‘When age expresses itself on the face it’s one of the most attractive things.’
After his training at RADA, English actor Jack Laskey has managed to make quite an impact on both stage and screen. Who could forget his debut as the slick and dapper Carruthers in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows! When it comes to his ‘down time’ it’s clear that Jack prefers the effortless look, but don’t be fooled that also involves effort!
Thanks Jack for dishing the dirt on showers, stage make-up, and for sharing your down to earth tips on looking good, feeling great and grooming disasters!
Do you think your style has changed since your days on Heartbeat?
I did an episode of Heartbeat years ago where I hilariously played the next in line to the throne of a religious cult… As I remember they gave me a rather fetching pair of curtains with a centre parting. It’s a look I was very keen on when I was at school but I think I’ve outgrown it somewhat.
How do you take care of yourself when you get up in the morning? With what products?
I love a long and very hot shower as soon as I get up. While in the piping douche I wash myself with Dove soap. After toweling off I use a Dermalogica Active Moist moisturiser on my face, a little bit of VO5 wax in my hair and Colgate toothpaste on my teeth.
You must have to use stage make-up, what’s your view on mens make-up?
I don’t know many actors who use stage make-up actually. I don’t personally. I’ve never been into the whole mens make-up thing for myself but I know that some men swear by it and look really good wearing it. Each to their own.
You’re known for quite classic tailoring in Endeavour and Sherlock Holmes, but how you define your own style
In everyday life I dress much more scruffily. Mainly I just wear jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. I do love an occasion when I can wear a suit though – I wish we still lived in an age where men wore three piecers all the time.
Whats your diet like? And do you exercise?
I eat a lot of fruit and veg. My mum was a GP so I was brought up eating really well and that habit stuck. I also love cooking which I’m really thankful for as it means that eating healthily is easy. Swimming is my exercise. I go to the pool and swim a mile four or five times a week on average. I had a personal trainer for the film ‘Secret Sharer’, which I shot a couple of years ago. I had to do five sessions with him a week and eat six meals a day… I’d never been to a gym before in my life and found it very boring and rather painful!
How do you relax?
With friends and food and an ale or two, preferably in the countryside.
Would you ever go under the knife?
I would never ever have plastic surgery by choice, no. I hate the idea so much. Natural bodies are always so much more beautiful, I think. And the way that age expresses itself on the face is one of the most attractive things – the imprint of the life you’ve led there for all to see.
What is your personal hygiene pet peeve?
I find bad breath a pretty difficult thing to be in the company of.
When you go away for the weekend, whats in your wash bag?
My toothbrush, my Colgate, my Dermalogica active moist, my waleda deodorant and my hair wax.
When are you happiest?
When I’m swimming in the sea.
Which other guys do you rate/inspire you in terms of their grooming?
Johnny Depp. Will Oldham. Ben Whishaw.
Has a career in acting affected the grooming products that you use?
Yes, I would never have ended up using such a proper moisturiser if left to my own devices. I only started using it last year on the insistence of the make-up girls who work with me on Endeavour (the ITV series not the space shuttle).
Whats your go-to grooming product?
Dermalogica Active Moist.
When it comes to women, whats your ideal scent?
My girlfriend wears perfume from L’Artisan Parfumeur. They make great smells.
Who cuts your hair and which styling products do you use?
One of the many great things about being an actor is that you pretty much always get haircuts on jobs. A haircut and some different styling really changes my face which helps me feel like a different person. It’s fantastic having someone else decide what you’re going to look like – I hate having going to the barbers as I never know what to ask for and somehow always end up with something other than I’m expecting.
Beards are currently on trend, would you ever go full beard?
Yup. I’m quite often seen sporting a full beard. I’d like to have a chance to grow one of them real real hefty six month big beards.
Which skin and hair products do you use and why?
I buy nothing other than the ones I’ve already mentioned. I think the VO5 Wax has been with me since I was seventeen. I guess I’m a bit of a creature of habit.
What products do you use to shave? Do you wet shave?
Mostly I use clippers and trim my beard down rather than wet shaving. But often I do have to take a razor to my face for work. I use a Mach 3 and a King of Shaves Shaving Oil.
Lastly, Do you have a signature fragrance?
Escape by Calvin Klein is my trusted old favourite but I think it may be time to find a new one.
Interview by Zoé Michelle and Jasmine Hadfiled
1. Jack's style icon Johnny Depp
2. Weleda Sage Deodorant, £8.95 for 100ml, Available at www.weleda.co.uk
3. VO5 Extreme Gel Wax, £3.89 for 75ml, Available at Superdrug stores nationwide
4. L'Artisan Parfumeur - Eau De Toilette, £85 for 100ml, Available at www.artisanparfumeur.com
5. AlphaOil Shaving Oil Sensitive, £3.69 for 15ml, Available at www.shave.com
6. Gillette Mach 3, £13.99 for 3 blades, Available at Boots stores nationwide
7. Calvin Klein - Escape, £19.99 for 100ml Spray, Available at www.theperfumeshop.com
8. Dove Orignal Soup, £0.70, Available at Boots stores nationwide
9. Jack's idol Ben Whishaw
10. Dermalogica, Active Moist, £44.10 for 100ml, Available at www.dermalogica.co.uk