Courteney Cox poses at the premiere of her movie Just Before I Go in Los Angeles on April 20. Photograph: (Reuters)
Former F.R.I.E.N.D.S star Courteney Cox, who spoke some years ago about using Botox and laser treatments to prolong her youthful looks, says she is now reconciled to looking older and regrets the procedures she had to keep the wrinkles at bay.
Courteney, 52, spoke out during an expedition with outdoor adventurer Bear Grylls in the Irish highlands, in which the pair abseiled down sheer cliffs and shared maggots found in a rotting sheep.
The actress says she is now more relaxed.
"Getting older has not been... I don't think it's the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons," Courteney said in the "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" episode that aired on NBC television on Monday.
"Sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go, 'Oh, God.' Like, you look horrible. I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that's good, because it's not always been my best look. So, now I just have a new motto: 'Just let it be,'" she said.
Cox, who played Monica Geller for 10 years in the comedy series F.R.I.E.N.D.S, is the latest star to speak out about the pressure women feel in Hollywood to maintain their looks.
Actresses Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger have also spoken about being bodyshamed and the pressure that actresses feel to maintain their looks.
Jennifer, 47, last month wrote that she was sick of the "sport-like scrutiny" and body shaming that "occurs daily" in celebrity and other media, while Bridget Jones actress Renee Zellweger, 47, slammed persistent speculation that she had undergone plastic surgery on her face or eyes.
"Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? Ugly shoes, ugly feet, ugly smile, ugly hands, ugly dress, ugly laugh; headline material which emphasizes the implied variables meant to determine a person’s worth," Renee Zellweger wrote in an August 5 blog for the Huffington Post.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)
'Getting older has not been... I don't think it's the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons,' Courteney Cox said