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As an in-demand Hollywood actor, Lana Condor is always “on.” The pressure constantly exists to be all things to everyone, especially for her millions of Gen Z fans, which is a lot for even the most accomplished celebrities. It's one of the many reasons the 23-year-old has relied on dance—specifically Zumba—for her emotional and physical well-being.
“It's always been a workout that brings me joy and leaves me feeling energized instead of depleting me,” she tells Glamour. “I started when I was 13 because I was a dancer, and even after I stopped ballet, I still incorporated it into my everyday life because it makes me happy.”
In fact, she hopes to get Cole Sprouse—her new costar in the upcoming HBO Max film Moonshot—on board as well. “How fun would that be if I teach him a class?” she says. “I don't know how he feels about that, but I'm down! We've met a few times, so I'm really excited to work with him.”
Condor is also down for another To All the Boys movie, even though To All the Boys: Always and Forever (premiered in February) was supposed to be the third and final film. (A spin-off focusing on youngest sister Kitty Covey is reportedly in the works.) “I’m holding out hope [for a fourth film], but I would want it to be a flash-forward to when Lara Jean and Peter have graduated college. I want to see them out in the world!” As for the likelihood of such a scenario, Condor says, if the fans want it (um, yes) and if the rest of the cast and author Jenny Han wants it, then it could certainly happen in the future. “I’m never going to say no because I hope it happens!”
That optimism resonates with Condor's fans, especially those that applaud her willingness to speak openly about mental health and body image. And in Glamour's latest edition of Big Beauty Questions, she refreshingly discusses everything from eyelash extensions to skin-care frustrations. Read on.
Glamour: If you could change anything about beauty standards when it comes to social media or Hollywood, what would it be?
Lana Condor: Do you have seven hours? [Laughs.] I do think we are in a reckoning right now in the industry where there’s a lot more inclusion and acceptance. But what I would change is the way in which we speak to each other about clothes and what looks good on our bodies. Especially in costume fittings for productions where I go in for hours and try on a million different outfits. The reactions in the room are either: “Oh my God, get that off” or “We’ll see if producers like it.” But for someone who struggles with body dysmorphia, you never know what people are going through. My hope is people will be a little more gentle during these fittings, because they can really make you feel not so good about yourself.
I’m so glad you said that because people need to be more aware of what they’re saying to others, especially in fittings. In that case, how do you take a moment for yourself when you get anxious or stressed?
For me, it’s tub time. Tub time is the best time! I have three huge candles that I put in the bathroom and shut off the lights, and then I put everything from CBD salts to magnesium. I've become a mixologist! I do it every night, and I noticed it's helped me sleep like a baby.
What is the best advice your mom ever gave you when it came to beauty or skin care?
Sunscreen. Skin cancer runs in my mom's family and she has always told me that you don’t want to go through that when you’re older. Neutrogena has a great spray that I recommend to a lot of people if they’re lazy skin-care users. It takes one second, which is so convenient. I also use it to set my makeup.
Fill in the blank: I love my hair…
When it’s styled! My hairstylist does a really lovely mermaid, beachy wave that I can never figure out how to do myself. I don’t know how people do it even though I’ve watched many a tutorial.
Let’s say you can use only three products for the rest of your life. What are they?
The Advanced Pro Heal Serum from iSClinical. So good. When I’m super stressed, I get red rashes around my eyes, and the iSClinical has been really helping with that. Second, Vegamour has this great scalp-detoxifying serum for my hair that is awesome, and also promotes hair growth, which I’m all about. And I recently started using Neutrogena's gentle nighttime makeup-removing wipes in the purple package, which keeps my skin feeling really luscious after. I can’t live without them.
$155.00, iS Clinical
Let’s play Screw, Marry, or Kill, but with mascara, lipstick, and highlighter.
Kill highlighter! Nothing against it, but I just never figured out how to put it on properly. Marry mascara because my love of lashes is lifelong and runs very deep. I do have lash extensions on most of the time, but Tarte has a really nice mascara that I can put on top of my extensions. It has great ingredients too. I think it’s important to be open about the extensions because these lashes are stunning and I can’t grow them myself! [Laughs.] And then screw lipstick. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lipstick. The formula is great, it looks beautiful, and it works with my everyday look.
$34.00, Charlotte Tilbury
Finally, what city or country gives you the greatest beauty inspiration?
Seoul, Korea. You can’t really beat it. The skin-care and makeup products and just the dedication to the skin...it’s my biggest inspiration.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.
Originally Appeared on Glamour