When she was a 16-year-old shopping in London, Suki Waterhouse was scouted by a modeling agent. Her career has been mutating ever since. She started off posing in campaigns for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, and H&M before becoming a muse to cosmetics brand Laura Mercier. She made her film debut in the 2012 thriller Pusher, then went on to appear in the Divergent series, Billionaire Boys Club, and Misbehavior, among many others. Since 2016, she’s released an indie-pop album and an EP, and toured with Father John Misty. (In 2018, she met current boyfriend Robert Pattinson.) Now the 31-year-old singer and actress brings her talents to Daisy Jones & the Six, Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel about a rock band’s ascent in 1970s Los Angeles. —Jensen Davis
When do you go to bed?
On average, I’m getting ready to go to bed around 11 or 12 p.m., but it can take hours to fall asleep. I don’t really like ending the day. That liminal space of anxiety and hope is what I feel when I’m trying to fall asleep.
And what’s the skin-care process?
I love the Lemon Cleanser from Eminence, which smells gorgeous and makes you feel very fresh, and the Super Serum Advance+ from iS Clinical. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is one of my favorites. I was recently influenced by TikTok and got the Laneige lip mask as well, which I haven’t regretted. If everything’s going well, then I’ll use a CurrentBody L.E.D.-light mask. I’ll put on loads of products first. I’m pretty sure that the mask has magical effects. Sometimes I even try to sleep with the mask on, and wake up hoping to feel like a new person.
Please tell us you don’t fall asleep to the TV …
A lot of the time I’ll put something on Netflix. [Last night] it was something about lovers who kill. I’ll go pretty heavy on the podcasts. I listen to quite a lot of Sam Harris, because he has the most monotone voice I’ve ever heard. It almost has a lullaby effect.
But no martinis, right?
Definitely not alcohol—that’s everything that doesn’t make me sleep. I will have a chamomile tea and maybe take some magnesium supplements. My friend, Poppy Jamie, has started making a magnesium-hot-chocolate drink called Cuddle, which really works.
What’s your bed situation?
My bed in L.A. is definitely the top bed I can think of. I have many, many pillows—like a huge amount: the long maternity pillows and a bunch of fancy high ones too. I started with a Casper mattress but ended up with something pretty over the top—a 100 percent cotton mattress with a lambswool mattress pad. I remember losing my mind about it. My sheets are from a store called Between the Sheets.
What about pajamas?
I’m more likely to fall asleep in all of my clothes. If someone’s sleeping next to me, people get very upset. They have to be like, ‘Please take off your jeans.’ Not wanting to take my shoes off and be the worst [habit]. That’s probably the one I’ve been most scolded for.... I wear socks to sleep 100 percent.
Moving on to the morning. How do you wake up—ideally?
I made a discovery recently. Do you know that alarm clock [from Philips SmartSleep] that starts emitting light very gently about a half an hour before it wakes you up with a birdsong? This just puts me in such a better mood.
Jensen Davis is the Junior Editor for Air Mail