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Mira Sorvino Tackles Diabetes, Bipolar, and Human Trafficking

The actress tells WebMD about her role in the new movie, Union Square, plus her advocacy work and personal health habits.


But I did smoke on and off for about a decade and a half. I never smoked more than a pack a week, but I'm happy that I stopped that. I stopped the day my husband and I got engaged. He stopped smoking, too, and he was a three-pack-a-day guy.

How do you feel about aging?

I don't think anyone is that excited about getting older, except that the alternative is worse! I think age is an attitude and a mindset, and you are as young as you feel. You have to accept that time may do a tap dance on your exterior body, but if you keep your heart open and your mind spry you're still going to really enjoy life all the way through. So that's my plan.

What is your favorite healthy food?

I love all kinds of seafood. I also love broccoli and fruits, like berries, peaches, and mangos.

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Cake. I like almost all kinds of cakes, but chocolate is definitely high on my list.

Do you cook?

Actually, my father and I are thinking about doing a cooking show! We've always cooked together and we love going back to Italy to revisit our roots, so we thought it might be fun to share how easy healthy Italian cooking can be. It's not complicated like making French sauces, it's just a few ingredients and really fresh products -- you just have to get the hang of it. And I think it's the most delicious food, though obviously I'm biased.

Do you cook with your kids?

We cook simple things. They'll help me make omelets or pancakes -- they love breaking eggs.

If you could see one disease eradicated in your lifetime, what would it be?

I'd have to say cancer. I've lost so many people I love to cancer. I just lost one of my best friends a year ago this summer -- she'd fought breast cancer since 1995. My grandmother died of cancer. My husband's father died of cancer when he was 10. I don't know a single person whose family has not been marred by cancer, and even if people survive it, so many people get it.

Reviewed on October 04, 2011

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