updated 05/27/2007 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/26/2007 AT 6:00 AM ET
How does Kerry Washington get red carpet ready? Not by any crazy diet.
“In general in life I try to live it, not diet,” she told PEOPLE at the Cannes Film Festival this week. “I think that’s hard when you’re restricting a lot. So I try to take it easy on a daily basis and do what’s going to make me feel good.”
Washington, 30, says part of her health regime does include exercise: “I love to exercise. I generally exercise every day.”
Beyond that: “I watch what I eat, I do. My body is really sensitive so I’m very conscious of what I put in my mouth. I try for the most part to eat things that are going to make me feel better, not worse.”
The actress – in Cannes as one of the faces of L Oreal – was attending a private dinner party for de Grisogono at the Hotel du Cap, along with Naomi Campbell, Mischa Barton, and Kid Rock. Washington, who was previously engaged to actor David Moscow (the pair split in March), did not bring a date.
“I’m dating lots of people, so I’m not importing any of them to France. I’m keeping my options open,” she said.