Susan Sarandon’s Secret to Staying Young: Be Happy

Susan Sarandon


updated 03/05/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 03/05/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET

At 63, Susan Sarandon appears to have found the fountain of youth.

Newly single after ending her 23-year relationship with Tim Robbins in December, the Oscar winner is glowing and happy – and rumored to be dating a man half her age, entrepreneur Jonathan Bricklin (the pair have denied a romance).

So what’s her secret to looking great?

“Don’t smoke!” Sarandon told PEOPLE Thursday night at the Pre-Oscar Ping-Pong Party at West Hollywood’s Skybar. “It’s just so bad for your complexion. And I guess be as happy as possible. That really helps.”

To host Thursday’s bash, Sarandon joined forces with SPiN New York, the ping-pong club in which she and the 32-year-old Bricklin are co-investors.

The star says she first got hooked on the idea of a table tennis-themed bar when she went to ping-pong parties with a girlfriend. That ultimately led her to meet Bricklin – a hard-core ping-pong player and documentarian who had dreams of opening his own club.

The ‘Odd Factor’

Sarandon admits that her participation in such a venture seemed a little outlandish, but she went for it anyway. In the end, the “odd” factor helped generate interest.


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