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!

Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2017 > Session 009

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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During her stay in New York City, Lucy was photographed for the Office magazine. I’ve added the photoshoot in our gallery and you can now read the full interview below!

OFFICE – The Netflix Original Series ‘Gypsy’ should be your weekend binge. Naomi Watts as a controlling shrink and a slew of other notable stars are taking on the task of re-inventing any commercialized perceptions of mental illness that we have previously taken in through media. And British actress Lucy Boynton is one of them, and somehow found time in her hectic schedule the day before the show release to have a chat with us.

Tell us a little bit about the new show you star in.
Gypsy follows a New York therapist, played by Naomi Watts. It explores the boundaries between patient and doctor— she kind of starts to play puppeteer with her clients.

Thinking about the darker themes in the show, how did you relate to those or get into character?
I play Alison, and when we first meet her she’s on amphetamines. By the time we meet her, she’s been addicted for a year so she’s learned how to contain it kind of, and lie very effectively about it. It was kind of trying to find a balance between feeling that frenzy and that need, but also keeping it contained.

It sounds very psychological. Have you ever done a project like that?
I don’t think I’ve done anything quite like Gypsy before. Especially the honest way that it is written. Each character would be easy to put in a “box”, make them the stereotype version we’ve seen—drug addicted teenager—but the way the writer has done show is very human and real.

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Lucy and the cast of ‘Gypsy’ were in New York City on June 29 and they stopped by the AOL BUILD Speaker Series to promote their new project. The gallery has been updated with several pictures from that day, with a big thanks to my friends at Marvelous Margot for the help.

Public Appearances > 2017 > AOL BUILD Speaker Series: ‘Gypsy’
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2017 > Session 007

Lucy is featured in the Sunday issue of YOU magazine! The new photoshoot and gorgeous and below, you can read the full interview. Enjoy!

Magazine Scans > 2017 > YOU (June 25)

YOU – Having been discovered as a South London schoolgirl, Lucy Boynton may now become the Netflix face of her generation. The former child actress – who has made the elusive leap to adult star – is poised to be binge-watched by her millennial contemporaries when she appears opposite Naomi Watts in Gypsy, a highly anticipated new drama from the streaming service. In the ten-part series, released this month, Lucy plays a young woman addicted to prescription pills who becomes overly close to her therapist [Naomi], who has issues of her own and encourages the crossing of doctor-patient boundaries. I have previewed the show, filmed in New York and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (among others), and predict it will be a huge hit. ‘Big films used to be very much the thing, but nowadays people see the value in getting to explore characters over a longer space of time,’ says Lucy.

We meet just hours after she has finished filming in a Welsh forest for another Netflix drama, Apostle, starring Dan Stevens (of Downton fame), about a religious cult in 1905, with Lucy playing the leader’s daughter. Filming wrapped at 2am: ‘Sorry I am so incoherent,’ she croaks. ‘Lack of sleep is not helping my vocabulary.’ Yet despite being tired, she is articulate and effusive.

From Blackheath, Southeast London, Lucy, 23, is the daughter of two journalists, which may explain her eloquence. Her father Graham is a newspaper travel editor and her mother Adriaane is a freelance writer. Lucy seems highly intelligent and is a product of top London girls’ schools: first Blackheath High School, where she was discovered in a drama class aged 11, and then James Allen’s Girls’ School, which also turned out actresses Charlotte Ritchie and Sally Hawkins.

For as long as Lucy can remember, she has wanted to act. ‘It was never enough for me to just watch something, I needed to understand it. My favourite film was My Girl [the 1991 coming-of-age tale]. I’d replay Anna Chlumsky doing the funeral scene [her best friend dies from an allergic reaction to a bee sting] over and over, and then go to the mirror to see if I could make myself cry by thinking of my cat dying.

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HORRORNEWSHi Lucy, How are you?
Lucy- I am good, thank you.

How did you get involved with “The Blackcoat’s Daughter?”
Lucy- It was a script that came to my agent. I have never been a huge fan of the horror genre. It has always been something that I have kind of avoided at all cost because I scare so easily. This one, it was so exciting to read a horror film that was about so much more. Although it has all of the elements of a horror film and all the blood and guts. It is mostly about the human experience of loss and the grief and vulnerability that comes with that. So it is something that really interests me but also that everyone can relate to.

Why did you decide to take on the role?
Lucy- I have never done any kind of horror film. I did a self-tape and Skyped with the director Osgood Perkins and definitely after speaking with him and hearing the direction and the tone that he wanted to apply to the film and hearing the films that inspired him, I was immediately desperate to be signed on to be a part of the film.

Did you do anything special to prepare for Rose since you haven’t really gravitated towards horror films?
Lucy- I mean prefer to prepare for each role in a very different way. For Rose it was mostly me watching the films that Osgood Perkins recommended such as, “Rosemary’s Baby,” where she also deals with feelings of isolation and such. Like our film, it is much more about the human experience and grief. I watched films like that and films that influenced Osgood in order to get a real sense of where this script and character came from. We were really lucky with the place that we were filming. It was kind of middle of nowhere Canada in the dead of winter. The school that we were filming in was closing down a month after we wrapped so it felt very disconnected and deserted. Spending a lot of time alone in that environment really got me into the kind of head space that she is in.

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