You’ve seen Edwina Findley on the big and small screens in The Wire, Middle of Nowhere, Brothers and Sisters, Get Hard and now she takes on the role of Kelly Issacs on OWN’s If Loving You Is Wrong, proving that she’s definitely one to watch! Here, Edwina chats with SBH to give us the details on her flawless mane, beauty moves and more…
Can you tell us about your role on If Loving You Is Wrong?
Kelly Issacs is a professional woman. She’s also a single mom to a seven-year-old son and she’s been in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend Travis. Kelly is so madly in love with him and convinced that he’s going to marry her and really have this wonderful family unit that she’s always dreamed of. She decides to go and buy a house for them, only to find out he was really in love with someone else. She’s devastated, and now in this season she’s really trying to bounce back after the heartbreak.
How do you wear your hair on the show?
On the show my hair is cut in a really cute bob with golden highlights.
Do you experiment with extensions at all?
I do a sew-in weave and just keep the part out. I really like to do sew-ins, especially while I’m working.
How would you describe your natural texture?
My natural hair is definitely coarse and thick and so for many years I’ve had a relaxer. I decided I was going to go Natural and it’s funny because I never thought I could. People would always convince us that if your hair is thick and coarse, the only way to manage it is with a relaxer. That’s the life I lived for a long, long time and now I’m totally Natural.
How do you wear your hair when you’re not working?
Usually I wear it pressed or a lot of times it’ll be in a sew-in.
Do you color your hair?
Right now, I’m not coloring my hair. I’m doing rinses because I’m just concerned about breakage and I just really want healthy hair.
Let’s talk makeup! Are you more minimal or glam?
I definitely gravitate more toward glam. Day to day, I’ll use foundation, blush and a lot of times I’ll add a lash depending on where I’m going. I’m a big lip gloss girl. On a regular basis when I’m [wearing makeup], I tend to be somewhere in the middle, but if someone else is doing my makeup, I definitely enjoy when they glam it up.
What are three beauty products that you cannot live without?
I cannot live without foundation, I cannot live without either mascara or a lash and I cannot live without a lipstick or lip gloss.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
I think I feel the most beautiful when I’m getting ready for a photo shoot or red carpet. I’ve noticed you can watch as many YouTube videos you want, but its nothing like having professionals just make you up. I’m in a career where I get made up a lot and sometimes I just wish that they lived with me!
Watch If Loving You Is Wrong on OWN on Tuesdays at 9/8c.
Photo: Benjo Arwas.