There was a lot of chatter around the big stars who aligned for Big Little Lies, HBO’s new miniseries that debuted Sunday night. Kathryn Newton, an up-and-comer who plays Reese Witherspoon’s character’s daughter, sparked a lot of curiosity, not least because she held her own among a cast of big-timers (Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, to name a few).
Before Big Little Lies, you might have seen Newton in Paranormal Activity 4 or Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz. She started acting at age four (appearing on All My Children), and by eight, she was competing in golf tournaments. You see, Newton is one of those multitasking millennials we keep hearing so much about, and as she comes into her own, she’s as comfortable on set as she is on a course. In fact, she told Golf Digest that if she hadn’t gotten the part in Paranormal 4, she would have competed in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open.
For all her multitasking, focus is one of the skills Newton values most, she told Allure in our latest Power of Beauty episode. Golf may not even be your thing, but when you hear how she talks about it—her dedication and infectious appetite for learning and getting better—you might be tempted to get out there on the green and give it a go.
Newton has put a lot into her mental game, so it’s appropriate that she’d end up on a show about games of all kinds. Besides psychological warfare, the women on Big Little Lies are driven by goals, visible and invisible, as well as the kind of benchmarking that pushes people beyond their limits—all things Newton is intimately familiar with as a female athlete.
If she’s lost a match or a part, you probably won’t find her sulking. “It’s so great to be beaten by someone better than you,” she told Allure, explaining her relentless (and contagious) positive attitude. Losing gives her perspective and confidence, the same confidence that comes in handy when you’re 19 years old and have to shield yourself from Hollywood’s routine rejections. “I’m just so comfortable with my hard work that I’m not worried about if I didn’t get a job, or I didn’t get that movie, or they didn’t like me. It’s like, it’s OK, I can go play golf now, have a great day,” she said.
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Believe or not, there’s something else that enchants Newton. A quick glance at her Instagram account will show you how evident is her love for fashion, vintage to be exact. She’s been collecting for a few years, so her closet is #goals: “I don’t know if I have good style, I just know what I like.” There goes that confidence again. “It might not be the best dress, but it’s the best for me.” We see you, Kathryn.
Newton’s long game is to have her own youth-focused tournament, then maybe a golf clothing line. We’re guessing vintage-inspired. Whatever she’s doing, she’s a woman to watch.
Here’s another Power of Beauty video for more inspo: