In fact, when asked to cite the best fashion advice she's ever received, the actress says, "Feel comfortable," in a heartbeat. We caught up with the actress at the Viva La Juicy Gold Couture fragrance launch and couldn't resist asking this stylish lady about her approach to fashion.
"It's about liking what you're wearing," Alexandra explains. "When I was younger, I would want to wear something that everybody else was wearing or what people told me to wear, but you need to be comfortable in what you want to wear."
Of course, in Alexandra's line of work, getting all dolled up comes with the territory, so she especially enjoys being able to switch between her more casual personal style and her glammed up on-screen styles: "In my line of work, I get to be different characters and wear different kinds of things, so it's nice sometimes in my personal life to not think about what I have to wear and just put on sweatpants and a T-shirt and not have to worry about it. But that also makes it more fun when you do get to dress up and transform into a different person."
Like this week's Emmys, for instance. Alexandra turned heads in a gorgeous Old Hollywood-inspired gown she says gave her loads of confidence: "I tried to find something that I really liked and when I put that dress on, I felt instantly beautiful. It was glamorous and young and sexy. I felt really pretty and I think that feeling good in your clothes and feeling beautiful is important — it gives you confidence and makes you comfortable."
Now that the Emmys are over, Alexandra is back to focusing on her work and reflecting on her season one role on the hit HBO series True Detective. She says it was a total blast to play dress up while filming the show set in the '90s: "For my True Detective character, one thing I loved is that it was a period piece set in the '90s. I grew up in the '90s and you forget how different the style was. I really liked playing a character in that time."
Turns out fragrance is another way the beauty lover (who got her first bottle of Chanel No5 at the age of 13) likes to express herself at the start of a new season. "Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is perfect for fall!" she said.
Skin care and sun protection are two other beauty priorities for the actress. "You definitely need a good moisturizer. I love a line called The Body Deli. They make organic moisturizers. They have one that is a rose moisturizer that's really thick, but goes on light and is absorbed really easily," she says. "In the fall people forget to wear SPF because you don't feel how sunny it is, but I'm a believer that you should always wear SPF all year long."
Wise words from one stylish and savvy lady, if you ask us.
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