Angela Bassett: ‘I’m not getting up at 4am to hit the gym’
-Aug 23, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
Angela Bassett is living, breathing proof that being 60 can be sensational. The star just celebrated the birthday milestone and is looking and feeling as fantastic as ever.
The ‘Mission Impossible – Fallout’ actor – who has been gracing our screens for 30 years – has abs, arm muscles and a youthful complexion which would bring out the green eyed monster in women half her age. But don’t be the one to tell her that she looks great, or you may get very short shrift. We find out why…
“Do they expect me to look broken down?”
Angela finds it amusing that people are so dumbstruck that she can look this good at her age.
“You don’t really know what to say when someone says: ‘Oh, my God, you look so good’. What do they expect? For you to be completely broken down?”
No, but we still can’t help but marvel just how sensational she looks.
“Diet is 85% of the whole thing for me”
How she fuels her body is crucial to Angela. In fact she says 85% of how she looks is down to what she eats.
“I’m regimented and rigorous about what I’m eating,” she’s said, and this means packing her diet with all things good.
“I cut out the sugar, the alcohol and the bread and eat a lot of protein and veggies.”
She does have her guilty pleasures though. “Red wine and cake,” she confessed. “That’s a terrible combination! Not together. Red wine with chips. And cake.”
“I’m not getting up at 4am to workout”
Beauty sleep is important to Angela so although she exercises she won’t let her workouts eat into her bedtime.
When she’s at home she has a personal trainer four or five times a week but when she’s travelling she simply ensures she gets her half hour of exercise in where she can.
“I’ll try to get to the hotel gym and do 30 minutes of cardio and hit a couple of weights or something,” she admits. “But I’m not getting up at 4am to work out.”
Circuit training keeps her fit
When she had her trainer at hand to prepare her for her role in ‘Black Panther’ he fine-tuned her fit physique with 45-60 minute circuits.
“You do each movement for 30 seconds, then you take a break, get the heart rate down to get it right back up,” said Corey Calliet. “The reason why I like doing it so much is because it’s the fastest and the most effective way to burn fat.”
The circuits include the likes of mountain climbers, jump squats, lunges, push-ups and high knees.
“I don’t give too many breaks unless you’re about to puke, faint or die,” he added.