Kate Mara, the sister of A-list celebrity Rooney Mara, is an American actress best known for portraying journalist Zoe Barnes in Netflix’s House of Cards and computer analyst Shari Rothenberg in the Fox TV series 24. A rising star, who most recently earned praised for her role in the 2017 drama film Chappaquiddick, the actress is as well known for her acting chops as she is for resembling a teenager at the age of 35.
As the cover star for the May issue of Shape, the young actress shared her secrets for staying fit and fabulous. So read on, and be inspired! And for more celebrity fitness, diet, and beauty tips, check out what celebrities with “perfect” bodies do every day.
A Vegan Diet
A vocal advocate of animal rights and one of the many faces of the Humane Society of the United States, Mara is a diehard vegan. “I’ve been a vegan for five years. I found it hard to give up cheese at first because I love it so much. But I haven’t missed meat at all. I decided to go vegan after reading a book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. It’s about how our bodies are not meant to digest animal products and what we should be eating instead. It made a lot of sense to me. I’ve always had a pretty sensitive stomach, but when I cut animal products out of my diet, I felt so much better. Now my healthiest habit is drinking Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie every morning. It sets the tone for the rest of my day. If I don’t have it as my first meal, I find I don’t make healthy choices afterward.”
A Ballet-Based Workout
“My favorite workout spot is this amazing ballet and Pilates studio called Ballet Bodies in L.A. My trainer, Romi, is a ballerina. I go there five days a week when I’m home. Some days I do the ballet workouts, other days I do Pilates. I really love exercising—I find it very therapeutic. I always enjoy trying new workouts, but this is by far my favorite. You have to focus so intensely when you’re doing ballet moves, and it’s a great way to clear your brain. Also, it’s about taking time for treating yourself. For me, it’s the equivalent of getting a massage.”
A Strong Support Network
Research on some of the so-called Blue Zones of the world, where people regularly live over the age of 90, has shown that cultures in which the elderly have close family ties experience the longest life spans. Mara may only be 35, but she already credits her family as one of the keys to her emotional well-being. “My sister, Rooney, lives in L.A., and we see each other as much as we possibly can. My mom is in New York, but she’s always flying out to visit us. We’re a very close-knit group.”
Mara married her Fantastic Four co-star Jamie Bell last summer, and is now step-mother to the four-year-old son he had with Evan Rachel Wood. “I’m very protective of our marriage. All the traveling we both have to do for work can make it hard, but we have a rule that we will never go longer than two weeks without seeing each other. Even if we have to spend all day traveling to have just 24 hours together, it’s worth it in order to have a strong relationship.” Sounds a lot like the rule that Hugh Jackman has with his wife, which he considers the key to their blissful 22-year-marriage.
“I’m not a person who plans ahead. I enjoy the here and now as much as I can. I’m at my best when I’m not worrying about the future.”
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