The Secret That'S Kept Kevin Bacon'S Marriage Strong For 29 Years
You may know him as the beloved leading man in Footloose, but there's so much more to Kevin Bacon. Not only is he the ultimate connector, but he's also a fan of hypnosis, a hot sauce connoisseur, and a total romantic. Here, a closer look at the actor who's light on his feet.
I'm more energized now. I'm almost 60, but I don't feel old. I don't think about slowing down; I don't think, you know, I just want to play golf. I take better care of myself than I did when I was younger, and I've learned more about health and food, exercise, meditation, relaxation, all that stuff. In my twenties, I cared about me—getting ahead in my career. I think that when you get older, and certainly when you have children, you start thinking, What kind of world are you going to leave them? But there are things I've always cared about—my family and just trying to wake up and get a job done.
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On Marriage And Work (He's Been Married To Kyra Sedgwick For 29 Years!)
I don't look at marriage as hard work. Yeah, you're going to have bumps in the road, and sometimes people are going to irritate each other or there will be issues that come up in your own life that will bleed over to your marriage. If you're sharing your life with someone, then if you have issues, maybe it's going to feel like it's the marriage, but it's really your own issues—whether they be alcohol or drugs, your career, whatever. But the idea that you've got to roll up your sleeves every day and get to work on it... I don't know. It's like, when I go to work, I work. When I come home and have dinner with my wife—that's not work. We truly just enjoy each other's company.
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On The Workplace And Sexual Harassment
I get a lot of my news from PBS NewsHour, which is nonpartisan, thoughtful reporting on whatever happens to be out there. On one segment, there were lawyers who had expertise in women's rights and sexual harassment, and the thing that came to light for me was the idea that, beyond all this celebrity stuff, industries. For instance, in the industry of fast find themselves in where they are sexually harassed and have no recourse. Let's hope this truly trickles down past Hollywood and becomes a catalyst for real change. I feel like it is already. If people are going to stop and think about what you're saying and doing, and the way you're relating to people in a work situation—it feels like an amazing tipping point in history. I also think there needs to be a bigger effort, and more openness, to having women in positions of power.
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On Hypnosis And Inner Peace
I recently started exploring hypnosis apps, at first because I was having trouble sleeping, and it helped me with that. Then I started to see a hypnotherapist to see what it was like to actually do it with a person. I find hypnotism to be really fascinating and powerful—in terms of health, sleep, and relaxation, but also in terms of happiness and inner peace. There was a cool thing that happened where I was guided to watch another version of myself going down the street. The exercise was to kind of walk into yourself and join yourself. The message was about being accepting of who you are and not trying to reach for something outside of yourself. It was powerful.
This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!