Friends star Courteney Cox, 53, covers the Summer-Fall issue of NewBeauty and opens up about her hopes to have a baby with longtime love, musician Johnny McDaid, and life with her 13-year-old daughter Coco.
On having another child: “I would love to have a baby now. I would. I know it’s crazy, but I would. I mean, I could carry someone else’s egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with Johnny that is.”
On aging: “I think getting older is just hard in general. I feel like I’m 34, so the thought that I’m not just doesn’t seem natural. I don’t get it. I feel better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I take much better care of myself now. But Hollywood — this business — makes it harder.”
On her beauty regrets: “I grew up thinking that appearance was the most important thing, That’s kind of sad because it got me in trouble. I was trying so hard to keep up, and I actually made things worse. Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh s—, this doesn’t look right.’ And it’s worse in pictures than in real life.”
On having all her fillers dissolved: “I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”
On her 40-year-old partner: “He’s younger than me, and with any other guy that would be the hardest thing in the world, but looks are not that important to him or his family. External beauty isn’t even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don’t think it matters. He appreciates beauty, but it’s deeper than that.”
On her teenager: “Coco loves makeup and she expresses herself through it. One of her favorite shows is RuPaul’s Drag Race. She thinks it’s beautiful artistry and she’s really good at it. Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she’s going out to a rager at 2 a.m. — eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks. I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it’s a form of self-expression. As long as she’s not sexualizing herself, it’s really just what makes her feel good. Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer — I’m not going to lie. But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she’s watching than what she’s putting on her face.”
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