New York. There’s so many different people walking around with so many different styles, just being themselves. I think that’s so beautiful. I can’t say the same for LA. I think LA people all have a look and especially over the past 10 years, everybody kind of fell into looking the same. But New York, every time I go there, I’m so inspired by everybody’s style on the street and everyone looks so beautiful to me. I feel more beautiful in New York. I love walking around there.
Let’s say you can only use three skincare or beauty products for the rest of your life. What are they and why?
Olay’s brightening eye cream because I have big eyes and I get big bags under those big eyes. I put it on in the morning and it really hydrates the area, but it also looks brighter. I’m going into the writer’s room a lot, fresh-faced and no makeup on, and it’s important for me to feel like I don’t look tired, but I don’t want to put makeup on.
Then an eyebrow pencil. I really like the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills because they have a great eyebrow pencil that is slanted a little bit.
And my perfume, which is Mark Jacobs Daisy. That’s a staple for me, so much so that I even have the little small travel size one for when I go to other places and can’t take my big one. That’s my signature scent.
What is your favorite way to take a moment for yourself?
Just being home, playing video games and relaxing with my cat. And sometimes watching old music videos. I just did that last night with my writers. Actually we just came home and watched old music videos. That’s something I enjoy doing, like old Ludacris videos, Alien Ant Farm, Blink 182, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, that era. It’s very nostalgic for me and also inspiring.
If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions, either on social media or in Hollywood, what would that be?
It’s something I’m hoping to do with Abbott Elementary, which is having four women on the same show who I really feel are beautiful in their own way. They don’t all have to look the same or even close to looking the same to be considered beautiful. Ava is so different from Barbara, and so different from Melissa, and of course so different from Janine. But you have these four women who look like everyday women and that’s important to me—to show people who look like everyday people on screen, who look different from each other, still being perceived as beautiful, and still making the audience fall in love with them because they are beautiful.
Every woman on my show is just gorgeous. They may not be the model beauty-standard gorgeous, but to me, they represent women in my life and I think they’re incredible. And that’s important to me to be able to show what real women look like.