“I think we have to change our perspective. I don’t think life stops after 50 — if anything, it gets more and more exciting. For some reason, we don’t honor or pay respect to aging. It’s something that we look at as a negative, and yet every single person on this planet does it. I don’t understand why it’s not something that’s celebrated, why there’s some sort of an expiration date on who you are as a person worth watching and a story being told about you. It makes absolutely no sense.”
At 48 years old, and having been in the business for 30 of those years, Jennifer Aniston is not buying into the constant critiques — or into the broader narratives about being a woman getting older in society.
And that’s where Aniston has a problem with the picture-perfect concept of ageless beauty that doesn’t really exist. Real beauty — enduring beauty — is based in mindfulness, according to the actress.
“It’s being as full and complete of a human being as you possibly can be,” she explains to Glamour. “And that means going to therapy, figuring out your darker corners, and getting to work on them, so you’re not passing on your negative experiences — and trying to become a fully realized human being, so you can go out in the world and bring that to people.”