Photos by Katherine Rose
You may know Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation, the voice of Grumpy Cat, or any of her many film roles including the upcoming Child’s Play. A hilarious comedian and talented actress, she also happens to be one of my best friends from childhood. Aubrey is as funny as you would think she would be in real life (even funnier actually) but she is also deeply kind, generous, and introspective. We were thrilled to sit down with her in her Los Angeles home to discuss the launch of the Essentialist.
The designer Dieter Rams says, “Good design is as little as possible. Less, but better, because it concentrates on the essential aspects. Back to purity, back to simplicity.” What have you pared back and made room for in your life?
I recently had to tent my house for termites which meant that we had to pack up all of our perishables in plastic to get the house prepped. At the time, it was so annoying, but it gave me an opportunity to totally clean out my kitchen and get rid of all the excess. Now that there are only things in the drawers and fridge that are up to date and exciting, I actually want to cook more and use what I have. The less I have in there, the more I want to use it!
How do you think about sustainability and incorporate it in your life day-to-day?
I try to think about sustainability in my everyday routines whether it's getting rid of plastic products or learning how to eliminate waste more in my life. It's something I strive for every day. I've learned that jars, lots of glass jars, are my friends! Because I live in LA, I also think about how to minimize driving alone, which can be really difficult but it motivates me to carpool whenever possible and take walks whenever I can. Composting is next on my list.
What’s your favorite Peet Rivko product and why?
My favorite Peet Rivko product is the Daily Moisturizer. I get so distracted by all of the different lotions and serums out there that having something that I know won’t irritate or mess up my skin is invaluable, especially in my industry. It's my rock. And I use it all over, not just on my face.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Smoothies, tea, and bath time are the rituals I depend on every day. I've been cutting down on coffee the last few months and look forward to making tea every morning alongside a smoothie with whatever new adaptogen I've decided to become obsessed with. I feel weird if I don’t have a smoothie in the morning now; it really jump starts my day.
At night, I need tea and a bath before bedtime. Baths are harder to fit in, but I really try. I work long hours and my body needs to sit in salt water or else I have a hard time sleeping. And of course there's playing with my dogs in the morning! It's always a good day when I start it by ignoring my phone for the first hour and giving attention to my doggies.
What was your relationship to beauty growing up?
You know, I didn’t have a clearly defined relationship with beauty growing up, if anything I didn't think much about it. I went to an all girls school my whole life, so I was lucky enough to not have to think about what I looked like on a regular basis. I think that shaped me in ways I am still discovering.
That said, I had acne all through middle and high school so I was always trying to find ways to heal my skin and cover it up. Beyond that, black eye liner was my best friend. I didn’t know much more to do other than that! Being an actress, it's been fun to learn more about makeup and healthy skincare routines and what exactly works best for me.
Favorite way to unwind:
Go-to breakfast in the morning:
LA lunch spot:
Panini Di Ambra
Eat more fermented vegetables.
Full moon banishings and manifestations
Always with me:
A collection of assorted tea bags
Next place you want to travel:
Anywhere in Spain
Book everyone should read:
Children of Light
Three people you would bring to a seance:
Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Retta