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What was it like growing up in your mom’s hair salon in Spain?
It was, honestly, like being in a psychiatrist’s office every day. Once they sat in my mom’s chair, the women were ready to spill their deepest secrets. Each haircut or treatment was like a full-blown therapy session. The salon also served as acting school for me, in a sense.
I was fascinated because I realized many of the women were pretending to be someone they weren't. They were characters, and I learned from them. I’d fake like I was studying my books, but I was really studying these women.
Did you learn how to do hair at all?
Absolutely. I could have a second profession as a hairstylist. I can give a really good haircut to anyone who will let me. I actually did Salma Hayek’s hair and makeup once in the dark. She had a première one night and called me like, “My glam squad didn't show up, and the power went out in my house. I need you.” We put candles everywhere, and I got her ready.
What’s been your biggest hair disaster?
When I was 14, I wanted to look like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, so I did this crazy-extreme perm that was too strong and completely damaged my hair for years.
Has your mom given you any life-changing beauty advice?
To eat healthy and get a solid amount of rest. I remember her sounding like a broken record telling us to eat our veggies and to go to sleep. She annoyed me, but now, as a mother, I hear myself saying the same things to my kids. Good food is the best possible medicine.
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Do you follow a strict diet?
I try to avoid dairy and sugar, and I can’t eat gluten because I have a big intolerance. I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and quality protein from free-range animals. I also drink gallons of water now, which is something I wasn't doing. I barely drink alcohol, and I quit smoking years ago. I don’t miss that in my life.
What about exercise?
I do Bikram yoga, which has completely changed my body. You’re drenched in sweat throughout the entire class. It’s 90 minutes, but once you conquer 60, the last 30 gets easier. I used to be sluggish, and now my level of energy is through the roof. It’s like magic, but you have to earn that magic.
I once read that you wear a different fragrance each time you play a character.
It’s true. Scent is very powerful. When I smell a fragrance, it transports me to a time in my life and I’ll revisit the same feelings. I wear Lancôme Trésor, but I never want to smell like myself when I’m playing a role. I need to smell how the woman would smell.
When do you feel most beautiful?
When I’m serene, relaxed, and present and I’m able to have gratitude for all that I have. That’s when beauty can be there. Otherwise, it doesn't matter what my hair looks like or what makeup I put on.