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Talking Trash (and Turkey) with Ashley Judd

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Aside from her stunning beauty, Ashley Judd is as famous for her movie roles as she is for her outspoken humanitarianism and environmental advocacy. So it's not surprising the Kentucky native recently partnered with Kiehl's for their limited-edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque to benefit Recycle Across America, an organization that wants to eliminate confusion by standardizing labels for all recycling bins. To kick off the collaboration, Kiehl's in Santa Monica hosted a party with Ashley, Anthony Mackie and a handful of other stars I ran into including the fabulous Gilles Marini (remember my GDLA segment with him last year?!) and the super nice George Newbern from "Scandal." Although I didn't have much time to talk to Ashley (we had to walk outside and chat on the sidewalk because it was so loud inside!), I did manage to get a few tips from her on how to be good to the environment ... and how to stay beautiful. Let me just say, she's as articulate and gorgeous as I had imagined. Beauty, brains and a caring heart--she has it all! Special thanks to Dano Photography for all the great pix.

I know that you're an advocate for a number of charities. How did you decide to get involved with Kiehls and Recycle Across America in particular?

Well, I personally recycle and I do it imperfectly and I know that I would benefit from standardized labels. I'm that person who will walk up to a series of bins maybe in a town square or at an airport and I'll pause because I want to make sure I get it right. She [Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund, founder of RAA] has really educated me about what happens when something that doesn't belong in recycling is put into recycling and how it can contaminate everything else that actually could be recycled. So one inappropriate item can have a hugely detrimental effect on everyone else's attempt at a good deed.

Wow, I did not know that.

Yes, so standardized labels are really smart, and particularly focusing on schools, so that our young people grow up with a culture of recycling and that being all they know…that's really the ideal. In my own house I have the different bins and things are labeled very clearly. I host a lot, I'm very social and have a large family and family of choice, and every time everyone leaves I go through the trash and sort it out!

OMG I do the same thing. I will actually clean the food off the plastic containers or whatever it is before putting it out for recycling. I literally clean my trash!

Absolutely. It's really so simple and it's about creating a culture of simplicity. And that's what Kiehl's is doing with Recycle Across America. Plus, they made a very generous donation to Shaker Village in Kentucky and that's a 9,000-acre outdoor historic park that's a national treasure and is underfunded.

Do you feel completely educated on how to recycle now? I still get confused even if I'm at Whole Foods and the bins are labeled. I still wonder about things like, well, should I recycle this piece of crumbled tin foil or is it trash?

I have the same dilemma. And I look to places like Whole Foods and others that have really good labeling and I try to import that information into my practices elsewhere.

Were you a fan of Kiehl's before this collaboration?

Very much so. I was just talking with Chris [Salgardo] the chairman about their store in San Francisco because I did two pictures in San Francisco, and I stayed in a neighborhood where the store was located and I always enjoyed the products. The papaya enzyme mask is one I used to use a lot and now I'm getting back into their skincare, especially the new overnight oil that's in the beautiful blue glass bottle. [Midnight Recovery Concentrate].

I'll have to check that out if you're fan. You're absolutely stunning!

Well, thank you. I work hard. Our older dog has been sick and I haven't gotten a lot of sleep the last six weeks, so I don't feel very fresh. But thank you for the compliment.

Oh, I hope he's better. So what is your beauty routine?

I get a lot of exercise, drink a lot of water. Of course, I do not smoke, don't drink, don't do drugs. Those have hugely deleterious effects on the skin. Oh, and sunblock. Always use sunblock.

I just read that you were vegetarian for many years and you recently went non-veg, is that right?

I'm not … I know, I know. It's a preferred moral, ethical, social, political choice and I surprised myself and started occasionally eating meat. I don't eat meat anymore, but I do chicken and fish.

Yeah, I was pescatarian forever and then recently became primarily vegan. I guess it's just trying to create and find a balance.

Yes, and also I think normalizing it helps. I remember my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian--I didn't know how I was going to get through the meal. And then all of a sudden my focus was on everything else that's on the table and not just the meat. Our dining culture is built around meat and …

We're conditioned.

Exactly. And all of a sudden I saw that the turkey was just one item of 18. And believe you me I got very full that Thanksgiving day!

Thank you, Ashley! You're the real deal--beauty and brains.

As are you. Thank you so much!

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