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Exclusive: Sharon Stone on her health struggles, finding strength and Taika Waititi

Sharon Stone, 63, the star of Basic Instinct and Casino, lit up the Zurich Film Festival this week when she was awarded the Golden Icon Award. MiNDFOOD joined her for a chat about her remarkable life and career.

Exclusive: Sharon Stone on her health struggles, finding strength and Taika Waititi

This year you published your autobiography, The Beauty of Living Twice. What led to this?

Well, I start the book when I had a massive brain haemorrhage. I bled into my brain for nine days and had a massive stroke. And my vertebral artery was completely ruptured. I had a very low chance of survival. And I had a one-year-old baby and not such a terrific marriage. There was a reckoning, I can say. When I was asked if I would like to write a memoir…I felt that it might do me some good.

Where does your strength come from?

I’m an incredibly shy person. So I say the same prayer every time. I ask to be used to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people and to be directed for today’s purpose. And then I allow myself to be completely present. That’s it.

Actrice Sharon Stone attending the World Premiere of No Time To Die, at the Monaco Casino on September 29, 2021, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Photo by Patrick Aventurier/ABACAPRESS.COM

Is it true you don’t have a manager or agent anymore? 

Well, I did not have agents or managers for a very long time and I still don’t have an agent. I did hire a manager. I was pretty much fired by everyone about a month before my book came out. I don’t think anyone wanted to hear my life’s story, and perhaps what I might have to say about them. And for a long time, for months and months, I was contacted just directly or through Instagram. And I found that I had a lot more offers than I did when I had an agent.

Who would you love to work with now?

I’d like to work with Taiki Waititi. I think he’s just great. I like his way of thinking and being. So I would not say ‘no’ to working with him. I would like to work with a lot of actors, but primarily, I’d like to work with some actresses. Much of my career has been me, and 250 men. And while I’ve learned to speak ‘man’, rather fluently, I would really enjoy working with some actresses, and lots of them. 

What advice would you give to the 20-year-old Sharon Stone? 

You know, why change the journey? We all have our own lessons, we all have our own destiny, we all have our own journey to live. Of course, there are highlights in my career, great ones, and ones that become the glory that we can remember. But to pretend that every career isn’t without giant disasters, and horrific moments would be completely false.

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