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Ovarian Cancer Health Center

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Q&A with Kathy Bates

The veteran actress, who is in three movies and two TV series this year, talks about what she learned from surviving ovarian cancer.


You're an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, you're in three movies this year, and you're in two TV series -- The Office and Harry's Law -- plus you do work for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. How do you manage to do all that and still find time to exercise?

Thankfully Harry's Law has a huge set and I'm on my feet walking all day. Of course, in the courtroom we're always on our feet making closing arguments and cross-examinations. I find it to be a really good workout.

This year you're in the movie A Little Bit of Heaven, about a woman who discovers she has cancer. How did this storyline resonate with you since you've had the disease yourself?

Kate [Hudson] lost quite of bit of weight for the movie, and her makeup was certainly reminiscent to me of my own face. My own complexion got very white and I lost all my hair. It was sometimes hard to look at.

What's your favorite healthy food?

One of the things that I eat on set for a quick protein snack is beef jerky. I'm trying to balance my carbs and proteins.

What do you do for relaxation?

I love to read and to play with my three dogs. I also love my iPad and being online and seeing what's going on in the world. I don't tweet and I don't do Facebook, but I like surfing the Web.

Do you find yourself recommending a healthy personal practice to your friends?

I don't really proselytize -- it's more the other way. Everybody at work has their own idea of what keeps them going, and most of it involves something that tastes really terrible. So I'm afraid I'm on the receiving end of those kinds of tips and not the one that hands them out.

What's the one piece of health advice you'd give to other women?

Don't let your weight get out of control. Once that happens you go on diets and you get on a yo-yo effect with your weight. That's the one health problem that I have fought all my life and I wish I had been able to get a handle on when I was younger.

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