Can I start off by saying, it was my dream to get to go to Barneys and pick out whatever I wanted? [Note to readers: Barneys did not make Georgie say this!] Anything at Barneys—that is the dream. It was like a Willy Wonka moment, and I would live in this Dolce & Gabbana dress if I could. Not that this would make sense because my style is all over the place—in a rational way. I dress depending on my mood. Sometimes I dress boyish, in baggy jeans and combat boots, and sometimes I just want to wear a billowy floral dress. As long as I feel good, it works.
Fashion is important. I’ve always cared about how I present myself, and I need to feel comfortable in my skin. Over the last few years, I’ve edited out anything from my closet that didn’t resonate. If it didn’t make me feel good, I donated it. Now I have an effortless wardrobe. When you have less stuff you somehow end up with more of what you love. Quality over quantity—that’s my rule; that’s me.
Some of my favorite moments in L.A. have been spent with my bulldog, Archie. Archie is named after Archimedes from The Sword in the Stone. There’s also my cats Agador Spartacus, named after Hank Azaria’s character in The Birdcage, and Mr. Bob Harris, a.k.a Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. I’m both a film buff and an animal lover. Growing up, we had cats, dogs, ferrets, and hamsters, and Guinea pigs. And we always had more than one pet at a time. My sisters and I always loved it, and we still do. Cats are just the funniest, cutest, weirdest roommates I’ve ever had. They’re also a pain in the butt and ruin my couch, but they’re such wonderful companions. It’s more fun to run errands with Archie than just run errands by myself, you know?
Now that Famous in Love just wrapped, I’ve been auditioning like crazy. I was in L.A. for a long time before I achieved what I, at the time, considered success. It was a roller coaster, and at times I would feel bad about myself because this town could do that to you.
I moved myself out here after high school independently. This was very much my dream, and if I wanted it I had to keep going on my own. Quitting was not an option because there was no other option. In this industry it’s so easy to compare yourself and constantly worry or get mad if you don’t get a part you came so close to…but I’ve learned to look at the positive. I know that sounds cheesy! Look, three years ago I was working part-time in retail and waitressing on the side and also being a personal assistant, and now I am doing what I love and supporting myself. It’s perseverance and having a positive attitude, and the former was not something that came naturally at first in L.A. Once I was able to focus on all the things I had achieved for myself and acknowledge those accomplishments, it sort of stoked the flames of confidence, and I evolved.
All I did in high school was go to the movies. And, I still do that! I knew I wanted to be in movies when I was a kid. When I was little I collected Disney action figures, and I would play for hours in my room—very uncool—but I had this big imagination and had a whole land set up with all these players, and I’d act out this world I built. Creating and playing and doing the different voices for each character…I think that’s where it all stemmed from.
Oddly enough, if I was out here filming a scene in public and there were people watching, that’s easier than posing for a photo. When I’m acting I’m not focused on how I look at all. I’m busy getting lost in being someone else. When I drive around L.A. and see people posing in front of the pink wall, for example, I admire that they don’t care who’s looking at them, but I couldn’t do it—I’m too shy. Even when I walk the red carpets, my fingers are always squeezing together. In my head I’m like, Just do it, you can do it. When it’s over I feel like I just blacked out. I have a friend who’s coaching me through this right now.
When you have good shoes—like, really cute, vibrant, standout shoes—you can pair them with anything and look great. The outfit I put together for our shoot is something extra special I wouldn’t wear every day, but these green Gianvito Rossi mules I could. You could pair them with any old jeans and a T-shirt and you have a great outfit.