Courteney Cox, forever famous for her obsessive cleanliness and mother hen character, Monica Gellar, in the TV show Friends, gets to grips with her regrets in a conversation with Bear Grylls. Being in the spotlight can be hard in Hollywood with the pressure to always look perfect.
The Friends star joined Bear Grylls on his show and during their Irish adventure, Grylls asked Cox about her experience with fame. She explained the struggles she had to go through being a middle-aged woman in a youth-centric industry.
She shares her story with us.
Cox on getting older
“People can be pretty mean now that there’s all this social media,” Cox told Grylls on the Irish mountainside.
“I think there’s a pressure to maintain that [a certain look] and not just because of fame, but just being a woman in this business. Getting older is not the easiest thing, but I have learned lessons.”
She doesn’t dodge her own challenges with getting older and is honest about how she dealt with it then.
“I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that. It’s something you can’t keep up with,” Cox confesses to Bear Grylls.
“Sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go ‘oh god, I look horrible’.’’
The pressure to look a certain way affects us all
No doubt Cox is referring to the face lifts that she had a few years back. She is not the only person to feel the pressure to look young by any means. New figures published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show continued growth in cosmetic procedures over the last year, and a shift in the types of procedures patients have chosen since the start of the new millennium. In 2015, there were 15.9 million surgical and minimally invasive procedures performed, according to annual statistics for plastic surgery procedures. This represents a 2% increase from 2014.
Since 2000, overall procedures have surged by 115%, but while people use to opt for surgeries on their breasts, nose, eyelids and tummies, we now see more soft tissue fillers, botox and chemical peels. This trend points to the pressure people feel to look younger in an ever more ageist world.
While the type of surgeries may be changing the demand on beauty and youth is not.
Cox, now 52, has said she has finally learned her lesson and her new motto is:
“Let it be.”
She also admitted that there are certain parts of growing older that are amazing. Her daughter Coco is now 12, and she loves watching her ‘go through the game of life.’ She’s grateful that she has learned enough to be able to help and support her.
Watch part of the interview here.