It’s hard to believe Cameron Diaz is 36, no? Not because I think she looks that much younger (I actually think all that outdoor surfing, back when she was Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend, probably took a toll, leading to crow’s feet around her eyes). It’s more just the shock I feel when seeing that celebrities age too. Just the other day I was watching the movie Top Gun and thinking, who IS the guy playing Goose (the sidekick of Maverick, a.k.a. Tom Cruise), because he’s awfully cute, yet somehow familiar. I Googled it, and lo and behold, the face of Dr. Greene (from ER) appears on my screen. SRSLY? It’s Anthony Edwards—now decidedly middle-aged and bald as can be. I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the man that was, back in 1986.
Not that I’m an age-ist, of course. In fact, I still think Dr. Greene is cute. Ish. But back to Cameron, who graces the cover of Vogue‘s June issue. Here’s what she said about aging gracefully:
“If you are a woman who’s been labeled as a sex symbol… if you see yourself that way, inevitably you get to a point when you are no longer a sex symbol. And if you can’t move past that, you’re putting a limit on yourself; you’re arresting your development. And that’s where I think a lot of women get in trouble. I mean, I’m not 25 years old anymore, nor do I want to be. I wouldn’t even want to go back to being 30. You know what I mean?”
Do you agree? I don’t think aging means you have to give up on being a sex symbol (though strutting around in too-revealing or too-tight clothing is a definite no-no past age 25). But I think Cammy’s on to something when she talks about accepting your age and being comfortable in your own skin. If only more women shared this attitude in Hollywood (and beyond)!