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“Hi! I’m Celia Rose Gooding (@celiargooding). Before the pandemic, I played Frankie Healy on the Broadway show Jagged Little Pill. The original story was written by Diablo Cody, who also wrote Juno, and the show uses the music of Alanis Morissette. I didn’t know I wanted to pursue a career in musical theater until I was in high school. I always knew I wanted to act, but I thought I was going to do plays and films – I didn’t feel like having a voice strong enough to sing. When I was a junior in high school I did the original reading for Jagged, and after my sophomore year the Broadway show came together. Frankie is a black girl who was adopted by this all-white family, and while I’m not a transracial adoptive, like Frankie, I’m a black, weird activist trying to figure out what outweighs those labels in you end mean white, conservative, straight space. It was really something special to be able to tell a story that I could identify with deeply, a story that felt like my story, in front of people who had never heard anything from my perspective. That prospect really drew me to this role.
I remember the day I had to call my stage manager and ask, “Is there a show tonight? What’s happening?’ Since the shutdown, it’s been really interesting to see what else I like to do. I started working so young that I didn’t really have a lot of opportunities to exist outside of the show. And although this break lasted a lot longer than I ever expected, I was grateful for it. It’s so much easier to learn new things about myself when a few other things aren’t happening at the same time. I’ve been able to dip my toe into other parts of the theater like writing and designing, and I’ve also done little shows, interviews, and podcasts here and there to keep my brain art-oriented. If I don’t, I’ll try to give myself and my ship a break.
When I wake up I get the crust out of my eyes, check Twitter, then wash my face with Cetaphil cleaner on a spin brush. This is exactly what works best for my skin. Another thing that works for my skin, but not for a lot of other people, is Thayer’s witch hazel toner. My skin loves it so I use it! I like the rose petal because I love the smell. Sometimes I go with niacinamide and zinc serum from The Ordinary that changed my incredibly oily skin. My skin needs a lot of moisture, but I don’t like oil-based moisturizers because I no longer need oil on my face. I’m good! I love this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer because it feels super refreshing and it contains hyaluronic acid. And when it’s morning I also use this SPF from Cetaphil. SPF keeps your skin looking youthful – or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
I did my own makeup for Jagged. I’m a bit of a control freak so I liked being in control of how I looked and how my makeup was done. I use Fenty a lot – I love Rihanna, and I really love putting my money into brands that prioritize women who look like me. And what really helped was watching Jackie Aina’s makeup tutorials. She taught me baking, undertones, color matching and layering of products … I really attribute my makeup development to Jackie Aina. She did everything for me!
I wear a lot of makeup and because I have oily skin it tends to slide and slide all over my face. I don’t want that to happen so I always start with the Milk Hydro Grip Primer. It’s sticky, but it doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores, and it doesn’t break me out, which is the case with many other foundations. Next I use It Cosmetics Concealer in 43 which has warm undertones and 43.5 which has cool undertones. I like two shades because sometimes one looks better than the other depending on the lighting and the time of year. And I can always mix them up to get more balance. I use this to cover my eyes and dark spots because if I break out I get hyperpigmentation after two days. When I’m on stage, I put a coat of Fenty Hydrating Longwear Foundation in 440 instead of the concealer. I want to make sure the audience doesn’t wonder why my face is a different color than my legs when they should focus on that Story – it just gives me a smoother ending. Next, I use a thin layer of Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, which is incredibly fuzzy. When I’m not on stage I skip the foundation and just do it – in my opinion it works even better than the foundation. Then I immediately go in with the Fenty Refreshing Spray, because after the powder my face feels like it is in the Sahara. It adds a little moisture, gives me a moister finish, and mixes it all together too.
I raised my eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder which I think is the easiest to use. I really love bold brows that look like they were drawn with a sharpie, but if I want something that looks more natural I use the Laura Geller eyebrow pencils. I have really blotchy eyebrows, and a few strips of them fill them in completely. After the brows I contour with Fentys Espresso Match Stix. I’m not really an eyeshadow person, so the only eyeshadows I use are in stick form. I love the Laura Geller eyeshadow pencils because I can shimmer a little and it makes me look really glamorous. This is the only makeup look I haven’t perfected: a solid, stunning glamor.
I take off my make-up with Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water on a couple of oval cotton pads. I know they’re not good for the environment, but honestly I don’t know what else I could use to take all that makeup off. I already have black towels because somehow they still end up on my towels. Actually, I have a funny story. Once, after one of my more intimate scenes in Jagged, I looked over at my scene partner Antonio and found that a good thirty percent of my face was on his face. Antonio, a white man, and I, not a white man at all … well, he was very pale above the nose and everything underneath was brown. I felt so bad because if it was taken out of context people would roast Antonio! When the curtains closed and he ran away, I remember trying to tell him, “Antonio! Your face! My makeup is on your face! ‘Eventually it became part of the block that if Antonio gets out after leaving Frankie’s room, someone will be in the wings with a Neutrogena makeup towel. ”
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