“I was born in Queens, New York. My mom has a quite thick accent, and she’s 3rd technology Queens. I moved to Port Washington, Long Island, and that is in which I was throughout large school. Then, I lived in New York Town for university, and went to Tisch University of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I don’t forget preventing my mom, expressing, ‘I do not want to just take driver’s ed! I’m heading to reside in New York Town for my complete life and only do theater and I’ll never have to discover how to travel a vehicle.’
About two many years right after I graduated college and I was waiting around tables and performing off-Broadway and seriously undertaking the ‘struggling artist’ point, I acquired it in my head to try Los Angeles, the place I would have to do my side hustle significantly less. So I moved to LA at 25, and still experienced a aspect hustle for several years, waitressing and babysitting and catering and personalized helping, and just about every task I could get my palms on until Shonda Rhimes improved my life with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”
Actively playing Quinn was outstanding. Not only was it incredible because I got to do the job with Shonda Rhimes, who’s 1 of the most prolific, remarkable writers of our time, but also, I got what we all connect with the Scandal fam, wherever definitely with all my coronary heart and soul we are a really, really, really close cast. We textual content just about every day, we Zoom dangle, we go away on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young—the other girls of Scandal—are dear, dear, dear close friends of mine. Even not just the ladies—I was texting with Josh Melina, George Newbern, and Scott Foley yesterday. Tony Goldwyn and I are routinely in touch, Joe Morton and I repeatedly perform jointly on theater. It is a genuine spouse and children. Not only on camera was it a overall desire occupation, since I acquired to perform a quite complex, exciting position that adjusted so a lot in excess of the seven seasons, but off digicam, I learned so significantly and built good friends and family for my life span. Gladiators [Scandal fans] had been these a massive part. We would not be in a position to make the show without having the Gladiator lovers. It’s type of like a particular language or club or a little something. Anytime I fulfill a person, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal considering that working day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re currently great.” It’s just an automatic connection.
I’m incredibly lucky that I come about to work like five minutes from my property, which, for motherhood, is the very best detail that at any time transpired. I loved my labor. I have a mother podcast referred to as Katie’s Crib, and we have a large amount of pregnancy tales on it, and indeed, there are some terrifying matters and scary encounters. But I usually believe it’s essential to hear. There are also a ton of women of all ages who have a wonderful time and who are fantastic, and everything goes terrific, you know? Persons truly like to war-tale about it, like, “I was in labor for fifty hours and then I experienced a C-area.” But I just can’t notify you how a lot of tales I have in my head that are just relatively monotonous. “I went in, I received induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I woke up, contractions started off, I received the epidural, I waited, they informed me to begin pushing, I pushed for thirty minutes, and the infant was right here.” And that’s what you want. You want tedious and very little to create dwelling about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I arrived residence, and all the things went fine.
I do a complete regime from Biologique Recherche. I dwell by it, so a ton of my facial area goods are from there. I use P50 to just take off my make-up at evening. Then, I use a serum from Potential Cosmetics identified as Magnificence Drops. Then, I use their Extreme Cream for the duration of the day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Cream at night. Then, I use Strivectin Neck Cream. My eyes are truly sensitive to something that has retinol or something in it, so I’m really all normal about the eye location. I normally go between Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Product. It’s thick and shimmery, and I’m all about keeping the area hydrated. I hold attempting different de-wrinkling eye cream, and it may be all right for a night time, and then at working day two or a few, I’m like, “My eye is entirely pink and blown up.” I can not do it.
I’m huge into my facialist, this girl Nousha (@rejuvenatewithnousha). She does a thing named a Reiki facial. She also does aqua gold facials, which is a excellent brightening pick-me-up for situations. She’s astounding. She has the most unbelievable face and human body oil called Rejuvenate With Nousha that is a huge staple in my dwelling. The Reset—oh my god. It’s remarkable. I use it on my entire body if there’s any mosquito bites, because there’s a ton of healing properties in it, so if I have any mosquito bites or a small slice or a thing, I put it just about everywhere. I use it most nights also as my last moisturizing layer before I go to mattress and I use it on my arms and things. She initially created it, I’m quite confident, as a encounter oil for all the nurses and frontline staff who experienced to don PPE. I keep in mind in the beginning of the pandemic, they ended up showing how bruised their faces have been. It was at first for that, and then we were all like, ‘This is incredible’.
Any time I fulfill a person, they are like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I have been with Scandal considering that day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re previously cool.” It’s just an automated relationship.
I’m genuinely fantastic about using off my make-up. I think in my early 20s, just before I was on Scandal, I would have these nights of sleeping in makeup, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m type of a naturalist. If I’m not doing the job, I never ever, at any time use make-up. If I do, it is the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 4.5. It is a very little bit of the Profit Hoola Matte Bronzer for contour, due to the fact I experienced a little one, and that allows about my cheekbones and beneath my jawline. It’s the blighlighter from Jamie Make-up on my cheeks, which is a combo in between a highlighter and a cheek tint. I’m a basic woman of the L’Oréal Voluminous Water-proof Mascara with the Shiseido eyelash curler. I’m a Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick particular person. Really natural.
I’m genuinely, truly mindful about placing heat on my hair. Portion of my occupation is to put so a lot warmth on my hair, so each time I’m not performing, I really just rock it natural and go days with out washing it and reside by dry shampoo and ponytails and headscarves. I usually rest with my hair down since I don’t want it broken from any hair ties. I realized from Kerry Washington to surely sleep on a silk pillowcase. My aunt Joan was always like, “Train oneself to slumber on your back! Train your self to sleep on your back!” [Laughs] And I try my most difficult, but it is really really hard. From all the dwell tweeting and all the telephone stuff we’re undertaking, I try to be incredibly aware about how much I’m on the lookout down, due to the fact of my neck.
When I wash my hair, I blend between Davines and Bioplex. I’m really watchful due to the fact I have to aim the shampoo on my scalp and head, and truly only situation the ends. An individual just taught me that a yr ago—that you are not meant to ailment your whole head. I could not figure it out. I was like, “Why have I washed my hair and my roots are kind of greasy?” They have been like, “No, just shampoo your head at the scalp and then situation the finishes and where your haircut finishes.” I was like, “Oh, I’m not meant to dump conditioner at my roots?” [Laughs] That’s just what will work for my hair, mainly because then I can go times with out [washing my hair]. I in all probability only wash my hair two periods a 7 days. I’m a major air dry individual. I like putting the Virtue Split Finishes Serum on the recommendations of my hair, and maintaining the roots dry. I’m really blessed. My hair has this kind of normal beachy wave factor, and I just rock that.
My hair is horrific in my regrowth from pregnancy. I have these brief, horrible bangs in the corners of my head. It is from all the fallout from my hormones from having a little one. I place my hair up in a messy bun and I pull all those wisps and fucked up bangs—excuse my language—from the corners of my head down, and they curl up and they’re all weird, and I just rock it with pleasure. I’m like, regardless of what, it will come back. I got it back from my first child, and it’s coming back again for my second. But just about every solitary pregnant woman I know has missing their hair and experienced that second where they glance in the shower and it is like a freaking toupee in the drain, and they’re like, “Oh my god, I didn’t believe this was heading to occur to me.” [Laughs]
Body + Health and fitness
Even my human body this time around—I’m not at the quantity I want to be at, not that numbers definitely make any difference. But honestly, my body’s just various, and I’m type of into it. I’m also fifteen months postpartum. I seriously have not even began a exercise program. I’m just commencing to be like, “Oh, it feels fantastic to stroll. It feels superior to hike.” My doula is extremely demanding, like, “Don’t workout for the very first 12 months. Recover. Go on walks. Do things that feel superior.” Your body’s heading through a nuts time. It’s incredible. Pregnancy is hard, and the conclude is a distinctive form of hellscape. [Laughs] The finish is the freaking worst. What’s so insane is that you come to feel worried of labor and you feel fearful of those people items, but you experience much more worried to keep on your lifestyle expecting. So you are like, “Please enable this end.”
I go to bed entirely lotioned in an inch of my lifetime. My overall body is caked in this things identified as Kiki Product, it’s a really natural, all natural and organic shea butter. I started out it all through my pregnancies as well, on my stomach, but it’s intended for your entire physique. My nails are a catastrophe. My toes are a disaster. I really should genuinely be undertaking greater at figuring out what I could be putting on my cracked heels. I check out to do the Kiki product on my heels and then wear socks to bed, and that is always fantastic, but it hardly ever takes place.
I’m variety of in between fragrances ideal now. I use a lot of Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, but I’m also kind of a hippy. During the chilly time, I’m into using On Guard Protective Mix from Doterra. I have two very little germ-filled youngsters who are disgusting, and they’re constantly battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m constantly sporting this things known as On Guard, which has a minor bit of a cinnamon scent, but it is more of an essential oil. I really feel like I’m all-around a large amount of folks in shut quarters at function, so I really do not want to be as well extremely scented. I’m pretty much capturing a comedy scene today wherever there’s 6 of us in a mattress rolling around. I just don’t want people today to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Calm down with the perfume.” I actually also like Lakshmi Fragrance Oil. I’m major into that. It is like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It’s scrumptious. It’s so tasty. Also, likewise, for Inventing Anna, we received to shoot in Morocco, at the hotel where my character was conned, in Marrakech, referred to as La Mamounia. It’s one of the most unique, fancy, elite hotels in the environment. They have their own scent that they blast as a result of the resort. We shot that two a long time in the past, and I purchased some of the scent, and I just spray it as a select-me-up. It’s a reminder of the last spot I traveled internationally pre-COVID.”
— As Told to ITG
Katie Lowes photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.