THE TANGLE TEEZER
30-Day Healthier Hair Challenge! Can using a different brush for a month transform your hair? Look’s Beauty Editor Lydia Thompson took the Tangle Teezer 30-day challenge to find out
How my hair looks is pretty important to me and I, like so many women, am addicted to heat styling. After a recent telling off from my hairdresser, he suggested I cut down on heat until my next visit. He looked noticeably disgusted when I described the metal round brush I was using every day. ‘You’re literally burning your hair,’ he remarked!
So when Tangle Teezer approached me to test its new Blow-styling Smoothing Tool, I wondered if I would finally be able to style my locks in a less damaging way. After washing and conditioning, I used my trusty Original Tangle Teezer, which I’ve kept in my handbag for years, to gently comb out my towel-dried hair. I would never usually use a brush to blow dry, so I was pleasantly surprised when the speciallydesigned teeth on the Blowstyling Smoothing Tool gave my mane great lift, volume and a shiny finish. I even skipped the straighteners as there was no frizz to fight. So, how did my hair look after 30 days? Well, my hairdresser pretty much stuck a gold star on me on my last visit. Result!
Haha, love it! Tell us about how you landed your role in the new film Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. The normal way. I got the script, I liked it. Then I heard that Adam [Devine] would be in it and since we became good friends on the Pitch Perfect movies I thought it was going to be fun. I knew Zac and Adam are going to crash it and I also knew that Aubrey [Plaza] and I would have fun. What did Zac Efron have to do for you to let him in on your movie? He wasn’t even in Pitch Perfect. We let him sing and dance some cool stuff from High School Musical and he was quite good. And then I wanted to make out with him. That’s how he got the job. Good old casting couch! Yeah! [Laughs] The film’s about two guys who desperately need wedding dates. Do you personally prefer to be in a relationship or on your own? I was really good at being alone from the time I was a teenager to my mid-twenties. I was totally cool to be by myself. I was very comfortable alone, but as I get older I feel like: ‘I need somebody around.’ Like, I hate being in the car by myself. I like company. You’ve got a lot of films coming out this year. Would you say you’re a workaholic? I’ve said before I wouldn’t work on so many films, but I just have this fear of saying no. I want to do everything that comes my way. I would if I could. I like working hard, but I never want it to be the case that I’m working so much I start to hate what I’m doing. You’ve said before that it’s linked to a fear of not being able to pay your bills? Has it ever come to that stage for you? There’ve definitely been periods of unemployment, but they’ve never lasted too long. And for that, I know I’ve been incredibly fortunate. I guess I still harbour those feelings of the wolf at your door and I’ll find myself on the street. I feel like I always need to be working in order to pay the rent. Maybe I’m motivated by fear. [Laughs] Who knows? But this is what I wanted to do my whole life. You were nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for Up In The Air. How do you feel about that now? It doesn’t feel natural to me, even now. But I feel really lucky I didn’t feel any different, I guess. Growing up, someone who’s an Oscar nominee – you think of them as a certain kind of person. So it was weird when I didn’t wake up and I’d changed overnight into an Oscar nominee. You know what I mean? There’s something about that I love, though – that it happened but I still drive to Taco Bell at two in the morning and secretly get a fajita. It’s shameful, but it’s the best. You started acting at a very young age. Were you always super-ambitious? I don’t know. I started in the community theatre when I was like five. So at that age some kids wanted to play soccer, others wanted to play piano and I wanted to do this. I don’t know why, but it worked out. Because you’re so busy, do you ever find it hard to relax? I dream about relaxing. I want to relax. But the second I have time off I don’t know what to do with myself. Someone asked me recently if I meditate. I can’t even get through an hour’s massage without talking, so I don’t think meditation is for me. But I keep trying the massage thing over and over again. You don’t like massages? What?! I hate them. I even bought a membership for a place and I’m trying to give it away. The problem is, I get chatty at the start and then I don’t know how to stop the conversation. It’s like when you’re on a plane. I’d rather be a little aloof and rude at the start – I’m not a plane talker – so I don’t get roped into a conversation for three hours. But in the massage I can’t learn the lesson. I get really chatty and then I’m like: ‘Oh shut up already, Anna!’
the second I have time off I don’t know what to do with myself
With her costars Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Devine
Anna at the 2015 Oscars. ‘This is what I wanted to do my whole life,’ she says