Katherine Heigl just turned 40-years-old and she’s thrilled about it. On Saturday, the Grey’s Anatomy alum shared an Instagram post where she divulged on what it’s like to turn 40 in the entertainment industry, a place where looks and youth are valued most.
As most Hollywood enthusiasts know, youth and physical beauty are arguably one of the most important things when getting roles in the entertainment industry.
It’s rare that either men or women are able to secure solid acting jobs without being at least, marginally good looking. For instance, Danny DeVito was once told that he would never make it in the business because he was simply too short – what a joke such a statement has become, considering his status as an actor.
Other stars to speak out on this conundrum includes Penelope Cruz, who is known for not only her acting chops but also her good looks. She co-starred alongside Johnny Depp in the cult classic, Blow, as Johnny’s fiery and passionate wife.
You can check out Katherine’s post below to see for yourself:
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Well…I am officially 40 years old. I know you’re going think I’m full of it but the truth is…I’m pretty damn thrilled to be 40. For one thing, as my mother always says “Getting older is better then the alternative.” Too true mother, too true! For another thing 40 feels to me like a certain kind of freedom. Freedom from all the self doubt, insecurities, self loathing, uncertainties and anxieties of my 20’s and 30’s. Not to say I don’t still have those moments but I just feel like 40 makes me older and wiser. Steadier in my convictions. More certain of my strengths. More forgiving of my faults. I’ve spent the last five years of my 30’s doing the work to evolve my mind and spirit. To move my heart towards a more profound and loving expression of my best self. I’ve read, studied, explored and practiced ways to expand my understanding of myself and the world around me. I’ve clarified my deepest desires and found that all I really crave is well being. For myself and those I love. I know there’s a certain stigma attached to 40. I’ve had plenty of well meaning acquaintances and even strangers tell me not to worry I still look great. Or soon you’ll be 50 and then you’ll really feel old. Or youth is so fleeting isn’t it. I guess I kind of feel like it’s all about your frame of mind. And I’ve made up my mind not to let a number determine how I feel about the way I look. Or what my value as a woman in society is. I’ve decided I will let the number and every one after it determine the strides I make, the enlightenment I seek, the compassion I show, the beauty I radiate from within that grows and expands with life experience. I’m a stronger, better, more grounded and courageous woman today and I will do my best to continue to grow so I can say the same thing at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt that I am surrounded by so many inspiring people who love me and support me through this life. Without them…well I’d still be floundering around in uncertainty. Ok, I’m done pontificating now. ?❤️ #thoseheavenlydays are making every year of your life matter as best you can.
Putting aside social issues in the acting business, Katherine Heigl has encountered controversy a few times in the past, notably, when she insinuated the writers on Grey’s Anatomy didn’t do a very good job.
The actress suggested the writing on the show that season was “lackluster,” and for that reason, considered withdrawing from receiving an Emmy Award.
Several years later, Heigl took some serious heat on social media, as well, for taking pictures and videos of herself in a cemetery. The actress attempted to lighten the mood up for her fans and followers but ended up offending most.
Later on, the actress apologized to everyone she offended. Us Weekly reported that Heigl was in the cemetery to visit her brother who died in 1986 in a car accident.
Katherine was respectful when posing for her brother’s tombstones, but when it came to the tombstones of others, she was less gracious. Thankfully, however, she apologized and everyone let bygones be bygones.