Cassandra Freeman on Meditation, Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique

You’ve most likely seen Cassandra Freeman on a few of your favourite reveals, like Atlanta and Blue Bloods, or in iconic 2000s movies Inside Man and I Think I Love My Wife, however now she’s one in every of the stars of Bel-Air, and you gained’t be capable of look away. Her charming efficiency as the iconic Aunt Viv is all her personal, so depart your comparisons behind. Bel-Air is a dramatic retelling of the beloved The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air set in the modern-day. Freeman shared with us why she nearly didn’t audition for the function of Aunt Viv, her favourite light make-up remover and why she’ll solely drink water from one particular bottle.

How did you make such an iconic function your personal?

“Well, I think it starts off with the creator of the show Morgan Cooper. He did a really great job saying from the beginning that I didn’t have to have the pressure of trying to be like Janet Hubert and Daphne Maxwell’s version. He was like, ‘these are your shoes. Feel like you can create your own shoes’. So that really helped alleviate a lot of stress. I definitely looked at what Jan and Daphne did and tried to keep some of their essence while adding something new to the role at the same time.”

Was it intimidating?

“Oh, for sure. I was so intimidated that I didn’t even want to audition for this. I threw my hat in the ring because my manager just kept saying, ‘you need to try. This is so perfect for you.’ When I interviewed with Morgan Cooper, the creator and Rasheed [Newson], who’s the showrunner, they had such a great vision that I forgot to be intimidated. I was much more enthusiastic about it. It felt like they were trying to create something really innovative, and I thought ‘oo I want to be a part of that.’”

How did hair and make-up enable you to get in character as Aunt Viv?

“Hair and makeup was so important for Vivian. It started with [considering] what was the story we want to tell? This was a woman still becoming who she ultimately will become later on in life. So I thought, what does the Bel Air woman of today look like? I felt like because of what’s happening with Phil’s life, running for a campaign, her look would be a bit more conservative. I felt like who would be the person she would look at? That would be Michelle Obama. So in the first few episodes, I think it’s obvious that she’s sort of like a paper cut-out doll of Michelle Obama. She even references Michelle Obama in one of the episodes, so her look and style is very reminiscent of that.”

How do you heart your self throughout weeks of loopy filming schedules?

“I observe TM [Transcendental Meditation]. I meditate two to a few occasions a day. I observe the Alexander Technique too, which is all about alignment of your backbone. If you could have a wholesome backbone, you could have a wholesome life. When I’ve moments in my trailer, I simply lay down in relaxation place, which is mainly knees are touching and you’re mendacity on your again, you are able to do a deep state of relaxation like that, however really really feel extra energetic. I do gua sha on my day without work on daily basis in the morning and the night after I take off my make-up. 

Acupuncture really helps floor me—that’s a necessity taking pictures a present like that. Acupuncture is sort of a cure-all. You sit down, and by the time you allow in quarter-hour, it’s like growth, I really feel like the most powerfully centered itself. So acupuncture is unquestionably one in every of the massive issues.”

Has meditation at all times been straightforward for you?

“I feel meditation adjustments on daily basis, simply how we modify on daily basis. Even nonetheless, there are days the place it’s laborious for me to take a seat down and do it, and then there are different days the place it’s so easy. But I at all times really feel like after I sit all the way down to meditate, the first minute feels the hardest, and the second feels much less laborious and by then, 20 minutes may simply cross.

I’m taking a look at meditation as my different to espresso or wine. So a lot in order that espresso and wine aren’t even my first go-to. I kind of test into my physique and assume, ‘What is it that I actually need right now?’ Sometimes it’s simply water and lemon. That’s what’s nice about meditation—it makes you discover the refined physique and what the refined physique wants to revive itself.”

What magnificence secrets and techniques have you ever discovered over the years?

“It’s essential for me and my pores and skin to make use of one thing actually light to take away my make-up, so I take advantage of one thing referred to as Spa Water. I like that stuff. I take advantage of that and cotton balls to take my make-up off nearly on daily basis. 

The easiest issues are the truest issues, so I drink a number of water, however my water is at all times infused with lemon or cucumber. I’ve my favourite water bottle. It’s like I’m a three-year-old. I gained’t drink water except it’s on this sure water bottle that I’ve as a result of I like room temperature water. It retains it at the excellent temperature, and really for ladies, it’s greatest to drink room temperature water anyway.

My make-up hacks and tips have modified a lot over time. Right now, I’m actually simply utilizing the smallest quantity of concealer proper below my eyes. I really feel prefer it’s simply extra pure. I nearly am beginning to consider in the world of heavy makeup. I nearly wish to consider it. The outcomes are so nice. I’ve days on YouTube Where I simply watch make-up artists and how they do what they do. I’m like, ‘what a great trick,’ however I may by no means replicate the trick.”

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