Actress Naomi Scott

Have you seen Naomi Scott in the new Power Rangers reboot yet, Potatoheads? As the Pink Power Ranger, she kicks ass, literally and figuratively. We sat down with the stunning actress to meet the woman behind the mask, and let’s just say we are big fans. We love Scott’s honest approach to beauty, her dream dinner guests, and her strong belief in giving yourself the weekend off. Wondering how she stays in such super (get it?) shape? Read below; consider this your Monday morning pick me up….

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

In the morning, I would have buckwheat pancakes from this restaurant called Fix in Los Angeles. There’s a cafe in Dover Street Market I like, too; the pancakes are incredible. For lunch, I would have a roast dinner – a proper English roast, stuffing, the whole lot. And for dessert I would have to have bread and butter pudding. For dinner, I probably would go for my mum’s chicken curry, spinach curry and dahl, and homemade chapatis. My mum also does a great aubergine curry. For dessert, I’m gonna go with a banoffee pie.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I have a pretty balanced regime. I exercise when I can, but I’m not perfect. Sometimes when I’m super busy it becomes a bit more difficult. Like anything as humans, it’s a discipline. Sometimes you’re better, and at certain times you fall off the wagon a bit. I think in general I’m happiest when I am exercising regularly, but I’m not an everyday-er. I’m happier, too, when I’m able to cook my own meals. I love doing meal prep. I like to do salmon and broccoli, put it in a tupperwear, mix it all up, and I have those as meals – or I go with chicken. Usually on the weekends, I go rogue and do whatever I want.

Are there any workouts you love/think are overrated?

I do enjoy classes because when you go you know you have to do it. I think being in the gym on your own can be a bit difficult. I don’t think anything is overrated; I think it’s more about a combination of things – that’s when you get the best out of your workout. In the gym, I like to mix it up.

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

My go-to breakfast would be rye toast or a bit of smoked salmon and poached eggs.

What are your morning and nightly beauty regimens?

I have sensitive skin so I don’t use anything too harsh. Usually when I get up I wash my face with Dermalogica Active Moist. If I use makeup I use MAC and a bit of blush, then I’m good to go. I don’t really wear mascara or any eye makeup during the day. Then at night, I wash my face and use the Dermalogica again before I go to bed. The secret to keeping my skin healthy is moisture because I’m naturally dry skinned.

Do you change your beauty routines before a big shoot?

No, I don’t do anything different to be honest. Water and sleep are the two main things. You can put any product on your face, but if you’re not drinking or sleeping, then there is no point.

Are there any food or drinks that you’ve cut from your diet?

Because of my eczema, I try to stay away from dairy. On the odd occasion, I will have a bit of cheese, and I do love creamy desserts, so I’ll have those every now and again. I’m not awfully strict. I try to stay away from processed foods and keep it simple. I’m pretty open to everything.

Are there any beauty products that you can’t live without?

I always have a lip balm on me. When I’m traveling, I have to have a really strong moisturizer; that’s really important. I also have to have a good lip gloss. I like Dior’s best.

Where are your favorite places to travel?

I love Europe. I was filming in Krakow, and it was one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. I filmed in Budapest, Hungry which was the coolest place ever. India is one of my favorite places; it was super special for me, being half-indian. When I went there, I felt a connection to it – to the culture that I’ve grown up in – and all those little bits and bobs that remind me of my family. When you go to the motherland, I think you tend to understand it more. Everyone’s houses smell of spices. When I went to India, I ate so much food, I actually put on so much weight.

What was your favorite dish when you visited India?

We had a different home-cooked meal from a different family every evening. There are so many different types of curries depending on the different parts of India where everyone is from. I love the Gujarati chaat – yoghurt mixed with smashed up samosas. It’s the best.

What’s an issue you feel very passionate about right now and why?

The things I feel passionate about are things I want to act on and not just talk about. Once I’ve gotten to a place where I am actively doing something, that’s when I will talk about it, so I will have something to back it up with. Something I’m actively connected to with my husband is a charity called Compassion. It’s very holistic, all the programs are run through the local church. You’re going to the cause to create a real effect. It is about empowering kids to make a difference in their families and for them to become equipped to change their situations – as opposed to just giving them something that they don’t know what to do with. They are teaching them how to use those tools. We sponsor some kids and they do other projects that we’re closely involved with.

If you could host a dinner party with any 5 people who would be there and what would you cook?

I probably wouldn’t cook. But, having said that, I did cook Christmas dinner a few years ago, and I cooked a huge goose which was amazing. I was so proud of myself, so maybe I would cook that. I don’t cook loads, but I do really like a challenge. In terms of who I would invite, when it comes to food, I automatically think family and friends. I could pick the most interesting people in the world, but when I think of food I want to share it with the people closest to me. For the sake of the question, I would love to have dinner with Stevie Wonder, Father Christmas – just to know how he does it, Barak Obama and Michelle, and Jesus – because I love Jesus.

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*Naomi Scott, photographed at Tamarind in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann