Rowan Blanchard on Skincare and Being Okay With Not Knowing All the Answers

I walked into a SoHo hotel suite and found Rowan Blanchard, clad in the same blue satin dress I had just been looking at online, FaceTiming a friend. “Hi!” she said to me sweetly before walking back to the bedroom to finish her call. “Staud fall 2018?” I asked, pointing at her dress. “I love it, but I can’t sit down. It wrinkles,” she answered quickly as she typed. The scene felt familiar, exactly like an interaction I’d have with anyone but a celebrity. But a celebrity Blanchard is, with a hit television show, movie roles, modeling gigs, a book, and now a skincare partnership with Bliss under her belt. Oh, and she was born in 2001. “About a year ago, we shot a campaign together, and it was a really special day,” Blanchard said of her interaction with the brand. “It felt like the correct connection for me to make. It celebrated being young. Bliss is something that I’ve had memories of from when I was really young. It’s affordable, accessible, and it just feels appropriate for me to partner with and represent.”

Age was the thread that strung most of her sentiments together—a self-awareness about how to best navigate a world and industry packed with adults decades older. A conversation with Blanchard feels thoughtful, a nod to her intelligence and well-spoken nature, but also joyful. Through each word runs a youthful undercurrent, this understanding that she’s allowed to mess up and start over or make jokes and have fun. For one, we did the interview on her bed—a massive, pillow-top cloud stationed in the middle of the room. She curled up in the fluffy white blankets, and I turned on my voice recorder and climbed in. “I feel like so many questions I get asked are about how you should just be confident through your teenage years, and I’m like, of course, your teenage years suck! You’re a teenager! I don’t know one person alive, nor do I trust one person alive, who says, ‘They were so easy.’ Even two or three years ago, I’d tell myself, ‘Relax. You’re not supposed to know the answer. It’s cool.’”