I caught up with the perma-adorable AnnaSophia Robb while she hosted the Fekkai Mademoiselle Fashion’s Night Out celebration at the Frederic Fekkai Fifth Avenue salon at Henri Bendel to discuss her upcoming role in CW's "The Carrie Diaries” this fall. The 18-year-old may best be recognized for her roles in movies like Bridge to Terabithia and Soul Surfer, but she'll soon be known to style mavens everywhere for her role as a young Carrie Bradshaw in the series. The show, based on the novels by Candace Bushnell, follows a high-school aged Carrie, recovering from the recent loss of her mother and trying to balance school, a fabulous internship in New York and just getting through being a teenager in the 80's. When asked if she was afraid to take on the role made so famous by Sarah Jessica Parker in the HBO Sex in The City series and films, a character that is so well-known and so beloved, AnnaSophia couldn't hide that she was terrified--who could blame her?--but asserted that the cast and crew helped her immensely.
As Ms. Bradshaw is practically synonymous with style--Robb admits that Carrie's life (and more importantly, her wardrobe) is "the dream"--we asked the young star if she herself has a favorite outfit from the show. She pointed us towards the silver sequined skirt and green leopard-print cardigan outfit from "The Carrie Diaries" promos, saying that because the show takes place in the 80's there might not be too many "of-the-moment" looks like we saw on Sex in The City.
While the promo outfit is 100% Carrie, AnnaSophia Robb is probably not about to wear head-to-toe sequins in her free time. When we spoke to her, she was wearing a floaty turquoise dress by Erin Featherston and nude heels with soft, natural waves and fresh makeup--the very picture of uncomplicated glamour. But, like Carrie, the actress knows that the key to dressing success is to be true to yourself. She names her biggest fashion faux pas has been trying to "fit in" in her younger days by donning a strict uniform of sweatpants and Ugg boots everyday. While she admits to still having those items in her wardrobe (they're comfy--don't judge!), the look is relegated for sick days only. "There's nothing wrong with [Uggs and sweatpants], but everyday was...bad," she says. If you're wondering how the blonde actress achieves the infamous Carrie curls, don't run for the curling iron! Robb is wigged for most of the show's episodes, but in the pilot they tried every trick in the book to get the look--and fried the actress' gorgeous head of hair in the process. Fear not--there's a way to achieve her curls at home without inflicting damage! Reach instead for Frederic Fekkai's Luscious Curls Activating Spray for hair that has that Carrie je ne sais quoi.