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Q&A With Maria Bello

The actress talks about social justice, health, and women's rights.


7. In your late 40s now, how has your personal health philosophy evolved?

I really believe mental and emotional health dictate physical health. Some of the sickest people may get better because of a positive attitude; they live in joy and gratitude.

8. Do you ever recommend a healthy personal practice to your friends?

I have a green juice most mornings. It's a jolt of energy that's better than caffeine. I mix kale, cucumber, celery, apple, and jalapeno pepper for a sweet and savory flavor.

9. What could you have done better health-wise growing up?

Taken better care of my teeth -- I have so many fake teeth. We didn't know how important flossing was.

10. What disease or condition would you most like to see wiped out in your lifetime?

My mom is a cancer survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and I care deeply about that. But from working in developing countries, I want to eliminate diarrhea and the common cold -- "simpler” illnesses that cause big problems.

11. What do you do to relax?

Real relaxation is very rare, but about twice a week in my beautiful new Santa Monica home I host dinner parties for international people who share fascinating stories around the table, like a salon. Love is in the food.

12. How has being a parent changed you?

I'm a lioness who worried that I'd never be able to protect my son from all the lessons he needs to learn in this life. He always comes first, and he takes me to a place of deep love that changed my acting -- I've gained more depth. 

13. What's your favorite part of your body?

My heart! I don't think about physical body, but I'm very grateful for my face. It's been a big benefit and I don't criticize myself, like "My nose is too big, or my lips are too small." I'm liking my face more as I get older, even with its lines. They're really interesting.

14. How do you feel about aging?

For 20 years I've collected black and white photos of extraordinary women and role models, like artist Georgia O'Keeffe, feminist Gloria Steinem, and more. These women were in possession of themselves in a way that only comes with age. They weren't defined by anyone else and they never stopped creating.

15. What physical task do you want to tackle?

I want to find time to learn the Argentine tango. I love partner dancing.

17. Is the best part of your life in front of you or behind you?

It's right now!

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Reviewed on June 01, 2013

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