4 November 2020   No Comments

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Barbie Ferreira is fun to talk to, point-blank. During this endless stretch of days that all look more or less the same, my biggest focus is just trying to stay safe and get through my to-do list, so chatting with her about her own routine provided a moment of respite from the monotony. It turns out we both love board games and have been using hair masks more than ever during the pandemic. The Euphoria star has remained busy during this fraught year, but she’s still found a way to luxuriate while doing her skin-care routine, turning it into more of a regular ritual than it was before. It’s refreshing to be reminded that you can nearly always make time for the things you really want to do.

Ferreira, who has loved makeup for as long as she can remember, says that she is consistently checking TikTok and Instagram to see what creative people are doing and draw inspiration from the looks she sees online. “That’s just what I do. I’ve been watching makeup videos for many, many years,” she says.

It is perhaps, then, good timing that in a moment of such collective malaise, she’s collaborated with Becca to create something vibrant and full of life. The makeup collection, named Prismatica, skews a bit more vivid than the brand typically goes; this is largely Ferreira’s influence. She’s been working with Becca for about a year and says that they always wanted to do a holiday collection together. “We had a discussion about what I wanted, and what were the colors I like and the colors I thought other people would like. I’ve always loved purple, and thought a white glitter would be beautiful, as well. It was very much a collaboration like that,” she explains.

The collection includes the Prismatica Face Palette, Lip Gloss Kit, and Light Essentials Kit, among other offerings, though Ferreira tells me she is most excited about the Prismatica Lip Gloss in Facet. “I just think it’s so cool. And it plumps, it does its thing. It just looks like I’m in Lil Mama’s ‘Lip Gloss’ music video,” she says.

Outside of playing with her new Becca products, Ferriera is focusing more on skin care than makeup, and it’s become a bit of a ritual. “I’ve actually been taking a lot more time in my skin-care routine, especially as of late, because I have all the time in the world now it seems like. I’m like, might as well put in the extra, even 30 minutes to [do] a mask or something,” she says. (I couldn’t agree more.)

And while 30 minutes might sound luxurious, she keeps the rest of her routine fairly simple and sticks to her tried-and-true faves. For Ferreira, the perfect recipe is usually cleanser, toner, then moisturizer. She loves Biologique Recherche and has been using its products for years, as well as face masks from Eminence. But what is there to do while you’re sitting there with a face mask on, or a mask in your hair?

A multitude of things. Right now I’m binge-watching Veep and Arrested Development, which I’m very, very late to. One could argue too late to,” she says. And when she needs to multitask, Ferreira is often listening to podcasts like The Daily. “At night, I’ll just light a candle and listen to the political podcasts of the day and just get really scared. It’s a combination of either both of those or playing Monopoly.” (She’s usually the cat, if you were wondering.)

It seems she’s creating an inspirational amount of balance for herself during this uncertain time. She’s spending some days makeup-free, and others creating makeup. She’s spending some of her free time getting up on the news, and some of it completely tuning out while playing a board game. And sometimes, she’s just watching a lot of Tony Hale.

Source: allure.com

30 September 2020   No Comments

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Okay, so I really don’t want to make this a story about Barbie Ferreira’s body. About how she is “soft, fleshy, bountiful” (L.A. Times, September 2020) and has “learned to embrace her curves” (Daily Mail, the day after this photo shoot). About what it’s like to “be whittled down to your most marketable, tokenized parts” (Them., September 2019) or whether “the term ‘plus-size model’—is that something you are okay with?” (W, a hundred years ago, in March 2016).

And yet here I am, using the opening lines of the 23-year-old’s first major magazine cover story to talk about her body.

Because here’s the thing: It’s all a fucking trap. The pointing out, the celebrating, the implicit messaging: This not-thin woman is thriving! Can you believe it?! Yes, it is important to see someone like Barbie. To have her body pointed out and celebrated. To message to other women—especially women who, like me, look more like Barbie than not—that, Oh, shit, yeah, you can thrive too. Just watching Barbie exist does something (not everything but something) to counteract the years of hiding your upper arms, of spending your allowance on diet pills, of standing in the background of group pics doing that thing where you stick out your head like E.T. so that, if you’re lucky, you’ll look just a little bit smaller.

Barbie gets this too. She knows that her body’s mere existence in Hollywood is a balm. How relieving, how energy-shifting, how so-good-it’s-almost-numbing it is to see someone you can relate to in an ad, on TV, in a movie. But that doesn’t mean it’s fair. It doesn’t make it okay that even though she’d really like to Finally Move On to something else—her ambitions, maybe…her talent, her actual work—she has to keep talking about her body. Which means I do too, at least for some of this story.

But anyway, here’s something that has zero to do with it: Barbie’s top-billing role in this fall’s Unpregnant. It’s a road-trip buddy comedy…about abortion. And honestly, it’s great. Warm and fuzzy and legit really funny. Also real. “Normalizing abortion is what we have to do,” Barbie says matter-of-factly, under the glow of string lights in her L.A. kitchen during our midday Zoom. “Society puts this pressure on people who are getting abortions, that they should feel a lot of guilt and shame and really emotional about it. Most people are just relieved.

Barbie plays Bailey, quirky high school loner and ex–best friend of Veronica (played by Haley Lu Richardson), the Insta-perfect popular senior. They reconnect when Veronica realizes she’s pregnant and needs to travel across several states for an abortion. Veronica’s crew is too judgy, her parents too religious, to ask for help, and Bailey has a car.

I know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not one of those roles—the one-dimensional character whose insecurities are used for laughs or to affirm the pretty lead. Bailey is complex, with her own full backstory and plotline. And most important: “My character was not based on her body whatsoever,” says Barbie. The role of Bailey didn’t include a body type—neither the fanciful kind (“fluffy”) nor the literal kind (“overweight, loud, and sassy”), both of which Barbie has seen written into character descriptions. Anyone, in theory, could be Bailey. “It was really great not to talk about—or act out—my body for once,” she adds.

Especially since, for Barbie, it’s always been about acting, even before she became a full-time model at age 18. Specifically a “plus-size” model, not that the label was all that authentic. As a size 10, she’d have to bring padding to photo shoots to fit into the clothes she was asked to model for Adidas, H&M, Target, Missguided, ASOS, and other brand campaigns with “plus-size” lines.

Full interview: cosmopolitan.com

 

29 September 2020   No Comments

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25 September 2020   No Comments

Barbie Ferreira can’t use Instagram as freely as she used to. The actress, whose credits include the HBO Max movie “Unpregnant” and HBO’s TV series “Euphoria,” now has more than 2 million followers and is trying to reestablish her relationship with the internet at large.

The internet, right now, is a little hectic for me,” she tells Variety in a recent Zoom call. “I don’t know who I am outside of being on the internet. My friends were my internet friends. A lot of my friends who are my friends now were my followers at one point. I treated everyone like they were my friend and that is no longer the story on my specific Instagram.

She is also cognizant of the fact that her fanbase now includes 14-year-olds, and some of her posts go over their heads. “I saw a T-shirt that was like, ‘Vote or Die.’ And someone was like, ‘Please, I can’t vote because I’m 14, but I don’t want to die. You don’t understand,’” she recalls, with a laugh. “It’s that kind of vibe where it’s like, ‘No, I didn’t mean it like that!‘”

Ferreira doesn’t see herself as a role model, nor does she necessarily want to be one. But she understands the worth of her platform — which includes being the face of Becca Cosmetics. “I do realize the value of seeing people who are different than what the media portrays as hot or valuable doing stuff,” she says. “I think that is what I always wanted to see.

Following this ethos, Ferreira uses her screen time wisely — pursuing parts that shake the status quo. In “Unpregnant,” her character Bailey is a gay Trekkie with green hair, but neither her queerness, nor her body, serve as plot points.

I was very used to my body type being the one thing that was written in the description, and that was not the case for Bailey,” she says. “That was definitely a reason why I wanted to do it. I think the most powerful statement is having people in these roles without it being about whatever their identity is.

One of Ferreira’s favorite moments from the script is her character’s nonchalant coming out to Veronica (the straight lead, played by Haley Lu Richardson). Veronica’s reaction comes as if from another era, like Ferreira’s Bailey has confessed to murder or slipped her the nuclear launch codes. It’s hilariously disproportionate to modern sensibilities and acceptance of sexual preference.

At this point, Bailey’s out to her mom, to everybody,” Ferreira says. “Veronica thinking she’s the special one, thinking it’s this huge deal, is hilarious to me. I think that’s what a lot of people straight people think, like, ‘You’ve trusted me with this big secret.’ And it’s like, ‘Don’t flatter yourself, sweetie.’”

Ferreira, who identifies as queer, says coming out was never an event in her life. She’s much more interested in the story after the fact. “What is it like existing while queer? What are the other queer stories we can talk about? Not just the sobbing, coming out story, which of course happens for a lot of people, but what about past that? What about existing, just being queer, past the coming out story?

The abortion in the film is given the same treatment. The technician walks Richardson’s Veronica through the entire operation, laying out what she can expect and subtly squashing pro-life propaganda in the process, a move that Ferreira calls “brilliant.”

It removes this cloth that’s in front of everyone because of this mystery of abortion,” she says. “It literally is step by step. This is what happens. This is exactly the procedure. And then boom, done. Literally in and out of the office.

Since making the movie, Ferreira says she has seen firsthand the amount of falsities that can exist on the internet — as she returns to discussing the double-edged sword of being online.

I’ve been realizing there is another side of the internet,” she says. “This is not the side that I knew. I get tagged in a literal art class sculpture of a baby face that’s been burned off, which is not what a fetus looks like. It’s that level of misinformation.

After watching the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” about the dangers of social networking, Ferreira is even more attuned to the drawbacks of digital discourse.

I like to interact with people,” she says. “I like to read the comments. I like to read the messages. I like to leave my messages open. And I realized I can’t do that anymore. It’s not that kind of world anymore for me.

Source: variety.com

17 September 2020   No Comments

From director Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Valley Girl), the HBO Max original dramedy Unpregnant follows 17-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) who enlists her ex-best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira) for a wild, 1000-mile road trip over three days, in order to get an abortion. It’s a decision that she never imagined she’d have to make but a positive pregnancy test has led to the unexpected choice and she’s going to need genuine support to get through.

As part of the film’s virtual press day, Collider got the opportunity to chat 1-on-1 with Barbie Ferreira who talked about her desire to be a part of projects that serve something bigger, wanting to explore the comedic aspects of the character, finding the tone of an abortion comedy, doing stunts, her character’s own romantic journey, sharing this experience with co-star Haley Lu Richardson, and where she thinks these characters might be in five years. She also talked about returning to her Euphoria character for Season 2, and how much that series evolves and changes.

Collider: How did this project come about for you? Is it something that you went through an audition process for?
BARBIE FERREIRA: Oh, yes, I fully auditioned a few times, with (director) Rachel [Lee Goldenberg]and then with Haley [Lu Richardson]. It was last summer, right after Euphoria had come out and I was looking for my next project. Unpregnant made so much sense to me because I like to be a part of projects that serve a greater connotation. And also, it had an opportunity with Bailey to play a different character and explore the comedic aspects that I have. It was really fun.

When a project comes your way and it’s an abortion comedy, what is your reaction to that? Was it something you were immediately curious about?
FERREIRA: I am the kind of person who was immediately curious and intrigued. I like when projects like this, and even from an audience member, bring something new to the table. A lot of things are almost carbon copies of themselves and things can be repetitive, and I was like, “What is this movie trying to say?” It was like a clear message. It also had those really classic, amazing road trip, comedy and teen movie aspects, with completely different and more emotional connotations, in the actual journey itself. So, I was really intrigued about having this really amazing, teen comedy that is pretty accessible to everybody who watches it but also has this internal message and this greater idea. That was really cool.

This movie really pulls off the insane trick of telling a story that doesn’t make light of abortion but is still a fun movie. Did you have a lot of conversations about tone, either prior to or during shooting?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I’m sure Haley also had a lot of conversations but for me, it was finding the balance of being the funny one but making it real. I didn’t want it to be too on the nose. I think the funniest things are when things take a second to hit and you laugh right after. Being able to still bring that Bailey personality and general demeanor into the heavier scenes, whether it be at the clinic or in other situations, it was a lot of finding the flow in Bailey’s need to be comedic. I feel that way. When I’m nervous, I just make a bunch of jokes, all the time, so I brought that into Bailey – the nerves, anxieties, and how she deflects it with humor.

This is just such an interesting friendship because obviously it’s strained right now but your character supports Veronica in her decision without really questioning her or making her doubt herself. Do you think that helps make their friendship also feel more real and relatable?
FERREIRA: Absolutely. What was really shown in the movie is that Veronica’s “friends” who are supposed to be her best friends, she can’t really talk to openly about anything. She can’t have a discussion with them. She can’t talk about it with her boyfriend. She doesn’t have this communication with people because she is so scared of being judged. And Bailey is this figure that’s the least judgmental, roll with the punches kind of girl, and is really there for Veronica. She pays no mind to the fact that she’s actually having an abortion. It’s more of, “How am I able to make sure that she can get there on time?” Bailey misses that friendship a lot and it messed her up in the head, so she wanted to be there for her friend who really was close to her and really meant something to her, in that way.

The movie also has a brief departure into action flick territory. What was that like to get to do? How much fun was it to get to do like the whole car chase?
FERREIRA: That’s also a new thing for me, doing stunts. I’m by no means a girl who does my own stunts. At one point, I had to roll in the dirt and that was hard for me. I’m not very nimble. I’m not very quick on my feet. But the car chases were so fun. Some of it was green screen with me screaming while someone bounces the car. It was hilarious. The action aspects of it were really fun for me and also a learning experience. I worked very closely with my stunt driver who would be dressed exactly like me in a wig, which was very weird. It was super fun.

What did you love most about your character, from day one, and were there things that you really grew to appreciate about her, as you peeled those layers away?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I think what I really love about the character is her cynicism towards high school and people in general, and questioning everything, and not buying into the bullshit that people put on you when you’re a teenager. That’s my favorite part of her. She just doesn’t care what people think about her, in that way. I had to grow into some of Bailey’s decisions. I loved all of it. I never had a moment where I didn’t understand why Bailey did something. I always felt like I knew where she was coming from, even if her decisions weren’t the best.

It’s fun to get to see Bailey go on her own romantic journey and explore her relationship with her family.
FERREIRA: It paints the whole picture of Bailey Butler. Instead of her being the best friend who’s just there for the ride, she’s a fully fledged human being who has her faults and her pluses, and all the stuff in between.

How much fun was it to get to explore the romance?
FERREIRA: I love that. I haven’t really played a queer character and it was sweet because it was her first kiss. That was really cool. Betty Who was incredible. It brought me back to being young and awkward and strange, and also really insecure but wanting to like kiss, and the awkwardness of how to talk to people who you’re really attracted to. It was super fun. I loved it.

Veronica and Bailey go on this wild journey together and have plenty of ups and downs along the way. What was it like for you to have Haley Lu Richardson to go through this experience with?
FERREIRA: Haley and I were so close, from the beginning. We’re both really crazy girls, in a good way, I hope. I shouldn’t be the judge of my own craziness. We’re just really high energy goofy and silly, and maybe a little too silly. It was a ride. Every day was something new. We were just keeping ourselves alive. The scenes were really in depth and we were in the middle of the desert where it’s freezing cold or the wind is whipping, so we had to keep that fun alive a lot of the times. We definitely kept each other entertained. It was amazing

If we could catch up with these characters in five years, what do you think they’d be doing? Do you think that this experience would have bonded them and they’d still be friends?
FERREIRA: Yeah. I’ve had a few situations in my life where this has happened, where you’re young kids and you have a falling out in your friendship, and then you spend years awkwardly not wanting to confront each other or communicate because kids don’t know how to communicate and no one knows how to communicate, and then you rekindle the friendship and they’re still your friends to this day. When there’s a bond like that, like with Veronica and Bailey, they’re friends for life. They always have been. Veronica just had to steer a little bit away and so did Bailey, to find themselves as individuals and come together as friends again.

What was it like to have Rachel Lee Goldenberg at the helm of this project?
FERREIRA: Rachel was great because she’s a great listener. When you’re making a teen movie or television show, you have to listen to people who are of that age. By no means, am I a teenager but I like to keep up with Tik Tok and Instagram, and all of that. I graduated high school six years ago. I feel like people who listen usually get a way better story and a better, more natural feel. Sometimes when your generation is different than the other generation, it’s harder to use the same slang or music, or whatever it is, of that time. So, I love that she really talked to us and listened to us, whether it would be about that, or about the character, or about what teens do now. The best part of it was that we had a really collaborative effort and they were so accommodating and listened to me.

You’re definitely building quite the career as an actor, between Euphoria and Unpregnant. Do you think it will feel different to return to your Euphoria character for Season 2, after having had this experience?
FERREIRA: I do. I know Kat like the back of my hand. We did it for so long. It was a whole year, or almost a year, doing it. I do miss playing Kat, so I do think it’ll feel like returning back to this character that I’m so in love with and that I really, really think is the role of a lifetime. I haven’t done it in awhile because of the quarantine, so I miss it. I think it will make me miss Kat more because that’s my baby. It’s cool to play the arc and see how Kat’s personality will evolve, depending on what happens. It’s gonna be super cool to develop how Kat is in Season 2.

Have you gotten to read any scripts yet?
FERREIRA: I’ve read a few scripts. Fun fact, Euphoria is rewritten a lot. Sometimes you get a script and then, a few days later, you get a completely different story. So, who’s to say what’s actually gonna happen. All I know is that it’s gonna be great and it’s gonna be an adventure and it’s gonna go there once again.

Source: collider.com