Charlize Theron On Aging: '[Women] Start To Feel Like We're Cut Flowers'

Charlize Theron Doesn't Want Women To Be Afraid Of Aging

The pressure society puts on women is not lost on Charlize Theron.

The 39-year-old star appears on the latest cover of W magazine and opens up about why choosing to be a mom in her 30s has given her a new perspective on getting older.

“I think, like many women, I was judgmental toward women as they aged," she said. "Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we’re cut flowers and after a while we will wilt. I realize now that’s not the case -- we can celebrate every age. That’s my encouragement to 20 year olds who are terrified of getting older: Don’t have a nervous breakdown and don’t hit the Chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad. [Laughs] Actually, I’m a complete alcoholic, but, please, don’t worry. [Laughs again]"

Theron, who is mom to 3-year-old Jackson, is comfortable at a slower pace now. And, if she could, she would tell her 20-something self to pump the brakes a bit.

"I would say, 'Calm down,'" she told W. "I was always in a rush. I felt like time was going to run out. Now that I’m older, I know I’m not missing out on anything. Now, I go home, and that feels really good. When I hit 30, I realized I didn’t have to please everybody. I could actually enjoy life, which is not a bad thing at all."

See some of the snaps from Charlize's W magazine photo shoot below:

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