’You Have To Survive A Lot To Get To My Age’—We Love Renee Zellweger’s Refreshing Take On The Power Of Aging

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Aging isn’t easy. Hollywood makes it even more difficult. But even if she could, Renee Zellweger wouldn’t go back to her 20s. 

Renee Zellweger is getting better with age

Renee Zellweger was transformed into Bridget Jones, an awkward but charming character more than 20 years ago. For her portrayal of a 30-year-old struggling with negative thoughts, Zellweger won an Academy Award. The actress, now in her 50s credits her age with quieting her inner critic.

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“I couldn’t wait to turn 50!” She told Silver Screen Beatday Times. “I loved it! It made me realise I have no interest in being 23. 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. 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 Beauty Standard Is Older

Zellweger challenged the current beauty standards that favor young women in the interview. “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 asked Silver Screen Beatday Times. “I’m like, ‘What, you’re saying I’m not valuable anymore because I’m 53?’ Is that what you’re saying?”

The Jerry MaguireStar says that being comfortable in your skin is a sign of confidence in who you are. This makes self-care more important. “As long as we buy into the whole idea that society is obsessed with youth, then we perpetuate it,”She said. “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.”

“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 ended her remarks.

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