We are so forunate to feature Teresa Palmer and Phoebe Tonkin on Eat Beautiful as part of our Inspire Interview series.
These two homegrown starlets are kicking goals in Hollywood. Teresa got her break starring opposite Daniel Radcliffe in December Boys and has gone on to star in other blockbuster films such as Take Me Home Tonight, I Am Number Four and most recently Warm Bodies.
Phoebe starred in Australian feature film based on the popular John Marsden novel Tomorrow, When the War Began before landing a lead role in popular CW network show The Secret Circle, which then led to her role on spin-off series The Originals.
The pair also founded health and wellbeing site Your Zen Life as an outlet to share their passion for healthy living. We asked them a few questions about living a healthy and balanced life!
Phoebe, being an actress on a hit CW show and a model, how do you feel about being a role model for young audiences, particularly girls around the world?
I try to make smart choices and am always conscious of young girls seeing things I post on Instagram and Twitter. I try to lead a positive, happy, balanced life and hope to influence others to do the same.
What do you think about the way young girls are affected by idealised versions of beauty in magazines, TV and film?
Phoebe: I think its a facade. Hours of make up and lighting and photoshopping are used to create an image these days. Girls shouldn’t be looking at these images as something to strive for. It’s not reality.
Tez: I think it’s horrible and I’m sad that what I do for a living contributes to this false sense of reality. That’s why I don’t go out of way to be anything but myself; make-up free, hair unwashed me! I often use Twitter to tell girls that what they’re seeing in the movies or magazines isn’t really what I look like, that the real me is actually very similar to the real them. That way they don’t have to strive for something that doesn’t actual exist, something unattainable and unsustainable. I hope to be a role model and a cheerleader for REAL.
Are you cheerleaders for positive body image? And why is it so important that we have role models that advocate loving ourselves exactly as we are?
Tez: Yes absolutely I am. I believe it’s my calling in a sense. I recognize that I’m in a position where I can use my profile to affect positive change in the world. With my career I feel a sense of responsibility comes along with it and that responsibility is to the younger people who look up to me, to show them that there is another way. That self-love, acceptance and compassion is of the utmost highest importance.
Phoebe: I think it’s very important to have positive body image. But on the other hand I think sometimes this leads to too much focus on something so external. I wish talk about bodies and image wasn’t so prevalent in the media.
What daily practices do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Tez: I just really practice open communication, I always start the day off by saying something I’m grateful for. I try to get to yoga as much as I can and I drink a green juice daily.
Phoebe: I try to drink a lot of water and surround myself with people I love. Simple!
What is your life mantra?
Tez & Phoebe: Be the Change You Wish To See In The World
It’s so inspiring to see Teresa and Phoebe actively advocating healthy and balanced lives. We are proud to join them in promoting a life lived from one’s heart and true to oneself!
Published January 7, 2014
by Rachel Jessica Tan