Actress Olivia Taylor Dudley

It’s Woman Crush Wednesday, and we couldn’t think of a better way than celebrating with Olivia Taylor Dudley. She’s rocking incredible skin and believes we should be focusing on beauty from the inside out (our kind of girl). We caught up with the actress right before the second season premiere of her hit show, The Magicians. Get Dudley’s take on set snacks, where to find the best pizza in Italy, and why moisturizing is so important…

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

I wake up, and immediately have coffee. If I had my way, I would cook all my meals. I like poached eggs over some greens like kale or spinach. I like a good salad for lunch. I have one that I make that I’m obsessed with; it is a million different shaved veggies – like carrots and beets – mixed with almonds and kale. For dinner, I would make ginger veggie soup. I have been making my veggie soup multiple times a week for years. It is simple, easy, and healthy. I also put cilantro on every one of my meals – lots of it.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I have always been big about eating healthy. I was a vegetarian for fifteen years and, in that journey, I learned to cook a lot of my meals. I think cooking for yourself really helps you feel good. I only buy organic, and local if possible. I also always love a good juice fast every couple of months, just to get my brain working again. It is amazing how the quality of food we eat affects our body function.

What’s your morning and nightly skincare and beauty routines?

It is very simple. I like all natural products. I wash my face twice a day with charcoal soap and put as much moisturizer on as I can get. I really love “Egyptian Magic:” it’s an all natural beeswax moisturizer that I sleep with. I wake up, and my face feels so soft. Having makeup applied all day at work can really take a toll on your skin, so the more moisture I can get, the better it feels.

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

I love eggs, greens and coffee in the morning. It’s easy and gets my brain going. Sipping coffee while checking emails or reading is the best way to start the day.

What foods and drinks do you feel are best for your skin and hair? Worst?

I eat so many vegetables. I think the more greens I get, the better my skin is and the clearer my head feels. If I start eating junk food and processed food, I can really see the effects on my face and body. I can’t say no to fries though – sometimes you need a balance of healthy food and fun food.

What is your TV makeup routine?

It is similar to my everyday routine. I wash twice a day and moisturize a ton! The key for me is to have days off where I let my skin breathe. I was such a tomboy growing up and didn’t start getting facials and taking good care of my skin until a few years ago; it makes such a difference. Making sure I use simple natural products seems to work best for me.

Did you have a New Year’s resolution? If so, what was it and do you think you’ll stick to it?

I stopped making them a few years ago. I think I have so many goals all year round and things that I’m trying to achieve that when New Year’s hits, I’m just happy to celebrate and keep going.

What’s your go-to lunch on set? Your go-to snacks?

I like to eat a lot of fruits and veggies when I’m working. We work such long hours in TV that if I eat junk food I will fall asleep and forget my lines. I’m a big veggies dipped in hummus fan. And organic popcorn: I always have popcorn around my trailer ready to go with me to set.

If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Pizza; it just has everything you could ever want.

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

You grow the most in life when you’re comfortable with the living in the unknown. So don’t let it scare you. 

The worst advice I ever got was: don’t move to Hollywood and try to become an actor. It’ll never happen.

What social issues do you feel particularly passionate about and why?

I’ve always been an advocate for rescuing animals. I grew up on a ranch and we had up to ten rescue dogs at one point. I currently have three wonderful dogs that I rescued from different places. I think puppy breeders are still a huge problem, and people don’t fix their pets. There are so many great organizations out there helping these homeless and abused animals find homes, and that’s exciting.

How do you unwind after a long day on set of The Magicians?

I go home and make popcorn and watch Friends or Seinfeld. Its easy and dependable, and after a long day of work you need that kind of comfort.

How does sketch comedy differ from scripted TV? Which do you prefer acting in?

Sketch comedy and scripted are actually very similar in my opinion. Both require you to listen to what is going on in the scene. You have to be quicker on your feet in sketch, but both require a sense of what is going on in the moment and then you make choices. I love sketch; I think it really sharpens your listening skills, and you never know what you are going to get out of a scene. I would have to say scripted is my favorite, though. I love having time with the material to shape a character. Both ways can surprise you.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

I live in Los Angeles, and love eating here! Every kind of food is available. I love Vietnamese food and have a go to favorite Pho spot that I visit multiple times a week. 

Vancouver also has great eats, amazing sushi and farm-to-table food. My favorite restaurant there is Farmer’s Apprentice for weekend brunch and dinner. We became regulars.

I recently went to Italy with my boyfriend, and every city there had amazing food. I ate everything. There is a small pizza place not far from the Vatican called Pizzarium Bonci. It serves thick cut rectangular pizza with amazing original toppings in a tiny restaurant.

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

Oh, that is such a good question. I feel like I would want to host a party of musicians and actors. Bjork for sure, Humphrey Bogart, Joaquin Phoenix, Carl Segan, and Elvis (I think he should be at every party). I would make it a pot luck, cause that sounds unpredictable, and easy.

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