Elisa Donovan on Self-Care, Surviving a Very Serious Eating Disorder and Her Love for Jason Priestley

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She could also be ‘90s red-haired royalty (yes, you know her form CluelessSabrina the Teenage Witch and Beverly Hills 90210, to name a few), but Elisa Donovan also has a very serious side. This summer: The launch of her first book, Wake Me When You Leave, a personal memoir (and a currently in-production film) about losing her job, her relationship and her father to cancer—all over a very short period of time. The 50-year-old recently chatted with us about the creative process, shared some BTS Beverly Hills 90201 intel and let on about what’s subsequent for the long-awaited months of summer season.

What made you sit down and begin scripting this e-book?

“I’ve always been writing creatively, as a creative outlet, but also as a therapeutic tool for myself. When I write, I feel like I’m channeling things, but I really didn’t start to formulate it into an actual book until maybe a year afterward [my father’s death]. It was a lot to process at one time, which is what the book is essentially about. It was a very long process.”

You’ve been open about your consuming dysfunction. What is your method to it now? 

“The recovery process of an eating disorder is very multilevel. It’s strenuous if you really want to recover. I feel very fortunate that I put that work in years ago—meaning I worked with a nutritionist, with a psychiatrist, with a therapist, and with the full gamut of support. Because of that, I have a really healthy, happy life today. I’m such a proponent of speaking about it, one, to demystify what the real issues are, that it is a mental, psychological, physical, spiritual thing that isn’t just, “Oh, I want to be skinny.” All of that has truly little or no to do with it ultimately.

The approach that my life now…I by no means focus on the externals of something—actually not close to the physique. I take into consideration well being and feeding my physique. Now, it’s a supply of pleasure. I really like dinner events. There’s a actual sense of neighborhood and pleasure round consuming. It’s a full circle of restoration is the brief reply.”

Things have modified, hopefully, for the higher.

“Yes! I really I’m thrilled to see that it’s coming to the forefront of our discussions in society and in our culture. There was a time, at the height of things for me, when I was really struggling…being at a supermarket and at the checkout stand seeing every single magazine cover had, “How to lose weight, how to look younger!” Everything needed to do with all of this stuff concerning bodily look; how one can change what you appear to be, and I assumed, “Wow, this is quite a message we are being given, subliminally, very literally and consciously and unconsciously.”

I’m comfortable to see that that dialog has shifted—that we’re speaking a lot extra about our inside and our psychological well being and our full well being because it pertains to the total physique, thoughts and spirit. I feel that, in the end, that’s going to take us in the correct course.”

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I hope so. You’ve been in so many iconic roles. I can clearly bear in mind whenever you stepped on in Beverly Hills 90210. Can you share any behind-the-scenes magnificence intel?

“First of all, I simply cherished 90201. That was such a nice, pretty expertise for me. Jason Priestley might be certainly one of my favourite those who I’ve labored with professionally. He’s such a pretty particular person. He made me really feel very snug and comfy in considerably uncomfortable circumstances within the script—like having to be in mattress with him on the primary day of filming. [laughs] But he’s a good egg, for positive.

In phrases of magnificence, I at all times had something cucumber-thing on my eyeballs within the mornings in hair and make-up. It works!

Then, in newer years, I’m all about utilizing these gels for underneath the eyes which are like silicone virtually, which are chilly. Now, I purchase them at Whole Foods, and they’re wonderful. Basically, you’re getting up so early, and it doesn’t matter how a lot sleep you get—your physique shouldn’t be that accustomed to being up so early and you’re getting paid to look and really feel contemporary. It’s at all times useful to have issues which are anti-inflammatory and simply cooling. Those are the particular go-to on a common foundation.”

Your purple hair shade is a little bit of your calling card. Do you could have any secrets and techniques to the way you stick with it?

“The pandemic did wonders for my hair. [laughs] I don’t assume I used a hairdryer—not to mention a curling iron—for two months or longer. There have been a couple of moments, the place I did get away the curling iron, however simply leaving my hair alone every time I can is the very best medication for it.

After that, it’s principally Kérastase. There are a couple of merchandise that I swear by for my hair and that, and Olaplex, are a few of them. I take advantage of all of their issues: the shampoo, the conditioner, that masks therapy factor you can depart on endlessly. It’s actually a pretty product that helps strengthen my hair. Just depart it in and depart it alone.”

You turned 50 this previous 12 months. Is it one thing you concentrate on?

“In my thoughts, pre-pandemic, I used to be planning a very massive celebration with everybody I really like and somebody phenomenal taking part in dwell music.

Then, after all, that didn’t occur. I instructed my husband that he has the next 12 months to ship on this celebration, so he’s not off the hook but…

After that, I don’t give it some thought all that a lot. That may sound like I’m mendacity, however I actually don’t assume that a lot about age. I actually don’t! Maybe that’s as a result of my mother thinks about it a lot. [laughs] She nonetheless likes to faux she’s 36. There’s some magical in that quantity for her.

I haven’t fairly discovered what that’s…I don’t know why, perhaps it’s as a result of I’m an Aquarian, I don’t take into consideration age. I really feel prefer it’s considerably irrelevant, besides by way of life expertise. I have a look at it like, “In that regard, I’m thrilled because I’ve got 50 years on this planet.”

If I may give my youthful self one thing, it will be the boldness that I’ve now. I really feel so at residence and comfy and comfortable in my very own pores and skin, I’d like to have felt that approach once I was youthful.”

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Do you give any magnificence recommendation to your daughter? Would you enable her to get into showbiz?

“In phrases of magnificence recommendation to her, I’ve to pay her to comb her hair. She is so removed from worrying about her look that it’s…actually, getting her to brush her hair is a gigantic activity.

In phrases of present enterprise, I don’t assume she would need that. I’ve been requested this earlier than and I at all times change my reply as she will get older. But I don’t assume that the enterprise in anywhere for a child.

She likes to play the guitar, she’s beginning to actually like singing, however I don’t assume that that ought to essentially translate into her auditioning for a singing present. I feel being a child is actually vital. I feel studying and exploring issues that you simply love with out having something connected to them that should do with consideration or success at this age is actually vital. She’s simply discovering who she is and what she’s fascinated about, so I wouldn’t need her to place any strain on herself to reach a way. I hope she takes the enjoyment in truly doing the issues she takes pleasure in doing.”

Besides the e-book, what are you enthusiastic about this summer season?

“The movie model of the e-book is in improvement proper now; I’m actually hopeful that the funding will come by this summer season and then, perhaps, we’ll be taking pictures within the fall, which might be wonderful.

Aside from the e-book popping out, I’m enthusiastic about taking a journey to Jumby Bay, which is a tiny island off of Antigua. We take this annual journey with very pricey buddies at one of many household’s household houses. It’s been postponed twice due to the pandemic. Now we’re lastly all vaccinated, and we’re in a position to go in August. I’m actually wanting ahead to that, and not solely being there as a result of it’s lovely, and idyllic, and so peaceable, however simply because we’ll be attending to spend time with these those who we love, that we actually haven’t been in a position to see due to the whole lot…everyone is worked up; the grownups, the children. It’s going to be actually nice.”

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