Stay ahead of the trends and get to know Aliyah O’Brien. You’ve likely seen her aside some of the hottest men in Hollywood (oh hi Eddie Cibrian and Rob Lowe). Toronto-based Aliyah is currently a series regular in ABC’s Take Two, as well as NBC’s Takenand Freeform’s Beyond– we love a hard-working woman! Aside from being talented and beautiful, Aliyah O’Brien uses her platform advocating for more love, joy, positivity, travel, and mediation. Yes, we love her too.
PRUNE: Describe yourself in 150 Characters or Less
ALIYAH: I’m a wild and free spirit who loves to love. I’m on a mission to let my light shine and inspire others to do the same. It’s been a wild journey to go from a super shy kid to a woman who’s striving to be shamelessly shiny, but I will forever aim to spread my wings higher and fly further.
PRUNE: Your biggest virtue
ALIYAH: As Gloria Steinem says, I’m a hopaholic. I truly believe there is good in the world and in everyone.
PRUNE: Your biggest vice
ALIYAH: Food. The sentence “I forgot to eat” has never left my lips. Peanut butter is my Kryptonite.
PRUNE: Favorite Quote
ALIYAH: “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” ~ Marianne Williamson And more recently, “Everything in moderation, including moderation” ~Oscar Wilde
PRUNE: An embarrassing moment?
ALIYAH: I’m constantly doing embarrassing things (a byproduct of having no filter, thank you Dad). Though as I get older the embarrassment factor definitely goes down. But one of my all time favourites is when I was performing the musical Snoopy in grade 9 and I twirled onstage after an incredibly fast costume change into one of my favourite dance numbers. After about 30 seconds the audience was laughing which made no sense to me because it was a really sad song. Of course I continued on, fully committed to my performance. When I bent down to grab the bottom of my long skirt to twirl it around, my eyes probably bulged out of my head realizing that there was no skirt. I had been dancing in a thong with full gusto for at least a minute. At this point the audience was dying laughing along with the entire crew backstage. I gasped and ran offstage and then came out 15 seconds later, laughing my way through the rest of the number. It will go down as one of my favourite performances ever.
PRUNE: 3 things you swear by daily.
ALIYAH: Morning connecting, self love, gratitude rituals. Moving my body in some way, ideally sweaty and dancing. Greens, lots of them. Probiotics.
PRUNE: What are you working on?
ALIYAH: I’m working on being more inwardly connected, listening to and trusting my intuition. I’m working on fully loving my body these days. This is always a tough one.
And I’m working on nurturing my feminine side. So much so that I find myself allergic to pants lately.
PRUNE: Where can we find you on the weekend?
ALIYAH: Likely in the trees or swimming somewhere, possibly dancing barefoot at some music festival. My favourite ways to spend weekends are with great friends, great food and probably great wine.
PRUNE: What are you binge watching?
ALIYAH: I just finished Smilf so fast. I love the real, vulnerable, awkwardness that Frankie Shaw writes and performs with. It’s so inspiring to see so many rad women making great TV these days!
PRUNE: What is your skin care routine?
ALIYAH: My dear friend Priscilla Faia just introduced me to her routine which has rocked my world. You wash your face with this “face vibrator” as I like to call it, called the Foreo Luna mini 2 using Sukin’s foaming facial cleanser (which I’ve been using for a long time). That combined with Glow Jar’s Nourishing Chia Facial Oil and Maraca Under Eye Oil, which is Priscilla’s good friend’s line that comes from our home city of Victoria, BC Canada. I like to keep it simple and natural, and I love supporting good people.
PRUNE: What song are you playing on repeat?
ALIYAH: My new favourite artist is Oveous, a soulful poet and musician from NY. His song “Queimar" makes me shake it so hard, and “Dulce” is such a powerful and beautiful song about respecting women.
PRUNE: What did you do on your last date?
ALIYAH: Danced my butt off, laughed a lot and watched the sunrise while making out like a teenager.
PRUNE: What went wrong on your worst date?
ALIYAH: They were really nice, but hardly spoke, so for 4 hours I asked questions and carried the conversation. It felt like so much work. I was exhausted after. Then they called me for years and didn’t understand why we weren’t a match.
PRUNE: Where can we follow you?
Introduction: Dylan Rubinstein @thedylanjader
Photography: Ryan West @ryanwestphoto