The moment Marisa Tomei starts to speak in her distinctive New York accent, you can almost hear her saying her most famous line from My Cousin Vinny: "My biological clock is ticking (foot stomp) like (foot stomp) this (foot stomp)!" It's hard to believe it's been 18 years since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mona Lisa Vito—she hasn't seemed to age at all. In her recent film, Cyrus, she plays the single mother of a man in his 20s. At 45, she looks almost too young to play the part. Find out her secrets to looking and feeling young, vibrant, and fit.
1. Detox Your Day
Whether she's on location for a new film or at home in Los Angeles, Marisa begins every day with the same ritual: drinking a cup of hot water with lemon. "I never got into coffee," she says. "It may take me a little longer to get going than other people, but this just feels really cleansing in the morning." She follows that with a boiled egg drizzled with a little olive oil or some fresh berries and granola with whole-milk yogurt. "I find that protein wakes up my brain and gets me ready for the rest of my day," she says. To maintain that "get up and go," Marisa keeps high protein snacks on hand. "I'm a person who has to eat!" she says. "I graze every few hours."
2. Be Eco, Shop Local
Every weekend, Marisa and her boyfriend, actor Logan Marshall-Green, walk to their farmers' market to pick up produce. "I love being outside and getting fresh air," she says. "And it's not just about buying local, fresh food, which then, of course, translates into healthy things for your body and your skin. It's also about being part of the community and looking the people in the eye who have grown that food. All of these connections add to the vibrancy of life."
3. Learn How to Dance!
Like a lot of women, Marisa does a variety of activities, but she's found that a mind-body approach feels best for her. When she moved to Los Angeles she studied yoga, then moved on to belly dancing, which she says "not only keeps you in incredible shape, it's good for women's reproductive organs and hormones too." That led her to Nita Rubio, a teacher of devotional dance and body movement. Once a week, Marisa attends an all-female class that combines meditation, music, and dance. "There's such a sense of freedom," she says. "It's not like jogging, where you're working on your exterior. It's about feeling the interior and being at home in your body. Movement is truly transformative!"
4. Have Fun Every Day
One of the benefits of these classes, says Marisa, has been learning to listen to her inner voice. "I trust my body's wisdom now. If a period of time goes by where I don't do something physical and connect with my body, I feel like I'm losing my intuition. But I don't want you to think I'm only about being all healthy-crunchy,"she says, laughing. "It's about feeling pleasure too. I love to play, play, play! To go out dancing and be boisterous. It's fun to be a night owl, or feel naughty, drink wine, and have sex! Now that's the best kind of play there is!"