There's no doubt MJ Rodriguez is a star. From the second she appeared onscreen in FX's Pose—a Ryan Murphy–directed series centered on New York's ballroom scene in the 1980s and ’90s—it became clear she was one to watch. In her role as Blanca, the strong-willed founder of the House of Evangelista, her every word demands your attention and pulls at your heart strings. Since the first season, she's starred in a production of Little Shop of Horrors, and though I've seen only short clips of the performance, once again, I was captivated by her every move.
As Pose comes to a close—the series' final episode aired June 6—Rodriguez isn't slowing down anytime soon. She'll be making the switch from drama to comedy for Apple's recently announced show with the working title Loot, starring alongside Maya Rudolph.
Though she may be busy with filming, the 30-year-old always takes the time for her skin-care routine. “It's important for me to do it every single day,” she tells Glamour. “I don't think it's something that I have to do, but it's just a little added plus to make me feel good that my skin is healthy and taken care of.”
“It's definitely something I've always been into,” she says. “I've always taken care of my skin. I just didn't have, you know, the right product to use. But now I do—thank God!” Rodriguez credits her makeup artist on Pose,Nicky Illum, for helping her get settled on a routine that works for her.
“My biggest concern is not developing abscesses like I did when I was younger,” she says. “I did not want big mountains on my face anymore—that is too scary! Right now, though, my skin is extremely healthy; it's moisturized and hydrated. And it's finally clear as it should be. And I'm really happy with it.”
After last night's emotional finale, Rodriguez shared her go-to routine with us. From the purifying scrub to the sheet mask that “gets me all the way together,” read on for the products she can't live without.
I first start off with a purifying facial scrub with tea tree, by Dr. Organic. It's deep-cleansing, and it's good for waking up in the morning and making sure you got all the oils off your face, or any of the bacteria from the day before, or from when you were sleeping—because you gather bacteria while you sleep. And it just has a slew of things inside of it: not only tree tea tree oil but grapefruit and botanical extracts; it also has coconut oil in it. So it's good. It's also just hydrating and really cleans your face. And it feels so good—my face is so smooth afterward.