Andie Macdowell feels very at ease
The actress on the beauty of well-earned confidence
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, lorealparis.ca. 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.