When Rebecca Romijn decided to lighten up her hair recently, she wanted the color to be strong, but subtle.
“I don’t change my look much, because I’m a mom, and on a day-to-day basis I have to be as low-maintenance as possible,” she tells PEOPLE. “But heading into red carpet season, you have to figure out how to make your hair look as great as possible, as often as possible.”
So Romijn tapped stylist Dean Roybal, owner of Planet Salon in Beverly Hills, to lighten her locks using Wella’s new Illumina color (the star is a spokeswoman for the brand). Now, “I’m the same blonde I’ve always been, but it’s just beautiful,” she says. “It’s got this added translucency.”
Illumina, hitting salons in January, is a new line of permanent color that keeps hair as close to its virgin state as possible. “I was one of the first people to get to try it, and it’s amazing,” Romijn says. “My hair feels so good, and I’m thrilled.”
Romijn, a natural blonde, keeps her color looking bright with regular touch-ups. But she’s not against a drastic change, either.
“I’ve gone dark before, and I get tempted to do it all the time,” she says. “Whenever I go to a meeting for an acting role, it comes up, and I always offer to change my color, because it’s interesting. At this point, I’ve been blonde a long time … but I get the itch every so often.”
She hasn’t had to deal with covering grays yet, either, though she knows someone who might: “My husband!” she jokes. “He’s starting to go gray and it’s all my fault. Maybe I should recommend Illumina to him …”
“That’s Kentertainment!” host Ken Kleiber interviews the cast of THE PRODUCERS (plus a few rehearsal musical highlights) from the Hollywood Bowl production of July 27-29, 2012. Featured are Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Leo Bloom), Richard Kind (Max Bialystock), Rebecca Romijn (Ulla), Dane Cook (Franz Liebkind), Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia) and Gary Beach (Roger De Bris).
Rebecca Romijn is best known as Mystique in the X-Men films and Alexis Meade on television’s Ugly Betty. This Friday she takes the plunge into musical theater when she steps onto the stage as Swedish bombshell Ulla in The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl, joining Broadway veterans Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Roger Bart and Gary Beach.
The 39-year-old actress is no stranger to professional risks and has taken them successfully, transitioning from a modeling career where she posed for Christian Dior, Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, to television host on MTV’s House of Style, to acting. Romijn talked to Theatermania about her first theatrical adventure.
THEATERMANIA: How brave do you have to be to perform in your first professional musical on stage at the Hollywood Bowl?
TM: How far out of your comfort zone are you with the singing and dancing?
TM: What made you want to do a musical at this point in your career?
TM: Were you re-bitten by the bug when your husband, Jerry O’Connell, make his Broadway debut last year in Seminar?
TM: How is working on a stage physically different than working on a film or TV set?
TM: And when you go home you still have to be a mother to your twin girls Dolly and Charlie?
TM: Will working in theater be the next direction of your career?
Some of TV’s funniest casts were on hand at this year’s Comic-Con to bring a little humor to the “Extra” stage. Watch the video for silly moments caught on tape, like Rebecca Romijn revealing her Adult Swim makeout partner on “NTSF.”
You can read about FITNESS cover girl and Wella Professionals celebrity ambassador Rebecca Romijn‘s workout and diet secrets in our March issue— but we got her to reveal how she gets those beach waves and that fresh, glowing skin, plus the products she can’t live without.
FITNESS: What’s the one beauty product that never leaves your bag?
FITNESS: What are your haircare, makeup and skincare routines like on a typical day?
FITNESS: What are your secrets for looking great no matter where you are and what you’re doing? Do you have a go-to makeup look or hairstyle?
FITNESS: What are you gym bag beauty essentials?
FITNESS: What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
FITNESS: What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from the makeup, hair and skincare experts you’ve worked with?
After giving birth to twins Dolly and Charlie in December 2008, Rebecca Romijn was determined to get her pre-baby body back. Unfortnately, it turned out to be a much bigger challenge than Romijn anticipated.
“Losing that weight was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Romijn, 39, tells the March issue of Fitness. “Everything I did before I got pregnant — like Pilates, which I had done for about 14 years — didn’t work anymore. I had to change the way I worked out, the way I ate– everything.”
A friend convinced Romijn to try Bikram yoga, which she credits with helping her shed more than 60 pounds.
“At first the idea of doing a 90-minute workout in a 105-degree room sounded like torture,” Romijn admits. “But the sweating is exactly what I became addicted to. My body changed dramatically almost immediately. I’m stronger, I have more energy and I feel better, too. I was proud to get back into a bikini!”
Dieting was another problem for the Sports Illustrated supermodel. The 5-foot-11 star “forgot how much I was supposed to eat to keep my weight in check” while she was both pregnant and nursing.
“I went on a major diet about eight months ago. I cut out starch, dairy, fat, red meat, alcohol and sugar,” Romijn tells Fitness. “Just being on a diet was weird for me. I had never been on one in my life, and suddenly I was counting calories and measuring my food. Cutting out sugar was definitely the hardest. The first week I thought I was going to die. The cravings were bad. But after that, it was easy.”
Romijn’s husband Jerry O’Connell helps her find new ways to stay in shape, too
“We love to take long bike rides. We have a tandem bike, and we go up in the hills near our home,” she says of O’Connell, 37. “Jerry is very show-offy when he’s good at something, and he’s pretty much good at everything. But he’s been doing Bikram yoga for about a year now, and he isn’t very flexible. I’m happy there’s one thing I’m better at than he is.”
Interview with Rebecca Romijn, who plays Heidi in Good Deeds:
So the big model news this Fashion Week, aside from Karlie Kloss not walking any shows, is that the CFDA’s new guidelines require catwalkers to show proof that they’re 16 or older in order to walk the shows. How this will be enforced, we’re still not sure. Ford has already sent out a statement confirming they are repping models under the age of 16. And it’s likely other agencies are too–and sending those girls out on castings.
Well, after the Cynthia Rowley show last night, we spotted former model and now actress Rebecca Romijn and figured we’d get an expert opinion on the matter.
“I think that models should be 18 or older,” the stunner told us emphatically.
“Because there are child labor laws in this country and having been a model I have witnessed enough to know,” she explained. “I think some models are too young when they start working. And I think that a lot of parents trust that they’ll be in really good hands and sometimes they aren’t.”
We wondered if she ever witnessed anything that gave her, uh, pause, and she decidedly (but vaguely) told us, “Yes. Lots of things. Am I going to go into it now? No.”
Okay then. We also briefly referenced the newly formed Model Alliance, which led to Romijn sharing this interesting insider tidbit:
“By the way, alliances came up when I was modeling, too, and I was always invited to join them,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea and I really hope it works because I think that models need a lot of protection. But you can get blacklisted, too, if you join one, and that was what I was always warned against. So you never know.”
Yikes. So does Romijn think that still happens now? “I don’t know,” she said. “I hope it works. I would love to see it work.”
Well, as the Alliance already has the support of A-listers like Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes, Shalom Harlow and Crystal Renn–not to mention the backing of the CFDA and a promising meeting with Vogue–it’s looking like models rights have progressed with the times. Maybe Romjin can be the group’s honorary chair.
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell have been happily married for four years, have adorable twin daughters Dolly and Charlie and look more in love than ever.
OK! chatted with the blissful couple at Nivea’s Millions of Moments of Touch event at the Empire State Building in NYC on marriage, kids and how they keep their love alive in Hollywood.
Obviously, you and Rebecca have no problem with PDA. But how do you balance out your relationship, kids and a career and still find time for one another?
Rebecca: When we go out to eat, we sit on the same side of the table.
Jerry: In Hollywood, you can’t go to the more popular establishments because they are always packed.
Rebecca: So we always have to look for less popular restaurants.
Are you thinking about having more kids?
How was it balancing two at the same time?
Since you did have twins, what are some of your workout tips?
Rebecca Romijn guest stars on Chuck this Friday in “Chuck vs. the Curse”. Watch the video below to get the scoop on her character.