C MAGAZINE – An air of mystery surrounds British actor Lucy Boynton. “I’m a very private person,” she admits. “I don’t tend to reveal too much of myself, which is why I love my job.” It’s a quality she shares with her characters—whether it’s Allison Adams in the Naomi Watts-fronted Netflix series Gypsy, Raphina in 2016’s critically acclaimed musical dramedy Sing Street, or opposite Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger’s second wife, Claire Douglas, in the biopic Rebel in the Rye, slated for release in September. “The first impression of them isn’t everything that they are,” she says of the enigmatic characters she plays. “I enjoy that slow unraveling.” Boynton made her feature film debut portraying a young Renée Zellweger in 2006’s Miss Potter. “I’ve been working for, like, 10 years now, which is a very strange thing to say when you’re 23,” she laughs. “So much of this job is getting used to rejection, so to actually be working is nice.”

The daughter of journalists, Boynton says her itinerant upbringing has proven helpful in navigating Hollywood. “I thrive on that nomadic lifestyle,” she says of splitting time between L.A., London and New York when she isn’t elsewhere shooting. Boynton will next appear as the elusive Countess Andrenyi in the Kenneth Branagh-directed film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, out in November with Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer. “My first day of work was in this exquisite train carriage with the entire cast,” she says. “To look down that carriage at all of these faces I’ve grown up admiring was surreal.”

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THE NEW POTATO – Vogue called her the “beauty experimenter;” we’re calling Lucy Boynton our new style inspiration. Seriously, have you ever seen anyone with more perfect skin? We sat down with the actress to talk about everything from Mad Men to her favorite beauty products. Spoiler: she loves pancakes almost as much as we do and might just inspire you to go pescetarian. Happy reading…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Pancakes for all three meals.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I’m trying to be pescatarian which feels much better in every way. The movie Okja was a pretty rude awakening and is, I think, all the motivation anyone should need.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I cleanse my face twice a day with Pai camellia and rose cleanser and moisturize with their rebalancing cream. Then every few days I’ll use a mask of theirs. I have really sensitive skin so it’s a relief to find products as gentle and pure as Pai.

How do you get into character?
It’s really different for every character I play, but I’m trying to evade answering this question so I don’t give myself away.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?
Because I mostly live in London traveling anywhere where you don’t have to be constantly armed with an umbrella is thrilling, and I’ll never travel without a good book or two.

Do you have any go-to workout routines?
I rather loathe any exercise that feels like exercise. Instead, I take ballet classes whenever I can. It’s bloody hard work, but I like that the purpose and focus is improvement of a skill.

What’s always in your fridge? What do you snack on when you’re on set?
Dark chocolate and dark chocolate.

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WWWD “I realized on my first day on set of ‘Miss Potter’ that there wasn’t going to be anything else that could make me as happy or feel as fulfilled as acting does,” says Lucy Boynton. “I was really lucky to find that at such a young age.”

The actress was 11 when she was cast in Chris Noonan’s 2006 film alongside Renée Zellweger. Now 23, Boynton has successfully pivoted from childhood actor to actress with true star wattage. Case in point: she featured in the well-received “Sing Street” last year, which picked up a Golden Globe best picture nomination, and has also taken on various projects in the horror and thriller genre, including Oz Perkins’ “The Blackcoat Daughter” and “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House,” the latter of which premiered on Netflix. She also costars in the recently released Netflix limited series “Gypsy” opposite Naomi Watts, portraying a teenage drug addict.

While streaming services have become a hot-button topic in the film industry — “Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan railed against Netflix in an interview with IndieWire on July 19, and Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” was boycotted by South Korean theaters — Boynton knows better than to bite the hand that feeds her. “As far as my experience has informed me, these streaming services have provided a kind of middle road between the very low-budget, small, independent films and then the huge-budget studio films,” she says. “Netflix seems to be the middle road between that, where it hands back the creative control to the creative heads, back to the director, back to the artist, which is really exciting.”

“Exciting” is also how she describes the arc of her acting career. “It was strange doing that transition from teenager to more adult roles, but I think it just makes it more exciting,” she says. “Because I started so young, the roles I started auditioning for when I was that age, of course, are so different from the ones I’m experiencing now. I thrive on and crave that constant changing. It’s exciting not knowing what tomorrow, or the next month, or the next year holds.”

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Lucy shares her beauty tips in a new interview and photoshoot for Into the Gloss!

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INTO THE GLOSS – “In Vogue they called me the ‘beauty experimenter,’ because I change my hair so much. I’m the one who can always be counted on to change my color and cut and everything [for a role]–I do get kind of itchy for change when I’ve had the same for too long. I don’t even know my natural color! After all the changes, Olaplex is apparently the only reason I still have hair on my head. I always go to Mark Selley, who’s at Nicky Clarke. He has magic hands and a lot of willpower.

I suppose it’s good I’m that way because of the severe makeup changes an actor goes through. I’ve been acting for a long time–I started when I was 12. I had an amazing drama teacher in school, and then during one of our lessons, a casting director came and asked me to audition for a film called Miss Potter. I met my current agent through that. My most recent project is a Netflix show called Gypsy, which came out last week, actually. It’s about a therapist, played by Naomi Watts, who starts to get a little too interested in her clients’ lives–I play one of her clients, Allison, who is a drug addict.

Acting has influenced my approach to beauty in both practical and fun ways, as well as influencing my style. I do like to be more adventurous–for some reason I feel safer in that. I recently watched Play It As It Lays, and I saw Tuesday Weld wearing this bright cobalt blue eyeshadow. Since then I’ve been experimenting with oranges, blues, purples… I’m really digging the bold eyes–the blue one I’m wearing today is a Marc Jacobs Highliner. Back when my hair was red, I did a lot of pink glittery eyes with Barry M glitter, which stays on well and is really affordable. I enjoy the brightness of it. And I’m always using black liquid eyeliner, always the cat-eye. Or, I like a big doe-eye–it’s my go-to. For that I use MAC Haute and Naughty mascara, which I’ve now stepped up to the Ultra Black shade. It has two sets of brushes and it’s really good. I just find that other mascara clumps.

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