At 69, Isabella Rossellini loves life. In fact, the beloved actress says she’s happier than ever.
In a new interview with The Sunday Timesthe star of stage and screen, who plays cookbook author Simca Beck in the new series Juliareminisces about the ups and downs of life as she nears 70.
“I’m happy to have lived a long time, but the fact that the future is so short is a little worrying. But you feel like you should be enjoying your day, and I’ve become happier as an older person,” she shared.
Overall, the blue velvet star says she is filled with a sense of gratitude for everything she has been through.
“I think you’re starting to appreciate the luck and the fantastic people you’ve met, the fantastic opportunities you’ve had. I’ve become very grateful,” she said. “But it’s a bit sad that life isn’t longer. Or forever. It’s a bit sad.”
Rossellini went on to say that she barely sits at home doing nothing. In fact, she would like a little less activity in her schedule.
“I wish I had a little less because my days are all taken,” she said. “That hadn’t happened for a long time.”
Of course, Rossellini admits she’s been through lulls in her illustrious career. The daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, her superstar mother told her there might be downtime in her career as she got older.
“My mother warned me about this lull,” said the Joy actress. “Today there are TV series that didn’t exist then, so the older actresses were doing theatre, and mum was working in the theater as an older actress in London. She lived there the last years of his life and loved it.
Rossellini expanded his skills well beyond the theater. After seeing the lack of roles for older actresses, she decided to go back to school.
“When I started working less as an actress and model, because there aren’t many roles for older actresses, I went back to college,” she said. City & Country in 2019. She went on to earn a Masters in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College the same year.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Rossellini lives on a 28-acre organic farm on Long Island where she regularly tends to animals, which range from chickens and ducks to goats and sheep.
“It’s a kilometer away, so I’m there every day. We have staff, but if anyone needs help, I will. I watch the animals, I feed them, I clean the chicken coops,” she explained.
Instead of trying to prove someone wrong, Rossellini finds joy in life, regardless of age. In 2018, Rossellini told In the style that his approach to aging is to “embrace it”.
“I never thought, ‘Oh, I wish I was 35.’ When you’re young, you have the pressure to make money, to prove yourself. I had to be a beauty, an actress and walk the red carpet. The fact that I’m interested in animals or that I run a farm had no value,” explains Rossellini. “So age gave me the time to do all the things I always wanted to do. I feel richer in a way.”
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