"We all know what our limitations are"
Being Brooke Shields, Yana Mandeville
I don’t think there’s a trick to being healthy. I think we all know what our limitations are. It’s about being honest with yourself and saying, “Yep, I’ll have to eat less and exercise more than I’m consuming.”
Healthy Living Magazine: : You’re bringing Chicago to Los Angeles in July, and for years you’ve been doing a lot of shows both on Broadway and The West End. How do you stay healthy and physically prepare yourself for these roles?
Brooke Shields: Yes, to the Hollywood Bowl. It’s been on tour, but this is the first time it’s being performed at the Hollywood Bowl. I have to learn all the music, choreography and scenes in as short as nine days. So the stamina that you need for a Broadway show is something that you have to try to keep up throughout the year. And usually I just try to spin, do yoga, take dance classes and keep myself as far from injury as possible. But I think it has to be more of a lifestyle than just a crash course. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that my recovery isn’t as quick. I try to maintain a level of fitness throughout the year, so that I’m not shocking my system. The Broadway schedule is grueling and you’re very prone to injury. Throughout the year I try to keep a check on my weight and also exercise as part of my every day routine.
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Healthy Living Magazine: Which style of yoga is your preference?
Brooke Shields: I like Ashtanga. I don’t practice hot yoga too much because I just get too hot. And I like when there’s a flow to it because that’s what keeps it cardiovascular. I also like music, so sometimes I take classes that have music in them even though that’s not traditionally yoga practice.
Healthy Living Magazine: You grew up in the limelight. That must not have been easy as a child. What impact did the media have in your life? Did it have more of a positive or a negative?
Brooke Shields: I was pretty sheltered from a lot of it. I didn’t really read any of the press and my mom didn’t share any of it with me. I was rather sequestered so it was a bit easier. Also I was insulated from it at the height of my fame; we didn’t have the same kind of media access, so I was relatively unscathed. Whereas nowadays it is almost impossible to avoid it. Everywhere you turn there’s a new way of having access to somebody and it’s instant. When I was younger you had to go a little bit out of your way to be in the press. I think it would have had a much more negative impact on me but I just didn’t read a lot of it. The minute you’re out there people have an opinion. I think that I was lucky enough that I didn’t hear too many people’s opinions because that would have made me more insecure.
The minute you’re out there, people have an opinion. I think that I was lucky enough that I didn’t hear too many people’s opinions because that would have made me more insecure.
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Healthy Living Magazine: What was the happiest moment in your life?
Brooke Shields: Probably finding out I was pregnant. The day that I found out I was pregnant was the happiest moment of my life.
Healthy Living Magazine: What was the biggest challenge in your life?
Brooke Shields: Probably dealing with an alcoholic parent. That was the most enduring challenge. And then watching that parent die… nothing really compares to that.
Healthy Living Magazine: : What’s your best health tip?
Brooke Shields: Truly, when I get enough sleep and drink enough water. I don’t think there’s a trick to being healthy; I think we all know what our limitations are. There’s no “drink lemon juice after fried chicken.” It’s about being honest with yourself and saying, “Yep, I’ll have to eat less and exercise more than I’m consuming,” or “I’m going to have to lay back on drinking and not sleeping.” Balancing seems to be the biggest tip. It’s so boring but yet it’s true. It gets real simple; there’s no pill.
Healthy Living Magazine: : Do you feel that you have been very fortunate to have your beauty, talent and health?
Brooke Shields: I feel fortunate for everything. Yes, I feel blessed by my looks but I did not control that. I am also blessed to have really good people around me. Those are the things I count as blessings. The way you look and what you’re born with, you have to learn to nurture it and respect it. I feel luckier that I have people around me who are there when I fall. I feel like my whole career has been a gift to me.
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Healthy Living Magazine: : Do you feel a sense of obligation to fulfill what you were born with and to keep it up?
Brooke Shields, Yana Mandeville
Brooke Shields: It’s not an obligation as much as privilege. I think that we are all given different gifts and strengths and it’s a matter of always living up to being your best whatever that is. I have two daughters and they are very different, and I try to tell them that their differences don’t make one better than the other. I don’t look at anything like it’s my obligation to do anything. I feel like I’m lucky to be able to be in a position where I get to be a performer, I get to be an actress. I feel very lucky. So to respect that and take care of myself by wanting to look my best and not being lazy, it’s not really an obligation as much as it’s a privilege.
Healthy Living Magazine: : The most anticipated question from our readers would be about beauty: your body is given to you as a gift, but when you age you have the body you deserve, so please share how you stay so beautiful and ageless?
Brooke Shields, Yana Mandeville
I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that my recovery isn’t as quick. I try to maintain a level of fitness throughout the year, so that I’m not shocking my system.
Brooke Shields: Try not to compare yourself. Don’t look at other people and try to be like them. I always get in trouble when I look outside of myself and say: “I should be like that.” I took a spinning class the other day and there was a supermodel in the class, gorgeous, tall and thin. She looked amazing. My first thought was, “Oh my God, that’s what you’re supposed to look like.” And even at this age you still fall prey to that kind of comparison. And I quickly stopped and focused on being there, that I was lucky to be in that class. I think the biggest tip is that the sooner you stop comparing yourself to other people, the more attention you get to put on yourself and celebrate what you do have rather than what you don’t have. It’s only been in the last few years…I’ve figured that one out.
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Healthy Living Magazine: : You said in an interview you lost your virginity at the age of 22, which is admirable, especially considering you’re an actress and were exposed to the world of show business from a very early age. How did you develop this unlikely attitude towards sex and intimacy?
Being Brooke Shields, Yana Mandeville
Brooke Shields: I was in a very unique position being well known, and there was a certain responsibility to my young fans. I was labeled that person, and wanted to live up to it. Then it wasn’t till I got a little bit older that I realized that it was something that I didn’t just want to give away. Having daughters now, I’m in a very different position, because I’ve got two girls who are not in the public eye as much and they are just going through the natural course of things. I’m trying to tell them that its not something that you just give away, that its yours and that you have to be comfortable, to not succumb to peer pressure. It’s something I’m trying to educate them about at a really young age. But mine was a sense of responsibility. I was very monitored as a kid. I also grew up in a very Catholic household and I was also working so much that I didn’t have the time for relationships. Looking back, I looked at it as a responsibility, but I’m also thankful that I was able to grow up a little bit and mature so that I was able to accept the responsibility of a relationship.
Healthy Living Magazine: : If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
Brooke Shields: It would just be to create much more harmony. The level of discord, fear, anger and killing that you see every time you pick up the newspaper. There’s always some new tragedy. If I could eliminate that all across the world, that’s what I would do. I would stop the killing.