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Size-zero Jennifer Connelly reveals diet, workout and beauty secrets

Jennifer Connelly follows a healthy diet and exercises regularly, but isn't obsessive about her looks.

Jennifer Connelly follows a healthy diet and does running workouts to stay skinny.
Jennifer Connelly follows a healthy diet and does running workouts to stay skinny.
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Connelly, a mom of three who's married to British actor Paul Bettany, said being happy is more important to her than obsessing over every wrinkle. Jennifer, 43, said she has met women who suffer for beauty, and she doesn't think that's worth it.

"The thing that really matters to me is well-being and happiness," Jennifer told Allure Jan. 21. "Maybe it comes from knowing people who have tortured themselves trying to meet these strangely narrow and rigorous definitions of what our culture thinks is beautiful."

Connelly follows a sensible, balanced diet and takes long runs (six to 10 miles at a time) to maintain her willowy size-zero physique.

"[My diet is] mostly whole foods—vegetables, beans, grains, fish, nuts, fruit," she said. "Running is my favorite workout. I tried doing jumping lunges for a while. That was dreadful."

Jennifer's rail-thin frame has previously stirred rumors of anorexia, but those reports have never been confirmed. She also does yoga and said her beauty secrets include daily sunscreen use and minimal fussing over her skin and hair.

Connelly has been successful with her career, but has never made obvious choices in the parts she has taken, insisting she has to believe in the roles she takes. Playing a character she can connect with provides an emotional release, she said.

"Anything that feels like it has integrity, in which one can be really invested, is cathartic," she said. "I don't think it has to necessarily be tragic in content, but I have had more experience playing those characters. I'd love to find something that's a bit more light-hearted. That might be a nice change of tempo."