. It’s all artists—everyone in that group is successful in their own right, whether it is music, fashion, art, photography, business. We don’t want to compare ourselves to the Factory, because you can’t have the Factory without Andy Warhol, but essentially it is like a new wave and it’s a new style of living, and we are all just riding the wave, we are all being inspirational to each other and we are helping each other out and we are always there for each other, and we are hardly ever separated for more than a day—each one of us has the same mentality, which is breaking free of the mold that is the stereotype of society and the way that we are expected to be.”

Last month, the 2.0 gang went out and all got tattoos of a skeleton key; Lydia’s is on her inner right forearm. “The symbolism behind the skeleton key is that it opens every door and it’s bonded us together,” she said.

Her occasional interest in politics sets her a bit apart from her immediate family.

“My family generally doesn’t go into politics, we have our own history there,” she said. “I am a rebel. I heard that they are now trying to start a war with Cuba again—it was in the papers yesterday—it would be like another Bay of Pigs. I hope that [Stephen] Colbert wins. I think he is incredible and I think that this country needs somebody new and outrageous who is not afraid to speak out and who really will actually stand for this country and not lie, and actually just do the job and get out there and make a difference. I would vote for him.”

[Mr. Colbert ended his presidential campaign a few days after this interview.]

Ms. Hearst said not a day goes by when she doesn’t think of the towering figure portrayed in Citizen Kane, her great-grandfather.

“If there was anyone that I would want to meet or anyone that I could ever be—that would be him,” she said. “He is my idol. He lived life, he never let anybody tell him no, and if somebody did tell him no, then he proved them wrong and accomplished all of his dreams and went for it. He was unstoppable.”

Lydia Unleashed