Sarah gets back to her roots
She plays the powerhouse Donna Paulson in the hit US legal drama Suits, and Sarah Rafferty is equally elegant in real life. She chatted to Maria McHale about how she eats herself healthy.
Sitting in a café in Dublin’s Baggot Street, Sarah Rafferty’s luscious red locks don’t look remotely out of place. She flew into Ireland late last year to receive an award from Trinity College and was particularly delighted to have managed to pull off a surprise birthday trip to celebrate her father’s 80th birthday. Her dad Michael has dual citizenship, so she’s grown up with lots of stories about her Irish roots, but this was her first visit. She revealed her secrets of good health and discussed an issue close to her heart.
Food as medicine
“It’s not a struggle for me to be healthy, because I can get tremendously cranky when I can’t workout or eat right, so I try to keep myself on an even keel,” she reveals.
“I’m definitely one of those people who sees food as medicine. It started when I was in drama school, because we had such a rigorous schedule, and that kind of mirrors my life now being a mum and an actor. I knew then when I didn’t eat well – I felt bad. I like to eat clean because it makes me feel well, so I stick to vegetables and protein.”
I love vegetables
“I do make cakes for my kids and they have sugar treats, but kids burn it off more than us, I think. I am keen to teach them all about food and where it comes from, because I like them to make healthy choices,” she says.
“But I’m the boring friend when I go out to eat. I order stuff I like, but it’s all vegetables and salads. My husband and I go out and he will order double burger and fries and enjoy it all and I’ll be just as happy with my kale salad. Sometimes, I don’t think people believe me when I say I prefer it!”
To keep healthy during the week, Sarah makes a big pot of vegetable soup to snack on.
Sarah’s keen to raise the profile of Alzheimer’s and dementia and encourage people to become more aware of the disease.
“Alzheimer’s touched our lives because my dad’s mum had dementia and we were all very close to her, so that was a difficult journey for all of us,” she remembers. “Alzheimer’s and dementia is in the top five list of killer diseases and the only one that does not have signs of a cure yet.”
She would love to see more funding. “Not to take away from any other illness, but we need to increase awareness of the disease and fundraise more, so that we can help find a cure. I really think it could change the story in our lifetime.”
She loves to highlight June which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and a great time to support the 47 million people worldwide who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Visit www.alzheimer.ie for more information. Suits Season 5 will return to RTÉ2 later this year.