Mayan Lopez: “Being Real Is Becoming More Powerful Than Being Perfect”

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As star and producer of the NBC series Lopez vs. Lopez, no one is taking on family dynamics quite like Mayan Lopez. Yes, she’s the daughter—and coworker—of George, but the 26-year-old also has a not-so-small side project of getting out the good word on body positivity. She recently sat down with us to talk why she’s so passionate about it, skin-care staples, and the app that saves her on-set.

Can you share any glam moments from behind the scenes of the show?

Most of the time I’m in ‘sitcom mom’ mode but I’ve had some fun looks. In the episode quinceañera I had some great extensions, a huge bump in my hair and a tiara. I’ve never had a quinceañera in my real life, so it was very meaningful to be able to experience that through the show. My make-up was very glam which was a nice change of pace. There was another episode that aired recently where my cousins come to visit, and they give me a makeover so my character Mayan can rediscover my identity away from being a mom. It was such a fun episode to film—it had a whole TikTok inspired dance sequence and through a house party. My make-up was “Euphoria” inspired, which was just the best. It’s nice that overall, I do get to work with the hair and makeup team on how my hair and makeup gets to be styled.

What do you do for wellness after you wrap at work?

I love the app, Headspace. I use it every day because also being producer on the show my days can get a little crazy sometimes. I follow the self-guided meditations and breathing exercises. It really helps me let go of work and transition to “me” time. I’m a big believer in the practice of mindfulness and just allowing myself to be without self-judgement. I enjoy having a solid skin-care routine because I find that very relaxing and a way to practice self-love. My favorite products to use are Shani Darden products for my skin, Lush bath bombs, as well as Sol de Janeiro lotions and body scrub.

You were on the red-carpet awards circuit these past few weeks. Any look that you really loved?

Oh, yeah! The first one that comes to mind is the pink Kylie Hammered Satin Blazer and pant from Cinq a Sept that I wore to present at the People’s Choice Awards. It was bold and I got so many compliments from people; I even made Melissa River’s best dressed list! I also have worn many ribbed dresses with colorful patterns from Gianni. I embrace and love my curves and those dresses just know exactly how to show them off. I love Zagid and Voltaire and Ted Baker and have worn a lot of their stuff. I don’t have a lot of time so when I style myself, I run into Bloomingdale’s and find something quickly. If I have a stylist for an event, then they pick things that are not so mainstream.

You’ve been open about your body image journey. Have you seen improvements in how we view body positivity in the past year?

I’ve definitely noticed that more people are outwardly accepting their bodies and there’s an increase in honesty related to body positivity…and not as many filters. There are communities online being built to provide a sense of security, encourage you to be yourself and let you know that you are not alone in how you feel. That is a huge change from how body positivity was viewed a couple of years ago. Being real is becoming more powerful than being perfect.

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