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CRASH – Fresh and talented young face Lucy Boynton is one of the most promising actresses of her generation. Playing in movies and TV series since the age of twelve, she stands head and shoulders above the rest for the precision of her acting. Recently on screen in John Carney’s “Sing Street,” she has portrayed her first lead role with grace and spontaneity.

What made you want to act in films?
When I was ten there was a new drama teacher at school, Helen Kaye, who was an actress herself, and must have been the first actress I’d met. She was so glamorous and taught us that acting isn’t about pretending to be someone else, but working to really feel like someone else, departing from your own instincts and idiosyncrasies to feel someone else’s. It was a pretty wild and inspiring thing to discover at such a young age. This is one of the few jobs that offers one the opportunity to live a thousand lives as a thousand different people, I don’t know how you could say no to that.

At twelve, you got your first role in Chris Noonan’s film titled “Miss Potter,” about the life of children’s author, Beatrix Potter. How did you live this experience at such a young age?
It was very intimidating but an utterly thrilling experience. I had grown up reading Beatrix Potter books so I was well aware of the reputation and the remarkable human I was portraying, so I felt pressure of course to do her justice. I had also never done anything like it before so I had no idea what to expect. But it was the most magical experience, and Chris Noonan was the kindest most nurturing leader. I feel incredibly lucky to have had that be my introduction to this industry.

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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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