"It's not so much a person as much as a task or a challenge that inspires me—for example, my age right now  and the fact that I had knee reconstructive surgery and a cartilage transplant. I thrive on challenges."
Ever freak out in the bathing suit dressing room like we do, Dara?
"I definitely do. And I think people go, 'Oh, yeah right,' but you know, I have expectations for myself. And there are certain times you're in a dressing room and things fit you horribly. Or the lighting's bad. You're just like, 'Forget it, I'll come another time.'"
What she's most grateful for right now:
"My daughter, my daughter, and my daughter. No, let's see. It's Tessa, and then my family, and then my health."