I Met Melany on a long 12 hour day shoot in the desert, on what I remember as being one of the hottest days in LA since I moved here. From the moment we met she just had this warmth about her and she was very easy to chat to, just like a friend you’ve known for ages. We chatted a lot on the shoot, about life and creative endeavours, and by the way, you must check out her classical piano improv over on Melany’s Instagram! Melany reminds me of the beatnik women from the fifties, an effortless beauty. We both share a love of masculine tailoring and boyish looks, so I knew I had to interview her for the blog. We met for a coffee in her gorgeous home, complete with a pet pig named George! Over a cup of tea, we put the world to rights and of course talked all things beauty too. Today, Melany makes it up….
I started playing the piano when I was 13. I didn’t have a piano growing up, and we were moving around a lot so I used to go into church atriums, or piano shops and they were nice enough to be charitable to me, and let me play the pianos in the back, so I learnt on the charity of piano shop owners that would find me endearing and strange. I loved it, I loved seeing these gorgeous Steinway Grand Pianos that were so out of my reach. It was the dream.
My earliest memory of listening to classical music was with my grandfather who is British, he would have them on vinyl, and he would put them on in front of the fireplace and we would listen to Requiem, so it was pretty intense from the get go, it wasn’t light classical music at all. But then I also listened to classical music on the radio station in the back seat of the car when my mum was driving.
I started modelling when I was 13 in commercials and got a campaign with Levis, then at 14 I went to San Fransisco. I used modelling as a way to travel, and give myself a cultural education. I went to the places I’d like to live that weren’t obvious model markets, like Greece, then India and China. Between 14 and 17 I was in Mexico City and travelling a lot. Around age 18/19 I ended up going to CalArts for theatre classes and thats when acting started pretty seriously for me.
The Piano is very cathartic for me, it’s a personal outlet, I would never commercialise on it, It’s a passion, one of my favourite things is to play for strangers, and friends and family. I like to put on little concerts at little galleries maybe once or twice a year and that’s very meaningful to me. Acting is a passion and a job.
When I’m healthy and happy I feel beautiful, I think it shows in my eyes and my skin. Films of substance make me happy, I try to give myself an education on that which makes me feel enriched. Otherwise on a daily routine, I do the Silver Lake reservoir walk, where I get space and time to think.
In terms of style, I like anything thats timeless, if you can’t tell what era it’s from, then I like it. No brands, no logos, very minimal, I usually like wearing a blazer, I joke I’m always in my ‘business casual pants’. I like that sort of androgynous look, like Coco Chanel, strong female, boss woman, something sophisticated but also laid back, comfortable and confident. I think confidence is pretty sexy. If you can pull something off that’s usually very manly, there’s something very feminine in that, I like that sort of empowered position.
I get ready so quickly, I put my hair in a pony tail, clean my teeth, wash my face, shower and go. I did recently buy a Marc Jacobs Eye Shadow Palette, and if I’m really feeling fancy I’ll do a smokey eye with that. I never really learnt how to do my makeup, so have always kept it very simple, just a little foundation, mascara and a little lipstick, if that.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Eyes or Lips? Right now Lips
Drugstore or Highend? Highend
Sunshine or Rain? Sunshine
Favourite Scent? Natural wood, earthy incense kind of smells or cologne.
Favourite colour palette? Dark earthy browns or a wine deep Burgundy.
Favourite Foundation For Olive Skin? My Default is Chanel Vitalumiere.
Product you can’t live without? Ren Clear Calm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream
Ultimate beauty indulgence? A steam at the spa, with a firming body oil, so as I steam it soaks in.
Beauty Icon? Naturally ageing beautiful strong women, like Meredith Monk For example. She doesn’t follow convention and that’s really inspiring.
Photos by Me Using Olympus Pen F