Odeya Rush impressed us with her black-and-gold printed Fausto Puglisi dress and matching Brian Atwood pumps inside Monday evening’s InStyle Awards. But while the actress definitely had a team of hair and makeup pros on hand to help ("I had amazing people that I just trust. We’re so close now that whatever they do, I’m down with that,” she told us), it’s her positive spirit that we think allows her to shine on the red carpet.
“I love that it’s pretty ballsy to do a dress like this,” she told InStyle. “The shape is kind of adventurous. This is the place to wear things that are daring. Maybe not for some people. For me, this is like stepping out of my comfort zone.” Rush went on to explain that she has no regrets in the style department and lives by two simple rules that anyone can also abide by.
The first? “If you feel happy in something, wear it. That’s what matters, is that you’re happy in it. Feel confident.” She definitely has a knack for radiating in front of the cameras; but it’s her mom who taught her how to do so. “She goes to work every day in wedges. She puts herself together,” she added. “It’s about making yourself happy. Take those extra five minutes. I usually don’t want to. If I could wear sweats every day, I would. Sometimes when you put those extra five minutes in, and then you end up seeing a bunch of people, you’re like, ‘Oh, I guess this was worth it.'”
It’s time we start stepping up our game.
—With reporting by Brianna King