PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRIC SHAW
BEAUTY DIRECTOR/MAKEUP ARTIST: REGINA HARRIS
INTERVIEW BY KATINA GOULAKOS
Rebecca Rittenhouse, the “Four Weddings and Funeral” actor talks to Imagista about her career and what has inspired her on her journey to well deserved success and aclaim.
Photogapher Patrick Shaw captures Rebecca in a series of iconic images and Editor/Makeup Artist Regina Harris shares her secrets on how to create some of the looks.
Facing Left. Lips: Sephora Lipstories Cash Money. Facing Right. Lips: Pat McGrath MatteTrance Elson.
Imagista: What made you want to become an actor?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: I watched a lot of classic films growing up with my dad. I think his admiration for them and the actors in them had a deep impact on me. I also remember seeing Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon when it first came out in the movie theater—I must have been 13-–and thinking to myself, “I have to be an artist.” I was so moved by that film and how many different forms of expression were executed so perfectly.
Imagista: Who inspires you most as an artist?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Katherine Hepburn inspires me a lot. She was who she was. I also adore Kristin Scott Thomas and Annette Bening. I also have a friend who is a visual artist named Sarah Meyohas. I’ve been thinking about her a lot because she is such a force to be reckoned with. I love being able to have a conversation with other artists about their work because it always highlights just how important and valuable different perspectives and forms of expression are.
Lips: Sephora Lipstories Hot in Havana.
Imagista: You have been in so many amazing projects are there any of these roles that have stood out most to you?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Ainsley on “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and Anna on the “Mindy Project” have been two of my favorite characters and two of the most disparate. I don’t take it for granted that the same writer wrote me two roles that are so different—usually, people find you can do one thing and want you to do it over and over again.
Imagista: Four Weddings and a Funeral has been classified as a romance between two friends, do you agree with that?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: I completely agree with that. It’s about the friendship between these two women and how important it is to actively make choices that support love and understanding over bitterness and anger.
Imagista: What have you learned from playing Ainsley Howard?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: I learned a lot from her. Life is weird and complicated. The more you can remove your ego from the equation the more likely you are to find contentment within your own life.
Imagista: Your character Ainsley has a great sense of style, is fashion something that inspires you as much as it inspires your character?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Absolutely. I truly love clothes. I don’t feel like I have one particular style—I guess it’s eclectic. I remember begging my dad at 8 years old for a seafoam colored patent denim style jacket and thinking it was crucial to my future happiness. I still think about it. My dad said something like—you wear a uniform! What on earth do you need that for? He is always very pragmatic about these things. I am not. Maybe it sounds silly but my emerald green 1960s Chinese silk jacket that still has the LAX luggage claim tickets in the pocket DOES make me happy. Whatever! I’m ok with that.
Imagista: You seem to have a really amazing dynamic with you co-star Emanuelle, what was it like working with her on this show?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: We had a blast. We got to do a lot of goofing off and experimenting on camera, which is the stuff that makes a friendship feel genuine. She was always game.
Lips: Le Marc Lip Crème in Cream and Sugar by Marc Jacobs. Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner Stone Fox.
Imagista: Four Weddings and a Funeral is not your first experience working with Mindy Kaling, what is it like working with her?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Mindy is a very thoughtful writer and a loyal person. She’s an effective producer and a willing collaborator. People like her don’t cross your path every day. I hope to work with her for the rest of my career.
Imagista: Are you working on any other projects that you are excited about?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Not yet! I’ve got my eyes peeled wide and am trying to find the right fit.
Imagista: What are you currently reading and/or watching?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: I’m currently watching Euphoria which is an absolute visual treat and makes me feel like I was an extremely sheltered teenager. iPhones and the internet have changed everything! I didn’t like it at first—maybe because my sense of nostalgia was threatened, maybe because I didn’t like the lead character’s sense of entitlement. But it really grew on me, especially Jules.
I’m always reading multiple things at once. I lost my mother this year so I have been slowly rereading The Year of Magical Thinking.I’m also reading some Alice Munro short stories and a Joni Mitchell biography. I like reading about the lives of other artists. It always makes their work accessible in a totally new way.
Lips: Le Marc Lip Crème in Cream and Sugar by Marc Jacobs. Highliner by Gel Crayon. Eyeliner by Stone Fox.
Imagista: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: Stop trying to get a gold star when it comes to your work. Find what you bring to it and don’t shy away from it. The way you think and react will forge your reality so really, don’t sweat the small stuff.
Imagista: What is something you can tell our readers that we can’t find about you on google?
Rebecca Rittenhouse: This is probably boring but I really love to cook. My mom taught me and I’m at the point where I understand the building blocks so I don’t really need to use recipes or follow them anymore. It brings me joy to braise a big hunk of meat all day and then share it with the people I love. A couple of weeks ago I made a braised pork shoulder al pastor that was honestly divine. I also have a thing for China and table linens and creating a beautiful setting for friends to share a meal. I guess I’m kind of old fashioned like that.
Lips by, Pat McGrath MatteTrance Extravaganza.
How to Build a Lip Wardrobe
By Beauty Editor Regina Harris
Think of lipstick as an accessory. When you shop for lipstick, bring swatches of the ones you already have so you don’t double up. You will want to have one red, one orange, a bright pink, nude, deep wine and one daring color like black, navy or green. A matte highly pigmented lipstick like Pat McGrath MatteTrance are great for rich colors. When choosing a nude go for a color close to your lip color creamy formula like Le Marc Crème by Marc Jacobs. Adding clear lip gloss is a nice texture option. Sephora Brand has some great fun color lipsticks at reasonable prices.
Of course once you have a good basic color range, mix away and see what other shades you come up with!
Mention @reginaharris in a comment and I will answer any makeup question you have!