Renée Zellweger said she couldn’t wait to turn 50 in a new interview with The Sunday Times.
The actress also talked about how she loves aging and wants to be better than her younger self.
Zellweger, 53, also criticized anti-aging ads that tell women they’re “not valuable” as they get older.
Renée Zellweger said she couldn’t wait to enter her 50s and called out “garbage” anti-aging products in an interview published Sunday.
Speaking with Christa D’Souza of The Sunday Times, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about aging in the entertainment industry and why she doesn’t have “any interest” in being 23 again. Zellweger, 53, said she loves getting older, and celebrating her 50th birthday in 2019 felt like getting a clean slate.
“Turning 50 felt like a whole new beginning without the nonsense, the point where you can stop listening to all those voices in your head and all those expectations and projections people have of you and become more authentically yourself,” she told The Sunday Times. “Like, good luck all you suckers out there because you’ve got to survive a lot to get to my age, and I’ve earned my power and voice.”
The outlet notes that Zellweger was scrutinized in the past over rumors she had cosmetic surgery on her face. Although she denied the rumors in 2016 op-ed for HuffPost, she is still an outspoken critic of products and advertisements that claim to make women look younger.
“All those ads telling us we don’t need to look our real age if we just buy all their creams and their fixes and all that garbage they want to sell us? I’m like, what, you’re saying I’m not valuable anymore because I’m 53? Is that what you’re saying?” Zellweger said.
She continued: “There is a big difference between being your absolute best, most vibrant self and wanting to be what you’re not. To be vibrant and beautiful you must embrace your age, otherwise you are living apologetically and to me that’s not beautiful at all.”
The “Judy” star, who took a six-year hiatus from acting in 2010, said she doesn’t pay attention to online buzz or tabloids. She revealed that she doesn’t have any social media accounts and thinks the compulsion to check her phone every day would “feel scary.”
Zellweger’s most recent role came in 2022, when she starred as Pam Hupp in Peacock’s crime drama series “The Thing About Pam” (she also served as an executive producer on the show). She was chastised for wearing a padded suit on the show to make her appear larger, but she told The Times that she tried to be “respectful and responsible” about it.
“There’s always a limit to how much you can establish an authentic approximation without being distracting,” she said.
Determined to live an unapologetic lifestyle, Zellweger said wants her character to speak for itself.
“OK, so you want to look good? So go get your hair done or your skin fixed or have that day at the spa or whatever it is that makes you feel great,” she said. “But let who you are and what you contribute and how you represent yourself at that age lead.”
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