Holland Roden is surprisingly blasé about drowning. On camera, anyway.
“I think it’s fun jumping into the water with your clothes on, so I was actually quite comfortable,” Roden says of being trapped in a rapidly filling tank of water in her latest movie No Escape, out now on digital platforms and On Demand. She plays Erin, the levelheaded girlfriend of an influencer whose ‘gram-worthy holiday to Moscow goes disastrously wrong.
While No Escape is very much about the sinister side of social media, Roden’s on the sunnier side of the street, with more than 5 million Instagram followers and a newly launched YouTube channel. Holland Roden x Hollandays chronicles her journey to build a tiny house in a converted Sprinter van and embrace life on the open road.
“I’ve always wanted to be a part of something that I put my blood, sweat, and tears into. Building your own home is one of the most rewarding feelings you can ever give yourself,” Roden tells Inverse. “When you’re auditioning, you’re just sort of stuck in Los Angeles. I never want to take a backseat in my own life. If I can travel while being a working actor and auditioning, why not?”
What kind of kid were you?
I was a really active kid. I love dance. I love sports. I used to put on these plays where I was the Queen of England, and aliens had just invaded. You know, you turn off the porch lights and that’s the UFO landing. And you make like your parents, your parents’ friends, watch them in your living room. I was a creative, restless kid.
What was your favorite band when you were 15?
Alanis Morisette was definitely up there, and so were Matchbox 20 and Eagle-Eye Cherry. And I loved Dave Matthews Band. DMB! I was definitely one of those people. Bowling for Soup, Taking Back Sunday, Blink-182 — I loved that whole genre.
What piece of clothing did you wear too often in high school?
I went to an all-girls school from five to 16, so putting on makeup and actually having a versatile wardrobe is still difficult for me to this day. I wear black leggings with different T-shirts every day. I have a uniform as of now, and I usually don’t wear makeup unless it’s something for camera.
I’m not a very big makeup and hair girl, just because I wasn’t raised that way. I still don’t know how to do makeup, which has definitely hindered me a bit for Hollywood purposes. The van will have a kitchen, a toilet, a shower, and a toiletry shelf. So I will have some stuff. The makeup bag is pretty little. Skincare gets a whole shelf.