Zen Moment: Laura Dern

The in-demand actor shares the many causes she passionately supports, and why she believes so strongly in making time for self-care



After more than three decades in the business, Laura Dern’s career has reached a fever pitch. The Big Little Lies star will next appear in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story on Netflix, and in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, to be released Christmas Day.

Additionally, after sending a letter to Hillary Peterson, the founder and CEO of True Botanicals, Dern joined her favorite clean beauty line’s “band of activists.” After a long day on set, she likes to unwind with aromatherapy oils in the tub, where she meditates, reads or chats with her daughter about her day. “I love organic lavender, grapefruit, bergamot, rose, rosemary and eucalyptus — I … love to play and see what I need in the moment,” she shares.

Dern is also a multihyphenate activist. “In a day, I’m looking at the next election, protecting voter registration rights, working with the NRDC, Oceana and the Surfrider [Foundation] … and working with Everytown about gun safety. And that’s in a day! I think it’s easy for people to feel guilty when there’s a lot to do,” she says, emphasizing the importance of taking time for yourself. “[Self-care] helps focus your energy toward making things better — it’s important to remember that.”


Feature image: LAURA DERN.


This story originally appeared in the December 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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