Daisy Edgar-Jones is sitting across from me in the garden of the hip rooftop hotel she’s staying at in downtown Los Angeles. She looks effortlessly chic, but she is trying to convince me otherwise. “When I pack for L.A., I try to pack my coolest outfits. It’s a lot of pressure! I wish I was this cool regularly,” the British actress admits when I compliment the white Anine Bing shirt she’s wearing with black high-rise, wide-leg jeans and Wales Bonner x Adidas sneakers.

Today’s ensemble—perfected by a sprinkling of gold jewelry and her signature Gucci handbag (she is a brand ambassador)—is the result of her playing around on Pinterest. “It’s changed my life. I find an outfit on there and go, ‘What do I have in my wardrobe that could maybe re-create this?!'” she says. While she could have simply rolled out of her hotel room in her sweatpants and no makeup for our mid-morning interview, there is something endearing about Edgar-Jones, 26, going through the effort of putting an outfit together and admitting to it. It makes me warm to her immediately.

(Image credit: Amber Asaly; Styling: Mugler top; Rokh skirt; Sonora boots)

But maybe she has good reason. Edgar-Jones was practically unknown when the TV series Normal People—the absorbing, universally acclaimed adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel—was released and subsequently viewed 62 million times in 2020. “The next day, I was on the front of a newspaper, papped for the first time,” she recalls of her overnight fame. “I remember going, ‘What?! That’s me! I wish I’d worn a better outfit.'” This was at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, so her and co-star Paul Mescal’s press appearances were all conducted over Zoom. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll just wear this old, mangy shirt I’ve had for five years,'” she cringes, taking a sip of her espresso cacao smoothie. “If I’d known it was going to live on the internet forever… I just had no concept!”