Turning 50 is absolutely a landmark to be celebrated, rather than feared. When Nicole Kidman took to the stage at the Screen Actors Guild awards in January to collect the first SAG award of nine nominations, she had one message alone she wanted to pass on – women over 40 have a lot to say, and now that we’re being given a chance to say it, the world is beginning to change!
Nicole’s HBO smash hit show, Big Little Lies, which she stars in alongside her great friend Reese Witherspoon, has won critical and audience acclaim since its launch. And for these two great pals – busy working mums aged 41 (Reese) and 50 (Nicole), friendship, women and loving their age was at the very core of the project.
“To receive this at this stage in my life is extraordinary,” she gushed as she took to the stage at the SAG awards, name checking her co-stars and other actresses who have relished turning 50 including Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Judy Davis, Shirley McClaine and Judi Dench.
“Twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives, so that’s not the case now. We have proven and these actresses and so many more are proving that we are potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told. It’s only the beginning and I’m so proud to be a part of a community that is instigating this change,” she went on.
And as the stunning Australian actress revealed upon turning 50, her age was far from something she was shying away from. “I feel glad to be able to say I’m 50. It’s not something I try to hide,” she said. “I’m absolutely embracing it. I try to embrace all parts of my life now because I think you just go ‘wow. I’m so lucky, so blessed’. I’m making an effort to go back and see my mum in Australia and spend time with her.”
Nicole’s not the only celeb finding that life over 50 is fabulous.
Here’s a selection of our favourite quotes from celebs enjoying their middle years.
Emily Watson: [Turning 50] felt great, as if a lot of perplexing issues about being younger were ticked off. I was, like, so where’s the party?
Emma Forbes: It felt huge when I approached 50 and everyone talks about it so much that I think there is huge pressure on the whole event. I think it’s hard for women in any industry as there is an ageist view that does exist and women need to work hard against that. Particularly in my industry of TV.
“However, for me, it was a point in my life to take stock, make changes and make it a positive move and really focus on ageing as gracefully and as healthily as I could – in truth I actually feel better at 52 than I did at 32! I think in your earlier years, health is taken for granted, 30’s everything sort of ticks along and works, 40’s you start to become more conscious of ageing – but at 50 you are like ‘wham’ this is phase 2 and I need to focus on it all.”
Halle Berry: I said ‘What do I want to say about my 50th birthday?’ I’m now into the whole world of social media and realising that it’s my platform to say whatever I want to say. I love it. So I just wanted to let every one of my fans know I am embracing 50. I feel great. I’ve never been defined by a number or my age. And I’ve never felt better. I’m so much wiser today. I feel stronger, I’ve survived a lot. And that’s a good feeling. It’s a great place to be. I’m lucky enough and blessed enough to arrive to it.”
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