Pressparty interview: Gabriella Wilde is Caroline Penvenen in BBC’s Poldark

Poldark Series 3 – An adaptation of the fifth and sixth novels in Winston Graham’s Poldark Series

 Returning for her second series of Poldark, Gabriella Wilde reveals that there is a turbulent journey in store for her character, Caroline Penvenen, this time around.

“There is a lot of loss for Caroline this series, she loses her uncle and she begins to believe she has also lost her husband, Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) too when he goes missing in France. So whilst she is struggling with the grief of her loss, she is fearful that it may soon be two fold.

“Through that she really develops her relationship with Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and cements herself within society in Cornwall becoming very much a part of that world. With the sadness Caroline endures throughout the series we see her grow up a lot.”

Gabriella has enjoyed developing Caroline’s relationships with different characters this series and specifically, her friendship with Demelza.

“With Dwight being away, Ross and Demelza take Caroline in, they look after her and it is really nice for her, to have friends.

“In the last series she didn’t really have interactions with female characters, she didn’t have any female friends or a mother or sisters and she was living in this male environment, which, I think, was why she was so sharp. However, in this series Caroline’s relationship with Demelza really develops and the kinship they share, although they are so different, is really lovely and has been a joy to play out.”

Whilst her friendship with Demelza strengthens, Caroline’s relationship with Dwight is tested more than ever.

“Their relationship is a huge rollercoaster this series. At the start it was all very young much love whereas now it is more about their marriage and having to face very tough obstacles.

“When Dwight finally returns home, he may return physically but he struggles to come home mentally. Caroline is dealing with Dwight’s severe post traumatic stress disorder and she is feeling very rejected by him. That is something she has never really experienced before, let alone from the man she loves and has just married. She is in Cornwall and has just lost her uncle and so it is quite frightening for her at this moment and she loses some of her naivety through that. It is a very turbulent journey this series for her and for their relationship.”

Whilst her character was going through a tumultuous period, Gabriella had to shake off Caroline’s emotions rather swiftly.

“As I had my baby boy on set with me I had to be able to drop my character’s emotions hour by hour rather than carrying Caroline with me.

“It is always hard and weird doing the big dramatic scenes and then running to feed my son, having to constantly switch in and out of it but you just learn as it goes along.

“It was a bizarre first six months of his life but it was amazing to be able to be a working mother and have my son with me, it was a luxury that I was very lucky to have.”

Gabriella reveals what it is about Caroline that makes her such an enjoyable character to return to.

“Caroline isn’t your standard female character, especially for a period drama as she is punchy and bright and very quick witted. Caroline doesn’t fit the mould of her initial character breakdown; a rich heiress in the 18th Century, as like Demelza, she is incredibly strong but in a very different way.

“Poldark has very strong female characters that are written in a very clever way. Caroline doesn’t have to be so tough all of the time, she is bright and frustrated by her position but at the same time she also enjoys it which is quite real and refreshing. She doesn’t have to be this hardened woman to be a strong woman, she is still young and naïve and joyful in lots of ways but will also not be told what to do.”

Gabriella reveals what she believes to be the secret to Poldark’s success.

“Poldark’s popularity comes initially from the stories, the brilliant writing as there is something about Poldark that is quite current. Whilst it is a period drama the themes that run through it are relevant. You get that Sunday night escapism but it also touches a sensitivity in people at the moment.”

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Luxury London: In Conversation With Gabriella Wilde

The face of Mappin & Webb and one of the stars of BBC hit period drama Poldark, British actress Gabriella Wilde reflects on her career, life in the country and working with Aidan Turner

Despite first impressions, Gabriella Wilde is no shrinking violet. Granted, with her angelic features and softly spoken voice, it would be an easy assumption to make. However, having pursued two of the most competitive industries, modelling and acting, she is by no means timid, and for those of you who watched the second series of the BBC’s hit period drama Poldark, in which she plays the feisty Caroline Penvenen, you perhaps wouldn’t be surprised.

Speaking to 27-year-old Wilde, her slightly reserved nature undoubtedly makes her come across as more reticent than some of her acting peers and she admits that she has never been one “to shout the loudest in the room”. And yet, this suggests that she is far more self-assured than many others in an industry that seems to be riddled with self-doubt and low self-esteem. Continue reading Luxury London: In Conversation With Gabriella Wilde

Best Night Ever with Gabriella Wilde

Best Night Ever with Gabriella Wilde

Best Night Ever

Estée Lauder spokesmodel Gabriella Wilde dishes on her
evening beauty routine, a before-bed scent strategy, and her
no-fail, next-day brightening trick.

With email at your fingertips, nonstop group texting, and around-the-clock social media surprises and distractions, actually making the time to unwind and shut down at the end of the day frequently takes a backseat to just one more tour of your Instagram feed. But, logging your requisite REM sleep is all about establishing a consistent evening routine, so who better to advise us than those for whom beauty sleep is a veritable job requirement? In the final installment of our Best Night Ever series, Gabriella Wilde reveals how even new moms can still look like they got a full night’s sleep.

What is your nightly beauty routine?
I always wash my face, even if I haven’t worn makeup that day. Then, I apply Advanced Night Repair religiously, as it keeps my skin hydrated and radiant. I follow that with moisturizer.

You were recently introduced to the new Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask. When do you wear it?
I love using it when I’m on set. It’s really hydrating, so it’s great for prepping my skin before I go into hair and makeup.

Do you have any tips for getting a good night’s sleep?
I never take my phone or any technology into my bedroom. It’s important to wind down from all of that before I go to sleep. In drier climates, I sleep with a humidifier, which helps my lungs and my skin. I also like to sleep with fresh air, so if I can, I open a window.

How do you like to relax before bed?
Because sleep is so important to me, my bedroom is an oasis dedicated only to sleep. I keep all work-related things in a separate room. I also love scents, and I use a diffuser with lavender oil in my room, which always helps me to relax, or I’ll light a Jo Malone candle while reading in bed. I also try to meditate, even just for ten minutes before bed.

When you travel across different time zones, how do you keep skin hydrated and radiant on the plane?
I keep a bottle of my trusted Advanced Night Repair in my carry-on for some extra moisturization, because the airplane air is so dehydrating. I also try to drink as much water as possible and avoid any foods that will dehydrate me further.

Any tips on how to look rested when you don’t get much sleep?
My trick: dab Estée Lauder concealer in the corners of my eyes or use a white eyeliner on the inside rim to make my eyes look more open. To plan ahead, I’ll boil bags of green tea and freeze them overnight so that in the morning, I can apply them to my eyes to reduce puffiness.

How has being a mother had an impact on your sleep?
I have definitely not had as much sleep as I would have liked over the last year, and I had to adjust to my little one’s sleep schedule. When you become a mother, you can suddenly function on hardly any sleep because it isn’t about you anymore. I have been lucky, as my son is a good sleeper, and when we travel, he sleeps with me, which always eases the jet lag. It is also a special bonding time.

What is your idea of a perfect night?
Time with my family and something quite simple. I would put my son to bed, have a nice long bath, and then cook dinner with my husband at home. I’d watch a movie, then meditate for 20 minutes and get into bed. In the morning I would be awakened by a hug from my son.

Meet Rag&Bone FW15 Campaign Star: Gabriella Wilde

Earlier this summer, London-based Gabriella Wilde flew to New York to shoot our FW15 campaign. We caught up with the beautiful star on set in Brooklyn to discuss the campaign, her style and career…

What is it about rag & bone that resonates with you?
rag & bone has an understated coolness. It is chic with an edge which I love. I’ve always been a big fan of the brand, it appeals to my natural style.
What were your thoughts about the campaign concept?
I loved the concept. It was very different, a bit raw. It was really fun to shoot. I love the hardness of the images.
What do you like about New York?
New York has an energy like no other city in the world. I never really feel like it’s real life when I am there.
How would you define your style?
I have never followed trends but just like what I like. I usually prefer to dress in a simple way, but wear clothes that are well made. I’m not a girly girl and I often like to wear men’s clothing. My husband probably influences my style the most – I steal his clothes a lot.
When did you decide you wanted to become an actress?
I did my first few photoshoots when I was 14 with Isabella Blow and then Naomi (Campbell) took me to her agency – that’s when the work started to pick up. I moved into acting when I was 20 while I was studying painting at college.

What’s the best advice you have received so far regarding acting?
Nothing is wrong.
Is acting in your blood?
Neither of my parents are actors but they are both very artistic and my mother is certainly a performer in life. My siblings are a creative bunch too, so I guess it’s in us all from somewhere.
What kind of roles appeal to you?
Anything that rings true.
You have a beautiful son, Sasha. Has motherhood changed you in many ways?
Yes, totally. I can’t remember life or my outlook before I had my son. Nothing will give you more clarity in an instant than becoming a mother.
Finally, we noticed you have a tattoo on your wrist, is there a special meaning behind it and do you have any others
It’s the number seven. I am the seventh child in my family and it’s my lucky number. And yes, I have a few more…

Gabriella Wilde about Estée Lauder

JOINING the likes of Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse and the recently-appointed Kendall Jenner, British model and actress Gabriella Wilde has been signed up as the newest face of Estée Lauder. Spotted by Naomi Campbell aged 14, Wilde is a descendant of Charles II (her full name is the rather impressive Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe).

“I am so excited to follow in the footsteps of so many incredible women who have represented Estée Lauder,” she said. “They all inspired me and now I hope to inspire others.”

As well as an acting career that has seen her star alongside the likes of Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom and Julianne Moore, Wilde has previously modelled for Burberry, Lacoste, Topshop and Abercrombie and Fitch.

“Gabriella is a timeless beauty, a talented actress and an accomplished artist – the perfect new face to reflect the modern image and values of Estée Lauder,” said Richard Ferretti, senior vice president and global creative director for Estée Lauder.

With last year’s projects having included getting married to musician Alan Pownall and giving birth to their son Sasha, Wilde’s first campaign for Estée Lauder will be for Crescent White skincare, launching in March.

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Wilde kind of loving

Love is in the air for English actress Gabriella Wilde, who reprises the role made famous by Brooke Shields in Endless Love. Before Valentine’s Day, she tells Ainslie Chandler why her preparation didn’t include watching the original.

Stepping into a role once played by Hollywood darling Brooke Shields could be a nerve-wracking experience for some actors. But British actress Gabriella Wilde says it never occurred to her to be intimidated by the role of Jade Butterfield in the remake of Shields’ Endless Love. Continue reading Wilde kind of loving

English rose Gabriella Wilde sizzles in slushy romance ‘Endless Love’

English rose Gabriella Wilde sizzles in slushy romance Endless Love.. but doesn’t care for big Valentine’s Day gestures

ENDLESS Love actress Gabriella Wilde gave birth to her first child last week and admits she’s not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, preferring more romantic everyday touches to one-off displays of affection.

LAST night, many of you will have gone to the cinema to get all romantic for Valentine’s by watching Endless Love. But the star of the film, 24-year-old Gabriella Wilde, stayed in and reckons romance is doing nothing. Gabriella, who gave birth last week to her first child, said: “I’m not really a fan of Valentine’s Day.“I think it can be romantic doing nothing on Valentine’s Day. It’s more romantic than being given a big bunch of flowers that everyone else is doing.” Continue reading English rose Gabriella Wilde sizzles in slushy romance ‘Endless Love’