Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell Grace the Cover of AARP The Magazine and Candidly Discuss Sex, Plastic Surgery, Friendship and Betty’s Life-Long Crush on Robert Redford in a New Exclusive Interview
Exclusive Interview Only in the November/December Issue of AARP The Magazine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At age 88, Betty White is undeniably the hottest woman in Hollywood. Fresh off of filming “You Again,” a new feature film starring Jamie Lee Curtis (whose sexy pose in a swimming pool on the May/June 2008 cover of AARP The Magazine was a media sensation), Betty White and Kristen Bell, the three stars spoke exclusively with AARP The Magazine in a revealing conversation about friendship, aging, plastic surgery, sex and regrets. In an historic first, AARP The Magazine features three remarkable actresses from three generations, each at the top of her game, talking candidly and sharing cross-generational advice and insights that span insecurities, love, loss, happiness and longevity.
ON AGING IN THE HOLLYWOOD SPOTLIGHT
Curtis: “I’m blessed with good health and have more energy than a 14-year-old. But I’m just now starting to feel my age and the beginning of my limitations…It’s not a big deal, but it’s an adjustment.”
Bell: “I’m in a peculiar situation because I believe I am the only woman in Hollywood trying to age up. I’ve always been small, and I have a high-pitched voice and a youthful face. Personally, I feel that life is like cheese: it just gets better with age. Some of the greatest women I know, two of whom are present, have aged so gracefully and have the smartest things to say.”
White: “The less you worry about it, the less you think about it…I love that age has its privileges. You’ve seen enough to be interested in many different things and make time for them. You can’t do that as a youngster because you’re so into yourself…Everybody says to me, ‘We’re so glad you’re back.’ But I’ve been working for 63 years!”
ON GOOD GENES AND BAD PLASTIC SURGERY
Curtis: “There are people who, when you see them on the screen, there’s an audible gasp of “Oh my God.” They look terrible–or they’ve done something to themselves and now look like freaks…There is only one Meryl Streep and one Sigourney Weaver. But I could name 30 other actresses in their [age] groups who aren’t working today. Me, I’m getting my ass out of this business in a few years because genetically it’s not going to work for me.”
Curtis: [Speaking of Betty] “She’s 88 and hotter in Hollywood than anyone I know except maybe Justin Bieber!”
Bell: “Why are we all playing this gigantic game of trying to be who we were five years ago?”
Curtis: “Because everybody is saying that to get jobs you have to dye your hair and get injectables. It’s a conspiracy, a complete catastrophe, a surgical industrial complex. Somehow we are being fed this belief that to continue on we have to do this. Yet people are being disfigured. It’s shocking what people are doing to their faces.”
ON SEX: IT GETS (BLANK) WITH AGE
Curtis: “Deeper over time.”
White: “I don’t have a fella, but if Allen–or Robert Redford–were around, we’d have a very active sex life. Does desire melt away with age? I’m waiting for the day to come. Sexual desire is like aging–a lot of it’s up here [points to her head].”
Bell: “It gets sweeter–and more fun. But whether you have an enormous libido–like my friend Betty–or none at all, there is no norm. There are different bodies, boobs, people.”
ON FRIENDSHIP AND WOMEN
White: “I’m bleeding over losing Ruesy [the late actress and Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan], who was my dear friend. But as much as I love my friends, I wouldn’t think of going out to lunch with a woman. I can’t think of anything less interesting, except hen parties and showers–and I avoid them like the plague.”
Curtis: “I love my husband, and have been married a very long time, but I would feel completely inadequate without a good group of girlfriends.
Bell: “I have a lot of ‘pick up and put down’ friends whom I haven’t talked to in months, but I can pick up the phone and it’s as though we’ve spoken every day for the last 10 years. Maybe this is my generation’s thing.”
ON REGRETS AND HITTING “REWIND”
White: “I would not have married my first or second husbands. I married my first because we wanted to sleep together. It lasted six months, and we were in bed for six months. The second time I was deeply in love, but he wanted me to get out of show business–a deal breaker. Both marriages helped me to appreciate the real thing when it came along.”
Curtis: “Would I do a few things over as a mother? Sure…I’m not a big regretter–maybe a couple of hairdos in the ’70s.”
Bell: “Every experience has made me who I am, but if I had to choose, I guess I would have raised my glove and caught the softball that sent me to homecoming with two black eyes.”
An image of the November/December cover of AARP The Magazine featuring Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell is available upon request.
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