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Gillian Anderson on Aging Gracefully: 'There Will Always Be the Desire to Stop the Process'

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Aging in the spotlight is often approached in two ways: Embracing the fine lines and wrinkles or delaying their onset. But more and more, today’s women in Hollywood are speaking out about choosing to welcome their age — and forgoing Botox and fillers. X-Files star Gillian Anderson is one of those women, opening up to NewBeauty about her comfort with getting older.

“There will always be the desire, as women see themselves getting older, to stop the process,” Anderson, 47, tells NewBeauty for her summer-fall 2016 cover. “Ultimately, it comes down to embracing that process and embracing one’s self at the age that one is, which is hard. I’m sure I’ll find myself along the way in some situations saying, ‘Do I, should I, would I?’”

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Anderson’s acceptance of her age may come from her British roots — the star shares that Hollywood’s obsession with aging is not something she’s seen everywhere.

“I tend to observe women in the UK approaching it less obsessively, than say, those in Los Angeles,” she says. “There seems to be less of a preoccupation with it and more of an acceptance of the natural face and the natural aging process. I think in Europe, in general, there’s a sense that women who age naturally can be beautiful, whereas I’m not so sure that’s the perception in America, specifically in LA. I think that it’s seen as a flaw somehow, like wrinkles are a flaw.”

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But that’s not to say she doesn’t take great care of her skin. Anderson shares that aside from her staple product, Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, she does make sure to include anti-aging products into her everyday beauty regimen. “Once I started seeing that my skin was suffering [in my 40s], I began to pay more attention to it,” she shares. “It’s not a huge part of my life, but I make an attempt to use some of the stuff that’s out there. And you know, I think it works. I think my skin definitely feels better.”

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For the full story, head over to NewBeauty. And tell us: What do you think about Anderson’s views on aging?

— Jillian Ruffo