There are some women that we meet and instantly jive with; you know the kind, impossibly cool but down to earth and into all the same foods we are? We like to call them honorary potatoheads, and we’re adding one more to the club: Actress Joey King. She’s the new star of hilarious and poignant Going in Style (out today). We caught up with the seventeen-year-old to talk about her fourteen year acting career (!!), why she loves pizza rolls, and what music she’s loving. Trust us, this is the perfect way to kick off your weekend…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d have pizza rolls for breakfast, a cinnamon bun for lunch, and krabby patties for dinner.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Most importantly, above all else, I practice self-love. Your inner beauty shines when you are emotionally and physically kind to yourself. As far as diet and exercise go, I try to eat as healthfully as possible, but I don’t make myself crazy. If I’m craving a piece of bread or a bowl of pasta, sometimes I just need to listen to my body and indulge. You definitely have to find a balance, though, because eating the right things has incredible health and healing benefits. It’s not about how you look – it’s about taking care of your body so you can be the best you. I also try to exercise 4-5 times a week, but that’s if I’m feeling really motivated. I absolutely love exercise because I feel energetic and happy when I work out on a regular basis, but sometimes “vegging out” is so necessary.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
My most important beauty rule is never go to bed with makeup on! I never break this rule and, I have to say, I owe my good skin to it. I do wish I cleaned my makeup brushes more regularly, so that’s one thing I really need to work on – and I encourage everyone else to try to follow that, too.
As far as products go, I’m super simple and I’m a huge fan of local pharmacy brands. I use any generic brand of makeup-removing towelettes; I wash my face morning and night with Clean & Clear Morning Burst; and I also enjoy experimenting with different facial moisturizers, but I never go to bed with SPF on my face. I’m a huge fan of Cetaphil: it’s simple, hydrating, and isn’t expensive at all.
What is always in your handbag? What beauty products can’t you live without?
I carry so much in my bag. I always have cold medicine (just in case), chapstick/lipstick, hand sanitizer, band aids, gum, 2 pairs of headphones (hey, a friend might need a pair), extra hair ties in case I run into a poor soul in need, a snack (because duh, food is dope), floss, lotion, the entire state of California, the entire world’s population, etc.
What was your favorite part of shooting Going in Style?
Shooting Going in Style was honestly one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I think my favorite part was that Zach was kind enough to change this role for me. In the original film, my character was a 5-year-old little boy and Zach asked the studio if he could change the role to a teenage girl. If it weren’t for Zach believing in me, I wouldn’t have had the chance to be directed by him as well as work with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine (my grandfather in the movie), Alan Arkin, and Ann-Margret. A dream come true.
How did you get in character to play Brooklyn?
Brooklyn is such a sweet girl with a really spunky personality and unconditional love for her grandfather. Getting into character for her wasn’t hard especially because I had the opportunity to act alongside the nicest man on earth – the one and only Michael Caine.
Any fun stories you can share with us from the set?
There is an abundance of memorable moments from set. If I had to choose, one of my favorite memories took place while filming a scene with Michael at a carnival. My character is supposed to throw a ball at a dunk booth in which his character, Joe, is sitting. Let’s not forget Michael Caine is 84 years old – I did not expect him to want to do this stunt, but he really surprised me. He hopped right up to that dunk booth with a huge smile on his face and pulled it off like a legend. The only complaint I ever heard from that man was a complaint we shared: that there was too much uphill walking in one scene and our thighs were burning!
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
Honestly, my favorite restaurant in the world is Nando’s. Find me any city with Nando’s, and I’m there.
What are some of your go-to workouts?
I just started running, which is a huge accomplishment for me because I’ve had shin splints for 3 years! I’m also big on boxing; it feels so amazing because I’m so focused.
You’ve been acting since such a young age – what advice would you give a young person wanting to be an actor?
I have been in the business for almost 14 years, and I can’t stress enough how important it is to be nice to everyone! I put that over everything else. Everyone on set is working just as hard as you, everyone has a family they love and want to see, and everyone deserves to be greeted with a smile when they come on set. Being nice as a general principle is just as important. It is so easy to be kind. It takes much more energy to be in a bad mood and snappy than it does to try to look at the positive and be grateful. I feel so lucky to get the chance to meet new people almost every day, learn about their lives, and make new friends.
What’s on your playlist right now?
The entire album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott, Divide by Ed Sheeran, Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ by Kid Cudi, and The Heart Part 4 by Kendrick Lamar.
What is the best advice you have ever received? What is the worst?
Best advice: Always be nice. Worst advice: You should stop eating peanut butter and jellies.
Do you eat healthy? What are some of your vices?
I usually eat super healthfully. I try to stick to fruits, veggies, and protein…but nobody is perfect. I will always cheat with chips and salsa. Always! And milkshakes are my absolute favorite thing in the entire world, any kind.
Who’s someone you haven’t worked with, that you’d still like to work with and why?
My favorite actress is Jessica Chastain. I would love to work with her because I think her acting abilities are so extraordinary. She inspires me to be diverse in my acting abilities and take chances. She can do both subtle and vibrant characters so well.
In the same vein as the new black in fashion, what is the new potato right now?
The new potato…is açai bowls. Straight up. I sound so basic when I say that, but it’s true. Fave food at the moment!
*Joey King, photographed at The Russian Tea Room in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann