In this age of super rich, party girl socialites, one who blazed the trail early on by choosing substance over abuse is actress Mariel Hemmingway. This model-turned-actress-turned wellness guru is shedding the light on the mind/body/spirit movement and in an exclusive to us, she talks about the latest challenges for women to have it all, staying centered and not losing oneself in the quest for Hollywood’s quest for perfection.
“My passion is to get into the heart of people and say, ‘Who are you? What speaks to your heart?’” says Mariel Hemingway. On a crisp, cool morning at the Travis County New Milestones Foundation luncheon where she is speaking, Hemingway is centered on getting to the heart of things. Tall, sublime and possessing traffic-stopping beauty, she still very much exudes, at 46, the screen queen image that got her nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar when she was the bright, young ingénue in Hollywood in the 1970s and early 80s. She is still the perfect model size, with golden hair and a smile that beams across the room. Captivating is but one word to describe Mariel Hemingway.
She admits getting a foot in the door of a nepotistic entertainment industry came easier than for most. After all, her older sister Margeaux Hemingway had star turns as a top model too, and in successful films, including cult classic, Star 80, before she committed suicide. Her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, was one of the most prolific and troubled authors of the twentieth century. That pedigree, she admits, helped keep her on a path of wellness. “I grew up in a family where there was a tremendous amount of addiction, and suicide and manic depression. And talent and creativity and all those things kind of go together. And I think that we worried that maybe if we get rid of some of them then we would lose our talent. There is all this different sort of messaging, messages that happen to somebody who is born into a family like that. So, my obsession, in the beginning with health, was really survival,” says Hemingway. “If I looked back on my Grandpa, there was this subliminal thing. He was obsessed with his food and he was obsessed with his weight. And it’s weird, when you look back and you think ‘Wow. I’m like a genetic model. But you can break the genetics. You can break the code and be the one that says ‘That doesn’t work for me.’”