You may know Ali MacGraw from her saccharine flick, Love Story, ("Love is never having to say you're sorry"? Love is always having to say you're sorry, suckers!) But you should really get to know her: Check out this interview in which she speaks frankly about aging, Hollywood and being a "star." On why she loved making her theater debut last year, despite getting panned by the critics:
It was just jaw-droppingly scary but I worked through it. It was an ensemble piece of wonderful actors and I learned so much. I loved it in a way that I don't love the movies because I never felt that it was about 'Well, what do you look like? Let's get her a turtleneck because her neck is too crepe-y.'
On why she, like Gwyneth and Madonna, she wishes she lived abroad:
So often I wish I could work in Europe because in Europe there's more reverence for people over 35. And we get to look like women over 35 really look. Which I think is important because there's a whole generation coming up who better understand that they don't have to completely surgically alter themselves by 32 to even show up to work. [In Europe] they have people like Vanessa Redgrave and all these great older brilliant beautiful actors working. It's very rare in America that a major studio really goes that way.
On being a "celebrity":
I've had to pay my rent in many different ways and my overnight 'celebrity' based on a couple of movies was unexpected, unprepared for, and I'm so grateful that before I was in my late 20s I had to work for 15 years doing so many things in the arts and in fashion. I'm a great waitress, and I'm a very good maid. I just love knowing I'm not above anything it will take to keep the roof from leaking.
On her detox-tastic ways:
I live a very healthy lifestyle that would probably bore the daylights out of people. I do yoga every day. I meditate. I walk my dog for 40 minutes even if it means getting up at 5:30 in the morning because I want the stillness. I do all the things we were told as kids: I don't smoke or do drugs, I don't drink. It's not to be prissy; it's just that it's healthier for me.
On why young Hollywood needs to pull it together and needs to be protected:
We're watching now all these kids who get shot out of a gun at 16 looking cuter than anybody and then two years later they have great bodies and they're sex objects. They're babies and they've never had grounding. Nowadays I think the paparazzi are so frightening and the assumption is that this job includes access to your private life, too. It's a tough time.
Dear Ali: Please open up your Sante Fe home to Lohan, Britney and Winehouse — STAT!
Ali MacGraw, Defining Beauty [CBS News]