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Against all odds – Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr is a man who has succeeded as an actor, despite being blessed with talent, parents in the business, natural charm and a photographic memory. It sounds like a paradox, but The Best You explains why, in his case, it is not Chaos is probably the best word to describe the early years of Robert […]

Rocky Road to Success: Elizabeth Taylor – Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Elizebeth Taylor was born in a suburb of London during the all-too-short years of peace between World War I and World War II. By happenstance, Taylor’s parents had chosen to pursue financial gain in an industry seemingly impervious to The Great Depression: art dealing; they escaped much of the fallout from the economic hardship in […]

Harrison Ford: So low before Solo by The Best You

At the release of a new Star Wars movie, The Best You looks at the astonishing story of how Harrison Ford finally achieved recognition Harrison Ford has sometimes boiled down the ingredients of his success to two things: “Persistence and luck”. But this is not the whole story. There are other elements in his story […]

Daniel Craig – reluctant sex symbol? by The Best You

Back with Bond, Daniel Craig is centre stage once more, but as secretive about his private life as ever   As he makes his fourth appearance in the 24th James Bond Film, Daniel Craig has made his own a role which initially drew criticism from Bond fans when he was cast. The first ‘Blond Bond’, […]

Ava DuVernay: producing history

    Ava DuVernay was raised in the infamous city of Compton, near Los Angeles, California. Growing up she spent summers travelling between old world and new, spending summer months with family in a small town between Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. While she was attending UCLA in the mid-1990s, DuVernay was intrigued by journalism. She […]

Richard Linklater: Be Original, Be Happy

  “Whatever story you want to tell, tell it at the right size.”   A true Texan down to his very core, Richard Linklater was born in Houston, TX in the early 1960s. He would prove to be somewhat of an artistic anomaly in the Lone Star State. As a young man, Linklater attended school […]

Across the Seven Seas: an interview with Adam Walker

  Crossing the seven seas used to be something restricted to pirates and explorers. Open-water swimmer Adam Walker decided that he could too… Bernardo Moya talks to him about his adventure. Apart from the obvious dangers of drowning, cramp and pool-chemicals turning your hair green, swimming doesn’t immediately leap to mind as a dangerous sport. […]

Celluloid dreams

  Your life can change in a moment, whether it’s from a comment from a friend, a tweet from an idol, or speech from a world leader. One medium that has changed many lives is film, so we’ve found out some of the experiences people have gone through.  “Actors are agents of change. A film, […]

What is Vitality? by Kristen White

  A unique blend of physician, filmmaker and monk, Dr. Pedram Shojai, is searching for truth, specifically the truth about your health. Kristen White chats to him and finds it’s never too late to make a U-turn into the direction of true health.   Dr. Pedram Shojai spent four years as a Toaist monk and […]

JK Rowling has the Magic Touch by The Best You

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about J K Rowling is how ordinary her background is. In 2008 she was ranked the UK’s 12th richest woman with a personal fortune estimated at £560 million / $780 million, yet it is difficult to imagine a childhood more ordinary, writes The Best You.   When Pete […]