Emmy winner Julie Bowen is one of those people who instantly perks up a room! She's fun, chatty and down-to-earth - every time I have met her it's been a pure pleasure.
And, that's certainly not the case with some other celebrities (names to be withheld).
Julie recently sat down with Health magazine and chatted about the virtues of getting older.
"As I have gotten older, I've discovered the joys of being lazy. I've always been driven, feeling like 1,000 demons got me out of bed at 5 a.m. saying, 'Go run!' But I wake up these days and I'm a little tired. And I sort of enjoy that. I get more genuine enjoyment out of working out [now] as opposed to feeling like I'm exercising something every time I go for a run."
In the October issue of Health magazine, Julie also reveals she's made peace with her not-go-glam self.
"I'm so not stylish by nature, but I've learned to work with what I have. My darling father gave me some decent getaway sticks - my legs are OK. I do not ever work the stomach. That whole crop top, baby-doll shirt trend was a very long period for me. Those were some tough years. I feel the most pulled together when I'm going for the tomboyish thing. I far prefer the Diane Keaton to the Loni Anderson."
And, when it comes to family dinners, Julie isn't going for the super-gourmet.
"Chicken Marabella is an easy old school recipe. You take a lot of thing and legs - delicious dark meat - and marinate it all day in a giant Ziploc bag with prunes, brown sugar, vinegar, olives and bay leaves. Then pop it in the oven for 45 minutes. To a girl from Maryland, it's very sophisticated to have the sour tanginess of olives with the sweetness of prunes. That, to me, is like 'Well, my, my, my!"
For more of Julie's interview, check out www.health.com.
-- Terri MacLeod
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