At only 16, Rowan Blanchard is already being recognized as one of the most popular and talented young actresses in the industry, as well as a leader among young activists who fight for social change.
However, while on the surface the teenager may look like an intrepid warrior, she admits that she usually struggles with her self-confidence, just like everyone else, but, unlike many people, she says she embraces those moments when she feels any kind of doubt, instead of trying to put a brave front for the sake of your public image.
While speaking about her new role as a brand advocate for beauty and spa brand Bliss, Rowan spoke about her thoughts on self-confidence and explained to DailyMail.com: "I try not to push myself too hard to be confident. It never worked for me.
Public speaking: Rowan Blanchard, portrayed last week at New York Fashion Week, has talked about how she deals with the pressure to appear confident
Social change: the 16-year-old actress and activist, who was recently named Bliss brand advocate, says she refuses to "fake" & # 39; Trust for the sake of public appearance
When it comes to physicality and its feelings about the way it looks or acts, warns that much of the doubts that people have about their appearance is due to social stereotypes that suggest that you have to look or be a certain way to be able to feel any kind of confidence
"If it's related to something physical, I try to remind myself that lack of confidence is often a conditioning of patriarchal socialization," she explained, adding that it's easier for her to put these thoughts aside because when it comes to external perceptions of her appearance, it's not too personal & # 39;
The teenager has been fortunate to work with some of the most important names in the business, as well as to meet with several world leaders in activism and politics, including Michelle Obama. But, she says, inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere you look, including those of your age and young people, and believes that age does not always guarantee wisdom.
I try not to press myself to have confidence. Falsifying that emotion never worked for me.
"I am writing a document about the abolition of prison for school, and I have been reading a lot [political activist] The work of Dr. Angela Davis and numerous testimonies of people incarcerated, so I've been quite focused and inspired to learn more of her words, "she said, adding that she also" admires artists of all genres, and only my colleagues in general. "
From the outside, the teenager, who rose to fame after starring in the Disney Girl Meets World series, before playing a leading role in the success of the big screen A Wrinkle In Time with Oprah and Reese Witherspoon, seems to have everything under control: much more so many adults twice their age.
But, as noted above, appearances are deceiving, and Rowan insists that she still feels overwhelmed at times, especially now that she is starting her last year of online school.
"I feel overwhelmed and crazy, the idea of the university always seemed very far away and now it's just around the corner, which is crazy, but exciting," he explained.
In May, the actress actually spoke at a mental health roundtable to discuss how Donald Trump's presidency had caused her and her teenage partners to lose some of their trust in the previous generation, explaining that this had led to a greater sense of stress and pressure among the youngest.
Inspiration: In May, Rowan, in a photo in a Bliss ad, discussed how Trump's presidency affected his generation's confidence in adults, which led them to see that they do not have "all the answers".
While taking part in a discussion about the mental health issues raised by the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, Rowan explained that teenagers have been taught for a long time to approach an adult when they are in difficult situations, but now They are. Surely that is the best course of action.
"You're like being thrown into this world, especially growing up in this world today, like the president of Trump, there are so many things," Rowan said. "You know what I'm saying, you can not, there's a lot more pressure on teens right now."
That additional pressure, according to the actress, arises from the realization that adults, in fact, do not have all the answers.
"We did not choose it," he added. "It's really interesting that I've had to talk to a lot of my friends, when it's like that, they taught us all our lives to go to adults, when you're an adult you'll know what to do, ask an adult, tell an adult, and Suddenly I was like, "Oh, you all do not really know …" & # 39;
Like any other person of her age who has an overwhelming time in life, Rowan likes to take time to relax and disconnect, although she does not like the term "self-care" much when it comes to describing this behavior. .
Nor does he like the idea that any kind of welfare activity has to revolve around something "materialistic".
While Rowan expressed her enthusiasm for working with a spa brand like Bliss, and noted that she has been "interested in the beauty and politics of it for a long time," she does not believe that spoiling you and taking care of your mental health are mutually exclusive. .
"I do not think that self-care, if you want to call it that, is about materialistic things," he explained, adding that it can be as easy as turning off the phone and taking the time to be alone.
Role: Rowan was the star of Disney Channel's Girl Meets World (pictured) from 2014 to 2017
That does not mean that you do not like the idea of a good skin care session from time to time, especially now that you are getting older and, therefore, you are becoming more and more interested in skin care.
"I've been interested in the beauty and politics of that for a long time before I have the language for it," he said.
"Skin care is something I've been interested in lately, especially since it has become more accessible to me, it's fun for me to try new masks and new products, so working with Bliss and trying things out has been fun for me "
When it comes to her favorite products, the teen has an online number, both from Bliss and from other brands she currently enjoys experimenting with.
"I love to wear the shiny, radiant mask of Bliss Mighty Marshmallow beaten a few times a week, it makes my skin feel really soft and hydrated," he revealed.
"I also love wearing foil masks, I recently traveled to Japan and I bought a lot of random leaf masks in this crazy shop called Toyko Hands.
Rowan is also aware of keeping her skin care routine under control as the weather gets colder, explaining that she already has some practical favorites to fall back on for fall and winter.
"I use the La Mer lip balm to keep my lips moisturized and I will definitely use Bliss Drench and Quench Moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated as the air dries more," he explained.