原文：LIZ LOGAN 翻译：Be-Ti-An
[dropcap style=”square” title=”2″]011年5月，网络媒体Make It Better（MIB）就最近银幕及社会活动方面的计划访问了Jennifer Beals。
告别了当年《Flashdance（闪舞）》中破烂露肩T恤的日子，Jennfier Beals换上了庄严警服，在FOX电视台新剧《The Chicago Code（芝加哥法则）》中饰演首位芝加哥女警察局长（很遗憾，FOX已经宣布不再续签下一季）。
因饰演白天当焊工晚上兼职跳舞的Alex一角而成名之时，Jennifer Beals年仅19岁。在此之前，她一直居住在芝加哥南部——虽然她的家人大部分时间都在北部的Evanston。她的父亲是一位非裔美国人，经营了一家杂货铺，母亲则是爱尔兰裔，是一位小学教师。她本人中学时候考取了奖学金，就读于Francis W. Parker School。在高中的时候开始兼职做模特。入读耶鲁大学的第一年，她抽空拍摄了《Flashdance》，该片在当年影坛风靡一时。
30年之后，Jennifer Beals的职业生涯十分成功，参与的作品包括电视和电影。最近的包括与Denzel Washington以及Mila Kunis合作的讲述世界末日的科幻电影《The Book of Eli（末日天书）》、不久前在加拿大上映的独立电影《A Night for Dying Tigers》，还有目前正在芝加哥Music Box Theatre（译者注：芝加哥专门播放独立电影和外语片首映的剧院）放映的法语电影《Queen to Play（王后游戏）》
MIB：在家乡拍摄《The Chicago Code》的感觉如何？
JB：Matthew Shepard 基金会、资助儿童癌症研究的Pablove基金因为拍摄《The L Word》花了很长一段时间，然后这样我便成为了LGBT团体的名誉成员了，于是我为会还有海地的 Partners in Health。
JB： 在拍摄《The Chicago Code》的时候，我开始练习拳击还有跑步，以便于投入角色。结束之后就没再继续了。现在我每周都上几堂瑜伽课，还有游泳，就这些了。健身越是投入，效果越好。
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Jennifer Beals: The Chicago Native’s Next Act
Jennifer Beals traded the torn, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt look from her “Flashdance” days for a buttoned-up uniform, playing the city’s first female police superintendent in Fox’s now-defunct “The Chicago Code.”
Before making her mark as a steel worker by day/exotic dancer by night at age 19, Beals grew up mostly on Chicago’s South Side (though her family lived in Evanston briefly), the daughter of an African-American father who owned a grocery store and an Irish-Catholic mother who taught elementary school. She attended the Francis W. Parker School on scholarship, and starting working as a model in high school. She took a break from her first year at Yale to film “Flashdance,” which was a box office smash.
Almost 30 years later, Beals has maintained a successful acting career, including many film and TV roles. Her latest projects include the 2010 post-apocalyptic film “The Book of Eli” with Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis; the indie film “Night for Dying Tigers,” which was recently released in Canada; and “Queen to Play,” a French film with Kevin Kline that’s currently playing at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.
And when she’s not acting, she spends time promoting peace—volunteering on behalf of the DL, who will speak in Chicago on July 17 and 18.
MIB: What was it like starring alongside your hometown on the cops drama “The Chicago Code”?
JB: It was so great. I came home, which is always a welcome feeling. I got to see my family and my friends, and partake of the physical beauty that is this city.
MIB: What do you love about DL? Are you a Buddhist?
JB: I am a student of many religions, and I practice Buddhism. But people of all faiths should come to these events. The point is finding the bridge between faiths.
I had the pleasure of hearing His Holiness speak in Los Angeles several years ago. He talked about complex ideas using simple language and a tremendous sense of humor. You felt like you were the only person in the room. I’m very excited to hear him speak about his recent book,”Toward a True Kinship of Faith”, which is of such an urgent nature. Practicing tolerance and nondiscrimination strengthens our society.
MIB: What charities have you been working with lately?
JB: I worked on “The L Word” for a long time, and I feel like an honorary member of the LGBT community, so I work with the Matthew Shepard Foundation. I also work with the Pablove Foundation, which funds research on pediatric cancers, and Partners in Health in Haiti.
MIB: How do you balance your busy career with being a mom?
JB: Like everyone does—you become a master juggler. I have a Blackberry and aniPad. But truly, old-fashioned lists work best.
MIB: What’s your workout these days?
JB: When I was working on “The Chicago Code,” I started boxing—to get into the character—with some running. And when I was done, I stopped. Now, I’ll exercise a couple of times a week—a yoga class, and some swimming—but that’s really it. The more “yin” the workout, the better.
[ via makeitbetter.net ]