France to see my brother Andy get married. I loved it because I discovered Negronis! On the same trip I went to Berlin with friends then travelled around Italy by myself. I was dreaming in Italian by the time I left. Being able to talk about things that matter in another language is very satisfying.
After I clocked 40, I realised I appreciate my body more. This is partly because I used to think 40 was old and now I see I am just what I am, and it’s my relationship with my heart and soul that determines how I look at myself in the mirror.
I have an ambivalent relationship with ‘exercise’ – I prefer to move and have fun, but even then I have to convince myself it’s a good idea. When I do move, it’s walking up a hill to see a view, it’s yoga, or dancing.
Creativity is as essential to me as touch, movement and good food, so I practise that daily. I also practise a kind of mindfulness based on something called ‘consciously connected breathing’, but I could definitely be more consistent about it because it really makes a difference to me.
A full day on set can start very early and end late. It’s difficult in winter but much easier in summer when the days are longer. My favourite time of day for a workout is the morning, but walking up Mount Eden at sunset is hard to beat.
When I’m feeling stressed I know I need to slow down and focus on my physical experience, right now; thinking more sometimes means you do less.