Watching horror films during an already scary year is not for the faint of heart. But Kiersey Clemons prefers to think of it a little differently. “I can take all my paranoia or anxious thoughts and project them into whatever I'm watching or playing,” she says of the genre. “It distracts me from the horrors of real life.”
Considering that Clemons is currently starring in Antebellum (out September 18), an intense psychological thriller, and will next voice and executive-produce the serialized horror podcast Ghost Tape, you'd think she was always drawn to frightening material. That's not the case. “It's weird, because I used to be the kid that didn't like scary movies,” she says with a laugh. “I would be like, ‘Oh no, this is going to happen to me!’ Now I like horror."
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© Matt Kennedy Kiersey Clemons, left, and Janelle Monáe in Antebellum
Even so, Clemons needs a break, which is where The Bachelor, Love Island U.K., and Married at First Sight come in. “Don't get it twisted,” she says. “I also watch all of those shows. You need a release!”
Especially when filming a horror movie. While working on Antebellum in New Orleans last year, Clemons found time for some levity. “There's so much rich culture [in New Orleans], from the food to vintage shopping,” she says. “It's really easy to let it all go when you're in a location like that.”
So with that in mind, we asked Clemons to fill us in on her favorite finds, from the weighted blanket that keeps her calm to the skin-care products she swears by. Time for another round of Your Fave's Faves!
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The weighted blanket I’m obsessed with:
I got a weighted blanket when I got to New Orleans because I missed cuddling with my dogs. The one I initially got had beads in it, like one you get at Bed Bath & Beyond, but my favorite one is from Sheltered Co, which is handmade in L.A. and from recycled material. They are beautiful, and I have two of them now, one that’s a king size blanket and one that's a little lighter for travel.
My go-to luggage:
Speaking of travel, I can't wait to go back to Australia, New York, and also visit family in Florida. I love visiting new places and buying things from all over, so I’ll take an extra suitcase with me. I love Away luggage, and I always check my bags so I can take as much as I want with me. My friends have Away too, because they last forever. But I’ve got my eye on their large silver aluminum one because it’s so nice.
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The perfect comfort-food recipe for the fall:
My mom, Allison, has this amazing chicken and dumpling recipe. My girlfriend makes it for me when I’m sick, and it’s so good. The actual dumplings you can make out of Pillsbury biscuits. You roll it out and cut it into pieces. It’s delicious.
My go-to boots for cooler weather:
I’m a classic Dr. Martens person. I like an Australian brand as well called Blundstone. When I was in New Orleans, I also came back with, like, three pairs of cowboy boots. I’ve been waiting to wear them with vintage dresses because they are so cute paired together.
The only pants I will ever wear:
I can only wear pants from Everlane, because otherwise I always get a gap in my waist since my butt is so big. Everlane's fit me perfectly! I literally have every type of pants from them. Whenever I put them on, it feels like the first time I’m putting them on, and I tell my girlfriend, "Babe, look at me, don’t I look so good?!"
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The hair product that helps my hair grow faster:
I just bought Chebe hair butter. I watch a lot of YouTube hair tutorials, because after I shaved my head, I was like, “How do I get my hair to grow faster?” And this hair butter is the reason why my hair grows so fast. I also love Tracee Ellis Ross's hair line, Pattern. And now that my hair is growing out, I love oversize jumbo silk hair ties that you can find on Etsy or Amazon.
My skin-care regimen that I swear by:
I use Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. It’s technically a mask, but you can leave it on all day. I’ll use that if I have an event or if I’m trying to look extra cute. Two other lines I use are called Surreal Skin Care and the other is Dayle Breault's Goddess of Skin, from the woman who does my facials. She’s just the best. For Surreal Skin Care, I use the Napalm face mask. It looks like blood when it goes on. I also use their Cheat Death moisturizer and their Queen Tut lipid barrier serum, which injects my skin with juicy goodness. For sunscreen, I use Supergoop! SPF unseen sunscreen 40, which goes on completely clear. And my exfoliator is from Goddess of Skin, and it’s called Bonafide Scrub. Everything has such a fun name.
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My fail-proof makeup routine:
My favorite foundation is the RNS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Foundation. It’s really the best thing since, like, bread. And whatever I put on my lips I’ll put on my cheeks. I like Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms because they have really pretty colors and are super moisturizing. A lot of times I’ll get a container and mix all of my balms together to make different shades of pink and red. You can trick anyone to think that you got sleep and you’re not sad and we’re not in a pandemic.
The two books I read over and over again:
I really love to read and listen to audio books. In a time like this, I recommend a book from an American Buddhist nun named Pema Chödrön called Comfortable With Uncertainty. I read it over and over again because it makes me really calm. The idea is to lean into whatever is happening, because even if what’s happening is awful, life is always happening simultaneously. We try to put things in boxes and compartmentalize and when you do that, you work against yourself, and that’s kind of the theme of the book. It’s a really nice reminder. And then another one is the classic book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s an easy read, but when you’re done, you’re like, "I needed that." It helps reset your mind.
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The TV shows I’m really into:
I just finished I May Destroy You on HBO, which destroyed me. I also finished the fourth season of Search Party on TBS and HBO Max. I love Alia [Shawkat] and have been obsessed with the show since it came out. And I just started Lovecraft Country, also on HBO. I love dark shows with interesting female protagonists.
The best gift my friend just got me:
I recently had the flu and my best friend, Bryant, lives in New York, and he sent me these two beautiful green vintage wine glasses because he knew I would love them. I thought it was the nicest and most specific gift. It is from Jack Juliar and it’s one-of-a-kind, antique jewelry.
Kiersey Clemons can currently be seen in Antebellum, available on demand.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram @JessicaRadloff14.