It’s not only the striking beauty—piercing blue eyes, snub nose, and long dark hair—or the growing catalog of impressive work. When I meet Hodgkiss one morning over coffee, at a cute, little coffee stand hidden deep into Laurel Canyon, what is striking is the outward flexure of her confidence, the way she knows just who she is and exactly what she wants. Especially at such a young age.
We are here to talk about her new film: ‘Don’t Mess With Julie Whitfield’ which has just premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Firstly, congratulations on the Tribeca nod, this must feel quite special?
Thank you! Yes, we are all pretty excited. I really wanted to go to New York with Amy (Barham) but I had filming commitments in LA so wasn’t able to. It was such a fun project to be a part of, we all had a great time, none of us wanted it to end.
You got to work with Casey Wilson, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, how was that?
Fantastic. I loved every second. I actually had a moment on set where I sat back, and thought wow, these women have worked alongside Academy Award winners and now they are your co-stars, how crazy!
This is also one of the first comedy projects I have done, so at first it was a little daunting to be with such comedy greats. But, they were so kind and welcoming and I mean they have been doing this for so long, that I learned so much just by watching them.
It’s all quite a 180 from the movie you’re about to shoot next ’25′. . .
I was thinking about that yesterday. One week I’m dying the next I’m getting married, and killing vampires. This is one of the things i love about my job. It actually feels really nice to have something completely different to work on. I’ve been involved with all aspects of ’25’ so I’m super excited to start shooting. It kind of feels a little like my baby. I cant wait to get to work on it.
Your skin is so radiant in the film—all the more Is there an off-camera skin-care routine to credit?
Oh, thank you! I think a lot of it has to do with genes [laughs]. I don’t do too many [treatments], but if I do, I go to Biba in LA. She is a miracle worker. A friend told me about her and I’m now officially obsessed. I also love the Jane Scrivener products . And SK-II—their serum is crazy. It’s the best thing in the world.
What’s your approach to beauty from the inside out?
When I’m filming, I’m much healthier than when I’m not filming. I like to cook, especially living in LA, I’m obsessed with whole foods and all the wonderful farmers markets where you can buy great, organic, fresh produce. I love going out with friends for dinner and a glass of wine. I don’t understand the people who say a glass of wine is their cheat. To me, that’s just what’s going to happen if I’m not working the next day.
You fly back to the UK soon to start on ‘Margery Booth: The Spy in the Eagle’s Nest’ I know you cant tell us too much, however what can we expect?
I’m so excited about this project, that I really wish I could share more with you guys, I can’t just yet. However what I will say is, it’s something totally different to what I’ve done before. Its set in WW2 and I am playing an Opera Singer turned Spy…. Thats all your getting (laughs)
As we wrap up, she finishes her iced coffee and continues to tell me, in her charming Northern accent, and with a twinkle in her eye that she has to dash to FaceTime her mum back in the UK. We say goodbye and part ways. I have to say, there is something rather magnetic about this girl. She has that ‘thing’ you can’t quite put your finger on, and makes an impression everywhere she goes. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this British Star.
Something tells me we are going to be seeing a lot more of Amber Hodgkiss…..very soon.