Even if you’ve never watched an episode of Home and Away in your life, you probably recognise Ada Nicodemou.
The Sydney-based actress has been on our screens since 1994, when she starred in the oh-so nineties drama Heartbreak High. Since then she’s had roles in Breakers, The Matrix and for 15 years now, Home and Away.
These days Ada, 37, juggles her busy shooting schedule with raising her adorable two-year-old son Johnas. This year she’s also an ambassador for Priceline Pharmacy’s Beauty of You campaign, which celebrates the beauty and wellbeing of Aussie women.
Though her life seems incredibly glamorous, you probably have more in common with Ada than you realise. She listens to Madonna while cleaning the house, she's currently hooked on Game of Thrones and The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, and she gets her husband, chef Chrys Xipolitas, to apply her fake eyelashes for her.
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How has your perception of 'beauty' changed with age?
"I think I’m easier on myself. You just get more comfortable with yourself and you don’t beat yourself up about stuff. Also 'less is more', to a point — when you’re younger you put so much makeup on, and now you don’t have as much time. Looking after my skin and using the right products for my skin are also really important the older you get."
You've had an incredibly hard 12 months. What would you say to anyone who's trying to cope with adversity or bad news?
"I just think go and get help, always speak to people. I also think physical health is just as important as mental health — these days we’re starting to talk about that a lot more." (NB: Ada and Chrys' second child, Harrison, was stillborn late last year.)
Have you ever fallen for any terrible beauty fads?
"You know the bleach you put on your upper lip? I was really young and I decided I wanted to have a bit of blonde in my hair. So I put it in my hair, and it just went orange. It was so bad. I also used to do the dark liner around the lip with a lighter lipstick and face — it was really nineties. I look back at old Logies photos, actually, and go 'Oh god'." (Post continues after gallery.)
As a mum, what are your bathroom cupboard essentials?
"I had never tried dry shampoo up until about two years ago — it is amazing! I think a foaming cleanser’s good, it’s efficient, it gets rid of everything fast. Also, there’s an awesome nipple cream called Lanisoh you use when you’re breastfeeding, that is actually really good lip balm, and I only discovered that once I had Johnas. I never needed to use it around my nipples, but I used it on my lips!" (Post continues after gallery.)
What's your approach to exercise?
"When I can, I get up in the morning and exercise — sometimes it might only be for 20 minutes. I’ll race to the gym at 5am, which is crazy, but I just feel I can get through anything if I’ve exercised in the morning. I like training with a trainer. I love doing spin, and boxing as well, and going for a walk. I wish I loved to run, and I try to do it, but I don’t really like running."