November 29, 2012 02:15 PM

Courtesy T, The New York Times Style Magazine

While most people dread getting older, Jude Law is actually thrilled about it. And not for any reason you’d expect.

“In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, ‘Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore,'” Law tells
T, The New York Times Style Magazine
. And at 39 years old, the actor admits he’d much rather reflect on his heartthrob days than relive them. “It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”

And though Law might not consider himself pretty anymore, he was still a bit too good looking for his role in
Anna Karenina
, in which he plays Anna’s older controlling husband (below). The director, Joe Wright, reveals in the T Magazine cover story, “I had to stop him [from] doing his ‘handsome face.'”

Another part of himself that Law had to change? His hair. Law’s character is almost bald. And while some actors would choose to wear a bald cap and wig, Law embraced the look. “[I was] surprised when he chose to actually cut his hair that way and not just wear a wig,” his co-star Keira Knightley admits in the feature.

To read more of Law’s cover story, pick up T, The New York Times Style Magazine Holiday 2012 edition, available this weekend, or click over to Tell us: Do you prefer Law now or back in his heartthrob days (think 1997’s Gattaca)?

Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

–Jennifer Cress


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