The Affair‘s Sanaa Lathan is featured in the June 2018 issue of Health Magazine.
The new star of The Affair talks staying confident, embracing a balanced life, and finding true happiness.
Sanaa Lathan has a smart, simple self-care strategy that is totally worth stealing.
“I literally have a list. If I’m doing [certain] things most days, I’m good,” explains the actress, 46, over a glass of rosé at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. From working out in the morning to meditating twice a day to taking social media breaks, Sanaa has been cultivating these tricks since she first broke out in 2000’s Love & Basketball. It makes sense, right? When you take time for yourself, it’s easier to deal with the various things life throws your way.
When do you feel your healthiest overall?
“I recently went for three weeks to this detox kind of place where you eat raw food and wheatgrass every day, and you do wheatgrass enemas—it’s, like, seriously crunchy, hippie. [Laughs] But you come out of there sparkling.”
Do you care about calories much or think about your weight?
“I have to, yeah. But I’ve never been a skinny girl, and I don’t really aspire to be that. I’m a foodie; I love food. When I was a baby, they used to call me “Eat More Sanaa.” I was like, “Thanks…thanks a lot.”
This is our “joy” issue. How do you define joy for yourself?
“I imagine it to be a spectrum: You could have a peaceful joy, you could have an ecstatic joy—and everything in between. I’m in my joy when I’m acting or doing anything creative. And I’m in my joy when I’m doing my foundation work, because whenever you’re giving, it’s like a gift to yourself.”
The Affair premieres June 17th on Showtime.
Photography: Kayt Jones / Styling: Hayley Atkin / Hair: Larry Sims / Makeup by Mylah Morales / Manicure: Christina Aviles