Rachelle Lefevre Is Unapologetically Badass

Let's just call out the elephant in the room: Rachelle Lefevre has perhaps some of the prettiest hair we've ever seen. Even before it was styled, her red locks were glossy and wavy, and as she twisted it into a ponytail, every girl in the office seemed to eye her with envy. It was absolutely gorgeous.
But also, Lefevre is a bonafide badass. And, not just because she plays one on Under The Dome. She has a badass view on Hollywood and feminism. Plus, the gal has high hopes that a female Joker character will soon rise to cinematic power. Hey, maybe it'll even be her. She does have the laugh for it. Read on and you'll see why.
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Photographed by Atisha Paulson, Make Up by Mary Guthrie, Hair by Blake Burkholder, Styled by Willow Lindley
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Photographed by Atisha Paulsen.
Tell the story about the time you met Stephen King.
“Yeah! So I met him and took a photo and I wanted to put it on Twitter, but I was trying to be respectful, so I said, ‘You know, I don’t have to Tweet it if you want to Tweet it.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Nah, homie don’t twit'.”

Was he really awesome?
“He is. He is so awesome. He’s super friendly. I’m obsessed with these rag & bone boots that I wore on the show and I had picked them for my character and he was asking about them. He was like, ‘Do they make them for men? Where do I get them?’ Stephen King is obsessed with these rag & bone boots! So we decided that my character would, every season, buy the boots. So this season I’m in the new rag & bone boots, different color, same style. We’re keeping those because they are the one’s Stephen King liked. So my character wears his boots, which I love!”
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There are some really big revolutions for season two coming up. How are we going to see Julia evolve?
“Well, the theme for the entire season is transformation and so every character has a major transformation. Mine is my favorite: my character gets much tougher. In the first season, you know, she’s clearly strong but it’s more of an intellectual strength. She’s kind of trying to be really fact-based and logical and keep everyone sane and not allow panic. This season, it’s actually a lot more physical. I get to punch a character and run and chase people, and I get to actually carry a weapon. I have a knife! By episode four, I’ve already wielded a knife and a switchblade and a handgun. They are just like making me a lot more badass this season.”
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Is it fun to play a badass?
“It is, I love it. The thing that attracts me to any character is female characters who are strong in a way that’s not apologetic. I feel like there’s still, even though it’s 2014, too many women apologizing for either the power that they’ve achieved, or their accomplishments or intelligence. I feel like we still make our female characters apologetic so that they’ll be likable and that’s something that is kind of a much more subversive misogyny. It is like, ‘You can be all of these things if you’re a woman… as long as you’re sorry.’ Do you know what I mean? As long are you’re sorry that you got so powerful and so smart. So, I’m always looking for characters who are unapologetic.”
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There are finally some roles for women who aren’t apologizing. Also, I think a lot about being punished. We see a lot of really tough girls and the audience is supposed to feel excited when the bad female is getting taken down.
“Right. If you look at female villains versus male villains, male villains are usually much more interesting because there are underlying psychological explanations behind why they are the villain. They’re damaged. They’re traumatized. They’re drug addicted. There are some sort of really interesting demons behind why they do the things that they do and they don’t usually take that kind of time with female characters. If a female character is a villain, it’s because she was born that way. She’s just a bitch. She’s just evil. Because we just have that in us as a possibility and that’s just how she ended up, rather than actually working hard to explain how a female became the ‘villain.’”

That’s a really excellent point. We don’t really have the ‘Joker’ of women yet.
“Right! Like that sort of intensely damaged character. I think we need to see that more. I love Broadway musicals anyway, but Wicked is perfect an example of that. You know, someone went, ‘It isn’t as simple as good witch/bad witch.’ So, let’s go back in time, and tell a story about how she became that way; it’s not that she’s the bad witch, it’s that her mantra became no good deed goes unpunished. That became her motto. I love the lyric ‘No good deed goes unpunished and so no good deed will I ever do again.’ That’s how she got that way! I find that infinitely more interesting that just, ‘I’m a bitch and the bad one.’”

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Is the show going to get a little more supernatural or mysterious?
“I think it’s still probably going to strike the balance that we had in the first season between sci-fi and how the characters relate to each other. Though, there is some weird sci-fi stuff coming. I think that it’s important for the audience — especially because Stephen King’s name is on it, and fans came to it for him — so it’s important for us to keep the sci-fi/mystery element going. The audience loves to feel like it has something to theorize about and something to solve. Especially now with the Internet, you can watch TV and then get online and share theories. It's so cool!”

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I’ve heard you’re a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. How does a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl get ready for the red carpet?
“It takes a village! You hire the right people; hair, makeup, a stylist. I think that for me, comfort is key, and not just in the obvious way like I need to walk and breathe, but because I don’t spend my everyday life in heels or dressed up. I’m just physically not capable of wearing stuff — I’m not going to sashay down the runway, you know? I don’t sashay. It’s about finding the right clothes. I need to still feel like I’m not going to fall down. I can't wear anything that requires a very specific kind of posture, like something so asymmetrical and constructed that you have to hold yourself a certain way, every second. I need to be able to relax a little bit.”

Is there anything, besides staying away from extreme asymmetry, that you’ve learned? Or if you could go back in time and tell yourself something you’ve learned along the way, what would it be?
“Other than the fact that I now have this mini bling obsession where I wear a shitload of jewelry, I’m normally extremely minimalistic. In the beginning, I was very afraid of accessories. I would get dressed and wouldn’t add a belt or I wouldn’t layer necklaces. I was afraid that it would look like I tried too hard and so I think giving myself permission to look like I tried is new for me. I look back at photos and I’m like, ‘Oh!’ It doesn’t look overdone, accessories are what actually finish the look. When I look back at my photos, I look like I got dressed out of my closet and I look unfinished as opposed to what stylists do, which is to make sure of every detail. They’re constantly adding, which is something that I’m not good at. I’m learning.”
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I think that being minimalistic working towards maximalism is much better than the other way.
“Right. It’s easier to find the courage to add something than strip down. I think it becomes kind of an armor. It becomes your protection. It’s a barrier between you and the world, where I have the opposite. I have to add. I’m adding the mask. I’m adding the layers. It literally is getting dressed up, for me.”

You have an amazing hair color and amazing complexion. Aside from sunscreen, what do you do in the summer to really protect your skin and keep it feeling and looking the best that it can?
“The basics, obviously — which is probably so boring by now — is the sunscreen and the water, but they really are the foundation for me. Drinking tons of water and applying tons of sunscreen. I discovered a really great trick that I love now which is that I do a hydrater, a water-based hydrating mist and then put my moisturizer on immediately so my face is still a little bit wet. It gives it a little bit of a dewy look. If you’re on a budget or you don’t have a spray moisturizer, the equivalent would be right when you get out of the shower. Lightly towel dry and leave a little on your face, and then put your moisturizer on — it keeps the moisture in. I’ve only recently noticed the difference. I can’t tell you anything scientifically whether it makes any sense or how it would work, but I just know that for me, it hydrates my skin even more. So, that’s my number one skin secret because your skin gets dried out in the sun!”

It really does.
“It’s hard to recover. In terms of making the effort, who wants to have a five-step routine? It’s such a pain in the ass. I’m not necessarily advocating spending more time in the morning, but I do find that if I take the two minutes in the morning to do my steps, it easier than the time that’s required to recover if I slack, because then it’s like you have to start the face masks and you’re constantly monitoring the reapplication of your moisturizer halfway through the day, and then it’s a real pain in the ass. You just have to get it over with in the morning.”

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We talk a lot with really amazing women who are on television and we are of the mindset that TV is the new movie. What do you think, having been in both? What are the pros and cons for you? What do you think is the difference between the two and can you have both?
“I think you can have both now, for sure. I think there are enough people who are really talented and creative who are doing both film and television, constantly going back and forth. Every year, when I look at who is directing pilots, it’s always big film directors directing the most coveted projects, so I do think the transition is pretty seamless now. Television has done a lot for female characters. In film — and you hear actresses talk about it — over 35, over 40, the roles kind of dry up. I think, thankfully, that is less true now, and in TV, it’s not the case at all. In TV, there are so many strong female characters and a variation in terms of age and demographics. I feel like women are more represented in television and I don’t know if that has to do with the fact that, in a TV series, you can tell a lot of stories. In film, they picking one protagonist and it’s usually a man. TV just seems to have a lot more room for female storytelling.”

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Are there any shows that you really love to watch?
“For those kind of performances, The Good Wife is really hard to beat. She’s just extraordinary. I watch a lot of Game of Thrones . We’re totally obsessed. There is Game of Thrones and The Newsroom. Aaron Sorkin can do no wrong for me. That's my dream, to work with Aaron Sorkin."

It’s like becoming a new world. It’s so exciting to cover, too. There is so much more access with TV and you really have more fans.
“Yeah! You’re getting different actors of different ages and different demographics. In the last few years there are so many channels making content; I feel like the content is much more varied and more interesting for everybody. It’s more interesting to cover and to write about and it’s more interesting for people creatively making television. You have so many different avenues, different genres, where you actually have a place to air something.”

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Do you have any insight on whether Under the Dome is going to get a third season?
“I don’t, but I hope so! I actually sat down with our showrunner and writers and at the beginning of each season they kind of talk you through it and they tell us, ‘Here is what your storyline’s going to be, here’s where the show is going.' So I know how our season two ends, I know where it’s going, and I know the platform is to take us into a third season. So I hope that, and I’ll give you this as a little teaser, which is that I hope we get a third season because I hope we get to go where we are going. I hope we get there.”
It was the runaway hit of the summer.
“It was and I think it’s also fun to be on a show that is considered to be part of a maverick movement, like, we made summer cool again. I can’t take credit for that because I didn’t shepherd the show, but certainly it’s fun to just be part of something that sets the bar higher for summer content. It will be really fun to feel like we’re O.G. Like, we’re the ones who made summer fun again!”

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