Living your way takes moxie, faith, and authentic desire. When it comes to creating a life of your own design, beloved Emmy-winning actress Michelle Stafford stands in a league of her own.
The 51-year-old eternal beauty also loves the skin she lives in. Which is why she’s sharing her beauty secret with the world: Skin Nation (skinnation.com), which will have you feeling and living your best life. And now her new venture is available in Canada on Amazon.ca. “It’s not fast-food beauty,” she says. “These products are organic, natural, gluten free, vegan and cruelty free. I want to enlighten the public about organics and skin care.”
Postmedia Network chatted with the General Hospital star (also the original Phyllis on The Young And The Restless) and single mother of two about the hard hits she’s taken for daring to live her way, why she’s made peace with being single, and how to deal with online trolls.
General Hospital; trying to sell your web series (The Stafford Project); starring on Nickelodeon’s The Secret Mind of a Single Mom on NickMom. com; producing your own podcast, Single Mom A Go Go; AND launching your own skincare line must be tiring?!
(Laughs) It’s tremendous work. I had a Skin Nation meeting just (the other day) about manoeuvring around the web and had to say to the guy, ‘Everything you’re saying is just Latin.’
Why a skin-care line?
I am somebody who really cares about their life and about helping others. Skin Nation was born from that – and from when I was going through [my sister’s] cancer. I studied what was in my food, what was in skin-care products – and I was really startled.
Doesn’t it baffle you that we’ll line up for days to buy the latest smartphone, yet we choose to put cheap garbage in our mouths or on our bodies?
You’re feeding your skin. You are feeding your body. Most products have toxins in them so you are feeding yourself toxins. Use it on your skin, but it is harming you. Skin Nation feedback has been miraculous. It makes me feel really good. One woman who is on dialysis – which dried up her skin – says our face cream is the only thing that has worked. An aesthetician with twenty five years of experience says she’s never seen a product so clean and healthy.
Coconut oil is part of the Skin Nation recipe.
Here’s a secret, girls and boys: if you want a phenomenal night – use coconut oil. Coconut oil is phenomenal for any kind of sexual act. And, I used it the other day on my boots. They were a little scuffed and I wondered if the coconut oil would do the trick. I tried it and bada bing! And by the way, the Skin Nation Miracle Potion, which I created myself for dry skin is going to save Canadians during winter months. The mango butter with the coconut oil just penetrates differently into the skin.
You’re standing behind Skin Nation with your reputation, your brand, your face.
I took months and kept using the products myself – the face wash, the mask, the scrub, the eye cream – asking the opinions of everyone around me, all different genders and ethnicities and I took seriously the opinions of everyone.
You’re a risk-taker. What makes you tick?
I have such a desire and such a thrust to really live and have adventure in my life. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m not married. I have never really found anybody who got that. To me, if somebody wants me to stay in and draw within the lines, that would make me insane. I just don’t draw in the lines. But there’s a price. To be honest, and this is the first time I’ve talked about this, the last couple of years have been the hardest of my life.
In what ways?
When I left Y%R. That was a decision made from years of not enjoying playing that particular character. Nobody there wanted to change Phyllis. And it became stale. And so my life became stale; there was little freedom f for me to do other things. And when I communicated, it wasn’t heard. It was a lovely gig and lovely people. It’s not a hit on Y&R at all. And so when I took a leap of faith – and made my own web series, and people saw that The Stafford Project was funny, and that I produced/wrote it – it was awesome. But then, and I’ve never talked about this until right now, going to General Hospital and playing a new character, the attacks against me for doing my own thing in my personal life … well, I’ve been hit really, really hard.
‘You aren’t as good as you were on Y&R’; ‘General Hospital never worked for you … why did you leave Y&R for this?’; ‘Gina (Tognoni, now playing Phyllis) is so much better than you’; ‘The Stafford Project – you didn’t get it sold.’ And this came from people I thought were my friends, too. You read or see an interview and you’re like, wow. It’s just been a tough couple years. And having my son come at the same time (Stafford is a single mother to a son and daughter via surrogate) and being criticized heavily for that. A lot of people applaud me for taking my life into my own hands, but there are some people who attack me for doing my own thing.
Creating a good life, despite naysayers, is the best.
All of this has been such a journey. But there’s nothing more amazing than creativity.
Shaun Proulx hosts The Shaun Proulx Show on SiriusXM Canada Talks channel 167. He is the publisher of TheGayGuideNetwork. com and leads a #ThoughtRevolution on ShaunProulx.com.
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