Sanaa Lathan has been out here securing the Netflix Bag, and is starring in one of their newest series, Hit & Run. The new action thriller follows a happily married man whose life is turned upside down after his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv. Enter Lathan—the main character's former flame who helps him figure out the answer to one increasingly difficult question: Who killed his wife?
Her character, Naomi, is an investigative journalist who is doesn't play with the people, m'kay? And our girl has been enjoying her new role wholeheartedly, telling Glamour:
"I knew right away that it was going to be a good show. There are a lot of twists and turns."
TheLove & Basketballactor teases, revealing that she especially loves thrillers despite having starred in almost every genre. And soon she'll be adding another thing to her résumé: This year she'll be directing a feature film. I see you!
While discussing her latest career moves and being the effortlessly amazing Sanaa, she even shared a few of her favorite things (which I'm always admittedly a sucker for). Here's what we've learned about our leading lady:
Her go-to dog outfits.
The actress admitted that she's basically like us and dresses her dogs up too (when she can).
"She hates clothes. There are some pictures of her on my Instagram from when I was shooting in New York and it got really cold. I got her a little down jacket and she looked like she was so miserable…. She's so funny. But she doesn't like the clothes, so we have gotten her some like pink rhinestone collars and little harnesses."
Her most used app:
Because none of us like to truly admit to checking our social media accounts as soon as we wake up (and a hundred times more throughout the day), she went with a close second.
"I'm addicted to Amazon Prime. I get boxes all the time that I don't even open. And then when I open them, I don't even remember ordering them. I'll wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and order stuff. It's kind of bad. I need to work on that. I like to order this gum that I chew called Spry. It doesn't have the aspartame in it or sugar, but I'm a little obsessed with it. It's made with a different kind of sweetener. It's not as bad for you."
Her most listened to playlist (she shared the link with us too!):
"I have one Apple Playlist called Feels, which is kind of a midtempo that they update every week. I'm constantly getting what's new. Sometimes I listen to pop. Sometimes I listen to R&B. Sometimes I listen to oldies. I'm truly eclectic. When I'm working, I either have silence or there's one that's called Pure Focus and it has no words, but it's kind of cool. You have a little ambient music, but you don't have to be distracted by the words."
Her comfiest pair of shoes:
The comfortable shoes heard around the world, are a fave of Sanaa's as well.
"I ordered another pair of Birkenstocks because they're falling apart. I don't know what it is. They're not the cutest, but I have to get in them as soon as I get home. I had a black patent leather one that just fell apart, and I just ordered another one so I could have a backup. They mold to your feet or something. It feels good."
Her favorite skincare product:
Now, you guys know that around the xoNecole offices, we love to discuss skincare. So when we hear of new finds, we have to share!
"I like this organic canola oil. It's on Amazon and it's called Camellia. It's from Sweet Essentials and it's $13.99. I have it all over my house; throughout the day I put it on my face and it's so silky. It makes your skin so supple and moisturized. I love it."
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The drink always in her fridge:
Sanaa chuckles at the thought of her answer and reveals:
"The LaCroix LimonCello is my thing to the point where my mom was like, 'You drink too much of that.' It doesn't have sugar, but I have a little bit of an addiction. At least it's better than soda. I also love Watermelon Wonder Synergy kombucha."
Her wellness routine:
"I try to meditate every day. I do transcendental meditation, but I believe they all have benefits. I started meditating seriously about six or seven years ago because I went through a really traumatic period where I wasn't handling, processing all of that well, and started having panic attacks.
"I had a friend who died suddenly, and it was just a lot. Instead of dealing with it, I kind of just kept working and it caught up with me. I wanted to address it holistically, so I started doing this practice. As soon as I started meditating, it kind of went away. Now it's just part of my life."
Self-care is the best care.
What she's reading:
The book on her bedside, is actually of one she is directing in her debut.
"I'm going to direct one of the books that I'm reading now. It's called 'On the Come Up' by Angie Thomas. She's the same writer who wrote The Hate U Give—a New York Times best-selling author. It's a coming-of-age story, about a 16-year-old rapper who is finding her voice. It's a beautiful script. We'll be shooting later this year, and I'm super excited about it."
As a huge fan of Brown Sugar, can't wait to catch this one.
Stay tuned for what Sanaa has coming up in her career, but in the meantime, here's the trailer of her current Netflix show, Hit and Run.
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