Thanks to the hit TV series “Friends,” which first aired in 1994, Courteney Cox and the show’s other five stars have been in the limelight for more than two decades. No doubt that kind of stardom brings a lot of pressures.
Opening up on Monday’s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” Cox talked candidly about growing older in the public eye.
Grylls asked if she felt “pressure to look a certain way” in Hollywood.
“Yeah, for sure,” The 52-year-old replied. “Just being a woman in this business ... getting older is not the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older ... it’s something you can’t keep up with.”
Cox has talked openly in the past about her use of cosmetic procedures including Botox and lasers to “prolong to inevitable.” “If it makes you feel better about yourself and it’s done properly, then fine,” she said in 2011.
But since then, it seems she’s changed her tune.
Though Hollywood ― and social media trolls, she says― can make her feel “bad about myself,” she says her new outlook is to let nature take its course. “Just let it be,” she told Grylls.
“I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away, so that’s good, because that’s not always been my best look,” she said in reference to her use of cosmetic procedures.
Referring to her efforts to look more youthful, Cox aded that “You find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and go ‘Oh, God, I look horrible’.”
(Cox’s “Friends” co-star Jennifer Aniston has previously spoken out against Botox, saying it only makes actresses look “older” and “insecure.”)
The actress appeared makeup-free as she trekked into a remote part of Ireland with the TV host. “For what it’s worth, the natural you is just amazing and gorgeous,” Grylls said.
We couldn’t agree more. There’s nothing more beautiful than aging naturally.