LOTS OF PEO­PLE TALK

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about liv­ing in the mo­ment, but only a few mas­ter the ex­pe­ri­ence. Kate Mara is one of them. “I’m not a per­son who plans ahead,” says the ac­tress, 35. “I en­joy the here and now as much as I can. I’m at my best when I’m not wor­ry­ing about the fu­ture.”

That strat­egy is clearly a win­ning one, be­cause Kate’s life these days is pretty fan­tas­tic. Last July, she mar­ried her boyfriend of two years, ac­tor Jamie Bell, be­com­ing step­mother to his 4-year-old son. “I love know­ing that I have a part­ner for life,” Kate says. “I feel very proud to call Jamie my hus­band and to have made that com­mit­ment to him.” Her ca­reer is also soar­ing. Kate is star­ring in the movie Chap­paquid­dick, and she’s play­ing a lead­ing role in Pose, a ground­break­ing mu­si­cal drama that de­buted this June about life in New York City in the 1980s, fea­tur­ing the big­gest trans­gen­der cast ever on a TV se­ries.

Then there’s her other great pas­sion: work­ing on be­half of an­i­mals, which Kate calls life chang­ing. Two years ago, she and her younger sis­ter, ac­tress Rooney Mara, trav­elled with the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States to Liberia, where a group of chimps aban­doned by a med­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion was strug­gling to sur­vive. Kate helped raise money for the chimps’ care and as­sisted in get­ting the med­i­cal group to pay for a large chunk of it. “The project was a huge suc­cess,” Kate says, as she cud­dles on the couch with one of her two beloved Bos­ton ter­ri­ers. “I didn’t re­alise what I was miss­ing un­til I started work­ing with and for an­i­mals. To pro­tect in­no­cent crea­tures in ways they can’t do them­selves is re­ally an amaz­ing thing.”

To help bal­ance her life and all its ex­cit­ing new and dif­fer­ent facets, Kate cred­its these five per­sonal truths.

I stay on my toes

“My favourite work­out spot is this amaz­ing bal­let and pi­lates stu­dio called Bal­let Bod­ies in LA. 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 favourite. 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 and treat­ing your­self. For me, it’s the equiv­a­lent of get­ting a mas­sage.”

A new way of eat­ing changed my health

“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 af­ter­wards.”

My fam­ily is ev­ery­thing

“My sis­ter, Rooney, lives in LA, and we see each other as much as we pos­si­bly can. My mum is in New York, but she’s al­ways fly­ing out to visit us. We’re a very close-knit group. And now that Jamie is legally part of my fam­ily, it’s such an in­cred­i­ble thing. I’m very pro­tec­tive of our mar­riage. All the trav­el­ling 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 trav­el­ling to have just 24 hours to­gether, it’s worth it in or­der to have a strong re­la­tion­ship.”

I learned to build my­self up

“Con­fi­dence is some­thing I’ve def­i­nitely had to work at. I was pretty shy as a kid, and as a child ac­tor, au­di­tions and in­ter­views were re­ally dif­fi­cult for me. I think we all have to learn to feel con­fi­dent, but as an ac­tor, you’re also kind of forced into it. You’re con­stantly meet­ing and work­ing with lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, so you have to fake it un­til you make it. That’s what I did. I used to pre­tend I was out­go­ing and com­fort­able talk­ing to ev­ery­one, and even­tu­ally, I just be­came that way. Now, work­ing with new peo­ple doesn’t stress me out the way it used to.”

I use ev­ery­thing I have for good

“I am very pas­sion­ate about be­ing an ac­tor and cre­at­ing film and TV that in­spire peo­ple in some way. I do my best to tell sto­ries that are mean­ing­ful and im­por­tant. But that goes only so far. As I get older, I have started think­ing, `What can I do to help some­one and leave the world a bet­ter place in some way?' Work­ing for an­i­mals is very ful­fill­ing. I get much more out of it than any­thing else. Ac­tors are given a plat­form. I feel like we don’t de­serve to have it if we’re not go­ing to use it to do good.”

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