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If you doubled over with laughter after seeing Rose Byrne in “Bridesmaids,” “Spy” or “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” you know she’s armed with wit galore. But there's one thing she doesn't joke about: the importance of SPF.
“Being Australian, SPF is ingrained in my DNA. I'm always in a hat. On an average day, I try to do a serum and a Kate Somerville moisturizer. Always SPF. Kiehl's does a good SPF,” said Byrne.
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On screen and off, Byrne is effervescent. Her current film, “Juliet, Naked,” has her playing a woman frustrated by her partner, a superfan who devotes his life to fruitless fandom of a reclusive musician, while Byrne’s character goes through an existential crisis, wondering if she’s wasted her life. Maybe it sounds corny, but in the film, Byrne is just radiant.
"In truth, I was pregnant. I was six months pregnant. They shot around me a lot, obviously. I don't know why! I had a nice pregnancy so maybe I had that pregnancy glow,” said Byrne, who has two sons with partner Bobby Cannavale.
In person, she’s equally luminous. She’s particular about the products she uses.
“In L.A., I go to Kate Somerville. She does great facials. She has a great skin cleanser. It's a tube and I have really sensitive skin,” she said. “I'm a total brand junkie. I love True Botanicals. They have some gorgeous products. A really nice mist spray and beautiful oils.”
TRUE BOTANICALS Nutrient Mist, $48, True Botanicals
TRUE BOTANICALS Pure Radiance Oil, $110, True Botanicals
Editor's note: We also love everything by British brand Sunday Riley, especially this face oil.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $40, Amazon
She takes her makeup off with a drugstore favorite. "I like the L'oreal eye makeup remover. It's oil-free. It really works and it's not expensive," said Byrne.
L'Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover, Sensitive Eyes, $6, Amazon
And Byrne is still getting used to all the attention she’s getting. “I’m so normal. People are usually disappointed when they meet me. I used to get self-conscious and awkward when they would compliment me. Now I just try and take the compliment. It's much easier to be accepting of something. It's just so boring so just accept the compliment,” she said.
Speaking of compliments, let’s talk about her glorious, gorgeous thick hair.
“It takes a village. I used to be told by my teachers at school that I looked like something the cat had dragged in because my hair was bonkers. What was not an asset is now an asset,” she said. “I love the Harry Josh Pro Tools hairdryer. It's phenomenal. It's the best hairdryer on the market. It does my hair, which is wild and uncontrollable, in ten minutes. I have so much hair. I love the brush and not to mention the whole range. It's brilliant and worth it and a really good investment.”
Harry Josh Pro ToolsPro Dryer 2000, $249, Dermstore
Editor's note: This is a true investment piece and yes, the Harry Josh line is amazing. But if you're looking for other good dryers, for less, we have some picks for you.
BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Dryer, $85, Amazon
Revlon 1875W Compact Travel Hair Dryer, $10, Amazon
But back to Byrne's movie. My celebrity fixation for decades was W. Axl Rose, whom I once chased through a hotel (as an adult, no less) after spotting him in the lobby. Did Byrne have one?
"When I was young, growing up in Australia, it was Kylie Minogue. She's a national treasure. I had posters all over the wall of her. I met her when we were doing a 'Bridesmaids' tour in Melbourne. Paul Feig and I and Kristen Wiig went to her concert and met her. I was rendered mute. She couldn't have been sweeter. She was lovely," said Byrne.