Tessa Talks with Actress Maddison Brown
At just 23 years old, Australian actress Maddison Brown has already made waves in the entertainment industry. With a history of modelling and cementing a forefront role in the reboot of the hit American drama series Dynasty, Maddison’s international fame is quickly gaining traction.
Despite the glamour and the flashing lights of Hollywood, Maddison remains grounded and takes pleasure in the simple things in life. We reached out to ask her about her challenges, self-care rituals and healthy habits.
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I was born and raised in Sydney, in a suburb called Dural.
Q: How did where you were raised influence your healthy habits?
A: I grew up on a large property with lots of bushland, and I spent a lot of time outside with my family’s German Shepherd, Oscar. My parents couldn’t get me in the house, I was always going on bush walks, riding my bike or trying to find cool animals like wallabies or frogs. I think this helped me as an adult understand the power nature has to ground us. I love hiking and working out in the outdoors, there is no comparison. I will make any excuse to get outside and get some nature in my day.
Q: What is one of your daily rituals?
A: I have an espresso machine, so I love to make a latte in the morning. The smell of freshly ground coffee beans is a small thing that makes me so happy as soon as I get out of bed.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m currently working on staying mentally healthy and physically healthy as we enter month 5 of the pandemic, with no end in sight and no concrete return to work date. It is challenging but I know I’m not alone. Some days I just don’t feel like being productive because some days it is just hard, and I think in those moments we just have to sit on the couch, watch some reality TV and forgive ourselves. Happiness and well-being isn’t a straight forward, linear thing – it is very individual and especially right now can and will change day-to-day.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life career wise?
A: Acting is a notoriously tough industry because you are doing work that is 100% your own interpretation and presenting it to people and trying to convince them you are the best one for the job. When rejection happens, it can easily feel personal, but it is vitally important to learn it is not personal.
Q: What are some ways you handle stress and pressure?
A: I love to cook, it is very meditative to me. Exercise also helps, especially in the great outdoors, getting enough sleep and reaching out to friends and loved ones. If I’m near an ocean and feeling under stress, I’ll swim a lot, too.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: My intuition.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: Ignoring my intuition.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My mum.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Music, good books, friends and also nature.
Q: How is sustainability a part of your life?
A: I try to avoid buying clothes from “fast fashion” style retailers. Most of the pieces in my closet are well-made and well-loved pieces. I realised the other day I haven’t bought new shoes since January, because when I am purchasing items, I’m purchasing items that are made a little better and thus go the distance. I also donate whatever old clothes I have, instead of just throwing them out.
Q: What is your biggest wellness indulgence?
A: I love facials and massages, and I absolutely love pilates reformer classes so I always splurge on that.
Q: What are your 3 clean – non toxic beauty must haves?
A: Recently I started using Kora organics Noni Glow serum and I love it. I’m a big believer in skincare starting on the inside, so I take a lot of organic supplements, and I really like Le Labo’s coffee scrub as well.
Q: What are your 3 wellness must haves?
A: I love music, plants and a good book.
Q: Whats your ideal way to switch off?
A: Literally switching off. Turn your phone off!
Q: What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?
A: I’m reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and re-reading Circe by Madeline Miller, and I’ve been listening to the Sunday Service Choir album on repeat.
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: Right now because it’s hard to travel, I love Alys Beach down on the Gulf Coast in Florida, the beaches are some of the best in America. It’s really beautiful and looks like Europe, but you haven’t left the country. In a pre-COVID world, my favourite place to travel is always Europe or Australia. I love France and I’d love to explore Italy more, and I love coming to Australia because it’s home.
Q: What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?
A: I always have coffee in the mornings, usually with eggs and sourdough – I bake a fresh loaf of sourdough every 3-4 days. It’s either that or a smoothie / açai bowl.
Follow Maddison on Instagram @maddisonbrown.