At 62, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Opens Up About Aging and Feeling ‘Invisible’
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 62, opened up about aging in a new interview.
“Older women are very much made invisible in our culture,” she said.
Her podcast, Wiser Than Me, celebrates and explores the lives and accomplishments of esteemed older women.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is joining the good fight: Like Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova, Brooke Shields, Jamie Lee Curtis, and others—all of whom are outspoken aging advocates—the Seinfeld star is tired of older women fading into society’s proverbial background. And like her aforementioned peers, she refuses to be one of them. Now, the star is opening up about aging and the way society treats “older women.”
“Older women are very much made invisible in our culture,” Dreyfus, 62, recently told People. “And that’s tragic.”
That’s why she is approaching this act of her life with enthusiasm. For one, she’s starring in the blockbuster film You Hurt My Feelings, out May 26, and she has a new podcast with Lemonada Media titled Wiser Than Me, a show in which she interviews esteemed women who have lived full lives. Dreyfus told People the podcast idea came to her while watching Jane Fonda’s documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
“[As] I was watching it, I was thinking, God, you know, we just don’t hear from older women,” she said. “We don’t do a deep dive very often into the lives of older women. They’ve lived, they have all this experience under their belt, and why aren’t we hearing from them?”
In attempting to remedy that, so far, she has spoken with Fonda, Fran Lebowitz, and Diane von Furstenberg, among others. And in her interview with von Furstenberg, she asked the fashion mogul, 76, what she thought about the phrase “aging gracefully,” to which Von Furstenberg replied: “Just call it living gracefully.”
Dreyfus couldn’t agree more, adding that, at 62, she’s currently living out her childhood dreams. “I always wanted to get older. I really did,” she said. “This is gonna sound strange ... but even when I started to develop as a teenager and my breasts started coming in, and I noticed that they were very upright, I used to push them down—because I wanted them to look like my mother’s breasts that would hang a little bit more.”
Even back then, she saw the beauty in aging. And now she’s bringing it to the rest of the world. “I want to accomplish so much more,” she told People of her new ventures. “More, more, more. I’m loving it. I want to have my health, keep doing really cool gigs, and make new friends along the way.”
We love the Seinfeld star’s perspective and can’t wait to see what the years hold for her.
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