Interview with Actress + Activist Christina Applegate
Founder, Right Action for Women. Mom. Entrepreneur. Actress
Interview: Maranda Pleasant
Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive?
Christina Applegate: Hearing my daughter laugh is the best way to lift my spirit.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
CA: Thought is creative. Be mindful of where your attention is, because the universe doesn’t know the difference. It only knows where your focus is. Life will surely manifest where you put that attention.
MP: What is your routine for staying so healthy? I know you don’t eat meat, you’re gluten-free and a busy working mom.
CA: I’ve always tried to be pretty healthy, eating well and exercising regularly. I definitely give myself treats. When Sadie was born, my priorities shifted a bit. Instead of hitting the treadmill six days a week, I try to spend as much time with my daughter and fit in a bit of cardio during the week. Although, running and playing around with my daughter keeps me pretty active as it is. I haven’t had meat for so long now that I don’t remember anything different, so it’s easy for me to put meals together and make sure my family is eating healthy, too. I love a good cookbook like Candle Cafe’s. I like making quinoa pasta with tons of veggies and feta. Jennifer’s Way makes great pancake mix.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
CA: If you’re too in your head and you’re not in the moment, life passes you by.
MP: Why is incorporating humor into one’s life so important?
CA: Comedy can be very freeing. Laughter truly is the best medicine. There is something about laughter that can take away all the darkness.
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos?
CA: It’s hard. Sometimes I find myself not breathing, so breathing helps.
MP: What’s been one of the biggest lessons in your life so far?
CA: Take no moment for granted.
MP: Tell us about your latest projects.
CA: In 2008, I created Right Action for Women, a foundation that works to educate women about what it means to be at high risk for breast cancer and encourage them to get the appropriate screenings. We have been able to assist so many women with the high cost of MRI screening. We partnered with ASICS, who created a special edition pink product line: ASICS Right Action for Women Collection. Proceeds go toward assisting women who are fighting the disease.