VG Have you had formal acting training?
CS I’ve dabbled in acting classes and acting coaches, and I know it works for a lot of people, but I don’t really care for it. I feel like working with a coach is second guessing myself. This is how neurotic I am, if I got coached on a project and I didn’t get the role, I would tend to blame that coach, so I have to just do it myself and learn from my own mistakes. I feel like acting is not really something to be taught. I can’t have someone else tell me how to feel things.
VG What’s it like for you to portray dark and dramatic characters?
CS I did 96 Minutes, which is a really gritty independent film, and the whole movie I was crying. And I must be creepy I suppose because I find it extremely therapeutic. I get really into it and I love it. And those are the projects that I have the most fun on. And you have to feel really comfortable with the people you’re working with. I was working with Evan Ross who is one of my best friends and Brittany Snow, and so we could all just have so much fun and then know that we felt safe enough to get down to business and cry and get emotional.
VG Which actors do you admire?
CS Well, I have to bring up Daniel Day Lewis since I just saw Lincoln last night. He was incredible. He completely transformed himself down to his walk.
VG What are you working on now?
CS I’m waiting for my film 7500 to come out early next year, which is exciting because it’s my first thriller. And in the meantime I’m working on my jewelry line Kisshy.
My mom’s a jewelry designer and so my whole life I grew up learning how to construct these pieces. We do them all by hand. I got started just designing unique pieces for myself for photo shoots and red carpets just to have a look that was original. Then I decided it was silly we didn’t have our own line together, and that’s what we did with Kisshy. My mom’s my best friend.
VG What do you do to feel extra glamorous and beautiful?
CS The one thing that makes me feel extra beautiful is when my hair is clean and blown out. My hair is naturally super wavy and funky, so I like it when it’s blown out and slicked out of my face. I’m a big fan of the bun and all my guy friends are telling me how the bun is just not a sexy thing, and I really do want to make it a sexy thing. Guys want to see Jessica Rabbit, and I’m like, what happened to just that pretty, classic ballerina look?