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Q&A with Jane Seymour, Emmy and Golden Globe Winner

jane seymour sitting and smiling
jane seymour sitting and smiling

We chatted with British-American actress, author, and entrepreneur Jane Seymour about aging well, her philanthropic initiatives, and finding joy and happiness in life.


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As you age, what steps are you taking to enter the next phase of your life with a healthy outlook?

I’m looking at the years that I have left and realizing that the most important thing is to be healthy in body, mind, and spirit. This means taking time to lower stress. I want to make sure every waking moment of life is what I really want it to be so whether it’s gardening, taking a walk on the beach, spending time with friends, catching up with people on Zoom, or talking to people who are going through a tough time, I’m taking care of my health to the best of my ability.

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As a well-known actress, how have you stayed motivated while aging in the spotlight?

It’s very interesting. Usually, as an actress, when you turn 40, it’s over — you’re done in film and television. When I turned 40 and my financial life disappeared into a big dark black hole, along with my marriage and everything I thought I had and knew and trusted, I came out of that black hole and was given the gift of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. It was a TV show that nobody believed in. Now, as we know, it turned out to be an amazing gift, and I’ve had an amazing career ever since.

The difference is that I keep changing it up. I was offered to play roles of women who were much older than I was. In B Positive, I play an 85-year-old who’s very sexually active in an old person’s home. Then, of course, I also played an older woman in my own series, Harry Wild, which I did last year in Ireland. I think what has kept me relevant is that I have energy. I love to work and act, and I’m not afraid to look old, or put a grey wig on, or be silly and funny. I’m at a time in my life where I’m not afraid to try something different, and I think that’s what has kept me going.

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What motivated you to become so involved in philanthropy?

I’ve been asked over the years to support several different organizations, and what I really wanted to do was to take my mother’s advice, which was to support and encourage philanthropy — whether it’s financially or physically in terms of volunteering. I thought by having the Open Hearts Foundation, I could benefit a lot of different organizations and shine a spotlight on different needs. Recently, during the COVID-19 times, we’ve been doing a lot of volunteering and raised a lot of money through Zoom — in this case, for 23 different organizations. Mostly, we support organizations in which somebody has gone through something — either with a family member or somebody close to them — and having gone through it, they have either created an organization or supported a smaller organization that’s really making a huge difference.

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What is something that you’ve become extremely passionate about?

I’ve always been an artist. I took my art, and I created the Open Hearts Jewellery Collection, which became very well-known. I have a real passion for expressing, story-telling, and connecting people through art. I think that’s what happens when you paint and when you create something — it becomes my vision of the world, my vision of something beautiful. Ultimately, I think finding your joy and finding happiness in life are important.

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