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Unorthodox’s Shira Haas Swears By This $36 French Cleansing Water

The Netflix star shares what she plans to wear to the (virtual!) Emmys, her favorite shows, and more.

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These days Shira Haas is grateful to be a night owl. The star of Netflix's Unorthodox—for which she just received her first Emmy nomination—is currently at home in Tel Aviv, where she's filming the third season of Shtisel, the popular Israeli television drama that was her big break. It involves a lot of long days and nights, but Haas doesn't mind. “I like going to sleep very late anyhow,” she tells me. “It works well.”

That mentality will serve Haas well when she tunes in for the Emmys on September 20. “It will be like 3 a.m. in Tel Aviv, but I'm not going to wear my pajamas,” she says, with a laugh. “It's still a once-in-a-lifetime event. I'll wear a dress or a nice outfit, or maybe I'll change throughout!" 

She adds, “I'm still processing everything that's happened. It's a dream, really.”

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A very real dream. Haas's portrayal of Esty Shapiro, a young Orthodox woman who leaves the constraints of her strict religious upbringing to start a new life, is equal parts heartbreaking and powerful. She learned Yiddish (“I knew nothing before, so I spent hours—hours—studying so I could be as fluent as Esty”) and shaved her head for the role. After her hair change, Haas says, people started comparing her to Eleven, Millie Bobby Brown's character on Stranger Things. Haas found it flattering. “People would say [Millie and I] are braver and stronger beyond our years,” she says, “plus the ambitious nature of both our characters.”

It's a trait Haas likes to embrace. “Esty is very different from me, but I also felt like I saw myself in her,” she says. “I am so proud of the show because [it shed light] on a culture I didn't really know before. People could relate to Esty's journey, and have empathy for her.” 

As for Shira Haas's journey? We asked the 25-year-old to share everything she’s currently buying, reading, and more for our latest installment of Your Fave’s Faves.

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My hair-care routine

I use natural shampoos. I feel like it’s a fresh beginning [after shaving my head], so it’s really good, but I do love scarves and headbands. Scarves especially.

How I self-care

I try to do meditation every morning because it's so helpful. At the end of the day I take a hot shower, even if it’s been a very long day. It’s my meditation time to think about the day and wash it away to focus on the next day. I also love making playlists. I do that for roles I do. That’s a hobby of mine. 

My favorite travel outfit

Any flight I ever take, I wear the same outfit. It's a big gray sweater with “C'est La Vie” written on it. I’ve had it for years, and it’s the most comfortable outfit. I’m always freezing on flights, so that is my favorite thing for sure. 

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The skin-care secret I swear by

No matter how tired I am, I always take my makeup off and wash my face. I learned how to finally put makeup on from my makeup artist during lockdown because I never knew how, really. I still prefer having her do it, but she explained it to me step-by-step over Zoom. So when I wash my face, I use Guinot's Micellaire Cleansing Water, a French brand I just started using. 

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My favorite comfort food

I love ptitim! It’s so not healthy, but I love it. It’s similar to couscous. It’s so easy to make and so delicious. I’m not a big cook, so pasta is nice to order if I don’t feel like making food. And challah especially is amazing! Really, bread in general is my favorite thing. 

The shows I’m loving right now

I really love Unbelievable. It’s a very interesting and dramatic and powerful story, and I love the actresses. I just started watching Sex Education, which is very fun. I wanted to have something fun to watch after long days, but I’m still at the beginning, so no spoilers. Oh, and also I love The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan documentary.

The jewelry that’s important to me

I have two pieces of jewelry I never put down, except when I’m acting. One of them is a heart-shaped necklace my grandmother gave to me after my grandfather passed. She gave all her grandchildren the same necklace, and I always have it on me. I also have two rings, one from my grandmother and the other from my mom. I don’t change my jewelry much—only earrings—so those are always on me. In the picture below, I'm wearing earrings that the director of Unorthodox, Maria Schrader, bought me as a gift at the end of filming in Berlin. I love them.  

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The last thing I bought

I moved to a new place three months ago, so I just bought a mirror because I didn’t have one. And vitamins! Multivitamins, probiotics, and vitamin D since I don’t go out much.

The quote I swear by

I’m obsessed with poetry and quotes in general. One I really love is on my Instagram from March 2018. “Remember when you wanted what you currently have.” It’s good to look at what we have, especially in times like now, and look at what we’ve achieved. It makes me smile.

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The books I always recommend

It’s hard to choose, but my favorite book, maybe ever, is Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig, which I really love. It’s not one of the most famous books, but it's very dramatic and amazing. I cried for so long because it’s heartbreaking in the most beautiful way. I’m also reading Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda, and it’s a very interesting book about inner war and a person’s journey to finding oneself. I like books, like movies, that make me think.

“Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan” by Carlos Castaneda

“Beware of Pity” by Stefan Zweig

Unorthodox is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Jessica Radloff is the West Coast editor at Glamour. You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.