Don’t tell actress Renée Zellweger that the age of 50 is less than beautiful. Or in the case of Zellweger, the age of 53.
“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?” she said. “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 actually was excited to turn 50. And she’s not alone in making 50 (or more) the new 35. Jennifer Aniston (53), Halle Berry (55), Jennifer Lopez (52), Brad Pitt (58), and many other celebrities are proving that you can stay fit and get better with age.
But there are more benefits to being in your 50s than just looking good, Zellweger added.
“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 said.
Zellweger has been dating British television auto specialist Ant Anstead, 43, since at least September 2021.
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She has some advice for the younger generation. Or perhaps it’s more like a message.
“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,” she said.
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.
“To be vibrant and beautiful you must embrace your age, otherwise you are living apologetically and to me that’s not beautiful at all,” she said.
Zellweger turns 54 on April 25, 2023. And you can be sure she will do so with a hint of pride.