Joan Collins, the English actress and author is known for her youthful looks. At 84, she has a husband who is 33 years younger than her and even he can’t keep up, she says in a new interview. Her secret? Regular exercise.
Collins says she’s even in better shape that husband Percy Gibson, 51, and is always after him to exercise more.
“I tell my husband that he’s got to exercise more. Because I exercise more than he does,” she tells Reader’s Digest in a new interview.
“People need to take better care in their youth and middle age so that they don’t fall apart when they turn 65 or 70,” she explains.
Joan swears she doesn’t feel any different than she did 40 years ago and is thrilled to still be working in her 80s.
“I don’t feel any different physically to when I was 45. Taking care of your appearance is very important,” she says. “I’m most proud of the fact that I’m almost the longest-working actress in film.”
Parts for women in Hollywood are few and far between, and Joan says the competition is fierce.
“There are older-women parts, but quite frankly they’re going to go first of all to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep or Susan Sarandon. There are 20 women they’re going to go through before they get to me.”
That’s another reason why Joan is determined to stay in shape.
“Today, big-budget films are made by big businesses, and all of the companies have one motive in mind – to make money.
“Their audience is mostly young men between the ages of 12 and 28 and they want to see young, nubile girls.”
No one can say Collins hasn’t led an active life. She’s raised three children and has been married five times! Her movie career spans six decades.
Over the years, she’s even starred in workout videos. Check out one below from 2010.