Including to the “this-is-exactly-the-show-we-need-right-now” checklist comes the reboot of Punky Brewster, premiering on Peacock this Thursday. The all-star forged consists of Soleil Moon Frye reprising her function 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 just lately caught up with Nicole—who has a not-so-small facet gig of being a style and stitching blogger (virtually the whole lot in her eco-friendly closet is an merchandise she made, together with her footwear 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 might say it’s fairly thrilling, as a result of I used to be an viewers member of the unique present! [laughs] Reboots are clearly turning into highly regarded and, initially, my perspective 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 exhibits—we develop up with them, and it’s enjoyable once we get to have an identical expertise as adults and see the place the characters we beloved once 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 virtually 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 just watched if you have been child—and never as a result of I needed 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 in regards to the power 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 secure set to be on. I used to be extraordinarily trepidatious about working, clearly; I didn’t wish to get sick and I didn’t wish 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 at all times taken without any consideration on this line of labor is that, if you be part of a undertaking, 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 tough to do if you’re carrying a masks and a face protect. You’ll be able to’t see folks’s lips, so you possibly can’t learn their lips and you can not hear them very effectively. It’s a wierd method to have to speak.
In order that relationship-building that you’ve got if you first be part of a set, it was simply not there for me at first. 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 every week and had no concept what their smiles appeared like! It was so bizarre. It actually put us out of types however, on the similar time, I believe that it made us bond collectively in a stronger approach— 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 believe everyone was simply excited to be working in a secure 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 at all times have new merchandise to point out you. I’m at all times listening to, “Oh you need to do this face cream, you need to do this.” I wish to so badly be a type of those who has this cool, intense 15-step skin-care ritual earlier than I am going to mattress at evening, however that’s not what my face desires me to do. My face desires like three merchandise and that’s it. But it surely’s factor to discover ways 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 desires to throw at you, as a result of there’s loads. There’s loads to rifle by. I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to a spot the place I can say, “I actually respect your stunning $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 try 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 exploit 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 mild. 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 very nice toner, for my pores and skin a minimum of. Then, I exploit 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 just wish to put in there. You place it within the fridge, you cool it for a bit, and you then whip it into a very ethereal cream in your stand mixer or your hand mixer, no matter you have got. I exploit that morning and evening, each time I wash my face. And I at all times 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 traits from the last decade that you just want would come again?
It is 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 just a few many years to come back again round to it and be like, “I can respect this stuff.” I believe what I like most in regards to 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 as of late with my very own style. Magnificence-wise…I hope huge hair makes a comeback. I suppose it’s as a result of I’ve naturally huge, 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 at all times, at all times beloved huge hair.
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