Jane Seymour has insisted she could easily pass for 25 as she hit back back after producers got a younger actress to play her role in flashback scenes for her new mini-series.
The actress, 69, told how show bosses originally told her she could play herself at 25 in her new role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in Glow and Darkness, in which she stars alongside Joan Collins.
Seymour said the option was then taken away and handed to a younger actress, leaving her fuming.
She explained in an interview with The Times: ‘They told me that only I was going to play myself at 25 but before I even got round to doing it, the day before, without telling me, they found another actress to play me at 25…
‘It’s something I really don’t understand at all because believe it or not, and you can see on Instagram, they don’t even need to do the facial stuff on me. It works just fine. Joan Collins is 87 and she’s supposed to be playing a woman who dies at 40’.
Wow: Jane Seymour (pictured in July) has insisted she could pass for 25 as she hit back back after producers got a younger actress to play her role in flashback scenes for her new show
Way back when: Seymour – pictured here in 1975 when she was 25 – says she could still play a young version of herself now at the age of 69
The actress revealed that thanks to ‘rigid self-discipline’ and eating just one meal a day she weighs the same as when she was 17.
She also explained that she has never had facial surgery, unlike many of her acting contemporaries.
The star then went on to give the secrets of her youthful looks, explaining she eats one meal a day comprising ‘vegetables lean fish or a small piece of chicken and, very occasionally, a thin slice of lean steak. [She] snacks on raw carrots or celery.’
Jane is starring opposite Joan Collins in new series Glow And Darkness, a medieval drama depicting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, while focusing on popular historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart.
Talented: Jane is starring opposite Joan Collins (pictured) in new series Glow And Darkness, a medieval drama depicting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi
Oh: The actress, 69, revealed that thanks to ‘rigid self-discipline’ she weighs the same as when she was 17 (pictured in 1988 at the age of 37)
On surgery, which she has always been candid about, Jane said: ‘I have nothing against it, I think it’s fabulous if that’s what you want to do and obviously I’m looking around at people my age who look like Barbie dolls.’
Jane has previously admitted to having a boob job and having her eyes done, but other than that insists an actress needs to ‘be able to move their face’.
Her chat comes after Jane revealed last month that she went through an ‘awakening’ after going into an anaphylactic shock on a film set – an experience which ‘changed her whole life’.
Stars of the show: Jane is starring opposite Joan Collins in new series Glow And Darkness, a medieval drama depicting the live of Saint Francis of Assisi (pictured last month)
Wow! She then went on to give the secrets of her youthful looks, as she said she eats one meal a day comprising ‘vegetables lean fish or a small piece of chicken’ (pictured in September)
The former Bond Girl claimed she ‘died, left her body and was resuscitated’ as she shot scenes for her portrayal as American-born Greek soprano Maria Callas in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World back in 1988.
Actress Jane insisted she was determined to ‘come back’ as she has children she wanted to raise and aimed to ‘make a difference’ in the world.
The screen star explained that she went through the terrifying ordeal after an antibiotics injection missed a muscle and went into a vein.
Way back when: The thespian is known for playing Solitaire in 1973 film Live and Let Die (pictured, at age 22)
Recalling the incident on a recent episode of the ID1OT podcast, the award-winning thespian said: ‘I had anaphylactic shock and I died and I was resuscitated.
‘After the injection I could feel my throat close, my heart beating too fast, it was like a loud noise in my chest and then suddenly silence, complete peace. Peace like I’d never experienced except when I’ve tried to do meditation.
‘I saw this white light and then I looked down and I saw this body and it looked like me, and I’ve seen myself in movies and I know what I look like.
Hitting out: On surgery, which she has always been candid about, Jane said: ‘I have nothing against it, I think it’s fabulous if that’s what you want to do and obviously I’m looking around at people my age who look like Barbie dolls’ (pictured in October at age 69)
‘There I am and there’s this man screaming in Spanish ’emergency, ambulance’, and now my naked backside and two huge syringes, and he’s screaming down the phone. And it’s like you’re floating round the room, and I could see the syringe with blood in it. Then I remember looking back up at the white light.
‘I remember just saying if I can I want to get back in that body because I have kids that I want to raise and I will not waste my time, I want to make a difference.’
The TV and film star, who has been married four times, shares Katherine, 38, and Sean, 35, with ex-husband David Flynn, and twins John and Kristopher, with former spouse James Keach.