Our gorgeous friend Ruth Connell is a television, film actress and producer and is also a former dancer and choreographer. Ruth moved from Scotland to Los Angeles a few years ago, where she’s enjoyed great success and is best known for her recurring role as Rowena in the CW series Supernatural. She was nominated as "Best Leading Actress" in the 2013 Broadway World Los Angeles Awards for her portrayal of Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook at the Blank Theatre, Los Angeles in their award-winning production of Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers. Here’s an interview, where she gives away some of her health and beauty secrets…
1. What is your beauty routine like?
2. What are you favourite products?
I am a bit of a magpie so buy sparkly eye shadows, which I sometimes only end up wearing once! I like body lotions from expensive perfumes but tend to 'keep them for good! Typically Scottish...
3. What's the strangest thing you've done in the name of health and beauty?
I always think getting painfully zapped by a laser is kinda bizarre but they totally work.
4. As a successful woman and with what you know now, what advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Ask for help sooner.
Appreciate what you have.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
5. What couldn't you live without?
Good quality chocolate
6. What or who inspires you and why?
So many people inspire me. I am a bit of a trainspotter when it comes to people in the public eye. I could bore you to tears with blogs of successful actors. I am also lucky in that whilst I have had challenges for sure, there are many family members and old friends who inspire me. The positive human spirit is in evidence everywhere. I can tend to take things seriously, so I really appreciate people who see the lighter side of life despite circumstances. Like Obama having the grace to be respectful and optimistic in the face of appalling circumstances.
7. Why do you think Americans find it so much easier to embrace self help than British people?
If they do, perhaps it’s because America’s a land of entrepreneurs and many immigrants, who were brave/crazy enough to make the journey. Or people who survived slavery and danger. It makes sense that we would be a people open to trying new things and willing to try things that will help even if they seem outlandish to more secure types! It seems like a lot of self-help information is becoming more commonplace in the UK too.
8. What is the new big beauty/health and fitness trend in LA?
I hear tales of all kinds of classes...I really should try to go to some! Vitamin injections seem to be everywhere. It does seem less faddy diet wise in that wisdom seems to be prevailing about balance rather than extremes. Fillers are becoming all too common place. I start not to be able to 'see' when friends have had 'work done' because I think my eyes are adjusting to the injected look!
9. How does a Scottish lady look after her skin in the year round Los Angeles sunshine?
I actually allow the sun on my skin, to absorb some Vitamin D - just not for too long. I don't mind my freckles. We're here to live not hide. Then I use SPF and shade!
10. What do you do to de-stress and relax?
I have to consciously try to remember to do this! A lot of people in my industry are workaholics. I'm typing this late on a Sunday night... I've become better at allowing myself a day in the house to potter. I speak to friends to de-stress or take myself out for a walk. Again quite simple in what can be a complicated life!