Actress Sarita Choudhury

We’ve loved the absolutely stunning actress Sarita Choudhury since she starred on Homeland, and we were temporarily diverted from the gripping storyline, wondering: Who is this gorgeous (and of course talented) actress? We love when an unexpected girl crush comes our way, which is why when we found out Choudhury was starring alongside Tom Hanks in A Hologram For The King (which hits theaters today), we were delighted to interview her on all things beauty, food and style. She pampers herself with acupuncture, loves blueberries as a snack and wants to cook pasta alle vongole for Bob Marley…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Moroccan style breakfast: Fresh fruit and pancakes with orange honey syrup. For lunch, linguine alle vongole. For dinner, steamed vegetables over rice, light soy sauce and a piece of a scotch bonnet (hot Jamaican pepper).

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I go to dance class and ride my bike. In between I lay around a lot just reading and drinking coffee.

What do you find make your skin feel its best? Its worst?

Ginger tea, salt water from the ocean, and some late afternoon sun makes my skin feel great. During the winter indoor heating systems make my skin feel awful.

The hair products you can’t live without…

My hair products change all the time. Sometimes I use Deva shampoo for curly hair. It mostly depends on the water where you live and the humidity. My hair feels best in the summer with a bit of sweat and sun!

What’s always in your bag? 

A book, moisturizer, chewing gum, all my lost hair bands, some random receipts, a scarf, my phone charger, and lip balm.

What products are always on set with you?

On set I don’t really need anything because the lovely crews takes care of me. My favorite thing at the end of the day is when the makeup person takes off my makeup and puts a hot towel on my face. The makeup/hair trailer is “home” for actors.

Your go-to healthy snacks…

Cantaloupe, blueberries, and coconut water

Products you cannot live without…

I cannot live without coconut oil. I use it in the winter as a body moisturizer; I apply it in the shower and then rinse it off, and a slight sheen remains on my skin! Also lip balm.

Words to yourself upon looking in the mirror in the morning…

“Ugh” or “Oh hello”

Where do you go to self-pamper? 

Acupuncture or a massage.

The beauty mainstay that hasn’t changed since your teen years…

Washing my face with only water.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go to breakfast? 

Coffee and a bran muffin from a nearby café.

The best advice you’ve ever received? The worst? 

Best: Do what you really want to do; if not, you will hurt people.

Worst: Vodka doesn’t give you a hangover!

If you could host a dinner party, with any five people living or dead who would be there? What would you cook? 

Bob Marley, author J.M Coetzee, David Bowie, both my grandmothers and Maria, my daughter. I know that’s six! I would cook pasta alle vongole accompanied by a dry white wine.

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*Sarita Choudhury, photographed at Narcissa at The Standard, East Village in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.