Helen Hunt

No Need To Be Perfect

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

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Academy Award winner, imprinted in our minds with her roles in As Good As It Gets, Twister and What Women Want, Helen is startlingly genuine in this interview. Starring opposite greats like Jack Nicholson, Colin Firth, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick and Mel Gibson, she still feels the pressure when stepping onto a movie set. This overly accomplished yet humble actress, writer and director talks about her effortless approach to maintaining a body most 30 year olds would dream of, the highs and lows of being a famous mother to her 10 year old daughter and her efforts on behalf of causes empowering women all around the world.

HealthyLivinG: Did you ever want to be anything other than an actress?

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Helen Hunt: No. It’s so boring to know what you want to do at such a young age, but I didn’t know that I was going to be an actor forever. I wasn’t a kid saying that’s what I’m going to do. I knew I wanted to do it then, and I knew I wanted to do something around the theater. My father was a director, and I liked being in those rooms, so whether I was directing or acting or writing music, I just knew I wanted to be around the theater, and then kind of one day at a time for all these years it has still held my interest and been a challenging thing for me to do. Then over the last seven years, I’ve been writing and directing.

HealthyLivinG: Does your daughter watch your movies?

Helen Hunt: She has never seen one single film I’ve been in. It just doesn’t seem like when’s a good time to say paint a picture, play outside or watch your mother on TV pretending to be married to somebody else, you know what I mean? So, no, not yet.

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HealthyLivinG: What is your favorite part of filmmaking–acting, writing or directing?

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt: I really love that I don’t have to choose. The last two movies I’ve done all three, and my personality is probably a little more suited to directing, but writing, that’s getting the whole thing from scratch. So there’s nothing more creative than that, and acting just makes me so nervous that it’s good for me to do. I don’t think it would ever be good for me to not act. It just shakes me up and keeps me out of my head and puts me in my feelings and my body and so I’m very glad I don’t have to give it up.

HealthyLivinG: Are you saying it still makes you nervous?

Helen Hunt: Yes, it’s always scary. You’re always out there thinking, “No one’s going to believe this thing I’m trying to pull off. I’m never going to figure it out.” It’s a strange profession. I just directed something for television and I thought, boy, what these people do when they walk in hoping to make something on film. It’s very different. It’s very different, much more exposed, more vulnerable.

HealthyLivinG: So when you’re driving to a set, do you still feel jittery?

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Helen Hunt: I do so much homework that I kind of distract myself from my nerves just even looking at all the homework I’ve done. I tend to really prepare a lot, so that hopefully when I get there I can forget all the preparations and enjoy myself—but I think I probably deal with my nerves by just working hard.

HealthyLivinG: That’s very surprising as you’ve been in so many movies.

Helen Hunt: Yeah. I don’t think there are any really good actors that feel cocky about it. It’s a humbling profession.

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