We listened in on Eva Longoria and Amanda Brugel’s Zoom call

Community Sep 21, 2021 by Katherine Lalancette The Kit

Last week, Amanda Brugel, Canadian actor and star of “The Handmaid’s Tale, sat down for a virtual chat with Eva Longoria. It may have been their first time meeting, but the connection felt instant. Soon, the “Desperate Housewivesalum (who could forget Gaby Solis?) and long-time L’Oréal Paris spokesperson was kicking up her leg to show Brugel her fetching metallic platforms. They bonded over their advocacy for representation in media — as Longoria put it “[Women] are not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population!”—swapped beauty secrets (including how to look good on Zoom) and got personal about how COVID has made them want to change as people. Enjoy!

Amanda Brugel: Hi Eva, how are you doing?

Eva Longoria: Good!

AB: It’s good to meet you!

EL: Nice to meet you!

AB: I have a ton of questions, so let’s dive in. There has been so much conversation around women in the film world and how women are gaining ground. In your own experience, why is this necessary?

EL: Well, we’re not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population! [Laughs] So we should be able to equally create and tell our stories.

AB: Exactly!

EL: Especially women of colour. Representation matters because media really educates communities about who we are, but more importantly, it educates our community about who we are, and so we want to be able to put forth images that inspire our younger generations to do what they want and pursue their dreams and persevere. The power we have in media is still very, very important.

AB: So well said! With that, how would you say the power balance has shifted and do you feel hopeful about everlasting change? Not just a temporary change, not a movement, but true, everlasting change?

EL: Yeah, sustainable change is important. That’s one thing, being a founder of Time’s Up, that I’m very proud of, specifically in our industry: creating systemic change that promotes gender equality at all levels. Whether you’re an executive, whether you’re a PA [production assistant] on a film or whether you’re an actress, we want to make sure there is parity in how women are treated. And I think you have to target the system in order to create that sustainable change. We need more women as gatekeepers to that green light, we need women as writers to write those stories, we need women as producers and directors to make those stories. I think we’re facing the right direction, but I think we’re still taking very small baby steps in the direction.

AB: Yes and that leads me to my next question, which is what do you think needs to happen next in order to sustain and continue more of this change? What I am hearing from you is women as gatekeepers …

EL: That and I think there’s a big responsibility on the audience, right? Like, we can make movies quote-unquote for women — because there is nothing really for women, it’s just universal themes that we tackle — we can make all these TV projects and movies, but if women don’t show up in a big way and flex that buying power, flex that aggregation of power, then studios won’t be incentivized to continue to make these projects. So I think there’s an onus on audience and community to say, “Hey, I’m going to show up. I’m going to buy that movie ticket to “Captain Marvel.” I’m gonna buy that ticket to “Wonder Woman.” I’m gonna watch that TV show with Nicole Kidman.” You need to show up so that we can say, “Hey, we matter! We’re here. We’re watching. We’re consuming just like anybody else.”

AB: Show up not only with your eyes, but with your wallet, thank you very much!

EL: Yeah!

AB: What makes you, as a human being, feel powerful?

EL: Oh, I mean, I think that’s such a strange word “powerful.” I think I’m empowered. I think I’m motivated and inspired to do good things in this world, whether it’s producing with purpose, whether it’s directing a beautiful story that is super inspiring, whether it’s acting and bringing joy and laughter to people. I’m very intentional with my actions, and I think that when your intentions and actions match up, that’s a pretty good sweet spot for being empowered. People define power in very different ways. If you look at politicians or world leaders, you’re like, “Ugh! I don’t care to have that power!” But I would love to empower women to stand up and ask for a raise at their job. I want to empower women to identify their self-worth in relationships. I want to empower women to dream big and then go for it. That’s kind of where I land in the power conversation.

AB: I love it and I think I’m going to steal that from you because I think I would prefer to pivot and use the word “empower” as opposed to “power.” Speaking of empowerment, beauty has the ability to not only transform how you look esthetically, but also how you feel. So, for you, what is the last experience that made you feel empowered when it comes to beauty?

EL: Probably today! Because I haven’t had hair and makeup in a long time because of COVID.

AB: I see you! I feel all the empowerment!

EL: And I have this amazing suit on that you can’t see! [Longoria proceeds to show Brugel her pant leg and shoe.]

AB: Oh, you’ve got some wide legs!

EL: Wide leg! And I have these platform heels on, so I look six feet tall. I was like, “Wow! Who are you? Where you’ve been hiding this whole pandemic?” I think that’s the power of beauty and makeup and hair care: You can transport yourself to feel beautiful. Sometimes, it’s as easy as putting on a red lip, where you’re like, “Bam! I’m here! I’ve arrived! I’ve got a red lip on — watch out!” There’s so much magic in colouring your hair, changing it up, getting a haircut. I’m not saying beauty is defined superficially, I’m saying there is something wonderful about wanting to put your best self forward and owning it and going, “Yes, I feel good today!” [Laughs]

AB: Yes! I so agree with you. I am a huge proponent of women uplifting other women and helping one another out. And that can sometimes come down to sharing beauty secrets. So, a girl asking another girl, are there any products or tips that you could possibly share with me that are in your beauty routine?

EL: Well, usually I am a big proponent of skin care like, “Take care of your skin!” but I don’t think I need to give you any tips for that because you are just gorgeous and your skin is amazing!

AB: Thank you! It’s all the ring light, but also, thank you!

EL: Ring light is key! That’s my beauty secret for Zooms: Get a ring light! You know what? I am all about skin care. I think you can’t have great makeup on top of bad skin and so, you’ve really got to take care of your skin and get into a routine so that it becomes automatic. One of my favourites — it’s a commercial I loved doing, but it’s also just one of my favourite beauty products — is the Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

AB: Use it! Love it!

EL: Ahh! Hi-ya-lu-ro-nic [laughs] acid. It’s really lightweight and it absorbs really quickly. Sometimes, serums feel tacky. This one doesn’t leave a residue and it replenishes and hydrates, it reduces wrinkles and it makes you look plump. But you’ve got to do it as a routine, right? You can’t use it one day and go, “Nothing happened!” It’s like, “No, no, no!” This one has 1.5 per cent pure hyaluronic acid so it’s super potent and you really start to see a difference pretty quickly. And that’s what we want as women: We want products that work! So, that’s one of my favourite things and it’s really changed the game for my skin.

AB: Amazing! Well, I am going pivot because I know this is a very personal question for all of us. In the last 18 months, we’ve all been affected, and our priorities, our morals and our ambitions have all been put under question and there’s been a light shone upon us personally as people. What’s changed for you in the last 18 months?

EL: Yeah, I mean, obviously this has been a challenging time for humanity in general, and I think for me, what happened is I hadn’t had a break in 25 years. I haven’t taken a year off from work ever in my life. I mean, who can afford to take a year off, right? To be able to slow down and prioritize my family. I’m in a privileged position and I understand that, and I hate it that it took a global pandemic to do that. There are a lot of things I took for granted before the pandemic that I don’t want to go back to. I want to be able to put my son to sleep every night in bed, I want to be able to wake up with him every day, I want to be able to read a book and nourish myself and my soul from time to time. I used to be very busy and travelling and working. And so, I want to slow down and carry some of these lessons forward as we come out of this pandemic. It also made me realize what a global community we live in. You don’t live in Canada, I don’t live in Los Angeles, we live in this world and we’re all connected. So I wish we would find the good in that connection and not the divisiveness.

AB: Yes, I think that’s really well said, specifically because this was the first time in my life when I shared pain with the globe. So, I too hope that the lessons that we learned, we will carry forward, and continue to be inspired to care for one another globally.

EL: Yeah, 100 per cent!

AB: My very last question for you is: What is inspiring you right now?

EL: Oh my gosh, I get inspired every day! Um, I just launched a tequila company and …

AB: I know!

Instagam embed: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTm_mKvLVd_/

EL: These two women who are my co-founders, I am so inspired by them and their talent and their artistry in the craft of tequila-making. They come from generations of tequila makers in Jalisco [Mexico]. They are so inspiring to me because the way they approach this product is so artful and creative, and they’re just cool chicks, and I’m like, “Gosh, I want to be you guys!” Being these strong females in a male-dominated industry is super inspiring to me. They’re just filled with knowledge and culture and community. We’re all three cut from the same cloth and have the same outlook on life, and to be able to spend time with them during this process of making Casa del Sol has been a really big gift to me.

AB: That’s lovely! Well, speaking of gifts, you’ve been a gift to me because you taught me to rephrase the word “power” and change it to “empowerment,” and inspired me in a lot of ways.

EL: Thank you!

AB: It was a pleasure speaking to you and girl, go out right now with those pants!

EL: I wish I had somewhere to go! I’m just on a virtual Zoom all day and no one is seeing my pants! [Laughs]

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour in British Red, $11, amazon.ca

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Aging Serum, $28, amazon.ca

This interview has been condensed and edited.

When you make a purchase through the links in this article, we may earn a small commission. Our journalism is independent and not influenced by advertising. Learn more

Katherine Lalancette is the beauty director of The Kit, based in Toronto. She writes about beauty and trends. Reach her on email at kl@thekit.ca or follow her on Twitter: @kik_tweets

We listened in on Eva Longoria and Amanda Brugel’s Zoom call

Community Sep 21, 2021 by Katherine Lalancette The Kit

Last week, Amanda Brugel, Canadian actor and star of “The Handmaid’s Tale, sat down for a virtual chat with Eva Longoria. It may have been their first time meeting, but the connection felt instant. Soon, the “Desperate Housewivesalum (who could forget Gaby Solis?) and long-time L’Oréal Paris spokesperson was kicking up her leg to show Brugel her fetching metallic platforms. They bonded over their advocacy for representation in media — as Longoria put it “[Women] are not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population!”—swapped beauty secrets (including how to look good on Zoom) and got personal about how COVID has made them want to change as people. Enjoy!

Amanda Brugel: Hi Eva, how are you doing?

Eva Longoria: Good!

AB: It’s good to meet you!

EL: Nice to meet you!

AB: I have a ton of questions, so let’s dive in. There has been so much conversation around women in the film world and how women are gaining ground. In your own experience, why is this necessary?

EL: Well, we’re not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population! [Laughs] So we should be able to equally create and tell our stories.

AB: Exactly!

EL: Especially women of colour. Representation matters because media really educates communities about who we are, but more importantly, it educates our community about who we are, and so we want to be able to put forth images that inspire our younger generations to do what they want and pursue their dreams and persevere. The power we have in media is still very, very important.

AB: So well said! With that, how would you say the power balance has shifted and do you feel hopeful about everlasting change? Not just a temporary change, not a movement, but true, everlasting change?

EL: Yeah, sustainable change is important. That’s one thing, being a founder of Time’s Up, that I’m very proud of, specifically in our industry: creating systemic change that promotes gender equality at all levels. Whether you’re an executive, whether you’re a PA [production assistant] on a film or whether you’re an actress, we want to make sure there is parity in how women are treated. And I think you have to target the system in order to create that sustainable change. We need more women as gatekeepers to that green light, we need women as writers to write those stories, we need women as producers and directors to make those stories. I think we’re facing the right direction, but I think we’re still taking very small baby steps in the direction.

AB: Yes and that leads me to my next question, which is what do you think needs to happen next in order to sustain and continue more of this change? What I am hearing from you is women as gatekeepers …

EL: That and I think there’s a big responsibility on the audience, right? Like, we can make movies quote-unquote for women — because there is nothing really for women, it’s just universal themes that we tackle — we can make all these TV projects and movies, but if women don’t show up in a big way and flex that buying power, flex that aggregation of power, then studios won’t be incentivized to continue to make these projects. So I think there’s an onus on audience and community to say, “Hey, I’m going to show up. I’m going to buy that movie ticket to “Captain Marvel.” I’m gonna buy that ticket to “Wonder Woman.” I’m gonna watch that TV show with Nicole Kidman.” You need to show up so that we can say, “Hey, we matter! We’re here. We’re watching. We’re consuming just like anybody else.”

AB: Show up not only with your eyes, but with your wallet, thank you very much!

EL: Yeah!

AB: What makes you, as a human being, feel powerful?

EL: Oh, I mean, I think that’s such a strange word “powerful.” I think I’m empowered. I think I’m motivated and inspired to do good things in this world, whether it’s producing with purpose, whether it’s directing a beautiful story that is super inspiring, whether it’s acting and bringing joy and laughter to people. I’m very intentional with my actions, and I think that when your intentions and actions match up, that’s a pretty good sweet spot for being empowered. People define power in very different ways. If you look at politicians or world leaders, you’re like, “Ugh! I don’t care to have that power!” But I would love to empower women to stand up and ask for a raise at their job. I want to empower women to identify their self-worth in relationships. I want to empower women to dream big and then go for it. That’s kind of where I land in the power conversation.

AB: I love it and I think I’m going to steal that from you because I think I would prefer to pivot and use the word “empower” as opposed to “power.” Speaking of empowerment, beauty has the ability to not only transform how you look esthetically, but also how you feel. So, for you, what is the last experience that made you feel empowered when it comes to beauty?

EL: Probably today! Because I haven’t had hair and makeup in a long time because of COVID.

AB: I see you! I feel all the empowerment!

EL: And I have this amazing suit on that you can’t see! [Longoria proceeds to show Brugel her pant leg and shoe.]

AB: Oh, you’ve got some wide legs!

EL: Wide leg! And I have these platform heels on, so I look six feet tall. I was like, “Wow! Who are you? Where you’ve been hiding this whole pandemic?” I think that’s the power of beauty and makeup and hair care: You can transport yourself to feel beautiful. Sometimes, it’s as easy as putting on a red lip, where you’re like, “Bam! I’m here! I’ve arrived! I’ve got a red lip on — watch out!” There’s so much magic in colouring your hair, changing it up, getting a haircut. I’m not saying beauty is defined superficially, I’m saying there is something wonderful about wanting to put your best self forward and owning it and going, “Yes, I feel good today!” [Laughs]

AB: Yes! I so agree with you. I am a huge proponent of women uplifting other women and helping one another out. And that can sometimes come down to sharing beauty secrets. So, a girl asking another girl, are there any products or tips that you could possibly share with me that are in your beauty routine?

EL: Well, usually I am a big proponent of skin care like, “Take care of your skin!” but I don’t think I need to give you any tips for that because you are just gorgeous and your skin is amazing!

AB: Thank you! It’s all the ring light, but also, thank you!

EL: Ring light is key! That’s my beauty secret for Zooms: Get a ring light! You know what? I am all about skin care. I think you can’t have great makeup on top of bad skin and so, you’ve really got to take care of your skin and get into a routine so that it becomes automatic. One of my favourites — it’s a commercial I loved doing, but it’s also just one of my favourite beauty products — is the Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

AB: Use it! Love it!

EL: Ahh! Hi-ya-lu-ro-nic [laughs] acid. It’s really lightweight and it absorbs really quickly. Sometimes, serums feel tacky. This one doesn’t leave a residue and it replenishes and hydrates, it reduces wrinkles and it makes you look plump. But you’ve got to do it as a routine, right? You can’t use it one day and go, “Nothing happened!” It’s like, “No, no, no!” This one has 1.5 per cent pure hyaluronic acid so it’s super potent and you really start to see a difference pretty quickly. And that’s what we want as women: We want products that work! So, that’s one of my favourite things and it’s really changed the game for my skin.

AB: Amazing! Well, I am going pivot because I know this is a very personal question for all of us. In the last 18 months, we’ve all been affected, and our priorities, our morals and our ambitions have all been put under question and there’s been a light shone upon us personally as people. What’s changed for you in the last 18 months?

EL: Yeah, I mean, obviously this has been a challenging time for humanity in general, and I think for me, what happened is I hadn’t had a break in 25 years. I haven’t taken a year off from work ever in my life. I mean, who can afford to take a year off, right? To be able to slow down and prioritize my family. I’m in a privileged position and I understand that, and I hate it that it took a global pandemic to do that. There are a lot of things I took for granted before the pandemic that I don’t want to go back to. I want to be able to put my son to sleep every night in bed, I want to be able to wake up with him every day, I want to be able to read a book and nourish myself and my soul from time to time. I used to be very busy and travelling and working. And so, I want to slow down and carry some of these lessons forward as we come out of this pandemic. It also made me realize what a global community we live in. You don’t live in Canada, I don’t live in Los Angeles, we live in this world and we’re all connected. So I wish we would find the good in that connection and not the divisiveness.

AB: Yes, I think that’s really well said, specifically because this was the first time in my life when I shared pain with the globe. So, I too hope that the lessons that we learned, we will carry forward, and continue to be inspired to care for one another globally.

EL: Yeah, 100 per cent!

AB: My very last question for you is: What is inspiring you right now?

EL: Oh my gosh, I get inspired every day! Um, I just launched a tequila company and …

AB: I know!

Instagam embed: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTm_mKvLVd_/

EL: These two women who are my co-founders, I am so inspired by them and their talent and their artistry in the craft of tequila-making. They come from generations of tequila makers in Jalisco [Mexico]. They are so inspiring to me because the way they approach this product is so artful and creative, and they’re just cool chicks, and I’m like, “Gosh, I want to be you guys!” Being these strong females in a male-dominated industry is super inspiring to me. They’re just filled with knowledge and culture and community. We’re all three cut from the same cloth and have the same outlook on life, and to be able to spend time with them during this process of making Casa del Sol has been a really big gift to me.

AB: That’s lovely! Well, speaking of gifts, you’ve been a gift to me because you taught me to rephrase the word “power” and change it to “empowerment,” and inspired me in a lot of ways.

EL: Thank you!

AB: It was a pleasure speaking to you and girl, go out right now with those pants!

EL: I wish I had somewhere to go! I’m just on a virtual Zoom all day and no one is seeing my pants! [Laughs]

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Colour in British Red, $11, amazon.ca

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Aging Serum, $28, amazon.ca

This interview has been condensed and edited.

When you make a purchase through the links in this article, we may earn a small commission. Our journalism is independent and not influenced by advertising. Learn more

Katherine Lalancette is the beauty director of The Kit, based in Toronto. She writes about beauty and trends. Reach her on email at kl@thekit.ca or follow her on Twitter: @kik_tweets

We listened in on Eva Longoria and Amanda Brugel’s Zoom call

Community Sep 21, 2021 by Katherine Lalancette The Kit

Last week, Amanda Brugel, Canadian actor and star of “The Handmaid’s Tale, sat down for a virtual chat with Eva Longoria. It may have been their first time meeting, but the connection felt instant. Soon, the “Desperate Housewivesalum (who could forget Gaby Solis?) and long-time L’Oréal Paris spokesperson was kicking up her leg to show Brugel her fetching metallic platforms. They bonded over their advocacy for representation in media — as Longoria put it “[Women] are not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population!”—swapped beauty secrets (including how to look good on Zoom) and got personal about how COVID has made them want to change as people. Enjoy!

Amanda Brugel: Hi Eva, how are you doing?

Eva Longoria: Good!

AB: It’s good to meet you!

EL: Nice to meet you!

AB: I have a ton of questions, so let’s dive in. There has been so much conversation around women in the film world and how women are gaining ground. In your own experience, why is this necessary?

EL: Well, we’re not a special interest group, we’re half of the global population! [Laughs] So we should be able to equally create and tell our stories.

AB: Exactly!

EL: Especially women of colour. Representation matters because media really educates communities about who we are, but more importantly, it educates our community about who we are, and so we want to be able to put forth images that inspire our younger generations to do what they want and pursue their dreams and persevere. The power we have in media is still very, very important.

AB: So well said! With that, how would you say the power balance has shifted and do you feel hopeful about everlasting change? Not just a temporary change, not a movement, but true, everlasting change?

EL: Yeah, sustainable change is important. That’s one thing, being a founder of Time’s Up, that I’m very proud of, specifically in our industry: creating systemic change that promotes gender equality at all levels. Whether you’re an executive, whether you’re a PA [production assistant] on a film or whether you’re an actress, we want to make sure there is parity in how women are treated. And I think you have to target the system in order to create that sustainable change. We need more women as gatekeepers to that green light, we need women as writers to write those stories, we need women as producers and directors to make those stories. I think we’re facing the right direction, but I think we’re still taking very small baby steps in the direction.

AB: Yes and that leads me to my next question, which is what do you think needs to happen next in order to sustain and continue more of this change? What I am hearing from you is women as gatekeepers …

EL: That and I think there’s a big responsibility on the audience, right? Like, we can make movies quote-unquote for women — because there is nothing really for women, it’s just universal themes that we tackle — we can make all these TV projects and movies, but if women don’t show up in a big way and flex that buying power, flex that aggregation of power, then studios won’t be incentivized to continue to make these projects. So I think there’s an onus on audience and community to say, “Hey, I’m going to show up. I’m going to buy that movie ticket to “Captain Marvel.” I’m gonna buy that ticket to “Wonder Woman.” I’m gonna watch that TV show with Nicole Kidman.” You need to show up so that we can say, “Hey, we matter! We’re here. We’re watching. We’re consuming just like anybody else.”

AB: Show up not only with your eyes, but with your wallet, thank you very much!

EL: Yeah!

AB: What makes you, as a human being, feel powerful?

EL: Oh, I mean, I think that’s such a strange word “powerful.” I think I’m empowered. I think I’m motivated and inspired to do good things in this world, whether it’s producing with purpose, whether it’s directing a beautiful story that is super inspiring, whether it’s acting and bringing joy and laughter to people. I’m very intentional with my actions, and I think that when your intentions and actions match up, that’s a pretty good sweet spot for being empowered. People define power in very different ways. If you look at politicians or world leaders, you’re like, “Ugh! I don’t care to have that power!” But I would love to empower women to stand up and ask for a raise at their job. I want to empower women to identify their self-worth in relationships. I want to empower women to dream big and then go for it. That’s kind of where I land in the power conversation.

AB: I love it and I think I’m going to steal that from you because I think I would prefer to pivot and use the word “empower” as opposed to “power.” Speaking of empowerment, beauty has the ability to not only transform how you look esthetically, but also how you feel. So, for you, what is the last experience that made you feel empowered when it comes to beauty?

EL: Probably today! Because I haven’t had hair and makeup in a long time because of COVID.

AB: I see you! I feel all the empowerment!

EL: And I have this amazing suit on that you can’t see! [Longoria proceeds to show Brugel her pant leg and shoe.]

AB: Oh, you’ve got some wide legs!

EL: Wide leg! And I have these platform heels on, so I look six feet tall. I was like, “Wow! Who are you? Where you’ve been hiding this whole pandemic?” I think that’s the power of beauty and makeup and hair care: You can transport yourself to feel beautiful. Sometimes, it’s as easy as putting on a red lip, where you’re like, “Bam! I’m here! I’ve arrived! I’ve got a red lip on — watch out!” There’s so much magic in colouring your hair, changing it up, getting a haircut. I’m not saying beauty is defined superficially, I’m saying there is something wonderful about wanting to put your best self forward and owning it and going, “Yes, I feel good today!” [Laughs]

AB: Yes! I so agree with you. I am a huge proponent of women uplifting other women and helping one another out. And that can sometimes come down to sharing beauty secrets. So, a girl asking another girl, are there any products or tips that you could possibly share with me that are in your beauty routine?

EL: Well, usually I am a big proponent of skin care like, “Take care of your skin!” but I don’t think I need to give you any tips for that because you are just gorgeous and your skin is amazing!

AB: Thank you! It’s all the ring light, but also, thank you!

EL: Ring light is key! That’s my beauty secret for Zooms: Get a ring light! You know what? I am all about skin care. I think you can’t have great makeup on top of bad skin and so, you’ve really got to take care of your skin and get into a routine so that it becomes automatic. One of my favourites — it’s a commercial I loved doing, but it’s also just one of my favourite beauty products — is the Revitalift Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

AB: Use it! Love it!

EL: Ahh! Hi-ya-lu-ro-nic [laughs] acid. It’s really lightweight and it absorbs really quickly. Sometimes, serums feel tacky. This one doesn’t leave a residue and it replenishes and hydrates, it reduces wrinkles and it makes you look plump. But you’ve got to do it as a routine, right? You can’t use it one day and go, “Nothing happened!” It’s like, “No, no, no!” This one has 1.5 per cent pure hyaluronic acid so it’s super potent and you really start to see a difference pretty quickly. And that’s what we want as women: We want products that work! So, that’s one of my favourite things and it’s really changed the game for my skin.

AB: Amazing! Well, I am going pivot because I know this is a very personal question for all of us. In the last 18 months, we’ve all been affected, and our priorities, our morals and our ambitions have all been put under question and there’s been a light shone upon us personally as people. What’s changed for you in the last 18 months?

EL: Yeah, I mean, obviously this has been a challenging time for humanity in general, and I think for me, what happened is I hadn’t had a break in 25 years. I haven’t taken a year off from work ever in my life. I mean, who can afford to take a year off, right? To be able to slow down and prioritize my family. I’m in a privileged position and I understand that, and I hate it that it took a global pandemic to do that. There are a lot of things I took for granted before the pandemic that I don’t want to go back to. I want to be able to put my son to sleep every night in bed, I want to be able to wake up with him every day, I want to be able to read a book and nourish myself and my soul from time to time. I used to be very busy and travelling and working. And so, I want to slow down and carry some of these lessons forward as we come out of this pandemic. It also made me realize what a global community we live in. You don’t live in Canada, I don’t live in Los Angeles, we live in this world and we’re all connected. So I wish we would find the good in that connection and not the divisiveness.

AB: Yes, I think that’s really well said, specifically because this was the first time in my life when I shared pain with the globe. So, I too hope that the lessons that we learned, we will carry forward, and continue to be inspired to care for one another globally.

EL: Yeah, 100 per cent!

AB: My very last question for you is: What is inspiring you right now?

EL: Oh my gosh, I get inspired every day! Um, I just launched a tequila company and …

AB: I know!

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EL: These two women who are my co-founders, I am so inspired by them and their talent and their artistry in the craft of tequila-making. They come from generations of tequila makers in Jalisco [Mexico]. They are so inspiring to me because the way they approach this product is so artful and creative, and they’re just cool chicks, and I’m like, “Gosh, I want to be you guys!” Being these strong females in a male-dominated industry is super inspiring to me. They’re just filled with knowledge and culture and community. We’re all three cut from the same cloth and have the same outlook on life, and to be able to spend time with them during this process of making Casa del Sol has been a really big gift to me.

AB: That’s lovely! Well, speaking of gifts, you’ve been a gift to me because you taught me to rephrase the word “power” and change it to “empowerment,” and inspired me in a lot of ways.

EL: Thank you!

AB: It was a pleasure speaking to you and girl, go out right now with those pants!

EL: I wish I had somewhere to go! I’m just on a virtual Zoom all day and no one is seeing my pants! [Laughs]

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Katherine Lalancette is the beauty director of The Kit, based in Toronto. She writes about beauty and trends. Reach her on email at kl@thekit.ca or follow her on Twitter: @kik_tweets