“I used to be born in Queens, New York. My mom has a really thick accent, and she or he’s third technology Queens. I moved to Port Washington, Long Island, and that’s the place I used to be all through highschool. Then, I lived in New York City for school, and went to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, learning drama. I bear in mind preventing my mother, saying, ‘I don’t have to take driver’s ed! I’m going to stay in New York City for my complete life and solely do theater and I’ll by no means should learn to drive a automotive.’

About two years after I graduated faculty and I used to be ready tables and doing off-Broadway and actually doing the ‘struggling artist’ factor, I received it in my head to attempt Los Angeles, the place I must do my aspect hustle far much less. So I moved to LA at 25, and nonetheless had a aspect hustle for years, waitressing and babysitting and catering and private aiding, and each job I might get my arms on till Shonda Rhimes modified my life with Quinn Perkins and Scandal.”

Playing Quinn was unimaginable. Not solely was it unimaginable as a result of I started working with Shonda Rhimes, who’s one of the prolific, unimaginable writers of our time, but additionally, I received what all of us name the Scandal fam, the place actually with all my coronary heart and soul we’re a really, very, very shut solid. We textual content on daily basis, we Zoom dangle, we go away on Scandal reunions… Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Bellamy Young—the opposite women of Scandal—are expensive, expensive, expensive pals of mine. Even not simply the women—I used to be texting with Josh Melina, George Newbern, and Scott Foley yesterday. Tony Goldwyn and I are usually in contact, Joe Morton and I constantly work collectively on theater. It is a real household. Not solely on digicam was it a complete dream job, as a result of I received to play a really sophisticated, enjoyable function that modified a lot over the seven seasons, however off digicam, I discovered a lot and made family and friends for my lifetime. Gladiators [Scandal fans] had been such an enormous half. We wouldn’t be capable to make the present with out the Gladiator followers. It’s form of like a particular language or membership or one thing. Whenever I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an computerized connection.

I’m very fortunate that I occur to work like 5 minutes from my home, which, for motherhood, is the perfect factor that ever occurred. I liked my labor. I’ve a mother podcast known as Katie’s Crib, and we have now loads of being pregnant tales on it, and sure, there are some scary issues and scary experiences. But I at all times assume it’s vital to listen to. There are additionally loads of ladies who’ve a good time and who’re positive, and the whole lot goes nice, you understand? People actually wish to war-story about it, like, “I was in labor for fifty hours and then I had a C-section.” But I can’t let you know what number of tales I’ve in my head which might be simply somewhat boring. “I went in, I got induced, they did the pitocin, I took a nap, I woke up, contractions started, I got the epidural, I waited, they told me to start pushing, I pushed for thirty minutes, and the baby was here.” And that’s what you need. You need boring and nothing to jot down house about—I went in, I conquered, I rocked it, I got here house, and the whole lot went positive.

I do a complete regime from Biologique Recherche. I stay by it, so loads of my face merchandise are from there. I exploit P50 to take off my make-up at evening. Then, I exploit a serum from Future Cosmetics known as Beauty Drops. Then, I exploit their Extreme Cream throughout the day and Biologique Rechere Placenta Cream at evening. Then, I exploit Strivectin Neck Cream. My eyes are actually delicate to something that has retinol or something in it, so I’m actually all pure concerning the eye space. I normally go between Mario Badescu Olive Eye Cream or Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It’s thick and shimmery, and I’m all about retaining the world hydrated. I preserve attempting completely different de-wrinkling eye cream, and it is perhaps okay for an evening, after which at day two or three, I’m like, “My eye is completely red and blown up.” I can’t do it.

I’m massive into my facialist, this girl Nousha (@rejuvenatewithnousha). She does one thing known as a Reiki facial. She additionally does aqua gold facials, which is a superb brightening pick-me-up for occasions. She’s superb. She has essentially the most unimaginable face and physique oil known as Rejuvenate With Nousha that could be a huge staple in my home. The Reset—oh my god. It’s unimaginable. I apply it to my physique if there’s any mosquito bites, as a result of there’s loads of therapeutic properties in it, so if I’ve any mosquito bites or a small reduce or one thing, I put it in all places. I exploit it most nights additionally as my final moisturizing layer earlier than I am going to mattress and I apply it to my arms and stuff. She initially created it, I’m fairly positive, as a face oil for all of the nurses and frontline employees who needed to put on PPE. I bear in mind at first of the pandemic, they had been displaying how bruised their faces had been. It was initially for that, after which we had been all like, ‘This is incredible’.

Whenever I meet somebody, they’re like, “No, I’m an OG Gladiator. I’ve been with Scandal since day one.” I’m like, “Okay, we’re already cool.” It’s simply an computerized connection.

I’m actually good about taking off my make-up. I believe in my early 20s, earlier than I used to be on Scandal, I’d have these nights of sleeping in make-up, and I’d be like, “Who cares?” Now, I’m form of a naturalist. If I’m not working, I by no means, ever put on make-up. If I do, it’s the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in shade 4.5. It’s a little bit little bit of the Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer for contour, as a result of I had a child, and that helps round my cheekbones and beneath my jawline. It’s the blighlighter from Jamie Makeup on my cheeks, which is a combo between a highlighter and a cheek tint. I’m a basic lady of the L’Oréal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara with the Shiseido eyelash roller. I’m a Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick individual. Very pure.

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I’m actually, actually cautious about placing warmth on my hair. Part of my job is to place a lot warmth on my hair, so at any time when I’m not working, I actually simply rock it pure and go days with out washing it and stay by dry shampoo and ponytails and headscarves. I at all times sleep with my hair down as a result of I don’t need it damaged from any hair ties. I discovered from Kerry Washington to undoubtedly sleep on a silk pillowcase. My aunt Joan was at all times like, “Train yourself to sleep on your back! Train yourself to sleep on your back!” [Laughs] And I attempt my hardest, but it surely’s fairly arduous. From all of the stay tweeting and all of the telephone stuff we’re doing, I attempt to be very aware about how a lot I’m trying down, due to my neck.

When I wash my hair, I combine between Davines and Bioplex. I’m actually cautious as a result of I’ve to focus the shampoo on my scalp and head, and actually solely situation the ends. Someone simply taught me {that a} 12 months in the past—that you simply’re not speculated to situation your entire head. I couldn’t determine it out. I used to be like, “Why have I washed my hair and my roots are sort of greasy?” They had been like, “No, just shampoo your head at the scalp and then condition the ends and where your haircut ends.” I used to be like, “Oh, I’m not supposed to dump conditioner at my roots?” [Laughs] That’s simply what works for my hair, as a result of then I can go days with out [washing my hair]. I most likely solely wash my hair two occasions per week. I’m an enormous air dry individual. I really like placing the Virtue Split Ends Serum on the information of my hair, and retaining the roots dry. I’m actually fortunate. My hair has this form of pure beachy wave factor, and I simply rock that.

My hair is horrific in my regrowth from being pregnant. I’ve these quick, horrible bangs within the corners of my head. It’s from all of the fallout from my hormones from having a child. I put my hair up in a messy bun and I pull these wisps and fucked up bangs—excuse my language—from the corners of my head down, they usually curl up they usually’re all bizarre, and I simply rock it with satisfaction. I’m like, no matter, it would come again. I received it again from my first child, and it’s coming again for my second. But each single pregnant girl I do know has misplaced their hair and had that second the place they give the impression of being within the bathe and it’s like a freaking toupee within the drain, they usually’re like, “Oh my god, I didn’t think this was going to happen to me.” [Laughs]

Even my physique this time round—I’m not on the quantity I need to be at, not that numbers actually matter. But actually, my physique’s simply completely different, and I’m form of into it. I’m additionally fifteen months postpartum. I actually haven’t even began a exercise routine. I’m simply beginning to be like, “Oh, it feels good to walk. It feels good to hike.” My doula may be very strict, like, “Don’t workout for the first year. Heal. Go on walks. Do things that feel good.” Your physique’s going by way of a loopy time. It’s superb. Pregnancy is tough, and the top is a particular form of hellscape. [Laughs] The finish is the freaking worst. What’s so loopy is that you simply really feel fearful of labor and you’re feeling fearful of these issues, however you’re feeling extra scared to proceed your life pregnant. So you’re like, “Please let this end.”

I am going to mattress utterly lotioned inside an inch of my life. My physique is caked on this stuff known as Kiki Cream, it’s a extremely pure, all natural shea butter. I began it all through my pregnancies too, on my stomach, but it surely’s meant on your entire physique. My nails are a catastrophe. My ft are a catastrophe. I ought to actually be doing higher at determining what I could possibly be placing on my cracked heels. I attempt to do the Kiki cream on my heels after which put on socks to mattress, and that’s at all times good, but it surely by no means occurs.

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I’m form of in between fragrances proper now. I exploit loads of Eau de Orange Blossom from Coqui Coqui, however I’m additionally form of a hippy. During the chilly season, I’m into utilizing On Guard Protective Blend from Doterra. I’ve two little germ-filled youngsters who’re disgusting, they usually’re always battling colds and diarrhea, so I’m always sporting these things known as On Guard, which has a little bit little bit of a cinnamon scent, but it surely’s extra of a necessary oil. I really feel like I’m round lots of people in shut quarters at work, so I don’t need to be too overly scented. I’m actually capturing a comedy scene at this time the place there’s six of us in a mattress rolling round. I simply don’t need folks to be like, “Whoa… Katie… Calm down with the perfume.” I actually additionally like Lakshmi Fragrance Oil. I’m massive into that. It’s like, abundance and all that crap. [Laughs] It’s scrumptious. It’s so scrumptious. Also, equally, for Inventing Anna, we received to shoot in Morocco, on the lodge the place my character was conned, in Marrakech, known as La Mamounia. It’s one of the unique, fancy, elite motels on this planet. They have their very own scent that they blast by way of the lodge. We shot that two years in the past, and I purchased a number of the scent, and I simply spray it as a pick-me-up. It’s a reminder of the final place I traveled internationally pre-COVID.”

— As Told to ITG

Katie Lowe photographed by Katie Thompson in LA.