Courteney Cox just turned 53 this month, but admits she feels younger than ever before!
In a new interview with NewBeauty, the Friends star gets candid on her No. 1 beauty regret, what it's like raising a 13-year-old daughter and taking her relationship with partner Johnny McDaid to the next step.
"I think getting older is just hard in general," Cox, who celebrated her birthday on June 15, explains. "I feel like I'm 34, so the thought that I'm not just doesn't seem natural. I don't get it. I feel better than I've ever felt in my entire life. I take much better care of myself now."
In fact, Cox has been feeling so wonderful lately that she would be open to having a baby with McDaid.
"I would love to have a baby now," she reveals. "I would. I know it's crazy, but I would."
"I mean, I could carry someone else's egg," she continues. "I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with Johnny that is."
Part of this newfound feel-good energy is due to Cox's decision to lay off the fillers. She tells the outlet she grew up thinking "appearance was the most important thing," but has learned over time that she "made things worse" by trying so hard to keep up with Hollywood's beauty standards.
"What would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, 'You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there,'" she recalls. "The next thing you know, you're layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it's gradual until you go, 'Oh s**t, this doesn't look right.' And it's worse in pictures than in real life."
Now, she says she's "as natural as I can be."
"I feel better because I look like myself," she explains. "I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything's going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do."
"Those aren't wrinkles [on my face] -- they're smile lines," she adds. "I've had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend."
Luckily, she has the support of McDaid, whom she credits for making her feel beautiful daily.
"He's younger than me, and with any other guy that would be the hardest thing in the world, but looks are not that important to him or his family," she says of her 40-year-old partner. "External beauty isn't even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don't think it matters. He appreciates beauty, but it's deeper than that."
Cox's teenage daughter, Coco, whom she shares with ex David Arquette, is just beginning to experiment with makeup, something the actress is trying to get used to as she watches her baby girl grow up.
"One of [Coco's] favorite shows is RuPaul’s Drag Race. She thinks it's beautiful artistry and she's really good at it," Cox reveals. "Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she's going out to a rager at 2 a.m. -- eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks. I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it's a form of self-expression. As long as she's not sexualizing herself, it's really just what makes her feel good."
"Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer, I'm not going to lie," she jokes. "But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she's watching than what she's [wearing or] putting on her face."