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Renee Zellweger on Being 53: ‘You’ve Got to Survive a Lot to Get to My Age’

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Owning her age. Renée Zellweger has fully embraced being in her 50s — and says she wouldn’t go back to her 20s for anything.

“I couldn’t wait to turn 50! I loved it! It made me realize I have no interest in being 23,” Zellweger, 53, told The Sunday Times’ Christa D’Souza in an interview published on Sunday, August 7. “Turning 50 felt like a whole new beginning without the nonsense, the point where you can stop listening to all those voices in your head and all those expectations and projections people have of you and become more authentically yourself.”

The Bridget Jones’s Diary star recalled thinking, “Good luck all you suckers out there because you’ve got to survive a lot to get to my age — and I’ve earned my power and voice.”

Zellweger, who has publicly denied having plastic surgery in the past, noted that aging is beautiful even in Hollywood.

“[There’s] all those ads telling us we don’t need to look our real age if we just buy all their creams and their fixes and all that garbage they want to sell us. I’m like, what, you’re saying I’m not valuable any more because I’m 53? Is that what you’re saying?” she explained. “There is a big difference between being your absolute best, most vibrant self and wanting to be what you’re not.”

The Thing About Pam actress continued: “To be vibrant and beautiful you must embrace your age, otherwise you are living apologetically and to me that’s not beautiful at all.”

The Texas native further insisted that people need to try and drown out the pull of social media and desire to transform one’s self into something the masses will like.

“Look, as long as we buy into the whole idea that society is obsessed with youth, then we perpetuate it,” Zellweger said. “OK, so you want to look good? So go get your hair done or your skin fixed or have that day at the spa or whatever it is that makes you feel great. But let who you are and what you contribute and how you represent yourself at that age lead.”

The Oscar winner, who is dating Ant Anstead, told the outlet that she wants to know who is perpetuating the idea that embracing your age isn’t sexy.

“I have this conversation with my girlfriends all the time. Like, who’s doin’ it? Who’s redefining 50 or 60 without having to say, ‘Hey, look at me with my clothes off and I still look almost as good as I did back then?’” she continued, confessing, “I don’t want to be ‘almost what I was.’ I want to be a thousand times better!”

The Judy star concluded: “We have to shift the paradigm. You really can’t do anything meaningful when you are worrying about whether you still look like you’re in your twenties. You just can’t.”

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Hilaria Baldwin reveals she and Alec are ‘NOT OKAY’ following the tragic Rust shooting

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Hilaria Baldwin openly admitted that she and her husband, Alec Baldwin, are ‘not okay’ following tragic Rust shooting during a preview interview with Extra published Friday.

The yoga instructor, 38, stated tearfully, ‘We can’t be okay. No one is okay.’ The emotional statement came a little over one year since cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on set on October 21, 2021 due to a prop gun with live rounds that was accidentally discharged while in the hands of Baldwin, 64.

The mother of seven further expressed that, ‘It was and is a tragedy that nobody could ever have imagined.’

‘Not okay’: Hilaria Baldwin, 38, revealed to Extra that she and her husband, Alec Baldwin, 64, are ‘not okay’ following tragic Rust shooting 

Hilaria could be seen sitting in a chair with city skyscrapers sprawled out behind her through a large window amid the interview. 

The businesswoman donned an all-black ensemble, and carefully listened to the interviewer asking about how the Baldwin family was coping following the fatal shooting. 

Initially, the podcaster remained silent as she took in a deep breath, and then answered with her voice cracking, ‘We’re not okay.’ 

Shortly after the tragedy, Alec was involved in a ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit filed by Halyna’s family, which included her husband, Matthew. Earlier this year in October, both parties reached a settlement. 

The 30 Rock actor shared the news on Instagram, writing in the caption, ‘Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son.’  

'A tragedy': The mother of seven further added that, 'It was and is a tragedy that nobody could ever have imagined'; Alec seen on the phone on set of Rust following fatal shooting in October 2021

‘A tragedy’: The mother of seven further added that, ‘It was and is a tragedy that nobody could ever have imagined’; Alec seen on the phone on set of Rust following fatal shooting in October 2021 

‘We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation,’ he concluded. 

According to People, Matthew had released a statement of his own, ‘All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.’  

Also in October, the actor uploaded a tribute to Halyna on Instagram on the one-year anniversary of her tragic death, simply adding the caption, ‘One year ago today…’

Last month in November, Alec officially sued Rust crew members and the armorer for negligence and for supplying a prop gun loaded with ammunition. 

According to The New York Times, the lawsuit stated, ‘This tragedy happened because live bullets were delivered to the set and loaded into the gun.’ 

Tribute: In October, on the one-year anniversary since Hutchins's death, the 30 Rock actor shared a tribute to the late cinematographer on his Instagram

Tribute: In October, on the one-year anniversary since Hutchins’s death, the 30 Rock actor shared a tribute to the late cinematographer on his Instagram 

‘Though by no means comparable, Baldwin must live with the immense grief, and the resulting emotional, physical, and financial toll, caused by the fact that Cross-Defendants’ negligent conduct, assurances, and supervision put a loaded weapon in his hand,’ the lawsuit continued. 

‘And led him, Hutchins, and everyone else on set to believe that his directed use of the weapon was safe.’ Along with the cinematographer being fatally shot, a producer on set, Joel Souza, was also shot and injured. 

In December of last year, two months after the tragedy, Alec opened up during a candid interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. 

Alec had stated that he, ‘didn’t pull the trigger,’ while on set at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe. ‘I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.’ 

In March of this year, he also followed legal papers in which he denied having any responsibility in the fatal shooting, according to The New York Post.   

Suing: Last month in November, Alec sued a few Rust crew members and the armorer for 'negligence'; the Baldwins seen in October in New York

Suing: Last month in November, Alec sued a few Rust crew members and the armorer for ‘negligence’; the Baldwins seen in October in New York 

By his side: Hilaria has continuously supported her husband and has publicly shared her support on her main Instagram page

By his side: Hilaria has continuously supported her husband and has publicly shared her support on her main Instagram page 

Following Hutchins’s tragic death on set of Rust last year, Hilaria has continuously shown support for her husband. 

In July, the podcast host shared a lengthy post where she emotionally expressed how ‘grateful’ she was for Alec. 

She told her husband to, ‘turn down the volume on the darkness and negativity,’ and that it was easier, ‘now more than ever to slander people and cherry pick and piece together strands taken out of context, ‘opinions’, or complete fabrications.’ 

Hilaria also added that ‘enemies’ were seeking to ‘destroy him.’ The star further penned, ‘I am the one that sees you in your dark moments…the human moments,’ and that, ‘So many love you, AB, we are here for you to lean on and feel safe.’ 

In August, she shared another heartfelt post to the actor, typing, ‘I am not going anywhere. Take all the time to be sad. I am here.’ 

Celebration: The couple recently celebrated Thanksgiving and the podcaster shared a family photo

Celebration: The couple recently celebrated Thanksgiving and the podcaster shared a family photo

Two months after welcoming their seventh child, the duo dressed to impress while attending the American Museum of Natural History’s 2022 Museum Gala in NYC on Thursday. 

During the preview interview with Extra, which airs in full-length on Monday, December 5, opened up briefly about their large family. 

‘I would say that we’re done, but I said we were done with six,’ Hilaria revealed as she held her two-month-old daughter. 

‘But Alec still has to go and do his part. So if he does not do his part, sometimes things can happen,’ the entrepreneur added.

'I am here': Hilaria penned, 'I am not going anywhere. Take all the time to be sad. I am here,' in an Instagram post to send her love and support to Alec

‘I am here’: Hilaria penned, ‘I am not going anywhere. Take all the time to be sad. I am here,’ in an Instagram post to send her love and support to Alec 

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