Andie MacDowell’s Aging Secrets

Featured Article, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living
on May 1, 2012
Kwaku Alston

The march of time sure hasn’t slowed Andie MacDowell down. The actress, who turned 54 in April, is celebrating her 25th anniversary as a L’Oreal spokesmodel and starring in the ABC Family series Jane by Design. We sat down the South Carolina-born mother of three to talk about her commitment to healthy living.

Spry: Tell us about your beauty regimen.
Andie: Exercising every day is important to me. I think it keeps your circulation going and it is really good for your skin. I make sure I eat fruit and vegetables. I am not one of those people who says they never eat carbs. I think that is a silly idea—anything too gimmicky is not good.

Spry: How do you feel about aging?
Andie: Age is not something I worry about. Being healthy I worry about. Dying, maybe. But not getting older. Getting older is fine if you are healthy. It is only sad if you are not healthy; otherwise, it’s a gift. My mother died at 53 of a heart attack. That’s probably why I feel that way.

Spry: What do you think is the key to aging well?
Andie: Avoiding stress. That’s one of the reasons I do a lot of yoga, because it isn’t just about the body, it’s also about your interior life.


Spry: You’re passionate about staying active. What’s your exercise-of-choice?
Andie: I love to hike; I love to walk. People say, “You’re a movie star. You can hire a trainer.” I don’t have a trainer: I am my trainer. You need a pair of tennis shoes and a good attitude more than anything. Get a walking buddy, or some music—do whatever it takes. Me? I meditate. It’s my time to unwind.

Spry: How do you stay motivated?
Andie: My sister and I are in a hiking club. We’re doing this challenge: 40 peaks, each over 6,000 feet in the Appalachian Mountains. I’m halfway through; only 200 people have done it. One of the people I hike with is an 83-year-old man—he’s one of my heroes. That’s what I want to be doing when I am 83.