Knots Landing veteran Donna Mills reveals how she keeps in shape over the years.
Mills, 81, spoke to AARP – The Magazine about everything she prioritizes in her life, including “eating green and clean”.
“During the soap opera years, I never ate pasta, sugar, bread, ice cream, cookies or anything like that. I might have half a glass of wine. Now I’m eating, but I’m still careful. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do grow, harvest and eat a lot of vegetables,” she shared with the outlet.
Mills also shared that she plans to “keep moving” in the years to come.
“I play tennis for two hours at a time five times a week. I’m lucky to have a clay court which is so much easier on the joints than cement,” she shared. “I also have a small gym at my home, so I train with light weights, use my peloton, and do a lot of stretching on my ballet barre. And let me tell you, it’s not always funny. Like almost everyone my age, I have arthritis and it hurts at times. But this is where discipline comes into play. I’m not superwoman, but I always see the big picture.”
Mills added, “By the age of 60, 70 or later, you have so much more to contribute — don’t just sit down and say, ‘I’m done.'”
The actress also told the outlet that she took a break from Hollywood to raise her daughter Chloe. Mills became a mother at age 54 when she adopted her daughter in 1994.
“I was single, I was 54 and I really wanted to be a mother. It wasn’t a difficult decision to adopt at all,” she shared. “I really believe that she should come to me, she should be my child. I wanted her to have a normal life. So I stopped working for many years while she was in school, and that suited me just fine. I didn’t want to be separated from her.”
Chloe, 28, is currently a model and executive at Soho House, an elite private club for artists, politicians and media professionals.
Mills shared that her love life didn’t thrive until she was in her 60s, and urges others to “let themselves be open to love at any age.”
“I met [actor and producer] Larry Gilman at the age of 60. I was lucky. Before him, I sort of chose the bad guys. But when I met him, I just knew I would go with the not bad boy,” she explained.
The General Hospital actress continued, “We have a big hill behind our house. Larry wanted to build a vineyard up there. And I just said, ‘No, you’re crazy, the vines will crowd out the hill.’ I was worried. It was one of the few fights we’ve ever had. He didn’t listen to me and it’s a good thing he didn’t. The vines have solidified the hill and now we have our own commercial vineyard. And it’s just beautiful.”
Mills keeps in touch with her “Knot’s Landing” co-stars.
“Joan Van Ark and Michele Lee are still good friends 40 years after we starred in ‘Knots Landing.’ Sometimes we even do “An Evening With the Ladies of Knots Landing” together for the fans. Some show up and have this dramatic eye makeup like my character Abby.”
Regarding her role, Abby Cunningham, Mills shared that over the years she played the role, some women found it difficult to put her away from her role.
“I have to say, in the days of ‘Knots Landing’, a lot of women in real life were really distant from me. For a long time I couldn’t explain why. Then I realized it was my character. They thought I would take their husband,” she said.
The actress has a long history of success in Hollywood. In 1971 she starred opposite Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me before landing her role as Abby Cunningham in 1979’s Knots Landing.
The actress, who won an Emmy in 2015 for her role in General Hospital, most recently starred in Jordan Peele’s Nope and will star in VC Andrew Dawn’s ‘Cutler’ series, based on the author’s books. Mills will portray Lillian Cutler in the Lifetime series, which is expected to release in 2023.
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