Actress Frances McDormand is 58-years-old and unlike most of her Hollywood peers, she has decided to age naturally and gracefully without the help of a plastic surgeon.
In a new Yahoo interview with Katie Couric, the “Fargo” and “Almost Famous” star says it’s hard to watch her colleagues alter their faces to look younger because “it erases everything.”
McDormand, who has been married to director Joel Cohen for 32 years, says ageing in Hollywood is a topic she often discusses with her husband.
“We have a lot of conversations about ageing and how difficult it is in our culture,” McDormand tells Couric. “I go on rants about it, I get a little too zealous about it and he cautions me to remember that not everyone ages the same way and I’ve been fortunate that I’m happy with the way I look and how I age.”
McDormand explained to Couric that her face tells a story she is proud of:
After not doing any press or promotion for her films for ten years, McDormand is finally putting herself back in the spotlight because of a message she wants to send younger women.
“A friend of mine said, ‘younger women need you, they need your image and they need your voice, it’s a selfish thing you’re doing [by not speaking out],'” McDormand said during the Yahoo interview.
In a 2014 New York Times profile, McDormand elaborated on our culture’s “desire not to be an adult”:
We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species. There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.
“I feel nostalgic for a time I didn’t even have,” she added. “The time before we regarded ourselves with such criticism.”
Watch McDormand’s full interview with Katie Couric about ageing below:
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