By Stephanie Nolasco
Published February 20, 2019
At age 68, Jane Seymour has zero interest in slowing down.
“When I have time to do it… I do Pilates and Gyrotonics and I also do a special workout they call ‘The Perfect Workout’… which is very, very slow weightlifting,” Seymour told the magazine. “[It’s] very, very slow. You only do 20 minutes twice a week. I notice a huge difference when I do it. Each exercise you do, you do it to fatigue so your whole body starts shaking.”
Seymour said that while her busy film career makes working out regularly challenging at times, she’s determined to stay healthy and even breaks a sweat from the comfort of home.
“I do it as often as I can,” she explained to the magazine. “I have a machine at home… I’m filming at the moment, but when I’m not filming and I have time, I do it at least twice a week.”
Seymour also shared that when it comes to her diet, she keeps things simple.
“I don’t eat too much starch, I try not to,” she said. “Mostly I eat… chicken, a lot of vegetables. We grow a lot of vegetables in the garden, organically. Everything in moderation, which, of course, is the hardest thing. Me telling myself I’m on a diet never works. Me saying, ‘OK, I’m going to have a bite of this cake but I don’t need the whole cake.' That’s how it works.”
“I do my best, but I’m not trying to be younger than who I am,” added the “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” star and former Bond girl. “I’m just trying to be the best I can be at the age I’m at.”
Back in 2018, Seymour flaunted her physique by posing for a Playboy pictorial for the third time after being photographed for the July 1973 and January 1987 issues. At the time, the star insisted it had never felt so good to unveil her vulnerable side for the men’s lifestyle magazine.
“I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was young,” Seymour told Playboy. “Then, I was like, ‘Oh gosh, I’m supposed to be sexy. What is that?! There’s an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have. Like my father used to say, ‘I’m comfortable in my own skin.’”
Seymour also felt good about her lasting success in Hollywood. Seymour, who originally had dreams of becoming a ballerina, threw herself into auditions after she suffered an injury at age 17 that prevented her from dancing.
Not only did she take her stage name after King Henry VIII’s third wife (she was actually born Joyce Frankenberg), but she was determined to find work, even if it meant moving across the country to California with no agent or money.
However, her career almost ended as soon as it began. Seymour claimed in 1972 she was assaulted by a big-shot producer. Seymour, who had a tough time coping with the incident, quit acting and went back to England.
“I got fat,” she explained. “I baked bread and ate a whole loaf every morning and did needlepoint. I decided I wasn’t going to do this anymore. I wasn’t prepared to do what had to be done.”
However, when Seymour was given the chance to appear onstage for “A Doll’s House,” she took the chance — and the rest is history.
“People say, ‘You’re like a phoenix.’ No, I just had a strong role model in my mother,” said Seymour. “Everyone will have challenges. Your natural instinct is to close up your heart and let it eat you up. Do something to help someone else. It will heal you. You’ll be like a magnet when you do that. Light to firefly.”