The 54-year-old actress opens up about owning her look, confidence and more in PEOPLE's Red Carpet Issue on stands this week

By Kaitlyn Frey and Jackie Fields
February 14, 2019 04:42 PM

Courteney Cox got candid about her decision to dissolve all her fillers.

The actress and new face of L’Oréal Paris’ empowering Super Preference #OWNINGIT campaign, 54, opened up about why she is “not a fan of fillers” in PEOPLE’s new Red Carpet Special, out this week.

“I would say it’s a common thing you go through as you age, especially in Hollywood,” Cox said. “You have to accept getting older, and that’s something that I had a hard time doing.”

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The star revealed that she started getting injectable fillers because she “wasn’t pleased with myself and the way I looked.”

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“[I tried] to keep up with time in a way that was anything other than maintenance. I didn’t realize it until one day I kind of stepped back and went, ‘Oh s—. I don’t look like myself,” Cox told PEOPLE.

Now, nearly two years after dissolving all her fillers, Cox is feeling like her best self. “So now I just embrace who I am and getting older with what God gave me, not what I was trying to change,” she said.

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She added that at this point in her life, Cox is the most confident she’s ever been.

“I kind of own everything. And the things that I am not as comfortable with myself, they’re things that I continue to work on to grow and change,” the actress said. “I am think I am at a stage of my life where it’s very easy to be comfortable with who I am and who I’ve become and who I strive to be.”

— with reporting by Jackie Fields