Janine started out as an enemy, but then became an ally. What's her role in the future?
"She takes on a whole new shape that even I was surprised to see. You think you know your characters so well, and then the writers throw you into a downward spiral you didn't know your character was capable of. So, I guess that's the best way to explain it. She definitely gets to shape-shift once again into something else that I didn't even think was capable of being."
It's so interesting, the transformation that Janine goes through — both in how you played it and how it was written. Before, she's so aggressive and looks down on things. But, then she ends up in this really innocent position. She's the newbie. How did you change your bearing to reflect that?
"Well, I obviously had to take her down a couple notches. I had to find her soft spots and her vulnerability, which is definitely hard when you're playing such a strong character. Again, the writing is truly so phenomenal. So much of it is on the page already. What happened is, Janine has to compromise in her own way; the friendship between the two of them is key. It happened for the common good, right? Two people in compromising positions share their expertise. She had a purpose again — a true purpose. That softened her because she was allowed to be there and help."
Is that something you've noticed in the younger generation of actors in Hollywood?
Now, random question, but a lot of us in the office have admired your skin on the show. It's really beautiful and amazing, even if Janine is working 48-hours straight.
"What?! That is the craziest thing I've ever heard."
I think you have plenty to be praised about. So, I wanted to ask you about your routine. What do you do when you're going to a red-carpet event? What do you do in your day-to-day life?
"That's so funny. That's very sweet. The key to all of that is lotion and water. I've really been obsessed with lotion since I was little, like, a kid. My daughter hates it. I try to tell her how good it will be for her later in life. I don't have a specific regimen; it's just lotion and water, constant lubrication. I've never washed my face with soap — like, ever. I was told at a very young age that it doesn't matter what kind of soap it is, it's drying. Nowadays, the soaps that are made don't have all the crap that the other soaps have in them. It's definitely always about moisturizing and drinking water. Always refuel. So much is taken out of us everyday. It goes away if you don't replenish."
Do you dress yourself most of the time? Or do you have a stylist?
"No, I wish! I need one. I need one badly. You have to pick and choose what you spend your money on in this business. I have a very fashionable husband, so he's become my go-to stylist."