Follow us on Twitter: @y7lifestyle
How would you define your personal style?
“I’ve always been drawn to quite feminine clothes and I’ve always been into vintage, things from the 40’s, if it has lace or a bow or a flower on it, I’m probably gonna like it.”You wore Australian designer Joanna Johnston's dress to the Emmys last year. Are you going to meet her whilst you're in Sydney?
“I am! It’s the first time I’m meeting her in person so I’m excited.”How did you select that dress for the Emmys?
“I had worn a little capelette that she had made probably a year and a half before in a photo shoot and I wasn’t familiar with her and I fell in love with it and then after that she let me keep the capelette because my stylist called her and was like “Christina loves this!” so she let me keep it and I just kept wearing it and wearing it and wearing it.
In fact, I recently did a piece for Laura Brown who’s Australian, for Harper’s Bazaar and we featured it again. So Joanna heard about it and she made a dress that was sort of inspired by the capelette and she sent it to me as a surprise and I opened this box and it was like the most beautiful dress you’ve ever seen!”Do you mix pieces from chain stores, like Topshop which just opened in Sydney, with more high-end pieces and designer clothing?
“Oh absolutely, I think that’s really fun. There’s all sorts of people doing amazing more affordable pieces and then you know I’ll spend money on the pieces I think I’m going to have in my closet for ever and they’re classics and it’s worth it and then you buy less expensive, trendier pieces that you know in a few years you may not want anymore.”You’re the new Specsavers ambassador, how do you feel when you put on a pair of specs?
“I feel instantly smarter and sexier; I think that’s probably why I wear them. I mean besides the fact that I need them to see, but I always feel a bit sassy when I put them on.”Do you think glasses have become more of a fashion accessory? At school kids it was the geeky kids who wore glasses…
“I wore glasses in high school! But I wasn’t a nerd; I was a goth at school. I had the black eye makeup but I had a green tortoiseshell frame that I remember I loved and I probably wore for way too many years because I remember someone finally said, you really need to get a more updated frame, so now I keep four or five different ones so I can circulate, so I won’t fall into that trap again.
But yeah, I do think they are more popular, we see people in a lot of fashion magazines wearing them now. I think people even wear them as an accessory even if they don’t really require glasses.”What do you think makes someone stylish?
“Whenever I am struck by someone who I think is stylish, they always come across as unique, they stand out amongst the crowd.”This is your first time in Australia, what have you been doing whilst you’ve been in Sydney?
“Eating at amazing restaurants! I'm going to Quay tonight and we ate at Momofuku last night - the new David Chang restaurant which was amazing."How did that compare to the Momofuku in New York?
“Well, there’s several in New York, I’ve been to the Ssam Bar in New York, and it’s quite different. I would say the food at Ssam Bar is a bit more casual and you share more, this is really a tasting menu, with really inventive flair, I mean he’s always inventive but really unusual flavours and textures, it was really nice. I mean, I love him; I have his cookbook and everything.And I’ve heard you’re a bit of a cook yourself?
“I try but I’m no David Chang.”Do you have a favourite recipe?
“I like to make Indian food a lot. I think I had never really been exposed to Indian food my whole life, cause I grew up in small towns that didn’t really have that and then I moved to London and I was blown away because they had this incredible Indian food and it just became probably one of my absolute favourite cuisines. And it’s hard to find really good Indian in Los Angeles as well and so I thought, well, I’ll have to make it if I want a good one. “Finally, how would you like to be remembered?
“I would like to be remembered for my work, for my acting work, it’s something that I’m incredibly passionate about and I work very hard at so I would like to think that it would inspire people or they could just sit back and enjoy a movie or a show that I was in.”