Actress Frances McDormand is wise beyond her years and is sharing wisdom on age.
At 57, the award-winning star who won an Oscar for Fargo and a Tony for Good People, has some words for Hollywood's fixation on youth.
She told the New York Times, "We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species," she said. "There's no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It's not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face."
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McDormand does not see old age as a negative part of life. She says, "Looking old should be a boast about experiences accrued and insights acquired, a triumphant signal that you are someone who, beneath that white hair, has a card catalog of valuable information."
As for plastic surgery on herself, she makes it clear that "I have not mutated myself in any way."
In fact her husband Joel Coen has to stop her from "saying something to people--to friends who've had work." She says, "I'm so fully of fear and rage about what they've done."
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While she may have rage for what others have done, she is certainly inspiring others by aging gracefully.
She will next star as the aging Olive Kitteridge in the mini-series, Olive Kitteridge, next month on HBO.
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