Season three of Silicon Valley premiered Sunday night, and it’s safe to many, many lives just got a whole lot funnier. We’ve been following the HBO series since it debuted two years ago, and we particularly love Amanda Crew, who plays tech-savvy right-hand woman, Monica.
The brunette beauty totally holds her own amid a cast full of dudes, and brings her own humor to the tech startup table. Amanda walked us through her workout and beauty routines (she swears by weight training and organic products), and also revealed her favorite essentials for spring.
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Without repercussions? I haven’t had dessert for breakfast in like ten years because I’m a boring adult and my body can’t handle it anymore. But in a dream world, I would have a nutella crepe with whipped cream from Cafe Crepe in Vancouver. Then I’d balance it out with sushi from Sugar Fish and end the day at Cafe Gratitude with a bottle of rosé.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I’m a big believer in working out. I go to the gym five or six days a week and feel like crap when I miss it. Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten more into lifting weights and getting stronger. There are obvious aesthetic reasons, but I also want to build a strong body that can support me. I believe in balance for diet. Eating clean for most of the day but allowing yourself to have bread, chocolate, wine and all the other treats of life.
The beauty products that are always in your bag…
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
My entire skincare routine is Renee Rouleau. I swear by her products. I have the worlds most sensitive skin and her products have completely changed my skin.
Morning: I wash my face with the Gentle Gel Cleanser. I tone with the Revitalizing Ginseng Toner. The trick is to put your moisturizer on while the toner is still wet on your face so you can trap in all that moisture. So I quickly put on the Vitamin C+E Treatment and then the Daily SPF lotion. I have very sensitive skin and this is the only SPF that I don’t have an allergic reaction to or breakout from.
Night: I wash my face with the AHA/BHA Deep Pore Cleanser followed by the same toner I use in the morning. I rotate between the BHA Clarifying Serum and the Skin Drink and trap in all that goodness with the Hawaiian Nourishing Cream.
It sounds like a lot but it doesn’t take that long and my skin has never looked better.
What foods and drinks do you find are best for your skin? Worst?
My skin is best when I’m eating clean and drinking lots of water (shocker!). I’m terrible about drinking water. It’s something I’ve been working on…my whole life. But it’s actually hotel bed sheets and gym towels that make my skin break out (I’m allergic to bleach) and harsh shampoos. I used to have patchy breakouts on my cheeks and neck and it all cleared up as soon as I switched to organic shampoo and conditioner. I’m such an advocate for investigating what could be contributing to your breakouts. We so quickly assume that it’s acne but it could be an allergic reaction to something you are using daily.
What’s the app you can’t live without? Would you consider yourself tech savvy?
Two months ago I would have said Instagram but lately I’ve been all about Snapchat. It’s addictive because you know it will all disappear in twenty-four hours, so it works well for my sense of humor, which can be a little offbeat and random.
What’s the best and worst advice you’ve ever received?
Best advice: “You can achieve anything as long as you are willing to work hard for it.” – My Mom
Worst advice: “Maybe tone down your laugh a little in public.” – Some dude at a party.
Workouts you’re obsessed with right now…
Anything strength based. Women (and this used to include myself) are so phobic of lifting weights because they think they are going to get “too big.” I had to train for a wrestling movie last year where the intention was to put on muscle mass, and take it from me, it takes a lot of work to put on the tiniest of size. I used to be a cardio queen and I looked fine in clothes but I was not strong. I had really bad back issues because my core was so weak and once I started lifting weights and strengthening my core, my back pain went away completely. If you want to dive into weight training there is an awesome FREE program that I followed. It’s super easy to understand and I definitely saw results.
What are your go-to hair products?
I just switched to organic shampoo and conditioner. I tried a lot of different ones and didn’t like most, but finally found one that doesn’t feel “organic.” It’s called Rare El’Ements and it feels like salon quality. Even though I’ve gone organic, I can’t stop using Oribe Texturizing Spray. Nothing works the way that stuff does.
How do you always start your day? What’s your breakfast?
COFFEE! I cannot do anything until I’ve had coffee. After I’ve had my coffee, then I can start thinking about breakfast and the rest of my day. Breakfast is either scrambled egg whites with toast and avocado or a protein pancake with Vega Protein.
What are your five spring essentials right now?
I’m obsessed with this Reformation dress. Loafers. I’m obsessed with this Rosé, mainly because the bottle is GORGEOUS. It tastes good too. Lightweight Luminizing Tinted Moisturizer, because who wants to be wearing thick makeup when it’s getting hot out? My camera, for documenting adventures with friends. I’m adding a 6th because Billy Balls make the home look so pretty – and they last forever since they are dried.
What are your favorite spots to eat in NYC and LA?
What’s your ideal smoothie comprised of?
Some sort of greens, half a frozen banana, frozen berries, unsweetened almond milk and Vega protein powder.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
Bad ass women doing bad ass things. There has been such an abundance of cool chicks doing cool things lately. To name a few: Helena Price did a project highlighting the underrepresented in the tech industry called TECHIES. It’s bad ass. I just got involved with Girls In Tech and the woman who founded it, Adriana Gascoigne, is my new hero. Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter. Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss radio. We all watched Beyonce’s LEMONADE, right?
Amanda Crew, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.