“I think it’s a myth that all skin complexions need the same things,” King says. “I would compare it to hair type and how our needs are different there, depending on our textures…[and] the more these conversations happen, the more proper self-care is put on peoples’ radars.” When she was younger, King says she didn’t consider skin-care or dermatology appointments the way she does now. Today, she likens it like going to the dentist—an important regular commitment. “I’m very much aware of the need to educate and to start a conversation that quite frankly isn’t much of a conversation,” she says.

As her own routine has evolved, King has made a renewed commitment to wellness as well. “Taking baths regularly has been a really good thing for me,” she says of her go-to grounding activity. “I am very into discovering different bath salts and Epsom salts…the whole process of setting up my bath has been very meditative for me too.” She takes joy in running the water, making sure the temperature is just right, and climbing into the tub. “Now sometimes I’ll only do it for 10 minutes, but that 10 minutes is like taking a car to a gas station,” she says. “It’s how I refuel.”

As the second half of 2021’s awards season gets underway, King is also reflecting on the life lessons she’s accumulated up to this point. “I’ve learned that I still don’t have all the answers,” King says. “But one thing I do feel confident about telling my younger self is, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, even if it doesn’t feel like it.”