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Getting to Know Rebecca Dayan, the Muse of Ryan Murphy’s ‘Halston’

“He’s a very open, very real person,” Dayan says of her costar. “He’s super easy to talk to, and very approachable.”

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Fill in the blank: “The scene that made me the most nervous and excited was….”

The fight scene with Halston at the beach house. It was the first scene we shot after we got back from the COVID break. Everyone was wearing masks and shields and trying to navigate this new world. I had never been on a job that was interrupted and all of a sudden gets shut down for six months. So there was a lot of anticipation, and I definitely felt a bit scared. But at the same time, it was such an exciting scene to film. We had such a great set. It was the best memory and the scariest memory at the same time.

What helped you most get into character?

I wore a wig. And in the later years, we did some tricks with the makeup. My eyebrows change a lot and got skinnier. I didn’t have any prosthetics, just makeup.

What was your favorite costume to wear?

I love that I got to wear this Tiffany mesh silver bra under a very cool suit that costume designer Jeriana San Juan had custom-made. That’s one of the ones I would have taken home! And I got to wear multiple original Halston looks, which was really nice. I got to wear an original Ultrasuede coat.

What makeup and skin-care products did you rely on while filming?

We were always doing a frosty look on the eyes for Elsa. But on my own, there are a few different products I love, including Vintner’s Daughter. I use their essence and their serum. And my dermatologist, Dr. Macrene Alexiades, has a really great serum that I’ve been using called Macrene actives. And I love Dr. Barbara Sturm’s foaming cleanser.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Macrene Actives High Performance Face Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser

If there was a superlative for you on set, it would be:

Most talkative. [Laughs.] Maybe.

What was the most rewarding part of the entire experience?

The friendships that came out of it, specifically with [director] Dan Minahan, the cast, and the producers. That was definitely the most rewarding.

Fill in the blank: “My choice of beverage and snack on set is….”

This chocolate called Honey Mama, a vegan, all-natural chocolate. It’s the best thing in the world. I can eat most of it in a day, no problem. It’s cacao and honey and pretty much nothing else. And I drink hot tea with lemon and honey. Every production assistant now knows that!

Honey Mama’s Original Dutch Cocoa Truffle Bar (12-Count)

What’s next for you?

I’m focusing on writing, because I developed a feature I’m hoping to get off the ground soon. And I produced a documentary about birth in America that we are trying to find a home for. I got interested in the topic when I saw a documentary called The Business of Being Born, about how childbirth is approached in the United States, because it’s the only country in the developed world where mortality rates are rising. We also started a nonprofit called Mother Lovers to raise awareness. Women’s rights and health care are very important to me.

Finally, when you’re not working, what’s your idea of a perfect day?

Definitely seeing friends, going for a nice, long lunch, and watching a movie. 

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



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