Karla Souza used to be the kind of person who hated waking up early to spend hours getting camera-ready. Now, 13 weeks into the pandemic, the former How to Get Away with Murder actor says it is among the highlights of daily.
“After a year of not having any makeup, any hair, any anything, I was so happy to get someone to literally give me a proper hair trim and have clothes on that weren’t pajamas or sweatpants,” she says. “And then to put makeup on me again, I was like, Oh, it’s still there, it just takes 15 people and a lot of products to look a certain way.”
While 5 a.m. wake-up calls might draw the occasional”ugh” from the 35-year-old, she is more than grateful to be back at work, starring in ABC’s newest sitcom, Home Economics (premiering Wednesday, April 7). She plays a mom-of-three opposite Topher Grace, who plays her on-screen husband. The series is a combination between Modern Family and Life in Pieces because it centers on a trio of elephants, one who is part of the wealthy 1 percent, another who’s middle-class, and one who is barely holding it together.
“There’s a lot of Karla in my character, Marina,” Souza tells Glamour. “She has three kids; I have two kids under three. She’s exhausted; I’m exhausted. She wishes she could have a glass of wine for every diaper she changes. And when she says she’s taking a long shower, she’s actually napping on the bathmat. It’s just so much of me.”
But it’s more than just fiction mimicking real-life on the front. The Mexican-born actress speaks Spanish about the series, also points to 2 of the series’s Latina writers, Jess Piñeda and Ashly Perez, for helping to make Marina a fully realized character. “I feel very seen and supported by that. It’s a great collaboration,” Souza says, adding that it also extends to the apparel department. “I pushed to have Marina wear clothes from Latin-owned companies and brands, and they did. I’m so glad we were able to have that representation on-screen through my wardrobe, too.”
Off-screen, Souza is equally as committed to what she wears, especially when it comes to makeup and skin care. Between childbirth and filming, she filled us in about the products she can not live without for the following round of Glamour‘s Big Beauty Questions.
What’s one beauty trend you’re obsessed with at the moment?
I may be completely behind on this, but I love different colors on my claws . I recall watching Promising Young Woman and seeing (*)’d that. I really don’t know if that’s been happening for three years, but that’s a trend I’m liking a lot right now! And that taking care of your skin is more important right now than makeup. I know that beauty can sometimes be enhancing what you have, but I definitely feel like if it is coming from taking care of ourselves, then that is the holistic approach–in my view–to beauty.
What beauty principle do you believe is B.S.?
Words like antiaging. Why are people using that? I )’m aging! Or concealer. I am like, do I need to conceal something? Why can’t we find loving self-care words to name these things? I mean, you would not state anti-breathing. So let’s find different words for that.
What’s the very best beauty advice you’ve received?
Growing up in Mexico and the U.S. and France, I went through three different civilizations as a young girl and as a teenager, and watched so many distinct standards of attractiveness. In France, small to no makeup was the way to go. Back in Mexico, it had been the reverse. What that taught me was that I could make my own standards because the norm is me. Now, that said, I still grew up hearing things like,’be proper,’ or’don’t speak your mind because it’s not attractive,’ or’you better look a certain way or boys won’t like you,’ because of how the culture works and the machine works. But luckily, as a grownup, I’ve managed to unlearn these items. And my expectation is that together with my daughter I will pass on the liberty of loving who you are. As a mommy, that is exactly what I anticipate more than anything.
What skin care products do you swear by?
Right now my scenario is that I’m breastfeeding two kids, so I am as arid as the driest desert in the property! Not Aquaphor does it for me. So I eventually found a shea butter product known as Liha from Thirteen Lune. It is a Black- and brown-owned company, what’s clean, and it comes from West Africa. You can set it on your face, in your hair, in your body, etc.. But the trick for me would be to place it on in the shower because the hot water helps make it easier to use around because it is so thick. It helps with stretch marks, too.
Something else I got at Thirteen Lune that I love is by Gloryscent Beauty–its Urbana elixir with edelweiss and ginseng. It is one of these spraying, freshen-up sort of mists I always take with me since I’m so tender. It revives my head, my disposition, and smells lovely. And I really like anything from Beautycounter because the whole lineup is clean. I adore their deodorant, which is all-natural.
Liha Beauty Ivory Shea Butter
Gloryscent Beauty Urbana Elixir
Beautycounter The Clean Duo Deodorant
You have such fantastic eyebrows. What should you use to fulfill them or keep them in place?
When I get stressed, I have a tendency to pluck out my eyebrows with my palms, and today I have little indents of distances without hair. I use Chanel’s eyebrow pencil–mine is similar to an ash brown colour –and I fill them in a little bit. Otherwise if I fill them in too much, they’ll look like caterpillars. And I use a wax, so they don’t go all wacky on me.
Chanel Waterproof Defining Longwear Pencil
What do you use to keep your hair in great shape?
Virtue shampoo, conditioner, and the healing petroleum . It’s great. I try to go a few days between washings. So , combined with drinking a lot of water, also taking my prenatal vitaminssince I’m still breastfeeding–all of that helps.
Virtue Recovery Conditioner
Finally, with so much happening in your life, how do you have a second for yourself?
What I need to do is literally escape. I’m speaking get from the home, get in the car and take time on your own. I know sometimes that’s not feasible, but if it’s 10 minutes away while somebody else watches the kids, then I’ll be a far better human being, mother, everything. But you need to ask for aid, since if you just push through it, freakin’ Godzilla’s gonna come out. And you do not need that!
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram in @jessic