Including to the “this-is-exactly-the-show-we-need-right-now” listing comes the reboot of Punky Brewster, premiering on Peacock this Thursday. The all-star forged contains Soleil Moon Frye reprising her position as “Punky,” Cherie Johnson, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Jasika Nicole, who performs Lauren, a confident lawyer whose relationship with Cherie develops all through the season. We lately caught up with Nicole—who has a not-so-small facet gig of being a style and stitching blogger (nearly every part in her eco-friendly closet is an merchandise she made, together with her sneakers and purses)—in Los Angeles to see what the season has in retailer.
What’s it like being a part of such an iconic present?
I’d say it’s fairly thrilling, as a result of I used to be an viewers member of the unique present! [laughs] Reboots are clearly changing into extremely popular and, initially, my angle was, “Why can’t we make some new stuff?” It wasn’t till Punky Brewster got here alongside that I noticed what a private connection many people have with these reveals—we develop up with them, and it’s enjoyable after we get to have an identical expertise as adults and see the place the characters we cherished after we have been youthful ended up. There’s this a part of you that feels such as you’ve moved by the world collectively. It’s nearly such as you’re having a highschool reunion—besides one which’s far more thrilling and never as traumatizing! It’s a particular deal with as an actor to get to be part of the present that you simply watched whenever you have been child—and never as a result of I wished to be an actor once I was a child—I used to be simply watching a present as a result of I associated to it in a number of methods. It’s fairly particular.
Are you able to share something concerning the vitality on set—was it completely different due to COVID?
It was such a wierd manufacturing not solely due to COVID, however as a result of it was my first job for the reason that pandemic. I’ll say that it was a really, very protected set to be on. I used to be extraordinarily trepidatious about working, clearly; I didn’t need to get sick and I didn’t need to get different folks sick, however we had a number of COVID precautions. I used to be grateful for them, but it surely does make working unusual. I noticed that one factor I’ve all the time taken with no consideration on this line of labor is that, whenever you be a part of a mission, you’re launched to this entire household of individuals—the forged, the crew, and everybody working behind the scenes—and you actually get to know them. You forge friendships with these folks, which is troublesome to do whenever you’re sporting a masks and a face defend. You’ll be able to’t see folks’s lips, so you may’t learn their lips and you can not hear them very effectively. It’s a wierd approach to have to speak.
In order that relationship-building that you’ve got whenever you first be a part of a set, it was simply not there for me to start with. It didn’t actually present up till the second episode I used to be on. That was after we had filmed for a bit…due to course, we movie [the actual scene] with out our masks on. That meant that I knew these folks for per week and had no concept what their smiles regarded like! It was so bizarre. It actually put us out of kinds however, on the similar time, I feel that it made us bond collectively in a stronger manner— as a result of for many of us, this was the one social life we had gotten to expertise in months. When it was throughout, we felt extra like a household than with another present that I’ve ever been part of, which was nice. I feel everyone was simply excited to be working in a protected house and we have been usually actually, actually thrilled to be there.
Are there any go-to merchandise you used on-set?
I’ve tremendous delicate pores and skin and I’ve truly been making my very own magnificence merchandise for a number of years now. One of many issues about being in a hair and make-up trailer on a manufacturing is that they all the time have new merchandise to indicate you. I’m all the time listening to, “Oh it is best to do this face cream, it is best to do this.” I need to so badly be a kind of those that has this cool, intense 15-step skin-care ritual earlier than I’m going to mattress at evening, however that’s not what my face needs me to do. My face needs like three merchandise and that’s it. But it surely’s factor to learn to take heed to your physique and to concentrate to what it wants—as an alternative of simply taking all of the merchandise that the business needs to throw at you, as a result of there’s lots. There’s lots to rifle by. I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to a spot the place I can say, “I actually recognize your lovely $200 facial cream, that’s fantastic, however I’m utilizing shea butter on my face and that’s it.” [laughs]
You’re very into sustainability with the style you create, does that carry over to your magnificence routine and what you make?
It does. I do attempt to solely apply merchandise on my face that I do know the place they got here from. Generally, for me, less complicated is best. I take advantage of a Burt’s Bees Face Wash. I adore it. It’s the one face wash I’ve ever used that doesn’t sting my eyes in the event that they open up whereas I’m cleansing my face. It’s superb and really light. After that, I spritz some plain witch hazel—which prices like $1.30 on the drugstore—with some lavender important oils in there. It’s tremendous, tremendous low-cost, but it surely’s a extremely nice toner, for my pores and skin a minimum of. Then, I take advantage of a lotion that I make myself that has shea butter, vitamin E, extra lavender oil and a few rosehip oil. Mainly, you soften the shea butter and another moisturizer that you simply need to put in there. You place it within the fridge, you cool it for a bit, and then you definately whip it into a extremely ethereal cream in your stand mixer or your hand mixer, no matter you could have. I take advantage of that morning and evening, each time I wash my face. And I all the time use sunscreen through the day. That’s just about my magnificence routine.
Punky has a set place within the ’80s historical past books. Are there any magnificence tendencies from the last decade that you simply want would come again?
This can be a nice query as a result of I grew up within the ’80s and I didn’t prefer it on the time! It took me a number of many years to come back again round to it and be like, “I can recognize this stuff.” I feel what I like most concerning the ’80s is the dynamic colours. We have been so shameless when it comes to placing clashy prints collectively—and I’m so into that look today with my very own style. Magnificence-wise…I hope large hair makes a comeback. I assume it’s as a result of I’ve naturally large, curly hair and it feels prefer it’s time for me to not have to fret about taming it down and combating the frizz. I’ve all the time, all the time cherished large hair.
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