“Charlie’s Angels” actress Cameron Diaz revealed that she somehow feared to reach the age of 40, especially of the thought that it might ruin her career.
Cognizant of some people’s notion that the society is cruel to women when they grow older, the 43-year-old wife of Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden shared that at first, she was never afraid of reaching the said age, until several people kept asking her about it.
“Everybody was asking me if I was terrified about the big 4-0? I said: ‘Honestly, no, I can’t wait to turn 40,’” she relayed to Mirror UK. “But I knew what meant in terms of my career. I was not 25 any more and everybody knew that. So I was no longer valuable.”
“I thought to myself: ‘Why are they saying that? I feel amazing! Why should I be afraid of turning 40?’” she added. “But deep inside it hurt.”
Cameron Diaz even continued by saying, “Doubt came up and I said to myself: ‘Maybe I should be scared? Maybe it means that everything is over now?’”
The “There’s Something About Mary” actress, who is the author of “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength” and “The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time,” further pointed out that age must not be something every woman should be afraid about, while emphasizing that the key really is to embrace it.
“We’re only young up until we’re 35,” Cameron Diaz said. “The rest of your life we’re going to accept that we go slowly downhill. The secret is to embrace it.”
She also stated that “It’s a cruel thing our society does to women. To tell them they’ve failed for a process that’s totally normal and natural.”
On the other hand, InStyle reported that the actress still strongly believes that “Beauty comes from within.”
“It’s amazing thing that we talk about as we grow older,” Cameron Diaz said. “This decline is going to make us less beautiful, but I actually think that it makes people more beautiful, the more that we can accept ourselves.”
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