Sharon is comfortable in her own skin and is still feeling sexy 23 years after baring it all in "Basic Instinct." She said, “I’m aware that my ass looks like a bag of flapjacks but I’m not trying to be the best-looking broad in the world. At a certain point you start asking yourself, ‘What really is sexy?’ It’s not just the elevation of your boobs. It’s being present and having fun and liking yourself enough to like the person that’s with you. If I believed that sexy was trying to be who I was when I did 'Basic Instinct,' then we’d all be having a hard day today.”
Sharon admits her body has changed over the years, especially after she suffered a stroke, which has changed her life. "It took two years for my body just to absorb all the internal bleeding I had. It almost feels like my entire DNA changed. My brain isn’t sitting where it used to, my body type changed, and even my food allergies are different. I became more emotionally intelligent. I chose to work very hard to open up other parts of my mind. Now I’m stronger. And I can be abrasively direct. That scares people, but I think that’s not my problem. It’s like, I have brain damage; you’ll just have to deal with it.”
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Before her stroke, she felt unwell for three days and lost consciousness after heading to the emergency room. Sharon learned that she also suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. “When I came to, the doctor was leaning over me. I said, ‘Am I dying?’ And he said, ‘You’re bleeding into your brain.’ I said, ‘I should call my mom,’ and he said, ‘You’re right. You could lose the ability to speak soon.’”
Though Stone is facing health issues, she is not letting it stop her from improving her love life. “I never get asked out. It’s so stupid. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been getting more brazen with flirting, but I don’t think men realize that I’m flirting. They just think, Oh, she’s fun!’” She turns to her longtime assistant and asks, “Do people even realize I’m straight? I think they have questions about it, because I have so many lesbian friends right now.”
For the rest of Sharon's interview, check out the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.