When she isn’t studying Creative Writing at USC, Carlson Young is mostly getting covered in fake blood on the set of Scream, the MTV show where she plays high-school queen Brooke Maddox. I met Carlson on a sunny morning in Los Feliz to talk about her style, beauty tips and of course cats!
If I was to describe your style today, I would say preppy, cool school girl vibes. Is this your usual attire?
Do you change based on your mood? How do you decide how to get dressed in the morning?
I never try to go for the school girl style, but I always somehow end up dressed like that. I think it is because I wore a uniform from age 5 to 18 so it sort of imprinted on my mind! I wear a lot of black and white. I am not so into brights.
Do you think your style changed when you moved to L.A.?
Yes, definitely. When I moved here I was 19 and I was still in that high school mood of wearing what your friends are wearing. I have always been attracted towards classic pieces, but sometimes I just want to be trendy, you know! That’s why I like Opening Ceremony, they have great brands there and I always find something I like when I visit.
Name three favourite stores in Los Angeles
Opening Ceremony, Acne, A.P.C.
NeedSupply – I am always on there. ASOS – they have a petite section… Over the course of my life I’ve spent way too much money on alterations because I am so small! Then of course I also like Net-a-Porter, Shopbop and all the usual suspects.
Does your character (ndlr – Brooke Maddox in Scream) influence at all the way you dress in your day to day life?
Absolutely not! On the show, Brooke is a suburban high school girl. I don’t know where she shops, but I am not shopping there (laughs)! The costume designer is really awesome and asks my opinion on Brooke’s outfits, I get a say in what she wears. It is really cool to see how things translate on screen. I wouldn’t wear anything Brooke wears in the show, but I love how it makes her look on screen.
What’s your beauty regime?
I need my sunscreen, I am a pale, pale flower! I burn so easily and I am really afraid of the sun. It is a new thing though, when I was growing up I was always pretty tanned, but not anymore. I always also need mascara… and eyeliner… and brows… and concealer… and everything!!! I love make-up!
What’s the craziest make-up style you’ve ever tried?
Well… Most people’s adventurous make-up routine is my everyday! I just like to make my eyes look like a raccoon’s, the smokier the better.
A good smokey eye is the one thing I’ve never mastered, are you really good at it?
I got you girl! I was the girl growing up who would do all my friends’ make-up. I love doing make-up.
What do you never leave the house without, make-up wise?
I had white hair until I was about 12, then it turned mousey. So now I get it highlighted every 4 months or so. I have a great girl here in L.A. who makes maintenance really minimal and it just grows to an ombré style. My hair has been growing like a weed since I stopped colouring it because it is so much healthier.
Do you have a favourite nail salon? Or do you do your nails at home?
I just go to the little hole in the wall near my apartment, in DTLA… They do a great job. I am a nail biter, so I have to have my nails done all the time.
When did you get your first cat?
I got my cat Frances when he was a little kitten. I was 19. I’d been here for about a year and I decided to treat myself to a little buddy, so I got Frances. I found him on Craigslist. He was in Bakersville, CA so I drove over there, looked at him and he was so precious I snagged him right away.
Then we had a little addition to the cat family a couple of months ago. While we were shooting in New Orleans, I woke up one morning and I got a cat! She was with me in NOLA while I was shooting for three weeks, then my fiancé took her back home. Her name is Arwen and she is an elf princess. She is a dream, she is so sweet.
Are you going to get another one?
I would, but I can’t.
I swear I will end up with 55 cats if I stay in L.A. for a while!
In high school, my senior prediction was that I was going to become a crazy cat lady. I swear, it is even in the yearbook!!
Did you have pets growing up? Did you already have a cat obsession?
No, my parents hate cats… I’ve always loved cats though. My high school sweetheart bought me a really cute white cat. My mum wouldn’t let me keep him. His name was Christopher, he was so cute.