We could not have been more excited for the return of HBO’s Westworld. We caught up with its newest star this season, the beautiful Katja Herbers, who gave us the rundown on everything from her beauty routine to her love for chocolate…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d start the day with matcha tea and a blood orange. Then a really good latte with a very fresh and crunchy croissant. For pre-lunch, I’d go for a green acai bowl made with kale and all kinds of healthy things, but it basically still tastes like ice-cream. Maybe an almond chai latte after that, and why not some chocolate-covered salty almonds.
Then for lunch, I’d have some sourdough toast with avocado and an poached egg. And for dinner I’d go have the freshest and sustainably farmed salmon sushi with a miso soup and some hot sake.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
After the shower I’ll apply some Clarins eye cream and 50 SPF sunscreen, also from Clarins. I wear 50 SPF in any season. I normally don’t really wear makeup when I’m not working, but if I look a little too ‘grey’ I’ll apply some Benetint from Benefit on the cheeks and lips. I love that product, it doesn’t give you a made-up look, it just makes your face look like you’re super healthy. Every once in a while I’ll wear mascara. I like this tubing mascara from Blinc. It washes off in the shower, so no need to use any cotton pads or eye makeup remover, which is a plus. If I need some foundation I’ll use Rituals foundation over the sunscreen. It’s light and looks natural.
I always have some Australian Lucas’ Papaw Ointment in my bag for my lips and hands, which I’ll apply a few times a day. It’s made from fermented Papaya, which sounds gross, but it isn’t.
Then in the evening, I’ll probably take an epsom salt bath. I’m really into bathing, it clears my head, and makes me sleep better. I’ll wash my face with Weleda Makeup remover cream and a hot cloth. Then some Weleda Cold Cream at night. Weleda only uses natural ingredients and I love how thick their cream is.
How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
I’ll always turn on the kettle when I wake up and make myself some green tea. I’ve started to put some Echinacea drops into my tea, and I feel it helps prevent me from getting colds. Then I’ll have some yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit, or in winter I’ll make some oatmeal with almond milk, banana and dried plums. I’ve stopped drinking coffee, and it’s helped a lot with my energy levels. I still really like the taste of coffee, so I might head out to get myself a nice decaf latte.
What are your go-to workouts?
I love to dance, but I don’t really like working out. Right now I’m doing this dance workout that I made up, where I’ll put an elastic band around my ankles and then just dance, with an occasional squat or bar-exercise. It gets my muscles sore in the right places and the dancing gets my blood pumping and makes me smile.
What’s one thing you were always insecure about growing up? How did you overcome it?
I had quite a bit of social anxiety, and I can still have that sometimes. As far as body image, I grew up in a country and a household and a time that wasn’t very focused on looks. So that’s lucky. When I worried about something, it was more about situations and other people.
What’s a piece of advice you’d have for young women struggling with body image?
I’m so lucky to have grown up without social media. I’d say try to limit your exposure to Instagram and all that stuff, but I know that’s hard. In the end, appearance doesn’t matter, a sense of humor matters and being a good person and being happy. That’s what makes a person attractive and nice to be around.
What’s the issue you feel most passionately about right now and why?
There’s so much to be passionate about. I’m really excited about women speaking up, the MeToo and TimesUp movement. I’m terrified of this administration. I have to distance myself from it a bit, because it can become all consuming. But to name something simple that I started doing and that I think everyone can do, is to go to the beach and pick up plastic. I live close to the beach in Santa Monica, and every other day at sunset I’ll walk over there and collect a full bag of plastic toys, shoes, coffee cups, you name it. The Plastic Island in the Pacific Ocean is now three times the size of France…I hope we’ll treat our planet better and that it’s not too late.
What are three things you’re coveting right now?
I would love to move to a bit of a bigger place. My family is from Amsterdam, and I’d love to have a guest room, so people can come over and stay comfortably.
Not entirely unrelated, I’d also love to become a better sleeper, I feel like I have a constant jet-lag. I’ve been all over the place for the last three years, and my body is a bit fed up with me. So I’d love to improve that and have some more stability in terms of time zones.
And then there are a whole bunch of roles that I would love to get. For one, I’d be thrilled if I could do some good comedy in the US. Back in Holland, I’m mostly known as a comedic actress, and I’d love to be able to do comedy here too.
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
Ai. I’m not sure that if I’d know it’s my last meal, I’d still be able to eat? I think I would probably be too sentimental and just want to with the people I love most, my family. Okay, maybe I’ll have some hot cocoa and chocolate. Maybe lots of chocolate.
What are your favorite restaurants?
In Santa Monica, my absolute favorite is Sushi King on Wilshire. Their sushi is the best and freshest sushi I’ve ever had. I’m pretty sure they’ll get a Michelin Star. Then I’m a big fan of breakfast…and my favorite place is Bondi Harvest, also in Santa Monica. I’ll have the quinoa bowl soaked in coconut milk with a scoop of acai and fresh fruit…
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
To not worry about the stuff you can’t change. It’s pointless and a waste of time and energy.
The worst is probably from when I used to work in the German Theater. It’s tradition for the company to wish the actors good luck on opening night by gently fake-spitting next to both sides of the actors faces. I know, it sounds ridiculous. The whole company will come to your dressing room to wish you luck before going on stage. And they’ll also all ask if you’re nervous. And that you should do a good job. That isn’t too helpful. After hearing that four times, I got pretty nervous.
If you could come up with a quote of the day to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
“Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein