I'm really not that vain ; Actress Jane Seymour has enjoyed an enduring career, but her private life has been challenging. Just weeks after announcing her separation from her fourth husband, the former Bond girl talks about her work, family, and why she has no plans to get a facelift any time soonFit for fame
IF THERE was an award for performing under pressure it should surely go to Jane Seymour - only months after going through the anguish of her marriage ending, the actress is filming a new movie and looking as glamorous as ever.
Her glossy mane of chestnut hair, petite build and dazzling smile lend her a youthful demeanour which belies her 62 years, and sitting in her trailer on location in Bath, Somerset, she appears relaxed as she chats about coping with hard times.
"Everyone has difficult times and I'm kind of living through that," she says quietly, patently still finding it painful to refer to the announcement in April that she and her fourth husband, actor and director, James Keach had separated after 20 years, following reported allegations of his infidelity. The couple have 17-year-old twins, Johnny and Kristopher.
"My mother was a great inspiration and she always told me when times are tough you have to accept what's happened, live in the moment, and reach out to help someone else. If you think of others you will heal and love and a purpose will come into your life again."
The British-born star, possibly best known for her role in 1990s TV drama, Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman, has not been lucky in love. Her marriage in 1971 to first husband, Michael Attenborough, son of director Richard Attenborough, ended after two years; a second in 1977 to artist, Geoffrey Planer broke up after a year, and her third marriage in 1981 to businessman, David Flynn, by whom she has two children, actress, Katie, 31, and photographer, Sean, 26 ended after 10 years, and he later reportedly admitted having affairs.
Yet until recently, Jane's life appeared enviable - living in a luxury beach-side mansion in Malibu, California with celebrity neighbours including Barbra Streisand and Beyonce - and juggling her role as a wife, mother and grandmotherof-three with a flourishing acting, artistic and designer career.
Now it's her children, she says, who are providing her with their support in this emotionally demanding time.
"My family helps me keep strong. I have a great family, I'm very proud of my children and spend a lot of time with them. There's nothing more thrilling than your children having children and my grandchildren, two boys of one and 11 months and the latest a girl, four months, give me nothing but joy," she says.
Despite the upheavals at home there's been little let up in her busy schedule. She's currently in the UK on a 'working holiday' filming an adaptation of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel, Unknown Heart, which also stars Greg Wise.
"I love coming back to the UK, I visit at least three times a year, and still feel very English even though I've spent years in America," she says.
In America, where she's won a host of awards, including an Emmy and Golden Globes, Jane is constantly in demand for television and films and has appeared in a host of successful TV series including Smallville. Since her appearance in 2005 in Wedding Crashers she's carved out a niche for herself in comedy roles.
"When I look back on my career the highlights, in terms of my roles in England, must be appearing as Solitaire in Live and Let Die with Roger Moore in 1973, and the TV series, The Onedin Line. I was only 19 and 20 when I got those parts," says Jane "I went to America when I was 26 and enjoyed success very quickly. While the children were younger I had to make compromises sometimes about not taking roles if they would have taken me away from them too much but it's all worked out. Nowadays, I'm able to play a lot of character roles from a grandmother in a grey wig to a younger person - depending on the lighting!" Down-to-earth and with a keen sense of humour, she's briskly dismissive of the Hollywood tendency to banish any sign of ageing.
"Where I live I'm the only person in my age group in my circle who hasn't had a facelift. I keep seeing people who just don't look like themselves anymore!" says Jane, who's the face of fashion brand CC "I've got frowns and wrinkles, but because I'm an actress who wants to be able to play a range of roles I need to be able to move my face, and I think they give it character. Also, believe it or not I'm really not that vain!" She refuses to consider herself a celebrity and says a near-death experience in 1988 when an injection resulted in my going in anaphylactic shock has helped her "know what are the right things to value."
She's proud of the contribution she makes to society through her charity, Open Hearts, and believes happiness and beauty come from within.
"When you feel comfortable in your skin, you exude confidence. The older you get, the more confident you are, because you've experienced lots of life and you've got more perspective.
"I have no regrets, that's not the way I live. I learn from things and go forward."
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