In her longtime role as Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger was as relatable as can be. In real life, it turns out the 50-year-old Judy star is just as genuine, and she has the laissez-faire attitude about aging to prove it.
During an interview for the InStyle December cover issue, which hits newsstands on November 22, Zellweger told editor in chief Laura Brown (over French fries, no less) that she now sees her age as an asset and something to be cherished.
When asked what makes her feel like a kid, the Judy star exclaimed, “Oh, being 50!” She went on to explain, “I feel energized and full of wonder and excitement about what’s ahead. And, of course, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with the windows down and the music loud! There’s that!” That makes us feel young again, too, Renee.
The Oscar winner also explained her philosophy on growing older, saying, “It’s not aging. It’s growing! It’s acquisition of the most valuable things: experience and knowledge and grace and insight.” (Please hold. We’re adding that to our vision board.)
Ultimately, Zellweger said she’d “rather celebrate each phase of my life and be present in it than mourn something that’s passed.” She concluded, “I don’t want to miss this moment to be something that I used to be.”
Leave it to Renee Zellweger to speak the truth about what it means to age gracefully. We’re adopting this refreshing paradigm immediately, thanks.