Courteney Cox has opened up about the pressures of anti-aging, saying she didn’t realize when she was younger that “the injections and doing things” to her face made her look “strange”.
The actress, 57, said in a new interview that there was a time when she was “chasing” youth but became more “grounded” in getting older.
Speaking to The Sunday Times’ Style magazine, coxswain said she quit trying to look like she did when she played Monica Geller in Friends in the 1990s and 2000s.
“There was a time when you were like, ‘Oh, I’m changing. I look older,’” she said. “And I tried to chase it away [youthfulness] for years. And I didn’t realize that, oh shit, I look really, really weird with injections and I do stuff on my face that I would never do now.”
Cox added: “There was a period where I went, ‘I have to stop. This is just crazy’.”
60 years old: “I can’t believe it”
Speaking of her 60th birthday coming up in a few years, the actress said: “Oh my God, it’s so hard to hear or say. I can’t believe it. There’s nothing wrong with having 60 years old, I just can’t believe it. Time flies so fast.
“There’s no doubt that I’m more grounded, I’ve learned so much in my life – what to appreciate, what to try for the most and what to give up.”
Cox also drew media attention to older female celebrities, saying, “The scrutiny is intense, but I don’t know if it could be more intense than what I’m putting on myself.”
Friends reunited and getting tricked by Ed Sheeran
Also known for her roles in the Scream movies, as well as Friends, the actress stars in a new horror comedy series Shining Vale, starring Greg Kinnear.
Along with discussing the new show, she talked about the Meeting of friends in 2021, saying it was “fantastic” to see his former castmates and “reminisce.”
When the reunion aired, there was online speculation about Matthew Perry, who played Cox’s on-screen husband, Chandler Bing, and has openly struggled with addiction issues in the past.
“He just struggled for a while,” Cox said. “I think he’s doing very well now.”
Speaking of Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow, who played Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay, Cox said she sees them as sisters.
“We’re really comfortable,” she said. “We’ve shared so many stories together and we laugh. Lisa’s laugh alone is the most infectious laugh I’ve ever heard. It’s adorable. We have deep conversations, we also have silly moments .”
Cox also opened up about her friendship with British star Ed Sheeran – and revealed the unusual way he pranks her every time he stays at her Malibu home – apparently buying gimp masks through her Amazon Alexa.
“I must have five. I forget they are there,” she said. “I was trying to sell this piano which is in the guest house where Ed lives and this older couple, they must have been almost 80, came to see him and there was a gimp mask with this long long beak on it. I was so embarrassed.”