The Desperate Housewives actress opens up about why beauty isn't defined by a dress size, what she learned from her mother about aging and how women can stop criticizing—and start embracing—themselves.
Q: What is your definition of beauty?
A: Beauty is a combination of qualities. I don't think one can deny that certain people or things feel aesthetically pleasing. But without an equally pleasing being behind that form, there is no beauty there.
Q: When do you feel most beautiful?
A: When I'm my most healthy. And by that, I mean eating right, exercising, lifting weights and also sleeping well, experiencing joy, seeing friends, camping, hiking, laughing. When that combination is in balance, I feel strong, focused, happy and definitely my most beautiful. It is certainly not based on a scale or a dress size.