Now, as her HBO show Big Love goes into its fifth and final season (she plays Margene, the third polygamous wife) and before her iPhone rings (to the tune of “All You Need Is Love”), Ginnifer shares her trick for staying in great shape, her lifelong love of dance, and the feel-amazing secret she learned from her mom.
Q: You’re from Memphis. How does your background help or hurt when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle?
A: Oh my gosh. I would assume that it helps, in that I consider myself an extremely healthy person. But I know that’s sort of contradictory to the fact that you go to the South and all vegetables are deep-fried! I really did go through a period when I was very little when I remember realizing that vegetables did not come out of the ground deep-fried. I changed my eating habits in fourth grade because I was a heavy little girl, and I was unhappy. And I remember my mom making dinner for me the first night that I was on this new program, and I burst out crying because the vegetables were green, and I thought she was trying to starve me to death.
Q: Considering your busy work schedule, what’s your go-to healthy snack?
A: Jeanne Tripplehorn taught meand this is the most amazing thing in the worldmake some instant oatmeal, and put a tiny spoonful of peanut butter and a tiny spoonful of jelly in it, and mush it all up. It is like a mushy peanut butter–and-jelly. It’s genius. And it’s very satiating.
Q: Do you have a favorite way to stay fit?
A: I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 23 years, and I’m back on it right now. It’s the only thing on the planet that doesn’t dehydrate you or just make you miserable. I’ve never had a dramatic weight problem, it’s just that I tend to indulge, and then I need to get back on track so I can button my pants.