Camilla talked about beauty with New Beauty.Com. Be sure you read the interview when you can!
NewBeauty: How do beauty routines differ in England versus the U.S.?
Camilla Luddington: What’s funny is that I think there is such a crossover of “beauty secrets” between the U.S. and UK now through magazines/social media that I’m not sure anything is that different anymore. However, I think living in Los Angeles and being surrounded by some of the most amazing makeup artists in the world, you catch onto some tips there. Little things like how adding a nude or white-ish liner to your bottom lash line can make your eyes look wider. Or even how when trying to achieve the perfect cat’s-eye, if you take tape and stick it to the corner of your eye at the same angle, it’s much easier to apply liner. Peel off and you have the perfect cat’s-eye!
NB: Many women say they notice changes in their skin and body when they hit 30. How do you approach getting older?
CL: What I’ve noticed with age is that fat on your body sits in a different way. I could gain a few pounds when I was younger and it still looked “firm.” Now it looks looser, if that makes sense—more jiggly. I’ve started reformer Pilates recently and it’s my latest obsession—at some point I’m gonna post a video of me doing it on Instagram. I swear I can already feel muscles ache in places I never knew existed. I think it might be the key for me in keeping my body firm and my core strong.
NB: What are your go-to beauty essentials?
CL: I’ve recently suffered from breakouts. I cannot express more how much I love the concealer I use. It’s a Physicians Formula dual concealer—one end is yellow and one is a pale cream. I’m not being paid to promote it. It has been something I have discovered over MANY years of testing concealers. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, cuts out redness from my face more than the yellow side of this concealer. I use it on set every single day.
NB: On Instagram, you said you gave up dairy and it has helped clear up your skin. How did this come about?
CL: The area I break out on is my chin. I read that this is a hormonal breakout. The first thing I did to try and conquer it was take a look at my diet. I was vegan for a while a few years ago and during that time I remember my skin was glowing. It was perrrfect. I read that dairy can contain hormones and therefore effect your skin. I love cheese, so it’s hard to give it up, but my skin is important for my job so of course I cut out dairy again. The second I did, my skin started to improve again. My breakouts have been much less frequent, but once in a while I still get a cystic breakout.
NB: What do you for “me” time?
CL: “Me time” for me is going out to brunch with my girlfriends. We are all extremely close and get to vent/laugh about our weeks almost every weekend over a delicious breakfast and a couple mimosas. I treasure it. It’s like therapy for me. <<Read More>>
Lara Croft has changed pretty tremendously from the first game to Rise of the Tomb Raider, and it’s pretty obvious she’s grown as a character. What challenges did you face projecting a stronger Lara who’s better for all she’s gone through during previous installments of the franchise?
Camilla Luddington: You know, I think that one thing that was really helpful for this game is that we got to read the story all the way through. So I was able to really see the that Lara goes on for this particular game, dealing with her past and then her father, and then this obsessive drive that she now has. She’s got tons of questions that she knows were unanswered, coming from Yamatai.So for me, just kind of tracking that character and seeing the vision and the direction everyone wanted to go in really helped me create the character.
Also, Lara has a long journey. I feel like I was on that journey with her when stepping into this game. I understood how dark those experiences were for her, and how that did make her bolder, stronger, and more driven. It was very helpful to start the new game with that baseline of information.
Were you a Tomb Raider fan growing up and did you play the original game after you worked on it?
My older brother was a fan of the original game and he had it, and I was pretty young. So it was one of those things where if he would let me play, I would play. That was my first experience with Lara, and then of course I knew more of her growing up. Then the movies came out, and then the reboot. So it was kind of unbelievable getting to take on such an iconic role that’s been around for so many years.
I think there’s always an element of hoping that the fans really embrace you, and I wanted to portray Lara in my own way that fans could appreciate and also relate to. It was definitely daunting, because she’s so iconic. I was happy to sort of be able to be part of the reboot where we were taking her in a new direction.
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The Lara Croft of Rise of the Tomb Raider is played by English actress Camilla Luddington, known to many for her television roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Californication and True Blood. It’s her second time playing Lara, after 2013’s Tomb Raider, and she not only contributes her voice to the game but also performed motion capture for the character. The story she finds herself a part of is primarily penned by acclaimed games writer Rhianna Pratchett, daughter of the late Discworld series author Terry Pratchett, whose past credits include the previous Tomb Raider, Mirror’s Edge and BioShock Infinite. We spoke to both of them about what it’s like to be the lifeblood that flows through the digital veins of today’s Lara Croft.
VICE: What were your first thoughts when you landed the role of Lara, for the 2013 game? Obviously you must have been excited, but those are some intimidating boots you’re slipping into.
Camilla Luddington: Of course I was excited, and then I felt really intimidated, because she’s such an iconic character. All of the Laras that came before me were so loved by fans, so I wasn’t sure if my Lara would be embraced. But the reboot, and the direction the character was being taken in, seemed exciting to me. I thought this Lara seemed a lot more fleshed out, and grounded. But that weight of taking on someone so iconic was definitely there.
Did you study what previous voice actors in the role had achieved, or was your approach to pretty much start Lara from scratch, as perhaps best fits a reboot?
CL: I did look up what people had done before me, not in a way that would influence me, but because I felt I needed to respect my predecessors and look at what journey they’d taken the character on. This was a role that I knew I could take some artistic license with; it wasn’t like stepping into someone else’s shoes because, like you say, it’s a reboot. Crystal Dynamics really helped to inform me about the direction the character was going in, so I did acknowledge previous Laras, but that didn’t affect how I approached the role, how I created my own character.
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If Shonda Rhimes told you to “Dance it out,” you’d dance like no one was watching, wouldn’t you? This is the advice she gave Camilla Luddington – one of our favorite actresses on Grey’s Anatomy – who’s also a fan of coconut butter, SoulCycle and throwing brunch.
Luddington is an actress we’ve loved on Grey’s for what seems like forever (it actually is, seeing as the show has been on for a trillion seasons, aka twelve), so we caught up with her on all things food, health and entertaining…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Breakfast would be Eggs Florentine. It’s really hard for me to cook a poached egg, so I always order them when I’m out for breakfast. Lunch would be aspinach salad with beets and goat cheese. Dinner would be seafood linguini. I rarely eat pasta so whenever I do it’s such a treat. Dessert would be cheesecake. I can never resist.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Diet-wise I always try to eat low carb. It’s the one thing that helps me maintain my weight and energy. A typical dinner for me is chicken, spinach and sweet potato. Workout-wise, I run. Mentally it relaxes me and once I get on a good frequent running schedule I find myself sleeping so much better.
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