She’s has been the veterinarian of choice to stars such as Paris Hilton, and now she is front and center on the red carpets in Hollywood after switching careers and becoming an actress! Hillary Hickam has starred in such films as The Lockett and In My Mother’s Arms, and next plays one of the leads in the horror flick, TiF.
With so much going on in her life, Hillary always knows how to glam it up, and so we had to find out more about her style, favorite products & more!
NN: How would you describe your own personal style – both while at home and on the red carpet?
HH: I believe clothes should be carefully chosen, but carelessly worn… I love to be glamorous, but not at the expense of comfort. It it’s itchy or constricting, no matter how sexy the outfit, I won’t wear it. I love the 80s so any chance I have to pay an homage to that decade, I will jump at it. I love hats and heels and textures. Gauzy fabrics and soft flowy silhouettes always attract me first, but I have plenty of slim-fitting, skin-revealing outfits too. (At home I will inevitably be wearing soft pajamas or jean shorts and an over-sized sweatshirt!)
NN: What are some of your favorite beauty products that you use to get red-carpet ready?
HH: I use a wide variety of brands, but the products I can’t live without include Benefit eye concealer and blush, Maybelline mascara, Stila eyeliner, Laura Mercier lipstick, and Trish McEvoy lip gloss. For my hair, I never go out without Kerastasse thickening spray and I still adore Potion #9 as style finish.
NN: Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?
HH: Helmut Lang, Zadig & Voltaire, Anna Sui, Magda Butrym, Alice and Olivia, Vince Camuto, Pedro Garcia.
NN: How has the change been from being in doctors clothes as a veterinarian, to now being a in-the-spotlight actress?
HH: It is actually a refreshing change to go from comfy, sometimes wrinkled, scrubs and tennis shoes to fancy, sexy clothes and heels! I have to spend a lot more time getting ready than I ever did to be a veterinarian! I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin though, so the clothes are just an extra accessory for the day. The most important part of your presentation to the world is Your attitude not your clothes. If you don’t have a positive, pleasant attitude you can’t hide that under even the most beautiful fabrics! I start the day with prayer and exercise regardless of what the plan for the day is or what my job will be.
NN: You have a few pets… Do you ever dress your dogs up?
HH: Oh yes! In fact my 4 pound maltese was a finalist in the Santa Monica Halloween costume contest this week! She was “LA Glam” and wore a sexy little black dress, a pink scarf, and of course her aviator sunglasses. Unfortunately my sassy year and a half old shih tzu likes to rip off and chew anything I dress her in so you are unlikely to see her in an outfit.
NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to switch their own careers and try their hand at acting in Hollywood
HH: First, surround yourself with other talented, generous actors and learn everything you can from them! Then remember to return the favor as soon as you can. Secondly, BE BRAVE AND TAKE RISKS! Don’t bother learning “the rules,” because the successful actors are the ones that don’t follow them anyway!