Gracing SHAPE’s June issue, Rose Byrne opens up on embracing change – in motherhood, work as an actor, and even her exercise and beauty routine. With an exciting TV series about to premiere, a new appreciation for cardio and a knack for not taking herself too seriously, the beloved actor shares how she turned the craziness of the past year into a time of growth and opportunity.
- On her outlook on motherhood and career: “Motherhood is such a profound change—from the physical experience of it to raising the kids. It’s so different for everybody, and I think it’s really hard for women to talk about it. There’s so much expectation and shame around it; it’s very complicated. But it’s also the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. It did change my career ambition. It streamlined things in a clear way. But there’s the struggle of trying to prioritize both: Am I doing enough at home at the moment? Am I staying fulfilled at work? The balance of work and home life is such a personal experience. I don’t judge anyone.
- On using exercise as a stress reliever: “Exercise is a juggling thing with small kids. I’ve been taking a lot of long walks and hikes. All that cliché stuff. And doing yoga, which I started when I was 15 and rediscovered during quarantine. I try to do it every day for 15 to 20 minutes. It’s a great way to quiet the mind. I do notice that now as I’m getting older, it takes a little longer to get my fitness back. But exercise does help you feel better. It’s a great stress reliever.”
- On her new series, Physical and its 80s aerobics vibe: “When I read the first script, I was so moved,” she says. “It felt like a story I hadn’t seen before, and it’s incredibly human and relatable. For me as an artist, it was very challenging and daunting, which is good. I especially loved how doing all the physical [routines] take you out of being so self-conscious as a performer.”
- On her evolving beauty routines: “I’ve definitely gotten into cleaner beauty as I’ve gotten older. And I’m embracing the changes as they come along, because in my 40s, I definitely see things changing.” “All my beauty routines have gone out the window. I spend my days covered in markers, Play-Doh, and flour.”
SHAPE magazine is available for purchase on May 14th.
[Photo Credit: Carter Smith for Shape Magazine]