Angela Bassett: I haven’t worked out in over a week & I can outeat any workout

Instyle Cover featuring Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett, 63, has a new cover interview with InStyle. It’s hard to do it justice because she gives so many incredible quotes. I heard it in her voice, which gave it another layer. Angela is the best part of 9-1-1, now on hiatus in its fifth season on Fox and returning sometime this spring. (The last episode aired in early December but we have 9-1-1: Lone Star to tide us over in the mean time.) We heard last year that she was being paid $450k an episode, making her the highest paid woman of color on television. Angela talked about this with InStyle, saying that she was never in it for the money or fame but that she knows her worth. I related most to her comments about fitness and aging. Here are some excerpts from that interview, which I recommend reading in full:

On feeling insecure as a young person
You wonder if you’re good enough or if you can handle the place. I would literally stand in front of my mirror and give myself a good talking-to. I’d say, “How long do you want to be overwhelmed? Will 10 minutes serve? Fifteen?” And I would answer, “Yes, all right. Well, have your pity party, but then after that, wash your face, comb your hair, and go do what you need to do.” And I guess that was my way of therapizing myself in that moment.

She was asked to share her workout routine
I’m feeling quite guilty because I haven’t worked out in a week and a half and I can outeat any workout. As a dear friend and I are fond of saying, “The horses are out of the barn, running in the field,” and I’ve got to get the horses back in the barn, where it’s tight. I always feel stronger when I work out, but it’s mind over matter. It’s something that I need to do for my head, not just for looking good. It’s very helpful for my stress level.

On “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and aging
I can’t tell you how many times ladies have come up to me and said, “I got my groove back.” They’re embracing their sensuality and youth. In Hollywood, there was a time when people believed that once an actress turns 40, it’s over. But no, those things that make us who we are — our sensuality, sexuality, compassion, and intelligence — that doesn’t come to an end. It deepens and ripens, you know? It’s all in the attitude.

On her raise for 9-1-1
Everyone wants to keep the lights on, but I’ve never been motivated solely by money or fame. For me, it’s always and only been for the joy of following my dreams. That’s what makes me feel alive. Now, it’s good to be paid. That is one thing that I’ve said to myself since early on in my career. I mean, I literally would say, “I want to work in roles that can change me and change the conversation. I want to work consistently. And I want to be paid fairly.” It’s about knowing your worth and standing on it. Being in positions and places where your worth is appreciated is a good thing. I’m glad that it can influence others. There is a bit of me that’s from a generation where we don’t talk openly about things like that. But I understand what generation this is today.

[From InStyle]

She also talks about the women in her family who influenced her growing up and the women she tries to support in her industry, like costars Aisha Hinds and Marsha Warfield. Plus she gushed about what a professional Whitney Houston was when she worked with her on Waiting to Exhale in 1995. There’s even more in there about her favorite roles and scenes. She said that playing Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It was the most difficult but she gave it her all. As far as her fitness and being able to outeat a workout, I related so much to that. If Angela Bassett can get off track, I guess I can’t beat myself up over doing the same.

The photos are also gorgeous but I wish they would have used one of these for the cover.

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  1. Amy Bee says:

    She should have won the Oscar for playing Tina Turner

  2. BaronSamedi says:

    She is the Queen.

    And what a travesty that they didn’t use either of the other pics for the cover???? She looks absolutely majestic in those!

  3. Georgie says:

    I remember she was in strange days with Ralph Fiennes noticed and LOVED how muscular her arms were – that is the first time I noticed physique like that on such a beautiful woman. Nice to know she gets off track too, just like the rest of us humans!

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      STRANGE DAYS! Thank you for bringing it up – I LOVED that film and most people have forgotten it! Angela Bassett was a GODDESS to me!

    • elizabethagain says:

      I started working out and incorporating weights in college because I wanted my arms to look like hers in Strange Days. I loved that movie!

      • AlpineWitch says:

        I saw it in theatres and couldn’t understand why Fiennes’ character could not notice how stunning she was, poor script lol 😆 her muscular arms were the bomb, she’s an absolute Queen and always has been.

  4. WithTheAmerican says:

    This woman is so beautiful and has so much depth and talent.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      She truly is. Angela Bassett is stunning in every sense of the word. They way she moves her body, her elegance, her physique, what she says and what she puts out in the world. She is truly a gorgeous and talented woman. Angela isn’t afraid or apologetic with regards to her pay. Angela deserves it and she has worked hard for it.

      Now, I am going to find that movie she was in with Fiennes!

  5. ohrhilly says:

    She is exquisite. So glad she finally made the cover.

  6. M says:

    She’s smart as hell, successful, smoking hot and has a great husband. She’s #Goals honestly, but her character on 9-1-1 has been turning me off recently (not mention all the copaganda in the show).


    Love her! And great point about exercise vs eating. Notice have doesn’t say “diet.” She says that she can out-eat any workout. And that’s true! “Abs are made in the kitchen,” is a realistic statement even if it’s old school. I’m all for exercise for health, but (most) people can’t work out hard enough or regularly enough to offset frequent fast food indulgences.

    For the vast majority of people (barring hypothyroidism and other disorders/illnesses that can affect your metabolism), it really is Calories in, Calories out. I say this as someone who’s dealt with weight fluctuations in the past due to medications that have side effects including extreme increases in appetite and fatigue. I felt like I had an epiphany when I realized that those make it incredibly difficult to lose/maintain weight, but not impossible.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I agree on the medication aspect. When ever I am on steroids, I want to eat everything in sight!!! But you are absolutely right, it’s calories in and calories out. It’s as basic as that!!

  8. Valerie says:

    I rolled my eyes when I read the headline, but having read her full comment, I agree with her. And I prefer this approach to the “I never work out, teehee!” line that so many like to hand the interviewer.

  9. JustBe says:

    Reading this makes me wonder whether the male lack of interest in women over 40 isn’t so much about how age may affect looks, but how this stage of a woman’s life is so freeing. If I’m not interested in procreating with you or dependent on you for my financial well-being, then I’m truly free to just be.

    Angela Bassett plays characters that represent women achieving their goals, overcoming obstacles or just at their best. That she continues to do this at 63 is humbling and motivating.

  10. It's me, hello says:

    She’s a gem 💎👑