LA-based actress and singer Jessica Belkin shares her summer favs and who inspires her.
Dote: How long have you been acting? How’d you get started? Jessica: I’ve been acting since I was five years old, which makes it 12 years now. I started by performing in a musical theater program, but soon realized that I enjoyed the kind of acting that was on screen. Theater is very different. I started working in commercials and print jobs as a kid and as I grew up, I started shooting bigger projects that were on TV or in movies.
Dote: Who inspires you most as an actress and why? Jessica: I have a few favorites: Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Margot Robbie, and even Lady Gaga. They’re all such amazing and talented women. In their own way, they use their fame from acting as a platform to influence and inspire people from all over. Their individual work in projects has taken my breath away and left me speechless and that’s why they are my favorite.
Dote: You’ve been on a ton of hot shows, like American Horror Story: Hotel, Pretty Little Liars, and Speechless. What’s one lesson you’ve learned being on the sets of such big shows? Jessica: Be respectful, be professional, and listen. There’s so much that’s going on on set, so being able to listen and focus on what you’re doing that day really helps. There’s a lot of distractions like WiFi, Kraft Services, people walking around with equipment, etc... So when I worked on these shows, I was taught a lot about on-set etiquette and how you should present yourself.
Dote: What’s your favorite part about living in Los Angeles? Jessica: I can honestly never get bored. Sometimes people ask me if I would ever move to a different state and I always say that my home will forever be in LA. I can’t really see myself living anywhere else. There’s a lot of places in LA that I still haven’t discovered and a lot of people I still haven’t met, but this is where the center of life is. My creativity and soul loves the vibe of Los Angeles. I feel comfortable walking the streets of LA in my crazy fits. I feel most free and accepted here.
Dote: What’s your skincare routine, including the products you use? Jessica: I use a lot of Mario Badescu skin products like their rose water spray, drying lotion, facial cleansers, and honey moisturizer. Lastly, I use a Khiel’s avocado eye cream and mint lip balm. Every morning and every night.
Dote: You’re in college, act, model, and sing, which must keep your schedule jam-packed. How do you relax and unwind? Jessica: Everything’s crazy, and my weeks are mostly full with work. It’s a lot sometimes, but having supportive parents is really amazing and it definitely helps. When I do have a spare moment, I have a full pamper night with hair masks, face masks, bath bombs and chocolate. Can’t forget the chocolate.
Dote: If you could work with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Jessica: Definitely Margot Robbie. I actually almost had the chance to, but some projects go your way and others don’t. I loveddd her in The Wolf of Wall Street. I think she’s absolutely stunning and so talented, it would be amazing to work alongside her.
Dote: Let’s talk summer style—what trends are you rocking this year? Jessica: I’ve noticed current trends are leaning towards neon colors, chunky shoes, silver chains, fake freckles, and obviously a tan. I’m definitely going for all of these trends this summer, especially the fake freckles, so cute!
Dote: What are your top three most played songs right now? Jessica: 3 nights by Dominic Fike, Swim Good by Frank Ocean, Andddd Know What I Want by Kali Uchis. They all have such a summer vibe to them, I’m listening to them on replay.
Dote: What’s the one thing you never leave home without? Jessica: If I’m being honest, my portable charger. I wish it was something interesting and more important, but yeah a portable charger because my phone’s always dying.
Dote: What’s your favorite eatery in LA? Jessica: Crave Cafe is the bestttt!! Totally recommend to anyone visiting LA. love their crepes and I always end up seeing my friends there.
Dote: What’s your favorite book? Jessica: I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have re-read the books like 5 times. I first read them when I was 8. The movies are also amazing and I have rewatched those many times.
Dote: What’s your favorite family tradition? Jessica: My family and I try to go to Vegas every couple years if we’re free. We started going every year when I was 5, and I absolutely loved Vegas. We always watched the different shows, got dinner at all these new hotels, and went to the pool. Always a good time in Vegas. I’m hoping we’ll go this year.
Dote: What’s something your followers may not know about you? Jessica: I can actually sing pretty well, not to toot my own horn. I started singing when I was 5 but focused on acting primarily. Every time I post a clip of me singing on my story, my fans dm me like “omg girl u can sing what” and I’m like yeah hahaha, have beeenn. I write songs and play the piano, guitar, and ukulele. I’m hoping to release new music at some point this year as well.