Ask Alexandra – September 2010
I would like to know how you stay in such great shape? You look better now then when you were on Bay Watch…You don’t seem to age at all. What is your secret??
(Smile). Thank you for saying I don’t age, but (sigh) I am. Hopefully gracefully, though! Looking older doesnt mean looking worse, though, although our society automatically assumes that. I am hoping to look even better in my 50s than in my 40s!
I think keeping my weight at a good place is important to looking healthy. It is not easy, since our lives are so sedentary these days! Yesterday, I realized I was sitting waaaay too much (had 4 conference calls in a row, each more than one hour long) so I went out for a walk in the evening. And then the time spent in the car…. it adds up!!!!!!
I always exercise every morning (at least one hour of cardio, plus weights and yoga several times a week each). I write down what I eat every day so I am accountable to my nutritionist, Cathy Sassin from Intrafitt.com. I talk to her every week or so to keep my diet on track, which is a challenge for me. I love sugar and it is hard for me to stay off sweets and to eat healthy foods.
I only drink water or hot water with lemon. No sodas or alcohol, ever. I have been a vegetarian since I was 14, no meat nor fish. I eat as little dairy as possible for animal rights reasons, but believe it is healthier to not eat dairy at all.
I read Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking, when I was 15 and have believed in that philosophy ever since. I recently read the excellent book The How of Happiness by Sonia Lyubomirsky. Having a happy life is more than luck, it is a decision.
All this seems to be obvious advice! But some of it isnt easy to follow – we all know how to be healthier (and thus look better) but we need to hear it again and again to motivate us.
Thank your for writing!
I had met you early in the spring at the Texas Frightmare Convention (I was the gentleman with the actual book of Christine to sign, and got to chat with you when you met George Romero and Julian Sands). First, I wanted to say what a pleasure it was to meet you and find that you were definitely a warm and easy to talk to person. It honestly felt like we were old friends even though we had just met briefly (that’s a rare talent, not just with celebrities, but with people in general). Anyway, I’ve seen been reading this website quite a bit, and I was curious if you had other social networks (like Twitter or Facebook) to help promote your activism and sports, as well as your acting projects on a more daily basis? Anyway, I just wanted to say how great it was to meet you, and I hope I am lucky enough to have the pleasure again someday (not sure how often you come to Texas, lol).
I remember you! You helped me meet the great director George Romero while I was at the convention, and told me about him and his movies so I wouldn’t make a fool of myself in front of him! Not being an avid horror movie fan, I didnt know much about Mr. Romero.
To answer your question about whether I use social networks… I don’t, much. I have a twitter page (alexandra_paul) but I rarely update it. My sister actually called me yesterday to urge me to twitter an article I just had published in Longshot magazine, and it was the first time I had thought of my twitter page in ages! And I still havent twittered it :).
I have decided not to be on Facebook. Since I already spend alot of time answering personal and business emails, I didnt want to add to that by having a Facebook page. I have been criticized for not making the most of the new social networks, and I admire people who do, but I am so busy I have to weigh what is most important to me. The best way to learn about me is to come to my website!
It was very nice to hear from you, David. Thank you for helping me at the convention.
I saw you in the movie The Boy She Met Online last week and thought you were fantastic. You look as beautiful as ever. What was it like filming the movie, particularly working with Thea Gill, whom I also like. I hope you make more movies on Lifetime soon!
Thanks for watching! That tv movie did very well, so I hope to be making more movies for Lifetime soon! It plays several more times in September, so keep an eye out for it.
Thea Gill is a lovely person, and I have gotten together with her to catch up since we finished filming the movie. I am also still in touch with Tracy Spiridakos, the actress who played my daughter in The Boy She Met Online . It is always great to work with with wonderful people like they.
Thank you for your email.