Interview and pics of Taylor Schilling before the SAG awards
From Violet Grey
We’re so used to seeing Taylor Schilling in orange prison scrubs that it’s something of a shock to see her safely ensconced in a fluffy robe, sipping a green juice and getting a pedicure. The actress, one of the stars of Netflix’ jailhouse drama Orange is the New Black, is this afternoon being prepared for the SAG awards. “Eyebrows all over my face,” she says mischievously of her look, which is in fact a ‘90s take on the dark lip, a rich burgundy that matches her ADEAM gown, chosen with stylist Penny Lovell. What she doesn’t know is that in only a few hours, OITNB will win Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (yet again), an event made extra special by the fact that the actress hadn’t been able to attend the awards for the past 2 years due to filming commitments. Schilling, surrounded by cast and crew, brings the house down with her rousing speech, a brilliant manifesto on why diversity makes us stronger. “It’s up to us, and all of you, probably, to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to destroy us.” Truly, Schilling is beautiful inside and out.
Do you enjoy the beautification process?
I guess so. It’s sort of like a fantasy. I don’t even wear makeup in my normal life.
How many of you from Orange is the New Black are going tonight?
A hundred [laughs]. I think a lot of us are going to be there. There’s fifty regulars on the show, I’m serious, I think it might be more than that. It feels like a gang. You’re taken care of.
What are you wearing tonight?
A long burgundy dress by ADEAM.
Did that influence the direction of your beauty look?
Yes. The dress has a ‘90s vibe, with skinny straps, so we’re going with that.
Who’s your ideal dinner date.
Right now, I think I would like to have dinner with Dave Eggers. I was kind of late to the party. I never read Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and now I’m reading as much as I can of his. It’s not a revolutionary thought to talk of Dave Eggers being a great mind, but I’ve just discovered him, and he seems to put a mirror up to our own egotism in a way. I just would like to know his thoughts on what’s happening in the world right now. He might be a really good person to ask.
There’s a lot of people I’d like to have dinner with. I mean I’d like to spend time with Michelle Obama. Who doesn’t? And Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. And Todd Haynes, who directed Carol.
Where’s your favourite place in LA?
You know what’s really amazing, Shapehouse, that my friend runs. It’s an infrared sauna. And it’s one of the most soothing things ever. It’s an acquired taste, but afterwards you feel very restored and balanced. I feel very refreshed, like I’ve got my equilibrium back.
ven though you don’t use makeup day to day, is there a product you can’t live without?
I have to moisturize a lot. And sun screen. I use of a lot of Dr Colbert’s products. He has this oil I put on my face every night.
Do you notice a difference between New York and Los Angeles beauty?
There’s just a lot more of it here. Every time I come I do something I didn’t know existed really. When you’re in Los Angeles you can get your toe nail facialized.
Do you have any getting ready rituals?
If it’s at all possible I like to gather my people, have a friend over and then journey out together. But that’s not really a ritual. I just spend a lot of time trying on clothes. It feels very luxurious having the time to choose an outfit. I like to know that I tried, and I want to really understand the landscape of my closet before I leave the house. That’s an inadvertent ritual.
If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
Probably a tequila soda.