Actress Emily Wickersham

You’ve probably noticed that we’re crime buffs here at The New Potato; you can find us parked on the couch all winter long binging on faves like The Closer and SVU. That’s why, when we went to LA last month, we couldn’t wait to meet with NCIS star Emily Wickersham. Wickersham is a breath of fresh air on the show; she’s both stunning and kicks serious ass. We got the scoop on her favorite workouts, how she keeps her skin looking so flawless, and where she loves to eat in LA and NYC. You’re going to want to take notes – Wickersham is serious #WomancrushWednesday material.

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

Breakfast would be smoked salmon on a piece of toast and a coffee with a little coconut milk. Kombucha around 11am. Lunch is salad with veggies and maybe an egg…then a dark chocolate treat. And for dinner – gluten-free pasta and red wine..then more dark chocolate.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

For me it’s about feeling good first… and I’ve realized that it comes from what I choose to eat. Once I started paying attention to what I was eating and becoming conscious of what made me feel good or bad, it was a game changer. I realized I spent a lot of time not being so in tune with my body…it seems like an obvious thing to be in tune with, but I actually think a lot of people aren’t. When I eat a ton of sugar or wheat I feel so sluggish and icky and it all shows on my skin.

When I eat clean, I notice a big difference in my energy and just the way I feel generally. Then comes working out. I used to run a lot and do a lot of cardio, but recently I’ve been much more into pilates and tennis. I played tennis a lot when I was younger and I’m trying to get it back. I love being out on the court and getting to just focus on that…it really helps with anxiety. In the end, I think beauty is a balance between our mind and bodies and trying to keep them balanced. However you are feeling inside really reflects on the outside.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

In the morning, I wash my face with Karyng (by Dr. Grossman) gentle face wash, then I use Elta moisturizer mixed with Epicuren colostrum cream and then I top that off with Chantecaille tinted moisturizer in nude. I’ll curl my lashes but won’t do mascara during the day. If I have a lot of moisture in my skin, I will sometimes use RMS Un powder. And then I’ll put a glossier lip color on…my favorite color for day is “like.” 

At night, I take all my makeup off with the same cleanser, hop in a hot shower and then end it with really cold water. If my skin is super dry, I’ll use an SKll Mask and then before bed I use a retinol cream and Epicuren Colostrom on top.

What hair products can you live without?

I love all Oribe products…the texturing spray is my favorite.

What are your favorite workouts?

I love pilates, hiking and tennis. 

What workouts do you find overrated?


What’s always in your bag?

Glossier lip moisturizer, Glossier lip tint and Glossier Haloscope.

Where do you love to travel?

New York and Paris are my favorite cities to travel to, but there are lots of other cities and places I’d love to explore!

What won’t you travel without?

I need all my face products. 

Foods and drinks that make your skin glow, and food and drinks that make your skin feel its worst…

Water, veggies, fish and vitamins are good for the glow. Sugar and wheat make the skin feel so much worse.

How do you always start your day?

I try to take a few minutes to myself in the morning and clear my head, look my dogs in the eyes and wish I was as good as my dogs think I am….then coffee.

What are your favorite cities for food?

Los Angeles and New York.

What restaurants do you go to in each?

I love Pace, Little Doms, and Sugarfish in LA.

Jack’s Wife Frieda, Blossom, and Cafe Gitane are my favorites in NY.

Advice you’d give your younger self…

Be yourself, always….and don’t let fear get in your way.

5 fashion items you’re coveting right now…

Garret Leight SunglassesCartier Nail braceletSaint Laurent Bag, Rachel Comey White Jeans, and Adidas Gazelles.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion what’s the new potato right now?

TV is the new potato of the entertainment industry right now…TV I think is the new black and the new potato. So much new creativity and content is coming from that segment of media.

Hear from more TV Stars – like Jimmi Simpson of Westworld and Emily Mortimer on HBO.

*Emily Wickersham, photographed in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, CA by Danielle Kosann