When the devil is a handsome, well-dressed, seductive Brit, and decides to call recess in hell for an indefinitely-timed jaunt around Los Angeles, it only makes sense that his right-hand demon (with romantic undertones) should be equally as glam. Enter South African actress, Lesley-Ann Brandt onto the set of Fox’s hot new addition to the network’s mid-season lineup, Lucifer (Mondays 9/8c).
Cast in the role of Maze (known as Mazikeen in the DC comic of the same name, the show is based upon), Brandt is as beautiful as she is lethal—giving new meaning to the term, femme fatale.
“She a complicated wee thing,” says the actress. “Tough as nails, but with tremendous heart. I love finding her humanity [and] I love the physicality of the role…I get to kick ass and beat up boys.”
For fans of TNT’s The Librarians, seeing Brandt (who appeared in a reoccurring role during season one) flip into combat mode is not exactly new, particularly not while dressed in leather-heavy, all black ensembles.
As it is, Maze’s come-hither style preference, is not too far a departure from Brandt’s own take on fashion, self-described as “sexy but chic.” Though unlike her character, for the actress,”sexy doesn’t always mean showing skin.”
With Lucifer’s premiere season in full swing, a fact Brandt is absolutely giddy about—“it’s like we’ve been pregnant for the last 6 months with this wonderful creation; hope everyone thinks our baby is cute”—we took a moment to chat with the actress about her character and where viewers can except her storyline to take the show’s action. And, given Lucifer’s clever suggestion that this one can turn the head of the devil himself, it of course seemed only logical to glean as many beauty secrets from the gorgeous Miss Brandt as possible, while we had her. It’s safe to say, her tips are red hot—pun intended.
Tell us about your character Maze, what’s the bond between her and Lucifer?
Their bond is one built on genuine love and fierce loyalty. She understands her place in the world and wants to return to hell, so the idea that her mentor wants to stay on earth and that he finds “humans” fascinating, is not only absurd to her, but has [her] questioning him.
Sounds like trouble…
They will definitely butt heads in the series.
How does Maze help Lucifer adjust, or more attempt to get him to go back to the way things were?
Well that would be giving the story away, but what I can say is, you’ll see how far she will go to protect Lucifer from danger, both seen and unseen.
What about the show do you think will keep the viewers watching week after week?
[It] pushes the boundaries [and] delves head on into the hypocrisy of humanity, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Let’s talk about your personal style, what kind of fashion are you drawn to?
I love NYC girls who will rock some fabulous oxfords and pants with a cute shirt and coat. I personally wear all sorts of designers, from Dries Van Noten, Stella Jean, Tibi to Rochas. My wardrobe is colorful and ever changing.
Any new additions to your current wardrobe that you’re especially excited about this season?
My favorite winter purchase this year has been these black Chanel point oxfords. I’ve worn them to death.
What about your beauty look, what’s your approach to that? Are you a fan of playing with makeup looks, are do you like to keep it simple and natural in your daily life?
I adore the Charlotte Tilbury line [and] Josie Maran [Cosmetics]. I’m obsessed with these two lines. I love makeup where you can see the skin, [like] the freckles on my face. I hate being completely caked in foundation. So, I’d say my philosophy is that makeup should enhance your features and not completely change what you look like.
Agreed! Are you good about keeping to beauty rituals both in the morning and before bed?
Absolutely, and I have my mom to thank for that. She got me onto taking care of my skin at a young age.
What’s one beauty item you won’t leave the house without applying to your face?
EltaMD sunscreen in SPF 46. Living in California, it’s a must all-year-round.
Have you snagged any beauty secrets from the hair and makeup artists you’ve worked with in the past?
Yes, my makeup artist, Julianne Kaye, introduced me to two products I swear by. Josie Maran [Argan] Tinted Moisturizer…[it’s] organic, light and gives enough coverage if you’re just needing to run errands, but don’t want to put your entire face on, and Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I get oily in my T-zone, and it works brilliantly at controlling that, especially on screen and on the red carpet.
In your opinion, what’s the single beauty product every woman should invest in?
A Dermaroller. It stimulates collagen in the skin and allows for deeper penetration of your skin care. I roll every night.
What have you learned to be an easy way to transition from your usual daytime beauty look to the perfect evening look?
A winged liner and a red lip does wonders.
What’s one beauty item can we find in your purse on an average day?
Caudalie Lip Conditioner.
What’s one thing we will never see you do beauty-wise?
Exaggerated, over drawn lip liner. It suits some women, but just not me…I look ridiculous.
What new beauty trend or colour are you planning to test out this winter season?
I just bought the entire Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick collection, and I’m in love with every single one of them.
Who is your beauty idol and what about her beauty looks inspires your own look?
I’d probably say fellow South African, Charlize Theron. Apart from her phenomenal talent (Mad Max was insane!) and her inspiring charity work back home, she really is an actress who knows what works for her, and never gets lost under a heap of makeup or in fashion that doesn’t suit her. If I can exude her elegance on the carpet, and be an artist in service like she is, then I’d be pretty happy.
Finish this sentence: Beauty is…
Everywhere. Take the time to be present and enjoy the little things. Be confident in your own skin and take care of that skin. Drink water, wear sunscreen and get a good night’s rest…..and Dermaroll….definitely Dermaroll.