"My sister's full-on silver and she's only 18 months older than me. I thought she looked so much more beautiful being silver," she said.
Andie MacDowell is coming to terms with aging by embracing her graying curls as they are. At the 8th annual Hollywood Beauty Awards on Thursday, March 9, the Four Weddings and a Funeral actress, 64, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about her gray curls and how she was feeling after skipping hair coloring during the COVID pandemic.
"I'm really comfortable," she told the outlet. "It's something that I've wanted to do for a while. And I'm really comfortable with where I am right now in my life." MacDowell further added, "I just want to embrace the time where I am, and be as real and honest as I can — not only with everybody else but also with myself."
At the event, MacDowell continued to divulge her beauty routine, telling ET that she is "keeping everything in perspective, realizing what a privilege it is to do what I do, and just trying to take really good care of myself." She stated that "deep, meaningful friendships are currently the most important aspect of my life," and that dating seems to really take up a lot of energy.
"One thing I forgot to talk about in that acceptance speech is the intense amount of love that you feel," she said of her Timeless Beauty Award. "Because so many other things fall away that don't matter to you as much. And so you have a bigger opportunity to have a larger heart and compassionate love and empathy for all kinds of different people," she opened up.
MacDowell also shared that she is not "searching for a relationship." She explained, "Like, I could have a great friendship with you and be very fulfilled with the compassion and love that I could feel for you, or other people. It's just a shift that happens with age, which feels really good."
In 2021, MacDowell first debuted her salt-and-pepper hairstyle. In an interview with PEOPLE, MacDowell expressed her passion for graying hair, which she credited to a member of her own family. "My sister's full-on silver and she's only 18 months older than me. I thought she looked so much more beautiful being silver. I was jealous," the L'Oréal Paris international spokeswoman said.
"During COVID, I could see the roots with my face and with my skin and my eyes, and I liked it. I felt that I would be happier. And I am happier. I really like it. I'm 64, and this is the time of my life. Eventually, I'm going to be silver. And I wanted to have this experience of feeling what it is," she added at the time.
The actress added that her daughters, actresses Margaret Qualley and Rainey Qualley, whom she has with her ex-husband Paul Qualley, gave her the reminder not to be too harsh on herself. "If I ever say anything demeaning about myself, because I've taught them not to do that, they'll say, 'Why are you doing what you told us not to do?' " she said. MacDowell emphasized that it is a "constant daily job" to be kinder to herself, but she feels like she's getting better at it. "Aging is a really, really intimate educator on loving yourself," she said, "because you can't stop it. It's going to happen."
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