The ‘Friends’-Related Laugh Therapy ‘Law & Order’ Star Odelya Halevi Swears By to Relax

watching Law & Order is not for the weak—and neither is filming it, according to new addition Odelya Halevi, who plays Samantha Maroun, the determined ADA in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The iconic show returned in February after a 12-year hiatus and, as Maroun shares, that also comes with some necessary moments of self-care once the cast and crew wrap.

On the wind down: “I believe in getting eight hours of sleep a night—and I don’t go to bed without turning on friends or Sex and the City. Laugh therapy really helps me wind down after 12 hours of work. No matter what I do, even if I’m just kind of listening, it’s always in the background. When I’m listening and laughing, I wake up in the morning feeling great and rested.”

Yaniv Katz

On her wellness ways: “I need to work out every other day. I find it helps with my anxiety, my emotions, my thoughts. I try to get a massage once a week and, over the weekend, I’ll go get my nails done. But my biggest ‘me time’ is turning off my phone and not engaging.”

On her skin-care routine: “I love Dermalogica face wash and moisturizer! I’ve been using these products for years. I recently started using the NuFACE facial toning device. It uses microcurrent technology to improve skin tone and helps weakened facial muscles. I can definitely see a huge change in my skin’s appearance. Wearing makeup 12 hours a day on set made my skin breakout, and NuFACE really saved the day.”

On her no-makeup makeup formula: “I’m all about the dewy, no-makeup makeup look. My favorite brand for foundation is Armani. It’s light and the formula is so easy to blend out. I don’t leave the house without my NARS concealer, which gives me full coverage for my stubborn dark circles. My secret for natural-looking plumy lips is the Nivea tinted lip balm in the color blackberry.”

On why she loves New York right now: “I’m getting really excited about settling into the city this summer. I moved here for the show and now the weather is getting nicer; I love that radiant sky—it’s beautiful. I’m looking forward to enjoying the sunny days and the city more.”

Yaniv Katz

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