Sharon Stone’s acting career is familiar territory to anyone who has graced a movie theater or turned on a television over the course of the past four decades. In that realm, she is as prolific as ever, while also continuing her work to raise funds and awareness for a wide range of causes, from H.I.V. and AIDS to homelessness. This year marked the publication of her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, which will be out in paperback all over the world in March. Next, she will be appearing in the HBO Max show The Flight Attendant, alongside Kaley Cuoco. Herewith, she shares her key components to the good life. —Ashley Baker

Airport: A clean one.
: The truth.
: Shazam.
: One that’s lightweight and fits my phone, lipstick, and a few essentials.
: One with warm, clean water and zero paparazzi.
Bedtime: I’m a night owl.
: I like a boys’ bike, so it’s easier to carry.
Birthday: I traditionally have a party with all of my friends at my best friend’s house.
Boyfriend/girlfriend: Smart, funny, kind, sexy … did I say smart?
Breakfast: Tea and toast.
Child: My children are the center of my universe.
Couple: My best-friend couples are my inspiration. To couple well, one should marry their best friend.
Dinner, weekday: Chinese food.
Dinner, weekend: Whatever my kids cook.
Dinner date: I love to try new places.
: Masks are so helpful.
Dress: Modern, with a classic form, and comfortable.
Escape: The beach.
Excuse: “I’m not allowed.”
Expression: Painting and writing.

My Irish temper.

Foil: Humor.
Friend: One who knows our flaws and helps us through.
Good-bye: Hugs.
Hotel: Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
Insult: “Excuse you.”
Jacket: Thom Browne.
Kiss-off: “Please go away and never come back.”
Last Meal: Thai food.
Mentor: Shimon Peres.
Movie: The Last Emperor.
Nonfiction book: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills.
: Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts.
: Ballet tights.
: Bandit and Joe.
Piece of advice
: “In Hollywood, the bottom line has a trapdoor.”
: WTF with Marc Maron.
: Obama.
: Petit Trois, in Los Angeles.
: Horses.
: “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you’ll find you get what you need”—the Rolling Stones.
Singer: Ella Fitzgerald.
Storm: Love.
Television series: Ted Lasso.
Time of day: Night.
Timepiece: The sun.
Toast: Well-done.
Work of art: Nature.

Sharon’s Essentials

Clockwise from top left: Stone’s go-to dinner; Ella Fitzgerald; The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills; a Prada bag; the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc.