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Kerry Washington is unveiling what her world looks like now at age 40.

For Glamour magazine’s May issue, the Scandal star opens up about life as a mother of two and being a powerful force in Hollywood, all while getting over the 30’s hump.

Compared to her 20s and 30s, Washington reveals to the publication that, “Life is just getting better. For me, 40 feels like a beginning. I’m in the middle of so much new—with this career, the kids, and I’m still sort of a newlywed. I’m excited to be at this stage in life.”

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Speaking of kids, Kerry usually doesn’t open up about her personal life, but she does explain in the new issue of the fashion magazine that she wakes up with intent of gratitude and efforts to pace herself. “I’m like, ‘I need a nap.’ Because of my baby or a 5:30 a.m. call time, the day starts really early,” she said, referring to her 7-month-old, Caleb.

“We have to pace ourselves. That’s a big theme for me these days,” she explains. “I have to pace myself for this political moment. Pace myself for my relationship with my family. Pace myself in my career to get through the rest of the season with a new child and a toddler. It is about slowing down, but it’s also about being present. Not rushing ahead or being stuck in yesterday.”

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Washington, who is also the mother to 3-year-old Isabelle, also dishes on the secrets to maintaining such a youthful look.

When asked what rituals her mother or grandmother passed down, the actress responds admits it’s all about water. “We’re an island people; my grandparents emigrated through Ellis Island from Jamaica. My parents’ first date ended at the beach. We’ve all been lifeguards in my family,” she says, “So there’s a lot of water culture. I did water aerobics the whole time I was pregnant with my son. I drink tons of water—particularly now, as a nursing mom. With my skin, even, I use products all about hydration. It’s all about water!”

Water just also might be the secret behind some of the other Black beauties in Hollywood who all continue to defy age. HipHollywood recently counted down seven female celebs over 50 who haven’t cracked.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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