Next month, Sharon Stone turns 56. And it may be impossible to look at her cover on the March issue of Shape magazine and not wonder whether she has her very own, backyard fountain of youth.
Stone tells the magazine she's opposed to any surgical wizardry performed on her face. She's not anti-plastic surgery, per se, says Stone: "If you want it, you should have it. But there are lots of doctors taking advantage of insecure people. I can't tell you how many plastic surgeons have tried to sell me a face-lift...I just don't think you should run out and get crazy triple-D boobs or cut up your face when you're in your 20s."
And unlike some other A-listers, who have personal trainers come to their gated LA homes, Stone opts for a more egalitarian approach.
"I'm a member of 24-Hour Fitness, which I love because it's 39 bucks a month, and you belong to every fitness centre in the universe."
But above and beyond anything physical, Stone has major backbone. She calls on a Monday afternoon to talk about her Shape cover, but the conversation quickly takes a more serious turn.
She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2001, and it changed her life.
"I was in that neurological ward and the guy across from me died while I was in there, I watched it happen, and you know firsthand what that's like. There is no greater lesson about the meaning of life than that," she says.
"When I see people who are mean, who do those kinds of pointless activities, I just have to shake my head and move forward."
And not only has Stone made peace with aging, she relishes every second of it.
"Because I faced the very real possibility of not getting old, that is when getting old became a thing of tremendous gratitude for me. I have such gratitude for my age. Getting older is my goal. As it should be for every right-minded person," she says.
She's busy raising her three boys, Roan, 13, Laird, 8, and Quinn, 7.
And all three are taught to appreciate how good they have it. "Last year, one of my kids told me, 'We're rich.' And I said, 'No I'm rich. You're privileged.' They should never, ever grow up with that kind of attitude. We are happy when we work hard. When I do good things, I feel happy. It makes me feel good to do the right thing," says Stone, who makes her own bed in the morning, eats dinner with her kids and does her best to be there when they arrive home from school on the bus.
Next up, Stone starts shooting the TNT series Agent X in Los Angeles, where she's based. "They agreed to a limited number of days so I don't have to work five days a week. My kids come first. This way I can be home with them," says Stone.
She does try to take it easier. "My kids know now that I hurt my head, and that's why I have to take naps sometimes and that's why I get the flu easier and that's why I have to be a little more careful. But hard work is fulfilling and it makes you feel good," she says.
As for dating, Stone has experienced a new phenomenon in the ever-evolving universe of interpersonal relationships.
"Men expect that they'll give you their phone number and you're going to pursue them. I think that what has happened in the modern dating world is that men expect to be pursued," she says, laughing, and then laughing some more. "Who wants that kind of man? I want a man who still has his man card."