Anthony Mackie wakes up at 5, falls asleep at 9:30 watching Golden Girls: goals?

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Anthony Mackie, 40, has a video segment for Vanity Fair’s “What I do in a day” series which I’m only discovering now. How is this new to me? I love The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” column, which is similar. I was so fascinated by both his schedule, which sort-of mirrors mine apart from all the productivity and nice things he has, and the stuff he does. He runs four miles to the gym every day. He snacks on healthy food throughout the day but has a cheat day, Fridays, where he goes from bar to bar in his town, New Orleans, starting at 6pm and drinks specialty cocktails. He also remodels houses when he’s not acting, which we’ve heard from him before. I didn’t realize how much of the actual work he does. It sounds crazy when you consider how much he’s working out. Also he loves the Golden Girls and falls asleep most nights watching it! You can watch his video below and here are my favorite parts.

He wakes up at 5
I wake up at 5am to Beyonce. The first thing I do in the morning is 100 pushups. Second thing is brush my teeth.

His daily breakfast and snack
Steel cut oils, no fruit with a little bit of almond milk. Scoop of acai, scoop of protein. Fuel me for the next three hours. Unsalted almonds, boiled peanuts or a pickled pig lip is the best thing on earth, or some hoghead cheese, I call that “redneck pate.” I eat every 3 hours. I do fish for lunch. Sauteed spinach [with] tuna, brown rice.

He runs four miles to the gym at 7:30
30 minutes of legs. Monday is chest and tri, Tuesday back and biceps, everyday abs for 20 minutes, Wednesday would be legs and shoulders.

He builds houses when he’s not acting
From the gym I go to the house. Right now my thing is stained glass, I’ll make a little stained glass piece and stick it in the wall. In the afternoon I put my dudes on other projects and I do the little stuff, installing cabinets, cutting granite, putting in flooring, sheet rock.

On Fridays starting at 6 he drinks
I leave home, walk to the Quarter. Hit Port ‘O Call get me a Huma Huma. Go to my Cuban spot get my mohito. Go get my daiquiri from New Orleans Original Daiquiri, house special 64 ounce. Spot at my cigar spot on Canal, get a cigar, then I got some Pho from the ‘mese. After that hit the couch or playing with the kids. Turn on the TV watch a little Cartoon Network. Kids in the bed 8:30.

He falls asleep around 9:30 watching Golden Girls
Turn on Hallmark channel watch Frasier which comes on after Golden Girls. Depends on if I can stay up for Frasier. Usually Golden Girls do the trick. Dorothy and Blanche, that’s my boos. I watch The Hallmark channel. I love it, you make quality programming. I can’t wait to be in one of your movies.

I have one of those old people mattresses. If you have not been in one of those Tempurpedic joints that bend with the remote control, you’re sleeping wrong.

[From Vanity Fair video]

There’s more in there about his skincare routine and how much he loves his custom shower. He puts aromatherapy oils in it! Plus he loves going to the Korean spa when he’s in LA. I came away wondering about his wife, he’s been married since 2014 to his high school sweetheart (although I’m pretty sure he dated other people in the interim), and they have three kids but I couldn’t google how old they are. Also how does he get home from the gym? He runs four miles there so does he run home too? Does he call a friend or an Uber? Also as someone who wakes up at 5 and goes to bed around 10, I think our schedules would be very compatible. I need a nap every afternoon to get to 10 though. I could do 9:30 without the nap.

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  1. Flying fish says:

    I am tried reading that!

  2. LoonyTunes says:

    That routine would drive me batty. I’m an impulsive (maybe a little hyperactive) soul.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    And this is when he’s not working?
    I’d be curious to know his wife’s schedule, sounds like she handles the majority of child care, unless he’s just not talking about it.

  4. Kittycat says:

    I didnt know he was married

    • Original T.C. says:

      Me either or that he had kids. I think that’s one of the benefits of being in superhero movies, the media interviews are about the film, spoilers, workout regimes and the superhero you play. The predominantly male fans don’t care about the actors personal life.

  5. Monicack says:

    I want to be him.

  6. manda says:

    They say that the ability to do many pushups is a indicator of life span, people that can do more live longer. So go Anthony Mackie!!

    I just rewatched the Adjustment Bureau and I love him in it. So cute!

    The last time I went to new orleans, I barhopped and had many different cocktails and it was so much fun! My body, however, was very unhappy with my choices. I’m too old to mix up weird stuff!

  7. astrid says:

    I fall asleep to Frasier around 9:30 every night. I’ve keep looping through the series on Netflix. It’s very relaxing

  8. Dazed and confused says:

    “I do the little stuff, installing cabinets, cutting granite, putting in flooring, sheet rock.” The LITTLE STUFF??!!

    I can really hear his New Orleans accent when he says “morning” “boiled” and “New Orleans” — sounds like my grandfather used to sound. When I was at Tulane, we drank New Orleans Original Daiquiri all the time!

    His Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is worth a watch.

  9. launicaangelina says:

    I watch the Golden Girls every morning (M-F) on Hallmark and have been doing so for probably a decade. 😂 He knows what’s up!

    • NicoleInSavannah says:

      I now watch on Hulu just because they play the same group of Golden Girls. Been watching reruns since they were all on Lifetime!

  10. Esmom says:

    He’s so cute. I love reading this stuff…my wake/sleep schedule is about the same although I fall asleep while reading. I had a few late nights last week and it’s taken me a nearly a week to recover.

    HIs cocktail routine sounds kinda gross, tbh. Sounds like a hangover waiting to happen, not sure how he can get up at 5:00 am the next say after that, lol.

    I have run to the gym before, but it’s only 2 miles. And more often than not I end up walking/hobbling home and regretting not taking my car or bike!

  11. Lizzie says:

    his friday night’s sound amazingly perfect.

  12. Léna says:

    Wow no idea he had kids

  13. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I had no idea he was married with kids. Where is his wife on Fridays when he’s running around drinking?

  14. Birdie says:

    He went on the Wendy Williams Show and said that he believes in traditional gender roles and expects his wife to make him a sandwich. So… idgaf what he says.

    • Tanesha86 says:

      Exactly, I didn’t forget about that. These cloying interviews don’t change the fact that he’s garbage

      • NicoleInSavannah says:

        If his wife is OK with it, what is the reason to dislike him? It’s annoying, but we don’t have to make those sammies.

      • Nickie says:

        when Daddy wants a sandwich, you make him a sandwich

        no thanx

  15. Boodiba says:

    I watched the Black Mirror episode he’s in last night – Striking Viper. Didn’t know who he was, but he was charming in that.

  16. Jem says:

    He is SO CUTE.

  17. little bird says:

    this is truly the most wholesome thing i have ever read. i had soured on him a little because i had heard rumors he’s a bit of an a–hole to reporters but…. this makes me like him SO much more. he sounds so organized, holy cow!

  18. A says:

    I’m not sure if he is still married because he never mentions anything about his wife

  19. Aephra says:

    Did he get divorced or separated recently? I thought it was mentioned in passing somewhere during the last avengers publicity blitz.

  20. tealily says:

    Shout out to Port o’ Call! They have the largest, most potent tropical drinks. I miss those days…

    “I can’t wait to be in one of your movies.” We can’t either, Anthony!