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Kyra Sedgwick may be one of Hollywood's strongest women, but The Closer star says her path to self acceptance has not been easy. In the new issue of More, the 44-year-old admits to struggling with her body image as a young actress and reveals she still has food issues.
"[Food] has never been easy for me," Sedgwick says. She told the magazine that she developed eating disorder patterns after having to lose 20 pounds to play a Holocaust survivor in the 1985 film War and Love.
"I came back from that and it triggered something," she says. "I ate everything in sight. My weight went up and then too far down."
Sedgwick says that after a year of mood swings and being so hard on herself she decided to simply throw away her scale. "I'm so grateful that I don't get on a scale because it's never going to be the right number," she says.
Sedgwick married actor Kevin Bacon in 1988 and the couple had their first child together, son Travis, when the actress was just 23. Two years later they welcomed their daughter, Sosie, now 18, and Sedgwick entered therapy to work on her issues.
"I used to be so serious. My life was weighty, and my heart was heavy," she says. "When the kids were little, any joke made at my expense, I couldn't handle it. I've done a lot of interior work, embracing my mortality and knowing I'd better have a good time because I'm not going to go this way again."
She saw her therapist for nine years. But now, "I embrace my flaws and quirks and can laugh at myself. Having children, you're got to face your sh*t or be ruled by it," she explains.
As for their kids taking a stab at Hollywood, both Sedgwick and Bacon hope their children take different career paths.
"I don't want my kids to have all the rejection and pain and insecurity of this crazy business," she says.
Spending just about six months of the year away from their home in New York to film The Closer, Sedgwick says she marvels at how well Bacon handles the distance between them.
"Kevin has to share me with more of the world now than he signed up for," she says. "He did sign up for an actress, but my life has become bigger, and I've become more independent... he's been home a lot with the kids. I go to work, and sometimes at the end of the day, I'm too tired to have a really long conversation… To be able to count on someone like that, it moves me."
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