Age really is just a number. Actually, it’s more rewarding than that. Just ask Renée Zellweger, 53.
According to actress, you can take a certain joy in aging. That’s what she did when she turned 50 back in 2019 — and has continued to do ever since.
“(It) 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,”
Zellweger may be best known for portraying Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Diary, but her list of acting credits are far and wide — from Jerry Maguire to Me, Myself & Irene to playing Judy Garland in Judy.
She says that for the over-50 crowd, it’s all about feeling good in your own skin.
“As long as we buy into the whole idea that society is obsessed with youth, then we perpetuate it,” she said. “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. But let who you are and what you contribute and how you represent yourself at that age lead.”
Does she have a secret?
As for beauty products and a bunch of cosmetic surgeries, forget it. She’s not a fan.
“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 any more because I’m 53?’ Is that what you’re saying?” Zellweger said. “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.”
Zellweger turns 54 on April 25, 2023. And you can be sure she will do so with a hint of pride.