Brittany Snow talks cinnamon toast, mental health, and her love for Harry Met Sally…
From start to finish what would be your ideal food day?
When I was little my Mom would make me simple cinnamon toast before school. Lightly toasted bread with butter and topped with tons of a sugar/cinnamon combo. In my mind, it is still the best breakfast. Now that I’m an adult, my awareness and tolerance for sugar has changed slightly. (Not that I’m not obsessed with all things sugar. I am.) Now, I would have scrambled eggs on avocado toast with a tiny bit of strawberry jam. I do a weird thing where the specific ratio of jam to the ratio of avocado to egg, has to be perfect. Lunch would be tacos, guacamole and a frozen margarita. No salt. This is my dream right? So, calories don’t count and yes, I am having a drink at lunch. I’m fun. Dinner would be a chicken bao from Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City. It’s my favorite restaurant and the place where my fiancé and I fell in love. They take off the chicken baos from the menu from time to time. The first time they did this, I legitimately cried. It’s that good. Sometimes, they put them back on the menu if I ask very nicely and beg for awhile.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
The more spiritual and centered I am, the more grateful I am for the skin I’m in. The ability to move, see and be in a healthy body, is something I try not to take for granted. When I am feeling insecure, I try to do something creative or get inspired in some way. I try to do something from and for my soul, as cheesy as that sounds. I’ve had to retrain my mind with the information that beauty is not about my face or body. Beauty is about how you feel. How you carry yourself and how you see the beauty in things outside yourself. If I write something, sketch something or call someone who needs me for even 5 minutes, I feel more confident. When I feel confident, I feel beautiful.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I use Joanna Vargas Vitamin C facial wash and Sonya Dakar Organic Omega booster oil (which has changed my skin). I always wash my face every morning and every night. I use Shea Terra organics Tamanu for anything and everything going on with my face. Even though it smells like maple syrup. Which is sometimes fun. I use Joanna Vargas forever glow face masks every couple nights. Oh, I swear by this company Virtue hair care. Their recovery conditioner is something I’ve never experienced before (no I’m not getting paid for this.) It’s like healthy butter for your hair.
What were you always insecure about growing up, and how did you overcome it?
I have always been insecure about my weight. I gain weight very easily and it takes a lot for me to lose weight. The women in my family are strong, muscular and have (well, quite large boobs.) I hated those things about myself when I was a kid. I wanted to be very thin and be able to wear anything I wanted without having to work at it. It took some time for me to own and flaunt my body. Accepting my figure has been a part of me owning being a woman and being proud of every single thing I have. I try to be grateful for my imperfections and try to not knock them. The only thing I can do is try and be the best me and not try to want to achieve someone else’s body.
How do you always start your day?
In the morning, I always try to pet my dog for at least 2 minutes while coffee is brewing. I try to just pet her, not look at my phone and just be still before my day starts. My fiancé and I do this very silly but effective thing where we ask each other what we want to work on for that day. We ask each other what we want to try to focus on for ourselves or for someone else. I try to listen to a podcast on the way to work. It’s either a true crime podcast (I’m actually obsessed. I swear I was a detective in another life) or a TED talk radio hour.
What movie had the biggest effect on you and why?
“Requiem For A Dream” was the first movie that had a bodily effect on me. I spent about 20 minutes rolling around on the floor crying after it was done. “Annie Hall” was the first movie I saw as a kid and fell madly in love with Diane Keaton. I loved how unapologetically herself she was. I remember watching that movie and wanting to be that type of actress. Same with “When Harry Met Sally.” I have easily seen that movie over 100 times.
Who would you like to collaborate with that you haven’t yet?
Amy Adams. She has so much behind her eyes. It’s beautiful.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? The best?
The worst advice I ever received was “to not think so big about my career. I needed to think smaller.”
The best advice I ever received was “to ignore the hell out of that last person.”
Is there an issue right now you’re most passionate about? What is it and why?
Mental illness and emotional health. I am a firm believer in breaking down the stigma around mental illness and sharing our stories to combat the fear surrounding our differences with it. I recently started a new initiative called September Letters. A sharing platform, where anyone can write letters to themselves or another person about things they are battling with. It is launching in the next couple months.
If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there and why?
Mary Oliver, Oprah, George Harrison, Carl Jung and my Dad. Why? We would have some pretty intense, soulful conversations about life and a damn good time.
If you could put a quote on a tee shirt to sum up your current mood and mode, what would it be?
My Dad has said one quote to me my whole life. It’s become a running inside joke and a catch phrase between us for years.
“Kid, this ain’t no dress rehearsal.”
Brittany Snow, photographed at The Standard East Village in New York, NY