OnlyOnAOL: The secret to Jennifer Beals' ageless beauty will shock you

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Jennifer Beals on "The Night Shift"

By: Donna Freydkin

You know her, of course, from her work on Showtime's groundbreaking "The L Word." But now, Jennifer Beals switches gears to play Dr. Syd Jennings on the NBC Wednesday medical drama "The Night Shift," as a doctor deployed to Afghanistan who tries to parent her daughter long-distance.

In her spare time, Beals thinks up things that make life easier. We're talking actual things, with patents. "I think it's really just trying to solve a problem. If you don't like something, then solve it," she says.

We love her common-sense approach. She's totally unfazed by the compliment. "If you're having difficulty with something, chances are, someone else is having difficulty with something. So why not try to make it better for everybody?" she says.

Beals Beals, who's also starred in "Rodger Dodger," "The Anniversary Party" and "Four Rooms," says her "Night Shift" character will deal with major adjustments in her life as the season goes on. "It's very, very hard to be at home," she says of Jennings.

As with the "Hurt Locker," which stars Jeremy Renner as a bomb specialist who is an ace in combat situations, but can't handle the grocery store at home. "The first time I ever walked into a Costco I fainted. It's too much stimulation," says Beals.

Beals The Yale University graduate, who broke out in 1983's "Flashdance," seriously has not aged. "Uh, that is an unadulterated lie," she demurs. "You're sweet."

Her secret? "I don't drink. I don't smoke. Sex and sleep really do the job."

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Jennifer Beals arrives at the LA Premiere Of "Love & Mercy" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
American actress Jennifer Beals holding a sheer shawl up to her chin, 1983. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 29: Actress Jennifer Beals poses for a portrait on April 29, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Photo by: Stephen Trupp STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 1995 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 Jennifer Beals (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
381685 10: Actress Jennifer Beals attends Cartier Haute Joaillerie 2000 'Perles Et Diamants' held at Eurochow November 9, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Photo by: Stephen Trupp STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 1998 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 5/27/98 Jennifer Beals at the premiere of "The Last Days of Disco". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 3/23/03 Jennifer Beals at the 2003 IFP, Independent Spirit Awards. (Santa Monica, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/26/03 Jennifer Beals at the GLAAD Media Awards. (CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth/starmaxinc.com �2004 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 1/06/04 Jennifer Beals at the premiere screening of the new original Showtime series "The L Word". (Los Angeles, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Tim Goodwin/starmaxinc.com �2004 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 2/29/04 Jennifer Beals at the 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Walter Weissman/starmaxinc.com ©2005 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/18/05 Jennifer Beals at The Film Society of Lincoln Center Annual Gala Tribute. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actress Jennifer Beals poses for a portrait in between scenes during filming in Los Angeles of the Showtime original series "The L Word" on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Jennifer Beals arrives at Elle magazine's 14th Annual Women in Hollywood tribute in Los Angeles Monday, Oct. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Jennifer Beals arrives at a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2008, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Actress Jennifer Beals arrives for the 2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actress Jennifer Beals arrives at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
From left, cast members Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, and Jennifer Beals pose together at the premiere of "The Book of Eli" in Los Angeles on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jennnifer Beals, left, and Jason Clarke, cast members in the FOX series "The Chicago Code," take part in a panel discussion during the FOX Broadcasting Company Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photo taken by AP Images for Entertainment AIDS Alliance, Pam Grier, right, accepts her award at the Visionary Awards benefiting the Entertainment AIDS Alliance on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Looking on is Jennifer Beals. (Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Entertainment AIDS Alliance)
Actress Jennifer Beals poses for a portrait Thursday, March 17, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Jennifer Beals attends the YouTube Channels' AwesomenessTV and WIGS TCA Panel at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for YouTube/AP Images)
Actress Jennifer Beals attends SELF Magazine's Women Doing Good Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actress Jennifer Beals poses backstage at the TNT and TBS Network 2014 Upfront Presentations at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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