Jennifer Beals reveals her surprising approach to fitness and beauty

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On a new interview published today on everydayhealth Jennifer reveals her surprising approach to fitness, her unusual beauty commandments, her funny stress-busting routine, why they all keep her looking ageless and why she isn’t afraid of sharks !

It’s been 30 years since Beals famously danced her way through “Flashdance” wearing a cutoff sweatshirt in a scene that would be reenacted around the world for years to come, but the actress hasn’t slowed down one bit.

The gorgeous “The L Word” alum, and new spokesperson for EverDeep skin care, credits a healthy lifestyle, the right skin care routine, and open-water swimming for her impressive energy and fresh look.

During a recent interview with Everyday Health, the Chicago-born beauty dove into the details of a lifestyle that has kept her looking – and feeling – her best.

Why she isn’t afraid of sharks (sort of): “I really love open water swimming,” Beals says, adding that she hits the water a couple times a week for about two miles per session. “With all the shark attacks happening in Los Angeles, I’m a little bit wary, so I’ll go out with a larger group of people – as if that makes any difference!” she jokes.

And while she’ll occasionally enter a formal swim race or two, her time in the water doesn’t end when she crosses the finish line. “I just feel a joyfulness being in the water, so I’ll go add an extra kilometer or two to the race after I’m done,” she says.

How her skin and hair care routine has changed over the years: Her commitment to the aqua-sport has played a big part in shaping her beauty routine through the years. “Before I go swimming, I’m the person covered in zinc oxide, basically,” she says, adding that she uses Active Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 because it’s really thick and water-resistant. “And the higher the SPF, the happier I am. I know that some people say that that SPF doesn’t matter, but I like to think that it does,” she adds.

To keep her hair healthy, Beals applies conditioner before putting on her swim cap. “[I use] the thickest one so I can have some kind of barrier from the salt and chlorine,” she says.

Beals admits that her nighttime skin care routine has gotten a makeover in recent years. “I’m probably more diligent about washing my face at night and moisturizing at night,” she says, adding that sometimes she’ll even reapply her night cream throughout the day because it’s a bit heavier and her skin can get dry from the swimming.

Her stress-busting ritual: Beals meditates for 20 minutes a couple of times a day when she can. “I remember this one monk telling me that even five minutes is [good],” she says. “He’s like, ‘consider it mind insurance,’ and I thought that was really funny.”

When she feels the most beautiful: The simple answer: After yoga or after sex. “Don’t you just feel so juicy and wonderful and loving?” she says of coming off the high of each activity. “The yoga is the connection to the divine and the sex is the connection to the beloved,” she explains.

When she needs a little pick-me-up, Beals uses a beauty hack from her modeling days. “I love the little trick where you put a light powder at the corner of your eye,” she says. “Every now and then I’ll bust out the white at the corner of my eyes just to feel snazzy.” Her favorite eye-brightener is the lightest shade of eye shadow from Sappho Organic Cosmetics.

Jennifer Beals at the TNT upfronts

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TNT unveiled this morning Jennifer Beals’ new tv show “Proof” during the TBS TNT Upfront presentation  at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.  Jennifer attended  the TNT panel discussion presentation along with producer Kyra Sedgwick and actors Matthew Modine, Joe Morton and Eddie Gathegi.

The series of this supernatural drama was picked up last week by the cable network TNT with a 10 episode order and set to premiere in 2015.
“Proof” centers on a skeptical, hard-science, female surgeon, Carolyn (Jennifer Beals), who has been struggling with family issues, including a tragic death. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings – all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?.

With Eddie Gathegi, Joe Morton, Matthew Modine and Kyra Sedgwick

With Eddie Gathegi, Joe Morton, Matthew Modine and Kyra Sedgwick

More pictures of Jennifer at the upfronts can be found in our gallery

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Jennifer Beals attached to supporting role in the film Facing The Wind

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Jennifer will play a supporting role in the true crime film “Facing The Wind”. The movie is based on Julie Salamon’s book “Facing the Wind: A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation,” which recounts the story of Bob Rowe, a New York lawyer and model husband who killed his wife and three children in 1978 — leading to his subsequent search for redemption after avoiding a prison sentence by pleading the insanity defense at trial.
Melanie Griffith, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Evan Rachel Wood will star and Joe Berlinger will direct. Farmiga is attached to play Rowe’s first wife, who was killed. Wood plays his second wife, with whom he starts a new life after the trial while Griffith, Jennifer Beals and Rita Willson will play the role of women in a circle of close-knit friends who share the bond of grief and anger about the murders as they confront  Rowe’s second wife. Fabrication Films will be selling the $5 million project at Cannes. Production is set to begin later this year in and around New York City.

Source: The Wrap

TNT has picked up the pilot Proof starring Jennifer Beals

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TNT has ordered 10 episodes of the tv drama “Proof”. The supernatural medical drama is executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer plays the lead role of a surgeon. Also starring in the series are Matthew Modine and Joe Morton. TNT plans to premiere the series in 2015 and will unveil its 2014-15 schedule May 14 in New York.

“Proof is a fascinating series that takes on one of our most compelling questions: What happens when we die?” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in a statement. “Jennifer Beals does a terrific job bringing her complex character to life, and she’s surrounded by an outstanding ensemble cast. We’re especially thrilled to be collaborating once again with Kyra Sedgwick, whose work on The Closer helped pave the way for TNT’s ever-growing slate of hit original series.

In Proof, Jennifer Beals plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler, a brilliant surgeon with a caustic edge. Carolyn has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage to Dr. Len Barliss (Sean Gleeson) and a growing estrangement from their daughter (Annie Thurman). But Carolyn’s own trauma hasn’t deterred her from her charitable outreaches, which include helping disaster victims in far-flung trouble spots throughout the world.
Despite her skeptical, hard-science attitude, Carolyn is persuaded by a cancer-stricken tech millionaire (Matthew Modine) to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings and other supernatural phenomena. Her goal is to find verifiable proof to life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?
Helping – or sometimes hindering – Carolyn in her quest are her boss, Dr. Charles Russell (Joe Morton), the head of the hospital, and Peter Van Owen (Callum Blue), a best-selling author who claims to be psychic. Gathegi plays Zed, a hospital intern from the Sudan who assists Carolyn, and Kaplan plays Janel Ramsey, Turing’s assistant.