The 26-year-old actress spoke with InStyle about the show ahead of its’ premiere, her beauty must haves and more. Check it:
On Isabelle: “She is such a femme fatale—and I like that about her. I think a lot of girls are a bit insecure, and Isabelle really owns her body. She is so in charge of her sexuality and who she loves, and I feel like a lot of girls in society can’t really master that.”
On doing her own stunts: “I do my own whip stunts, and I use a real whip made out of leather. So every time I come into the set, all the guys run away from me. It turns out that guys don’t really like whips! But I love doing fight scenes. I’ve been a dancer since I was 3 years old, so I think that helped me with the movements. And the way Isabelle fights, it is different than the other characters, Jace and Alec. They fight hard—it’s very intense. But Isabelle fights like it’s nothing. It’s not very difficult for her to do.”
On her heritage: “I’m Latina, but this role wasn’t originally written for a Latina girl—it was for a white girl. So by casting me, ABC is breaking the mold. They are opening doors to girls like me, and I hope they keep doing that. And I hope other networks keep doing that to open doors by giving Latina women these strong, powerful characters. Because we are strong, powerful women.”
On her beauty go-tos: “I use MAC concealer and blush and Givenchy mascara. It’s the first time I ever bought an expensive mascara, because I am all about pharmacy brands, usually. But this one was really, really good. I still use NYX lipstick, though, which only costs a few dollars.”
Shadowhunters premieres on Tuesday, January 12th @ 9PM ET/PT on FreeForm.