Q&A With Idina Menzel
The actress and singer talks about her new movie, 'Frozen,' plus food, fitness, and family.
"I use Earth Balance spread instead of butter, and I always have almond milk. I keep plenty of fresh fruit like those blueberries, plus raspberries and watermelon."
What about when you're on set -- what do you stash in your set trailer?
"I'm not very disciplined, and if I don't bring my own snacks, I might eat the wrong things. I keep apples and almond butter."
What does a perfect day look like for you, when you have no place to be and no calls to return? How do you define me-time?
"It includes a lot of sleep -- I'm a big sleeper, and love a yummy, warm afternoon nap with my son and husband on the weekend. The three of us might play in our backyard or go to the park, if we're in Los Angeles. In New York, we go to the Museum of Natural History or sometimes we just walk. When we go out with Walker, we explore the city in a new way, through his eyes."
What's your workout regimen like?
"I do Bikram yoga. I also like to box and I have a trainer. I take the art of boxing seriously, but make sure I don't get punched in the face. I do get to punch big, tough guys, and they practice their defense. It's a great workout for the core. I'm not so great with Pilates, because I find it too boring and slow, especially when I'm feeling really athletic."
What do you like best and least about your fitness routine?
"Boxing is great when I have a lot of aggression, but I know something slow -- like Pilates -- would help give me the body I really want, like a dancer's body."
What three makeup items do you never leave home without when you're traveling?
"I don't wear a lot of makeup when I'm not working. When I do, I use L'Oreal Voluminous mascara in black, plus a concealer and moisturizer from Laura Mercier."
If you could visit any one place on earth, where would you go and why?
"I just went to Fiji, but I'd also like to see Tahiti or Bora Bora, also in the South Pacific. I think it's about the beauty of the water, ocean, sand, and the people -- so warm and friendly. Plus, that area feels really far away -- it takes me days to relax on vacation, so the further away a place is, the more I can escape. That part of the world is really romantic."
What do you always keep in your purse?
"I have Stevia extract, to use in place of sugar, plus deodorant and a toothbrush and toothpaste."
What's the best life/skin care/fitness/health advice you ever got?