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Q&A With Kristin Davis

The actress talks about her new TV role and her work to save elephants.


Have your workouts changed over the years?

"I've changed how I am moving my body. For instance, I used to do double [indoor cycling] sessions and I had thighs like a body builder to show for it! And then when I started doing more dance-based stuff I really didn't recognize my body -- in a good way."

What's your best health habit?

"Going to acupuncture regularly. I've been seeing the same guy once every 2 weeks for almost 20 years. I consider him my most central care provider. I do believe in the circuits of energy that acupuncture is all about, and I can honestly say that every issue I've ever had, acupuncture has helped with. If nothing else, acupuncture forces you to simply take a few moments to lie down and relax, and there's a lot of good in that, too."

Do you have a health philosophy?

"It's not particularly sexy but I do think that everything in moderation is the way to go. I've never been into the intense diets or other extreme fads. My body is just too sensitive for that."

What is your worst health habit?

"Oh, I love chocolate. I love pizza. Cookies. Ice cream. I kind of hate salad. Left to my own devices, I would eat like a 10-year-old kid. At work when it's late and there's pizza, it's all over."

How are you handling the work-motherhood-life balance?

"It's such a challenge, but after putting in 100-hour weeks on Sex & The City, this is comparatively easy. But I am lucky that I work 4 days a week and we have 3 weeks on and 1 week off."

Do you get frustrated by how closely identified you still are with the character Charlotte from SATC?
"Oh no, never. I loved playing Charlotte! And I am used to it -- people see me and they just can't help it. Once, at the doctor's office, the nurse called my name -- holding my chart in her hand -- but said 'Charlotte.' I get it, I really do."

How is playing the role of the high-strung busybody Ginny on Bad Teacher?

"I have to be honest -- at first it's a pain to play such an uptight role. She is just so tightly wound! But it's getting more and more fun, I'm finding, and I love that people enjoy watching her!"

Do you find aging in Hollywood to be a challenge?

"I don't think it's all that different than aging anywhere else in America. You can feel scrutinized anywhere. I think it's way better than it used to be -- people used to just drop off the map after a certain age. Besides, I feel about 21 inside. And I am proud of my age. I never want to be someone who won't 'admit' my age. If you do that you miss out on the power of being the age you are. I'm happy to claim where I'm at. I am a grown woman and I am successful. If I don't claim my greatness, who will?"

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