The ‘American Sniper’ star turns the big 40 in December, but she insists she has no qualms with ageing and is “looking forward to some wisdom”.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, she said, “I keep waiting for this big existential crisis, but I don’t feel any anxiety about it. I feel quite proud of it in a way – like the older I get, the more settled I become. I’m looking forward to some wisdom.
“I’ve led such an interesting life. If I look back on the past 20 years, I’ve had experiences I couldn’t have imagined – good, bad, ugly, beautiful. I feel like I’ve lived a million lives, and with that comes a sense of peace and acceptance. I just feel like I’m in a really good place. That sense of calm and tranquillity is something that I am grateful for, and I think that’s something that comes with age, and it’s something to be celebrated about getting older, for sure.”
Elsewhere, the actress - who has a nine-year-old daughter, Marlowe, with actor ex Tom Sturridge - admitted she toned down her “wacky” dress sense when she became uncomfortable being “noticed”.
The New York-born star, who was known for her boho-chic style and kept much of her private life out of the spotlight, explained, “When I was younger, the way that I dressed as such a form of self-expression. An outfit could have a huge effect on my day. I still believe that; I just don’t have the time or mental space to think about things in the way that I did.”
“I don’t think I’m as comfortable being noticed as I might have been before I became well known, and therefore was much more wacky in the way that I dressed. I’m more minimal, and I’ve got a uniform that’s quite neutral. But then occasionally, I’ll go away for a weekend with a bunch of mad English people, and we’ll dress up, and I’ll know that that person is still lurking in there because she’ll come out after dark.”
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“I feel better at 40 than I felt at 30; I can tell you that much,” she said appearing on a Dior Digital Talk episode on YouTube. "I think the 40s are going to be awesome. The 20s were a little challenging, and I’m not going to lie. The 30s, I was getting a grip on stuff. Now the 40s, I’m like, ‘Let’s go!'”
“One of the benefits of ageing — there are many — but one of them is you just start to not give a f*** anymore. Excuse my French. But you just start to not give a f***!,” she told Bazaar.
“I like my body so much more. I’m so grateful to my body. When I was younger, everybody was telling me what was wrong with my body,” she said, speaking to the German edition of Vogue magazine.”
“I am so happy to be turning 50 and have never felt more confident or happy in my life. I don’t try to look or feel younger, I embrace now,” she said on her website.