Who? Italia Ricci of ABC Family’s Chasing Life
Not only did I get to see my old friend, Fergie again (looking glamorous per usual) at the Wet n Wild More Kisses event at Walgreen’s a few weeks ago, but I also had the pleasure of getting to sit down and visit with a new friend, Italia Ricci of ABC Family’s Chasing Life as she donned her pretty pink in honor of the big event.
Channeling Jackie O and laughing with her then-boyfriend, now fiancé (!!!) Robbie Amell (of CW’s The Flash), I learned about her no-nonsense style, her color in a box (for real) and her intense gratitude for her fans. And let me tell you, the kissing going on outside wasn’t the only romance in the air. These guys are c-u-u-u-u-u-t-e! See for yourself.
DM: Well, hey Italia! Ok. Let’s start with the basics. When people ask you what you do for a living, what do you say?
Italia: I pretend.
DM: Got any nicknames ya wanna share?
Italia: Mom I get from a lot of my friends because I’m a mom. My boyfriend calls me Fatty because I eat like I’m a 9-year-old boy.
DM: I love it. What do you always carry in your purse?
Italia: I carry everything. Literally, if you were stranded on a desert island, you would want my purse. If someone’s like, “I’ve got a stain!” Don’t worry. Italia’s got Shout wipes. Shout wipes are very important. I’ve got a little leather bag with every single emergency pharmaceutical you would ever need. Antihistamine. Aspirin.
DM: So you ARE a mom. You really are.
Italia: Oh yeah. I’ve got the little bags in a giant tote – I’ve got my pharmacy one with like band-aids and everything you’d ever need – even blister covers! Then I’ve got the little sewing one with like tweezers and ear plugs, in case you need it. Eye drops. I literally have everything.
DM: Do you have makeup anywhere in there?
Italia: I mean, I didn’t do this today but I really only wear lipgloss and maybe mascara. But as a little kid, I was always obsessed with Wet n Wild clear lipgloss that tasted like watermelon. It was my very favorite.
DM: What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Italia: Less is more.
DM: Do you have any daily rituals – or, as I call them “daily delights,” that just make the day a little happier?
Italia: Respond to fan mail. Every day.
DM: What’s the worst beauty sin you ever committed?
Italia: Oh GOD. I tried that mayonnaise hair mask once. It didn’t go over well for me. But I do dye my hair out of a box. I did it with Frost and Glow this week Just the blonde one – the highlighting kit. Everyone was like, “Don’t do this. It’s a mistake.” I had the cap on and was like Wheeee! Everybody can do it. It’s like $12.
DM: What beauty products can you not live without?
Italia: Toothpaste. Sunscreen. And a round brush.
DM: I like the no-nonsense…and certainly not in my house. Don’t see that very often in this town. What’s your typical workout routine?
Italia: I occasionally work out. I do Cardio Barre. It’s amazing. I feel like a dancer. You don’t realize what a difference it’s making in your body until you’re looking in the mirror and you’re like, “Hey, butt, heyyyy-yyy.”
Italia’s boyfriend, Robbie Amell, interjects: And we walk everywhere.
Italia: And, welcome my boyfriend, Robbie Amell. He’s on Flash on the CW.”
DM: Now, that’s a supportive girlfriend! Giving you a promo during her interview. Niiiiiice. What do you wish you could tell 13-year-old you?
Robbie (laughing): If you could see a picture of 13-year-old her….
Italia: Take the dreadlocks out and stop practicing witchcraft.
DM: Seriously? I think there’s a story there. But that’s for another time. What would 13-year-old you think of your life now?
Robbie (laughing): No way!!
Italia: That will NEVER be my life. I wish that could happen! Yeah, “no way” is a good one.
DM: And, lastly, what would your theme song be?
Italia: Perfect Day by Hoku.
BF Asks: What question do you WISH I’d ask Italia?