This year, RantHollywood writer Brenna Smith got the chance to sit down and talk with Denis Leary about his upcoming FX series 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'; at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out what he had to say about his character, the Sex Pistols and some of the special guests that will appear on the show.
The last time Elizabeth Gillies was on screen, she played the prickly Jade on Nickelodeon’s Victorious but on July 16, but she’ll return to television on the new FX show Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. The show stars Denis Leary as a washed up, aging rocker taking one more stab at success while trying to reunite with his estranged daughter (Gillies) who is also pursuing a music career. As for Gilllies herself, she’s no stranger to success. She starred in her first commercial at age 12 and debuted on Broadway at age 15 in the musical 13, along with Ariana Grande. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll also gives Gillies a chance to showcase her considerable vocal chops in case you haven’t seen her covers on her YouTube channel. She recently spoke to Yahoo Beauty about her new role and all things beauty related.
Yahoo Beauty: It must have been a huge leap going from a Nickelodeon show to Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Elizabeth Gillies: It was! There is a lot more f-bombing on this set.
You’re also singing on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll…
It’s amazing. I never thought I’d find a show that combines all of my passions. We also got to sing live which was incredible and really challenging, and there was a lot of improvisation.
What was it like to work with Denis Leary?
It was wonderful. He’s very funny and our banter was great. He’s such a ball buster and our minds work in a similar way. Coming to work felt like hanging out with family.
Your character, Gigi, has very cool style, any similarities her style and your own?
Gigi’s style evolves during the show and she develops a bad-ass rocker style. I love her clothes and started to dress like her, with crop tops and sexy rocker jewelry.
How would you describe your personal beauty style?
I never leave the house without a winged eye. I’ve been doing that forever. I love makeup and trying new products. It’s fun to make yourself look more enhanced. I usually do a winged eye, a little lip liner and eye liner.
What are some of your favorite products?
I love Laura Mercier foundation as well as foundations from Bobbi Brown and Armani. There’s a mud mask from Eve Lom that I love, the Rescue Mud Mask.
What makeup tips have you learned from the pros?
Less is more. When you’re sitting across from someone, you want to see them, and not their makeup. You want to let your skin shine through and don’t try to hide things like freckles if you have them. I actually do my own makeup a lot.
Would you do your own makeup even for a red carpet event? Talk me through your routine.
Absolutely. I do my own makeup because I know exactly what I want and how to do it so why torture someone else with the whole process? When I’m doing makeup for the red carpet, I just wear more makeup. I don’t do a whole routine of pampering myself. I’m all about getting it done. I’ll do a smoky eye and contouring.
Have you had any epic makeup fails?
Yeah, like when you go to a big event and you hug a guy and your face ends up on his beautiful, expensive suit. I hate it when that happens. When it does, I just slowly walk away…
Yael chats with Denis Leary & Elizabeth Gillies about their new FX show, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, at San Diego ComicCon 2015.
When Denis Leary stopped by TVLine’s Comic-Con Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, he thought he was just going to plug his upcoming FX series, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, and that would be that. Instead, he found himself getting sucked in by the “judgmental and disappointment vibes” that he got from our founder and EIC, Michael Ausiello.
In fact, the Rescue Me alum fell so hard for the boss’ shtick that before the Q&A was over, he was insisting that Ausiello should — no, needed to — have his own late-night talk show. “This is a show I would watch,” Leary declared.
When not fawning over his interviewer, the auteur — accompanied by S&D&R&R castmates Elizabeth Gillies, John Corbett, Elaine Hendrix, John Ales and Robert Kelly — revealed what the show’s rockers love more than one another and copped to one “very difficult relationship” with a fellow actor. And, just for good measure, Gillies teased that one of her character’s outfits is so risqué that it “came lubed, because I couldn’t get into it any other way.”
The final day of San Diego Comic-Con concluded with a a signing and Q&A panel from the cast of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, as well as some more press. Below you can find links to all gallery albums from SDCC. More pictures will be added throughout the day!
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