Bosworth keeps it clean and simple

Many women shy away from the topic of their age.

Not Kate Bosworth.

"I love being in my 30s. I feel I know myself well enough," the 31-year-old actress said on Sunday while in town to attend the Oscar de la Renta show at the Audi Fashion Festival.

During a 20-minute group interview, she talked mostly about her minimalist style in fashion and beauty. But the message that came across strongest was the ease with which she has embraced her age.

She voluntarily spoke about turning 30, the changes in her body and urged women across the globe to "embrace" their age.

She spoke about what she called "the obsession with ageing", and stressed the need to "embrace the change, in our bodies and regard each day and each year in our life as a gift".

Dressed in a short, sleeveless beige dress with bright orange lips providing the only pop of colour, she talked about her clean, minimal style of dressing and make-up.

"I am pretty low-maintenance with make-up. I like things I can get my hands into and work my hands into. I do not like wearing a lot of make-up. If I have a routine that works well, I do not stray away from it."

The celebrity face of Japanese skincare brand SK-II revealed that one costeffective beauty trick she has is to use coconut oil on dry skin.

"It works wonders. Always," says the actress who shot to fame as a tanned surfer in the 2002 movie Blue Crush.

The one thing she never leaves home without is a lip moisturiser.

Apart from the SK-II skincare products she effectively plugged during the interview, she spoke also of "eating clean, drinking a lot of water and hot herbal tea".

On her clean, minimal style which has won her nods from fashion writers and stylists, she said comfort is key.

"You always see me in sunglasses. Over here I was wearing jeans and a blazer. If you feel comfortable, you feel confident. It is about knowing your uniform. I love denim. I do not like things that are too tricky or constrictive or clothes which need constant adjustments when you are in them."

When asked about her style icon, she picked British actress Jane Birkin's bohemian style, saying she is drawn to any individual who has her own sense of style and is "confident in her own skin".

Bosworth was born in Los Angeles to a business executive father and a housewife mother. She was accepted into Princeton University, but deferred her studies for acting.

In 1998 when she was 15, the champion equestrian won a role in The Horse Whisperer (1998) as Scarlet Johansson's best friend. This led to a career in films, including roles in Remember The Titans (2000), Wonderland (2003), Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! (2004) and Superman Returns (2006).

The actress is currently filming the upcoming drama, Still Alice, scheduled to release next year.

Based on American neuroscientist and writer Lisa Genova's novel of the same name, it stars Julianne Moore as Alice. She is a psychologist suffering from Alzheimer's disease and Bosworth plays one of her three children.

"The novel is wonderful. It is a very emotional story. I truly recommend the book to everyone. The way I came to work on the film was because I read the novel and I spoke to my manager about it, about wanting to be part of this. I love reading. This felt like a very organic way of coming on board to a film project."

On how she makes her film choices, she said being married to a film director helps. She married American film director Michael Polish, 42, last year. The couple met on the set of the 2011 film Big Sur, based on beat poet Jack Kerouac's 1962 novel, in which she plays the mistress of one of the key characters.

"Being married to a film-maker has made me navigate and see these things differently. It comes down to the words, the character and the film-maker.

"It is about reading a script that excites me, about playing a character who is engaging and challenging, and the film-maker and his or her vision to the project."

There was a wedding connection to her appearance in Singapore. Veteran designer de la Renta had designed two gowns for her wedding.

She wore one of his creations on the red carpet at the closing show of the Audi Fashion Festival, which began last Wednesday.

Of the 81-year-old designer who was unable to attend the show in Singapore for personal reasons, Bosworth says: "I love Oscar. His gowns for my wedding are a memory of my life I will cherish forever. He is a legend. I am very happy to wear his designs."

This article was published on May 20 in The Straits Times.

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