Getting Ready

Sofia Carson Wanted to Confront Her Hollywood Crush at the Oscars

The star viewed her hosting gig as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so why not make the most of it?

By: Samantha Sutton
Photography: Tristan Kallas

For many guests, and even folks watching from home, the Oscars is one big party—a celebration of what’s already been done, if you will. But for those reporting live from the red carpet? The hard part’s only just beginning. There are facts to memorize, interviews to conduct, and every moment, both flawless and awkward, is about to be captured and viewed by tons of people. Umm...can you say eek?

But if Sofia Carson was nervous before her hosting gig for ABC’s The Oscars: All Acess, she wasn’t showing it. The singer and Descendants star is a performer herself, and after watching and rewatching the nominated films, she made a study guide, planning out what to say—especially when it came to one guy in particular. We were there as Sofia got ready for Hollywood’s biggest night, chatting with her about beauty, fashion, and what’s next for her career. Hint: this quadruple threat isn’t slowing down anytime soon.


“My eyebrows are quite thick, and growing up, it wasn’t really on trend to have thick eyebrows. But luckily, my mom and I insisted on no one ever touching my eyebrows, so I never really plucked them or did anything to them. Now, I’ll shape them a little bit and trim them, but I don’t wax them or shape them too much.”

“I exfoliate twice a day and moisturize twice a day. Maybe a few times a week, I use the Clarisonic brush to clean my face, because sometimes I wear makeup long amounts of hours, so just to make sure my pores are really nice and cleaned out. I’ll use a surfer mask once or twice a week to make sure my face is nice and clean and refreshed.”

“I don’t fill [my eyebrows] in because they’re already dark enough, so if I fill them in, they harshen my face a little bit. So I just kind of brush them upwards, more vertical, and it kind lifts my face a little bit. And I keep them nice and trim, which keeps them a nice shape.”

“I love NARs products. I use NARs tinted moisturizer every day, NARs concealers—the Vanilla concealer is my life saver. My sister is incredible with makeup, and she’ll always give me makeup tips. So the mascara I’m using right now is a Benefit mascara that she turned me onto and it’s absolutely amazing. For skin products, I use Obagi.”

“When I travel, the most important thing is when I’m on a plane, I literally buy like, three massive bottles of water and drink them all, no matter how short or how long the flight is. Otherwise my face would be just completely dehydrated when I land.”

“I’ve never really done anything like the Oscars, in terms of hosting on a red carpet, interviewing actors, and then going backstage. I am so beyond excited, as an actress and as a fan—a huge fan of all the people who are going to be there. I’m going to be completely star struck and just in awe of everyone.”

“About a week or two ago, I get a call from the front desk of my building saying ‘A gentleman from The Academy is here to deliver screeners.’ They gave me screeners from all the films that have been nominated, so I’ve been watching and rewatching those. I also created kind of like a study guide with facts from each film that’s nominated, all the actors. Yesterday, I was up until 2 a.m. memorizing everything, just making sure that I’m completely prepared.”

“I really love having my hair up and I think also it’s going to be a really long day. The dress I’m thinking of wearing would look really beautiful with hair up, so I think we’re gravitating toward something like that. It would be easier to maintain throughout the day.”

“I love fashion. When I got the invitation to host The Oscars All Access, apart from first, you know, fainting, my first question was, ‘Ok—what am I going to wear?’ This is like the dream carpet, this is the carpet of all carpets.”

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved timeless, classic, feminine fashion, like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. That what I’ve always kind of gravitated towards and what I’ve always felt my most myself in.”

“I look for something where I feel most myself. It’s hard to describe, but when you put a piece on, something just kind of clicks for you when you feel most like yourself, when you radiate you. I think that’s what’s so important when it comes to red carpet photos and red carpet looks.”

“I try to get as much sleep as I can. Sleep makes such a difference. I try to sleep a lot, drink a lot of water, have tea when I wake up, and just take on the day.”

“When we shot the first [Descendants] movie, I was loving the blue hair so much. I would have the wig on every morning in my trailer and would be like, 'Hmm, maybe I should dye my hair blue.' The thing with colored hair, with blue hair at least, is if you don’t have makeup on, you look crazy. You look like a person who’s had a rough life with blue hair. So I was like, maybe I’ll stick to my brown hair and I’ll keep the wig.”

“Growing up, I always loved Cher. Cher’s a big idol of mine. I would watch her concerts as a little girl and wanted to have a wig for every day, depending on my mood, just like Cher. The long black wig, a short bob. I would definitely love experimenting with that.”

“Meryl Streep is the most highly acclaimed and awarded actress of our time and I don’t know what I would say if I met her. I would just be completely awestruck to be in her presence.”

“I just released my new single 'Back to Beautiful,' which is a song that is so close to my heart. As a little girl growing up, I always thought that if I was lucky enough to share my music with the world, I wanted to say something important, something that mattered. The song is so important because it’s about spreading the message of being beautiful on the inside. Having a beautiful heart and being compassionate, not judging who we love, where we’re from. It’s a really important message today, yesterday, and always.”

“I’ve always really admired the careers of someone who can do it all, like Jennifer Lopez, who has an incredible career in film and an incredible career in music. Beyoncé as well. Definitely women like them who stand for girl power. I also really admire the careers of Adele and Taylor Swift. I love their lyrics. As songwriters, they write messages that have always been positive for girls.”

“I’m in the studio working on my album. I’m releasing more music throughout the year. And then we have Descendants 2, which will be coming out this summer, which I’m really excited about, so it’s going to be a really exciting year.”

“My celebrity crush is Andrew Garfield, so if I meet him, I’m definitely going to tell him that and break the ice that way. We’ll see how he reacts. It’s going to be so awkward it’s going to be amazing. I feel like how many times will I be at the Oscars, on the red carpet, interviewing nominees? So I’m just going to be honest and just tell him. Otherwise, if it was a different setting, I would definitely never tell him.”