Actress Naya Rivera

Let’s be real: we’ve loved actress Naya Rivera since her days on Glee. She’s one of those badass women that makes us want to be, well, cooler. (And now that she’s become a new mom, she’s also one of those young cool moms we aim to be when we procreate.)

It’s no surprise that when we found out she was coming out with a book this month – Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up we couldn’t really resist booking a Potatohead feature. Rivera talked to us about everything from self-confidence and coconut oil to the fallacy of not wearing white after Labor Day…

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

For breakfast, coffee, warm raisin scone from the Corinthia in London with strawberry jam and tons of clotted cream. Mid Morning, English Breakfast tea. At noon, mini chicken curry finger sandwiches with a glass (or two) of Veuve Clicquot. At cocktail hour, a Grey Goose martini and coconut shrimp with a mango chutney dipping sauce. For dinner, the Artichoke salad from Nobu, sweet corn agnolotti with shaved truffle, and more martinis. For dessert, a scoop of coffee flavored gelato with chocolate coffee beans in it.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out? 

I do my best to take care of my body, eat healthy, fresh foods, and maintain a healthy workout schedule.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

Since becoming a mom I’m usually so busy with Josey in the morning I only have time for the necessities. I shower, brush my teeth, slap on some form of makeup and go. Nightly, I get more time for myself, so I indulge in things like lathering up my body with coconut oil and vitamin E. I use Dermalogica Clear Start face wash and overnight cream. Depending on how my skin is you can find me many a night with Mario Badescu drying lotion all over my face in little pink patches.

What inspired you to write your book? Why is it important to be unapologetic sometimes? 

It’s always been a dream and goal of mine to be a published author. But aside from that, I never understood how some of my female fans would think of me as a role model. After all, all I had done was perform lines and scenes someone else had written. I didn’t feel like I had personally done anything to warrant that title. Writing this book and putting myself out there as a person – in the hopes that maybe some of my mishaps and stories can help someone else in some way – finally makes me feel like I really am fulfilling that role model title. Being unapologetic at the right time is important because it shows others and yourself that you mean what you say, you say what you mean, and you have confidence in yourself.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst? 

The best advice would be from my dad when he said “Do what you love”. Worst advice: whoever said don’t wear white after labor day.

What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?

A crispy fried chicken sandwich on a brioche bun with slaw and a giant side of truffle fries with ketchup to be shared with my mom.

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

My morning routine is taking care of Josey. One thing that is constant is that I always have to go to Coffee Bean. I’m not big on breakfast since I’m usually working out early in the morning. A coffee or tea is usually my breakfast.

What’s your perfect smoothie comprised of? 

Vanilla protein powder, blueberries, banana, almond milk, peanut butter and ice. So delicious.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love to travel to any place with a lake or ocean. I can’t travel without my Louis Vuitton carry-on. I love that suitcase.

The issue you feel most passionately about right now and why…

A woman’s right to choose.

You never liked X until you tried it at Y…

I never liked beer until I tried it at home with Ryan.

Advice you have for new Moms…

Costco sells bottles of La Crema pinot noir for $16! Stock up!

What are your favorite cities for food? Your favorite restaurants in each?

I love the food in Amalfi, Italy, LA, NY and Boston. I’m still exploring restaurants so it’s hard to pick a favorite.

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

The new potato right now is honesty. Especially with this political season; people seem to be a lot more receptive to the truth and transparent people. It’s refreshing.

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*Naya Rivera, photographed at Tao in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann