Helen Hunt

No Need To Be Perfect

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

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HealthyLivinG: What is your favorite movie?

Helen Hunt: I couldn’t pick one movie. I have probably dozens of favorite movies. I have a sweet spot for the Fred Astaire movie, Top Hat, because it was the first movie I showed my daughter so that was fun but I can’t say that I have a favorite. If I had to pick a favorite actress, it would probably be Maggie Smith. But that’s crazy too, because there’s just so many wonderful people working out there.

HealthyLivinG: Coming from a family of filmmakers, has your daughter already expressed an interest in a film career?

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Helen Hunt: No, she loves music. She plays two instruments and seems to be very, very drawn towards music. My grandmother and grandfather were singing teachers. Besides violin, my grandmother—sorry, violin and piano—was an incredible pianist. So I see a lot of that musical life showing up in her, but luckily she hasn’t said, I’m going to do anything yet. I’m really happy about that. It looks like it’s going to have to do with music, but we’ll see.

HealthyLivinG: What if your daughter does say one day, “Mom, I want to be an actress,” how would you feel about that?

Helen Hunt: I would feel fine about it. I think I would just support her, because I had a lot of fun and a lot of good experiences, but it was a place with a lot of grownups, and I like that she has a real childhood. So I would say great. Have a play for fun with some friends.

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HealthyLivinG: How do you feel about paparazzi being around her at such a young age, and has she experienced any unpleasant encounters?

Helen Hunt: To be honest, most of the unpleasantness has come from my reacting to it. It’s very frightening because it looks like they’re pointing big guns at you, but they’re not, and so it hasn’t happened in a long time. When she was little, she saw me looking all nervous about it, and wondering why I looked so nervous. It seems to go the best when I just say, “Hey, have a good day.” Not make a big deal about it. I don’t love it, but my life has not, like other actors, been absolutely crippled by it.

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HealthyLivinG: Does it take a very tough personality and thick skin to be a celebrity of your caliber?

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt. Healthy Living Magazine

Helen Hunt: Once you’re an actor, you can survive if you have a tough skin. So, no, it never worked out that way. I meditate, which is a big help for me. Whether I was a celebrity or not, it would be a big help for me. I have a beautiful community of friends that have nothing to do with my work. Those are the things that really keep me moving.

HealthyLivinG: Has being a celebrity ever prevented you from doing anything you like?

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Helen Hunt: I don’t think it has. I go to movie theaters to see movies. I go to yoga class. I don’t have a fancy private thing. I just live my life.

HealthyLivinG: What are you really bad at?

Helen Hunt: Throwing a Frisbee, even just straight ahead slowly I can’t do it.

HealthyLivinG: You have dogs, correct?

Helen Hunt: I have dogs, five chickens, a cat.

HealthyLivinG: Do you cook?

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Helen Hunt: When I’m busy if I can cook one meal a day, a small dinner a week on the table, I feel good. Other than that, we’re grabbing to-go food, or my partner cooks, but it does feel very good to be able to make good food for the family, for sure.

HealthyLivinG: Do you have a favorite cuisine?

Helen Hunt: I love a healthy vegan diet punctuated by in-n-out burger.

HealthyLivinG: Can you share a skin care tip?

Helen Hunt: Oh, my God, well, don’t follow my skin care tip. I did nothing until about year ago, and then I put a little moisturizer on. So I don’t. I think it’s good to drink a lot of water, which I don’t do enough of.

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HealthyLivinG: Is there a charity or cause that you’re particularly passionate about?

Helen Hunt: Yeah, I’m more and more behind anything that empowers women, women in Haiti, women around the world, women in America. We need support for the fact that we don’t even have equal rights to men, so everything Gloria Steinem does, I try to support. Heal the Bay and Surfrider, groups that try to keep the ocean in California clean, mean a lot to me.

HealthyLivinG: Do you think you will ever write an autobiography?

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Helen Hunt: Oh, my gosh, I don’t know. I don’t know. I can’t imagine it would be a straight up autobiography, because I don’t know how interesting that would be, but I write memoir. I write fiction, so maybe. Maybe.

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