Alicia Silverstone’s latest project is the comedy/drama American Woman, based on the early life of Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards. It debuted earlier this month on the Paramount Network, and it’s gotten some buzz. I wish I could share in the buzz, but I can’t find a way to stream the show (get on this, Hulu).
The seemingly ageless 41-year old actress graces the cover of the July/August issue of Redbook. In the accompanying interview, she talks about her role as Bonnie, a recent divorcee rediscovering her independence and raising two kids in the 1970s, and her own recent divorce after 20 years with husband Christopher Jarecki. Of course, the animal advocate and vegan lifestyle enthusiast also talks about wellness and her own fountain of youth. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On the transition to becoming a single working mother:
“Obviously, it’s heartbreaking. You don’t ever think you’ll be apart when you get married. All I can really say is that we’ll co-parent [7 year-old son] Bear together, and this is completely a good thing for both of us.”
On her dating life:
“Yes, I go on dates, and I find it very fascinating meeting interesting, intelligent, different people. I’m super excited about being available and open to whatever’s next. Of course, there’s a ton about it that’s confusing. I call my girlfriends and I’m like, ‘What does this mean?’”
On whether criticism from her book The Kind Mama tanked her confidence as a parent:
“Not one bit. Because my experience was women on the street who would say, “Your book changed my life.” I feel very passionate and confident with every choice I’ve made as a mom and as an activist. Anyone who has issues with it can have them; it doesn’t affect me.”
On wellness trends:
“I really think everyone has to be given the respect to do what they choose to do. Do I think I really know what works? Yeah. It’s no accident that everyone says to me all the time that I still look like I did in Clueless. I see the difference if I eat certain way for a day, so I choose to make more than one meal be that great meal.”
She really didn’t spell out what she does to look so great, so I can only assume it’s the vegan diet. I was unaware that she not only has a lifestyle website, The Kind Life, but two books, The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama. There’s also a line of plant-based vitamins called MyKind Organics. If only I didn’t get weak in the knees at the sight of a chicken wing or a plate of sushi, I could give her lifestyle a try, but I’ll just have to pass. It does seem like she’s surviving post-split and I’m glad American Woman has brought her back into the spotlight. Now, if only I could watch it.
Photos: Redbook/Alexei Hay, WENN.com