“I was born in Queens, New York. My mother has a very thick accent, and she’s third technology Queens. I moved to Port Washington, Extended Island, and that’s wherever I was all through substantial school. Then, I lived in New York City for college or university, and went to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I try to remember fighting my mom, saying, ‘I never want to acquire driver’s ed! I’m heading to are living in New York Metropolis for my complete everyday living and only do theater and I’ll by no means have to master how to generate a vehicle.’
About two several years immediately after I graduated university and I was ready tables and accomplishing off-Broadway and really carrying out the ‘struggling artist’ issue, I got it in my head to test Los Angeles, in which I would have to do my side hustle far much less. So I moved to LA at 25, and nevertheless had a facet hustle for years, waitressing and babysitting and catering and personalized assisting, and each and every career I could get my hands on right up until Shonda Rhimes modified my existence with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”
Playing Quinn was extraordinary. Not only was it remarkable mainly because I obtained to get the job done with Shonda Rhimes, who’s one of the most prolific, amazing writers of our time, but also, I bought what we all call the Scandal fam, the place really with all my coronary heart and soul we are a extremely, incredibly, extremely near cast. We textual content every single working day, we Zoom hang, we go absent on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young—the other girls of Scandal—are dear, expensive, dear good 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 on a regular basis in touch, Joe Morton and I continuously function jointly on theater. It is a true family. Not only on digicam was it a complete desire occupation, because I bought to play a pretty sophisticated, enjoyment part that changed so a great deal about the 7 seasons, but off digicam, I figured out so much and made pals and relatives for my life time. Gladiators [Scandal fans] were being this sort of a big section. We would not be capable to make the exhibit without having the Gladiator admirers. It’s sort of like a exclusive language or club or anything. Every time I fulfill someone, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal given that working day a single.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already interesting.” It is just an automated connection.
I’m quite blessed that I take place to get the job done like five minutes from my home, which, for motherhood, is the very best factor that ever took place. I beloved my labor. I have a mother podcast identified as Katie’s Crib, and we have a whole lot of pregnancy stories on it, and indeed, there are some frightening factors and frightening ordeals. But I normally imagine it’s vital to listen to. There are also a good deal of females who have a wonderful time and who are great, and almost everything goes good, you know? Men and women seriously like to war-tale about it, like, “I was in labor for fifty hours and then I experienced a C-segment.” But I just cannot inform you how several tales I have in my head that are just fairly tedious. “I went in, I acquired induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I woke up, contractions started, I received the epidural, I waited, they advised me to get started pushing, I pushed for 30 minutes, and the newborn was in this article.” And that is what you want. You want uninteresting and absolutely nothing to compose household about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I came dwelling, and everything went fantastic.
I do a total regime from Biologique Recherche. I dwell by it, so a great deal of my experience solutions are from there. I use P50 to take off my makeup at evening. Then, I use a serum from Long term Cosmetics identified as Beauty Drops. Then, I use their Extraordinary Product through the working day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Product at night time. Then, I use Strivectin Neck Product. My eyes are seriously delicate to anything at all that has retinol or nearly anything in it, so I’m actually all organic about the eye area. I commonly go involving Mario Badescu Olive Eye Product or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It is thick and shimmery, and I’m all about keeping the place hydrated. I preserve trying distinctive de-wrinkling eye product, and it may well be okay for a night, and then at day two or 3, I’m like, “My eye is wholly red and blown up.” I just cannot do it.
I’m significant into my facialist, this girl Nousha (@rejuvenatewithnousha). She does some thing termed a Reiki facial. She also does aqua gold facials, which is a great brightening select-me-up for activities. She’s remarkable. She has the most unbelievable experience and system oil termed Rejuvenate With Nousha that is a large staple in my property. The Reset—oh my god. It’s unbelievable. I use it on my human body if there is any mosquito bites, for the reason that there’s a whole lot of healing homes in it, so if I have any mosquito bites or a compact slice or anything, I set it just about everywhere. I use it most evenings also as my very last moisturizing layer just before I go to mattress and I use it on my palms and things. She at first developed it, I’m rather guaranteed, as a encounter oil for all the nurses and frontline staff who had to don PPE. I keep in mind in the beginning of the pandemic, they were being displaying how bruised their faces ended up. It was initially for that, and then we have been all like, ‘This is incredible’.
Every time I satisfy a person, they are like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I have been with Scandal considering that working day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already amazing.” It is just an computerized link.
I’m actually very good about taking off my makeup. I imagine in my early 20s, in advance of I was on Scandal, I would have people evenings of sleeping in make-up, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m variety of a naturalist. If I’m not doing work, I in no way, at any time dress in make-up. If I do, it is the Advantage Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 4.5. It’s a minimal bit of the Advantage Hoola Matte Bronzer for contour, because I had a little one, and that allows all around my cheekbones and beneath my jawline. It’s the blighlighter from Jamie Makeup on my cheeks, which is a combo between a highlighter and a cheek tint. I’m a classic female of the L’Oréal Voluminous Watertight Mascara with the Shiseido eyelash roller. I’m a Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick person. Really organic.
I’m really, seriously cautious about putting warmth on my hair. Aspect of my work is to set so considerably heat on my hair, so every time I’m not doing the job, I genuinely just rock it purely natural and go days devoid of washing it and reside by dry shampoo and ponytails and headscarves. I constantly slumber with my hair down mainly because I really don’t want it damaged from any hair ties. I learned from Kerry Washington to certainly snooze on a silk pillowcase. My aunt Joan was generally like, “Train yourself to snooze on your back again! Coach your self to slumber on your back again!” [Laughs] And I try my toughest, but it’s quite challenging. From all the are living tweeting and all the telephone stuff we’re accomplishing, I try out to be pretty acutely aware about how substantially I’m on the lookout down, simply because of my neck.
When I clean my hair, I blend between Davines and Bioplex. I’m actually mindful since I have to aim the shampoo on my scalp and head, and truly only problem the ends. Somebody just taught me that a yr ago—that you’re not supposed to situation your entire head. I could not figure it out. I was like, “Why have I washed my hair and my roots are kind of greasy?” They were like, “No, just shampoo your head at the scalp and then condition the ends and in which your haircut finishes.” I was like, “Oh, I’m not intended to dump conditioner at my roots?” [Laughs] That is just what operates for my hair, for the reason that then I can go days without the need of [washing my hair]. I likely only clean my hair two periods a week. I’m a big air dry particular person. I enjoy placing the Virtue Split Ends Serum on the strategies of my hair, and keeping the roots dry. I’m really blessed. My hair has this sort of pure beachy wave issue, and I just rock that.
My hair is horrific in my regrowth from pregnancy. I have these limited, awful bangs in the corners of my head. It’s from all the fallout from my hormones from obtaining a baby. 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 are all strange, and I just rock it with satisfaction. I’m like, whatever, it will occur back. I acquired it again from my initially child, and it is coming back for my second. But each and every one expecting female I know has missing their hair and experienced that instant exactly where they search in the shower and it’s like a freaking toupee in the drain, and they’re like, “Oh my god, I did not assume this was likely to transpire to me.” [Laughs]
Entire body + Physical fitness
Even my body this time around—I’m not at the number I want to be at, not that figures truly subject. But actually, my body’s just diverse, and I’m type of into it. I’m also fifteen months postpartum. I truly haven’t even started off a exercise session schedule. I’m just starting to be like, “Oh, it feels good to walk. It feels fantastic to hike.” My doula is really demanding, like, “Don’t exercise session for the initially year. Heal. Go on walks. Do points that come to feel excellent.” Your body’s heading by a ridiculous time. It is wonderful. Pregnancy is difficult, and the finish is a particular kind of hellscape. [Laughs] The end is the freaking worst. What’s so insane is that you really feel scared of labor and you truly feel scared of all those points, but you feel extra terrified to go on your lifetime pregnant. So you are like, “Please let this end.”
I go to mattress fully lotioned inside an inch of my daily life. My body is caked in this stuff identified as Kiki Cream, it’s a truly all-natural, all organic shea butter. I started out it in the course of my pregnancies much too, on my stomach, but it is intended for your complete system. My nails are a disaster. My ft are a catastrophe. I should really genuinely be performing greater at figuring out what I could be placing on my cracked heels. I check out to do the Kiki product on my heels and then use socks to mattress, and which is constantly superior, but it hardly ever happens.
I’m sort of in among fragrances proper now. I use a large amount of Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, but I’m also variety of a hippy. For the duration of the cold season, I’m into using On Guard Protecting Blend from Doterra. I have two minimal germ-loaded small children who are disgusting, and they’re continuously battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m constantly wearing this things called On Guard, which has a minor bit of a cinnamon scent, but it is much more of an vital oil. I truly feel like I’m all-around a lot of persons in close quarters at do the job, so I do not want to be far too extremely scented. I’m literally shooting a comedy scene right now the place there is 6 of us in a mattress rolling close to. I just really don’t want men and women to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Tranquil down with the fragrance.” I seriously also like Lakshmi Fragrance Oil. I’m large into that. It’s like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It is delectable. It’s so delectable. Also, similarly, for Inventing Anna, we got to shoot in Morocco, at the hotel the place my character was conned, in Marrakech, called La Mamounia. It’s 1 of the most exclusive, fancy, elite inns in the earth. They have their possess scent that they blast through the hotel. We shot that two a long time ago, and I purchased some of the scent, and I just spray it as a choose-me-up. It is a reminder of the final place I traveled internationally pre-COVID.”
— As Instructed to ITG
Katie Lowes photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.