Jennifer Connelly tells More "We equate beauty for women with youth, and that's sad."

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated October 20, 2015 03:10 PM
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Despite the pressures of Hollywood, Jennifer Connelly says she plans to age naturally.

The actress, 44, says in More magazine’s November cover story that she wishes more women could find beauty in aging, as she challenges herself to do.

“We equate beauty for women with youth, and that’s sad. It’s a shame it’s so hard for so many of us to appreciate the beauty of an older woman and to accept it in ourselves,” says the Oscar-winning actress. “I don’t want to erase my history on my face.”

“There’s a window of time, a hump to get over, because it’s inevitable. I love that Radiohead song “Fake Plastic Trees”: ‘He used to do surgery for girls in the ’80s, but gravity always wins,’ ” she says. “It’s certainly a dialogue I have with myself. And I don’t judge; every woman has to make her own choice. But for me it’s more beautiful to see the person.”

Her husband of 12 years, actor and director Paul Bettany, says Connelly usually doesn’t worry much about her looks.

“Jennifer is wildly beautiful, but she has no investment in it,” Bettany, 44, tells the magazine. “Our two sons spend more time in the bathroom in the morning than she does. That pressure to be attractive hasn’t ever landed on her.”

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Connelly stars in Shelter, written and directed by Bettany, out this month.