The Stars’ Secrets to Staying in Shape

May 24, 2013

Jennifer Aniston in We’re the Millers

Jennifer Aniston plays a super-fit stripper in the new movie We’re the Millers, and, although she doesn’t take everything off in her risque role, she does show a lot of skin. Being that Aniston is currently 44 years old, her super-toned physique is remarkable if not mind-boggling. So what is her secret to staying in such exceptional shape? She credits her friend and yoga instructor, Mandy Inger, as well as doubling her usual yoga hours. “You get up into my age and you’ve gotta do a little bit more,”  Anniston admits.

So what is it about Mandy Inger’s approach to yoga that makes it so effective? It begins with the belief that “You already have a perfect body!” Encouraging people to challenge any self-critical and self-judging thoughts about their bodies is where Inger wants her clients to begin. “…Love your body just the way it is. Remember, even if nothing changes, you are perfect just the way you are, and fitness and wellness is a celebration of your greatest gift. Celebrate your body!” Ingber says. This seems to be particularly prudent advice for aspiring actors who face such intense scrutiny on a daily basis.


Kate Hudson with son Ryder


Kate Hudson manages to maintain her svelte figure even though she’s now a mom with precious little time to pour into an exercise program. She emphasizes first off, “You’ve got to work at it… You gotta find ways to do it.” Hudson gets creative with her approach by kickboxing, sprinting, and squatting–all with her young son, Ryder, on her back! She also enjoys doing Pilates, pointing out she doesn’t like to get too structured when it comes to an exercise routine. Click here to listen to Kate talk more about ways she maintains a healthy lifestyle.






Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, Jimmy Fallon, Robert Downey Jr., Halle Berry, Megan Fox, and Katherine Heigl are among the long list of celebrity names that have worked out with Harley Pasternak. Pasternak is known to simplify health and exercise routines, and emphasizes the idea of remaining active throughout the day verses sitting at a job for hours on end with a 1-2 hour burst of exercise at some point in the day. To accomplish the goal of steady activity, Pasternak promotes the use of a pedometer along with resistance exercises. In addition, he’s big on the habit of smoothies and soups for healthy and quick meals.






Gwyneth Paltrow, always open about her health choices, has shared with the world many of her beauty secrets including her exercise program with celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson. She was recently honored by People magazine, being given the title of “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2013–not an easy feat especially for a 40-year-old mom of two, with a prolific, star-studded acting career, owner of an e-commerce company, and a singer to boot! A predictable schedule helps Paltrow tend to all of her responsibilities–which includes a two-hour daily work-out routine when the kids are at school.


The entertainment industry has in insatiable appetite for gorgeous and healthy physiques. What do you do to maintain your edge in this competitive field?


What Actor Inspired You the Most?

December 15, 2011

Can you remember the first actor who inspired you to become an actor? Were you watching TV, a feature film in a velvet dark theatre, or maybe it was a play? Was it an old black and white film or a CGI masterpiece? There is that exquisite moment in any artist’s life when his or her passion is awakened, and from that point on, the pursuit of that passion is their raison d’etre! Twilight’s Robert Pattinson gushes with childlike enthusiasm when he recalls seeing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the first time. “I wanted to be Jack Nicholson. I did everything like him, I acted like him, I dressed like him, I even tried to emulate his accent.” Marlon Brando, in turn, inspired Jack Nicholson; Nicholson has been quoted as saying, “Actors don’t normally discuss who the best actor in the world is, because it’s obvious – Brando is the best.” As much as he was The GodfatherBrando, in turn, had his own inspirations, naming Fredric March as one them.


With all the talk of being connected through social networking and by Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, we have a growing awareness of just how connected we truly are. Add to this list how an actor’s performance can reach us on such a deep level–enough to make us cry, even enough to change our path in life. Charlize Theron has admitted to being jealous of Daryl Hannah after seeing the movie Splash, and developed a crush on Tom Hanks. She said to herself that she could have played the role of Madison better than Hannah. Great great actors were once just humble fans trying to imagine themselves up on the big screen.



So, the next time you’re sitting in the theatre, the lights dim, and you’re taken by a brilliant actor’s performance, remember, there may come a time when someone you’ll never know is inspired by your performance! But the only way that will happen is–you guessed it–work, work, work, audition, audition, audition!





Seth Rogen: “I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.”





Twilight’s Ashley Greene adores Audrey Hepburn and, as a result, one of her all-time favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.





Comedian John Belushi loved Lucille Ball, was a fan of hers and knew every detail of her life and career.

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