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Ladies, please allow me to introduce you to our newest SMP Starlet client: the ever-stunning, elegantly-poised, highly-intelligent, and oh-so-talented, Brea Bee. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the Silver Linings Playbook actress, and she gives us the dishy scoop about everything, from what it was like working with Bradley Cooper, to her favorite beauty products, and fashion designers, to what her fairly recent east-to-west-coast relocation has been like.
Now, I’ll try to break this to you as gently as I can; Brea rolls out of bed looking like a movie star. I’ve seen her sans makeup plenty of times, and it’s totally (ugh) true. Yep, she’s one of “those girls.” With her flawless skin, silky tresses, to-die-for cheekbones, and her very refined and composed manner, she always makes me think, if Grace Kelly were a redhead… every time I see her. Just take a peek at some of her gorgie photos from a “Poolside Glamour” photo shoot she recently shot at The London Hotel, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Right. Flaw. Less. I mean, she doesn’t even seem real, does she?? But I heartily assure you that she is a living, breathing, passionate, beautiful person inside-and-out, and I really enjoyed getting the chance to know her even better via our little interview, which I am very happy to share with you now…
What made you decide to become an actress?
Oh, I don’t think it was ever a choice! I fell in love with performing when I was cast as Goldilocks in my nursery school production of Goldilocks and The Three Bears – blonde wig and all! I haven’t stopped since!
What do you love most about acting?
I love the process of becoming someone else, and the incredible freedom that comes with that, allowing you to really explore aspects of yourself you may have overlooked before, or were not aware of, in your own life. And just as valuable for me: the ability to make people feel something, see someone in a different light, learn something about themselves in watching a performance.
C’mon, dish. What was it like working with Bradley Cooper? Lots of details, please.
This is a hard question. How much time do I have? He almost made me forget he was Bradley Cooper. He immediately became my scene partner and was completely open, checking in with me, making sure I felt ok – especially in the shower scene, which is when we first met! He made me feel like an equal, which was beyond generous, considering he is a movie star, and this was my first major feature. I can’t tell you how difficult it was to be screaming at him, and telling him how much I hated him in that scene, when all I could think about was how I was naked and yelling at Bradley Cooper!
(Mmmkay, that answer totally did not help me get over my B.C. star crush, but I’m okay with that.) What types of roles do you gravitate to most, and why?
I am always drawn to characters that are struggling to come to terms with something in their life, and discover something about themselves through the course of the story. It is a fantastic thing to try and see the world through the eyes of another person when they are having profound life experiences.
What has your somewhat recent east-to-west-coast relocation and transition been like for you?
It’s certainly been a very big transition for me coming from east to west. I am an East Coaster born-and-raised, so I had a hard time adjusting to having to drive everywhere, and how much slower paced LA is than New York or Philadelphia. One of the things I love about cities back east, is that the neighborhoods are so closely connected. There is a kind of isolation one experiences in moving to LA, simply because of how spread-out the city is, and how much time you are forced to spend in your car. At the same time, it’s truly fantastic to wake up and go wherever the day takes you… Venice Beach, lovely Malibu, or finding new places opening downtown. And not to leave out the incredible amount of creative inspiration all around you, from great street art, to marvelous museums like the Getty Villa. Endless opportunity.
Who is on your “Top 5” list of people you’d love to work with?
Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Baz Lurhmann, Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen are the first five that come into my head. There are many, many more.
What advice would you give to yourself when you first made the decision to make acting a career?
To be fearless.
Let’s talk style and beauty. How would you describe your style in five words, or less?
Classic, with light artistic flair?
Who are your favorite style icons?
I am all over the place… Kate Moss, Grace Kelly, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Channel…
What/who are some of your favorite brands/designers?
Love Etoile by Isable Marant, Rag and Bone, James Perse, Kenneth Cole, BCBG, Velvet, Graham and Spencer, J Crew.
Are you currently crushing over anything right now?
Never thought it was my style, but I am obsessed with the Valentino Rockstud pumps… I really want them!
What is your beauty routine like (simple, adventurous with new products, loyal – stick to same, etc…)?
I tend to stick to the same brands like NARS and MAC for blush and eyeshadow, but I am always trying new things… I just found the perfect red lipstick from Bobbie Brown that I am wearing in my swimsuit shoot at The London Hotel pool! I rarely venture out of my color pallet, but I love trying new brands!
What are some of your go-to beauty products?
I can’t be without my Makeup Forever foundation and powder. I love MAC’s eyeliner and eyeshadow – I’ve been wearing Vex for years. NARS has the best lip gloss; it’s not too sticky, and isn’t crazy shiny either. And I love Maybelline Define-A-Lash Mascara – I never leave the house without applying it, as my lashes are blonde!
As one of our newer clients, what do you like most about SMP’s Starlet subscription, so far?
Well, being an actress means that your appearance needs to make a statement without going too far, and while remaining true to who you are. I really appreciate the attention to detail from my stylist, and her ability to bring me outside of my comfort zone, while listening to my needs at the same time. It’s been fantastic so far!
Thanks so much for the interview, Miss Bee! We love having you as a client, and we wish you every bit of success in Hollywood, and look forward to seeing you on the silver screen, again, soon!