Andie Macdow­ell feels very at ease

The ac­tress on the beauty of well-earned con­fi­dence

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Andie Macdow­ell is strik­ing. Like “in­stantly for­get ev­ery ques­tion you had pre­pared for the in­ter­view” strik­ing. Her dark curls tum­ble around her face like choco­late shav­ings and as she speaks, I’m cap­ti­vated by the lines that dance across her fore­head; an all but ex­tinct sight in mod­ern-day Hol­ly­wood.

“I think con­fi­dence is a roller-coaster,” the ac­tress ex­plains. “You can be feel­ing re­ally good and then your boat gets rocked. But by the time you’re my age, you’ve gath­ered tools to sup­port your­self so that even when the wa­ter’s a bit rough, you know how to get through it.” Here, the 60-yearold star — who will next be seen in the com­edy The Last Laugh — takes us on her jour­ney to self-as­sur­ance.

You have two daugh­ters. How do you in­still con­fi­dence in them?

“I try to teach them to be in­di­vid­u­als and have their own iden­tity. I want them to be com­fort­able with who they are and not have to change that for any­one. They need to please them­selves, while also be­ing po­lite and hav­ing self-dis­ci­pline.”

Your daugh­ter Mar­garet (Qual­ley) has fol­lowed in your foot­steps as an ac­tress. How do you hope her ex­pe­ri­ence will dif­fer from yours?

“I hope that she doesn’t have to have to suf­fer the dif­fi­cul­ties that I had to suf­fer. By the time (my daugh­ters) are my age, I’d like to think things will have shifted com­pletely. The fact that I’m still work­ing for L’oréal gives me hope. (Macdow­ell has been a spokesper­son for the brand since 1986.) When I started, peo­ple kept say­ing it wouldn’t last, that a model was done at the age of 30. But now, we’re em­brac­ing women and giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to feel beau­ti­ful over their en­tire life­time.”

What makes you feel beau­ti­ful?

“I love be­ing mois­tur­ized. I’m not huge on too much base: I like a very light foun­da­tion, and a lit­tle bit of il­lu­mi­na­tion. I love fill­ing in my eye­brows. It’s the one thing I do be­fore leav­ing the house, even if I’m not wear­ing any makeup or I’m just go­ing hik­ing. I also re­ally love mas­sages. I like a good hour and a half. That is def­i­nitely a nec­es­sary in­dul­gence. I’m thank­ful I can af­ford that!”

How do you deal with bad days?

“I re­ally re­spect my quiet time. That’s how I recharge my bat­ter­ies. Many peo­ple need lots of so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences — I’m not like that. Yoga, hik­ing, be­ing around trees, see­ing birds and ex­pos­ing my­self to na­ture re­ally helps me stay bal­anced and happy.” “Self-care is not a gift, it’s a ne­ces­sity,” says ac­tress Andie Macdow­ell. Macdow­ell’s beauty must-haves: L’oréal Paris brow stylist de­finer, $13, Pure-clay cleans­ing mask for sen­si­tive skin, $18, Pure-sugar scrub for dull skin, $12, lo­re­al­ Ryan Boyko spent decades re­search­ing a lit­tle-known chap­ter of Cana­dian his­tory for his doc­u­men­tary That Never Hap­pened. When ac­tor-film­maker Ryan Boyko was in Grade 10 in Saska­toon, he saw a doc­u­men­tary about the in­tern­ment of Ukrainian Cana­di­ans dur­ing the First World War that left him stunned.

Grow­ing up in a Ukraini­an­cana­dian house­hold, he’d never heard that about the war and he went to his his­tory teacher to learn more.

“He said, ‘You mean the Ja­panese in­tern­ment dur­ing World War II?’ and I said, ‘No, I mean the Ukrainian in­tern­ment dur­ing World War I,’ ” Boyko, 38, re­called in a re­cent phone in­ter­view. “And he looked at me and said, ‘That never hap­pened.’ ”

The ex­pe­ri­ence sparked a decades-long re­search jour­ney into the lit­tle-known chap­ter of Canada’s his­tory for Boyko, re­sult­ing in his fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but That Never Hap­pened, which screened in Ot­tawa and sev­eral other Cana­dian ci­ties through Nov. 12. It hits var­i­ous dig­i­tal plat­forms on Nov. 13, and will be avail­able on de­mand through Shaw and Bell.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures in­ter­views with ex­perts and in­ternee de­scen­dants as it de­tails Canada’s first na­tional in­tern­ment op­er­a­tions be­tween 1914 to 1920, when roughly 8,500 peo­ple from Ukraine and other Euro­pean coun­tries were la­belled “en­emy aliens” and un­justly put into camps un­der the War Mea­sures Act.

De­scribed in the film as es­sen­tially “prison camps,” some of them were in na­tional parks and had in­ad­e­quate food, cloth­ing and shel­ter for the in­ternees, who were forced to do hard labour. At least 106 peo­ple died in the camps, said Boyko.

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