Courteney Cox rose to fame playing a 20-something on the hit sitcom Friends. Now, as she approaches her 58th birthday, the actress is opening up about aging and how she is embracing it in a way she never has before.
“Oh God, it’s so hard to even hear or say. I can’t believe it,” Cox told the Sunday Times of the impending milestone, noting that she still feels young. “There’s nothing wrong with being 60, I just can’t believe it. Time goes so fast. There’s no question that I am more grounded, I’ve learnt so much in my life — what to enjoy, what to try to do more of and what to let go of.”
As she reflects on her younger years, Cox admits that the pressures of Hollywood, coupled with childhood trauma, caused her to go overboard with cosmetic procedures. “There was a time when you go, ‘Oh, I’m changing. I’m looking older.’ And I tried to chase that [youthfulness] for years,” she told the British publication.
“I didn’t realize that, oh shit, I’m actually looking really strange with injections and doing stuff to my face that I would never do now,” she continued.
In a 2017 interview with New Beauty, Cox explained that she had her facial fillers dissolved and was learning to embrace her real face. Now, she says she is more at peace with aging and is trying to send a better message to her for her 17-year old Daughter Coco.
Looking back, Cox recalls the conversations she had with friends on how much these procedures were changing her appearance. But it wasn’t until she realized that the public was talking about her that eventually led to a period where she said, “I’ve got to stop. That’s just crazy.”
But as she approaches the big 6-0, like everyone, Cox has mixed feelings. “I can obviously relate to being that age where you’re like, ‘Oh wow, I can’t believe I’m right here,’ and [asking] what makes you happy,” she said. “I understand that midlife stuff completely.”
As for what’s next for the Scream star? She is currently promoting her new comedy-horror series for STARZ, Shining Vale, with co-star Gregg Kinnear. The series will premiere on March 6. Cox also just launched her own line of skincare inspired home items, called Homecourt, which includes sustainable and non-toxic hand soap, dish soap, and surface cleaner.
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