Star of the upcoming film Instant Family (out Friday) and perennial TNP favorite, Rose Byrne, talks beauty, film (and of course, food) with us…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast is Vegemite toast on sourdough bread with almond latte. Lunch would be a chicken tortilla soup and can I have Mexican for dinner too, with a margarita??
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Kids are a great equalizer. Gives you far less time to be too concerned about your looks – but I also love a good new product and a facial!
What was something you were insecure about growing up, and how did you get past it?
My hair was troublesome. Big, curly, wild, untamed. I had a teacher who used to tell me, “I looked like something the cat dragged in.” Harry Josh – my hairdresser and bestie – taught me my hair is an asset, and figured out how to make it look like one.
What advice would you have for young women struggling with body image?
To try to be gentle, to allow yourself to be comfortable in your own skin, to get off social media that has negative triggers and to nourish your spirit instead.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
In the morning, I moisturize and use some Rose Water and sunscreen. No makeup if no work to give my skin a break. Maybe some NARS tinted sunscreen foundation if I can get two minutes and a lip balm with a stain.
At night, I try to always cleanse, tone, and apply serum and moisturizer again. True Botanicals has a great Radiance Oil I really like. I religiously take off makeup if I’ve come from work, even if I’m too tired.
Is there an issue right now you’re most passionate about? What is it and why?
I grew up with compost, recycling, being energy efficient. Preserving the environment was taught to me from a young age. The concern with preservation and education about the environment is very important.
How did you prepare for your role in Instant Family?
I met with some fantastic social workers, kids who had been in the system and parents who had fostered and adopted kids. It was so eye-opening, inspiring and moving to hear all the stories from all these parts of the system.
What’s the funniest thing that happened on set?
Anytime Julianna [Gamiz] had to scream and shout was always a delight to behold.
How has the film industry changed since you first started?
The difference between TV and film is literally non-existent now. When I signed on to do Damages, it was still before the full TV revolution, before Netflix, Amazon etc. HBO had set the bar with Sopranos and Six Feet Under, but it was still early on the shift. Now the material is likely richer, deeper and more complex for TV than for film.
Who would you still like to collaborate with?
I’ve a huge girl crush on Amy Adams. I’ve always harbored a dream Melissa McCarthy and I could do a sequel to SPY. I have never had such fun with a character as Rayna.
What film has most inspired you throughout your life?
I did love eighties American classic comedies. They’re not the most sophisticated genre or cinematic but I loved the humor, and the time they took to tell the story back then. Baby Boom with Diane Keaton was a particular favorite. My dad is a Francophile and he took us to see Manon de Source as a family and that film has haunted me forever.
How do you stay fresh while traveling? What won’t you travel without?
I won’t travel without hand sanitizer and always wear long sleeves, as I get a little germ paranoia. I try not to travel without a sandwich and a banana to avoid the food. I’m always applying moisturizer and spraying True Botanicals nutrient mist like a mad person. I’m a devotee of the SKII cloth mask once I land and am at home.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? The best?
The worst is that I should pluck my eyebrows and they’ll grow back! (They didn’t) The best is to try to not worry with turbulence on the plane. They rarely go down with turbulence…Rarely guys.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there and why?
JC so he could answer some questions and clear up a few promises, Joan of Arc to also discuss some stuff, Tiffany Haddish to shake up the table and bring the funny, Charlotte Bronté as I’ve never recovered from Jane Eyre, and my best friend Krew so she could help me ask all the questions.
If you could pick a quote to sum up your current mood and mode what would it be?
There’s no place like home…