American icon and host of the Doctor Oz talks about family, work, health and giving back.
I’ve been acting professionally since I was 13.
It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I have had flirtations with other occupations such as an astronaut, as kids do but they never lasted.
I never feel as though I stop learning through my craft.
In terms of characters and roles, it’s hard to know what I would draw the line at until it presents itself. I think that if something’s a risk and a bit scary, then I should give it a go! You are always going to grow. Both in acting and in life, it’s a good way to challenge yourself and avoid becoming stultified.
Presenting a TV program is a different ball game to acting.
As a host you communicate with your audience by looking down the barrel of a camera. As an actor you communicate through your character. It’s a different skill to learn. It’s been a good learning curve.
I have learnt a lot about health from What’s Good For You.
It’s important not to become too obsessed with these things, but it is interesting to have a greater knowledge of how your body works and responds to its environment.
I have been careful about my health for a long time.
I don’t know what my attitude to health would be if I wasn’t an actor, but I do know that acting makes you very health conscious. In my field of work you can’t have a sick day. There are too many people riding on you turning up.
I think cosmetic surgery is a personal thing.
There is a lot of judgement about it. It’s not something I think about now, but it has lots of applications for people with ailments that are stopping them from being fully functioning and confident, so it’s important.
My exercise varies according to my work schedule.
I work out with fitness trainer Donna Aston. She has devised routines I can do when travelling. She also has a new iPod fitness regime. I run and walk, too.
I think it’s good to have days off from exercise.
Anyone who is not an athlete has to be careful they don’t take physical fitness to extremes. I have at least one day a week where I do nothing.
Diets are things actors are faced with.
Sometimes you have to be extra lean or extra big to create a character. Generally, though, your diet has to be something that you can live by. I am healthy most of the time and then I splurge!
Food is one of life’s vital pleasures.
You should be able to enjoy good food with friends and not freak out about kilojoules. It’s about balancing out what you do and eat one day with what you do the next. If you go on holidays, it is really good to kick back and relax.
I hang out with my family to chill out. I enjoy walking the dogs in the park.
I always feel better for having a stroll with them in nature. I also like to go to the movies, or read the papers.
My 21-year-old son Ben is like having a mature friend.
He still lives with us my husband Tom [Burstall], my 15-year-old daughter Jaz, and me. Jaz is terrific, too. We haven’t had too many teen sulks yet. We keep the lines of communication open.
The best thing we can teach children is to seize the day.
It’s unlikely that Ben or Jaz will follow in my footsteps … I would like them to find pursuits that fulfil them.
As ambassador for World Health I can make a contribution.
The contribution of one person can have an impact. If every individual takes responsibility for change, we have the power to create enormous change.