We have a new girl crush on our hands and it comes in the form of actress Serinda Swan. Swan is one of those actresses who manages to be both unbelievably chic and somehow accessible. We chatted with the star and got the inside scoop on her skincare essentials, her on-set snacking habits, and her favorite Vancouver haunts. Spoiler: she’s got some strong opinions on feminism, and we may be in love. Read the full interview below!
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I would start it off with my favorite soft scrambled eggs with a side of avocado from Croft Alley (and extra tomato toast, I don’t know why, but it’s the best toast in the world to me). Then, for lunch, I would do a huge salad of fresh lettuces and herbs, the ones my mother makes for me, and for dinner I would take any of the pasta dishes I ate while in Italy…. they were the best!
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I think my main focus internally is learning not to react. To be able to create the space needed to take a second, look at the facts (not the opinions) as best as I can and then act from there. This industry can throw a lot of negativity (and some praise) at you, but I think the goal is to not let either of them affect you. As for diet? I’m a vegetarian who tries to avoid dairy at all cost!
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
It all depends on how much traveling I’ve been doing or if i’m working on a project that’s tough on my skin. At night, I wash my face first with Lancer Polish and then Cleanser, then use Ojas Youth Essential Vitamin C Eye Cream and Skin Authority Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator. If I’m traveling and need a boost, the Lancer Plumping and Firming mask is incredible (just maybe don’t do it in public like I sometimes do…you get some weird looks on the plane). In the morning, I just cleanse and put on Lancer 50 SPF sunscreen mixed with Armani silk foundation.
How do you get into character?
It really depends on the character I’m playing. For Medusa, there was obviously a lot of research, as she has been around since 1965. I read the comics and went deep into her character’s lore within the MCU and tried to find out as much as I could. She is such a powerful woman and I love that her superpower comes from a part of her femininity, her hair. The first day on set in the full costume with my four foot, fire red wig? It was an incredible experience.
Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
I love to travel in Europe, from the culture to the landscape, there is something about it that just draws me in. Maybe it’s because my mother was born in London and my fathers side is Irish/Scottish, so in a way it feels like a home for me.
How did your prep for your role in Inhumans?
Well since day one, I knew I was going to have to shave my head for the role, so there was a lot of enjoying my long hair while I still had it (curls, pony tails, just running my fingers through it again and again), but more so, it was packing everything up and getting ready as fast as I could, as I got the role on a Friday and was in Hawaii by that Sunday afternoon.
What’s the biggest discovery you’ve made in playing your role so far?
Having extremely long hair and shooting in a windy climate is a terrible combination.
Do you have any go-to workout routines?
I do Lagree (it’s like super Pilates) and workout with Jason Walsh, my trainer whom I consider the workout wizard! He focuses on training like an athlete which I love. It brings be back to my gymnastics days. Some days, I’m pushing a 200 pound sled down the track or on days he has a sense of humor, he just ties a rope around himself and I have to pull him around the gym. He is not a little man!
What’s always in your fridge? What do you snack on when you’re on set?
I always have tons of vegetables, like absolute tons. I have this large ceramic bowl that I fill with herbs and collard greens, peppers, and carrots; it is basically a farmers market. Then, I have Juice Served Here coconut milk ‘Cream Party’ and a huge jug of cold brew.
What does a healthy body image mean to you? How do you practice that?
It means to be healthy and love the body that as a result of that. We are so backwards when it comes to body image in this day and age. We choose what we want to look like based on social value and social influence and then do whatever we can to make it a reality (even if your body was never meant to be that shape). I remember looking at models in magazines and wishing I was taller and thinner. I naturally go on the curvy side if I stop working out and then when I start training, I can go quite boyish and muscular. It’s just how my body is. I sometime struggle with what I should or shouldn’t look like, but that’s part of the journey truly learning to accept yourself. One day you will wake up and just say “fuck it this is me and I love myself and it has nothing to do with the world or how they view me.”
What’s a show you personally binge on?
Well right now, I am on season 5 of Game of Thrones, which doesn’t seem like anything special, but seeing that I just started watching 2 weeks ago, I am bingeing hard. Winter is coming!!!
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
My home town of Vancouver Canada has incredible food. Nelson The Seagull is one of my favorites; I usually drive there straight from the airport and meet my sister for their avocado toast (there’s starting to be a toast trend here) and poached eggs with field mushrooms. The other would be a small restaurant in Rome called Urbana 47 I think? It’s farm-to-table and one the most incredible meals I have ever had.
Is there any one issue you are passionate about right now and why?
Feminism. I believe true feminism its not man vs woman, not ‘anything you can do I can do better’ where the goal is to ‘wear the pants’. I believe my strength, my gift to this world, shouldn’t be how well I can morph into or rebel against a preexisting mold or idea, but rather how I can hold and create space for a new creation in this world. I don’t want your job, your raise, your position, or your rights… I want my own.
What are five fashion items you’re coveting right now for fall?
I am absolutely in love with everything Monse right now. There is an off the shoulder herringbone jacket that I am lusting over as well as this long black velvet dress with silver detail on the hip. I am also really excited about Stella McCartney’s new Skin-Free Skin pieces, like her vegan leather trench coat and silver snake boot. She shows that you can still have luxury and style while being conscious and environmentally responsible. The last piece is a fringe jean jacket from the sustainably produced, low water luxury jean line Triarchy. I absolutely love this brand and what they are doing for both the fashion and the real world.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook?
This question always gets me because as soon as I start writing down names, I end up have a full blown dinner party and 62 people are invited. I’m such a Cancer. I love hosting dinners and backyard garden parties so much that I don’t think I could invite just five. I do know that the guest of honor would be my Grandmother, and I would serve all her recipes.
In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
I think the New Potato is activism and protesting, which makes it a really exciting and challenging time to live in.
*Serinda Swan, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Serinda wears a Prada dress.