Monica Bellucci has opened up about aging gracefully, saying she wants to ‘get old in a peaceful way’ and isn’t ‘obsessed’ with maintaining her figure in her 50s.
The Italian actress, 57, shared her thoughts about getting older in an interview with the Sunday Times Style magazine, saying she prefers wine, pasta, and the occasional Pilates class to grueling workouts and restrictive diets.
‘I am not obsessed. I’ve always been a curvy woman, never so skinny, that’s my nature. And I want to get old in a peaceful way,’ she said.
Monica Bellucci shared her thoughts about aging gracefully in an interview with the Sunday Times Style magazine, saying she wants to ‘get old in a peaceful way’
The Italian actress graces the cover of the magazine in a black dress that hugs her famous hourglass curves
‘When you are 50 or 60 you don’t have the same needs as when you are 20,’ she added. ‘You change, like when your baby comes into the room, you see that the first thing is her. We come in second. This gives us another perspective.’
Bellucci graces the cover of the magazine in a black dress that hugs her famous hourglass curves. Her raven hair is pulled back, and her eyes are closed as she poses with her hands on her face.
While she makes sure to get enough exercise and watches what she eats ‘a bit’ when she is working, she doesn’t go to extremes. The model chooses to view aging in a ‘matter-of-fact’ manner and sees the beauty in it.
‘There are many different moments in life,’ Bellucci explained. ‘When you are very young, you have what in France they call “la beauté du diable,” the beauty of the devil, which is just natural, it is the beauty of youth, the beauty of a biological moment in your life. And life goes on.
‘The physique, it gets old and we have to deal with that. There is nothing we can do. At the same time we are lucky, because if we get old it means we have a long life. As the body goes down, the soul grows.’
The movie star, pictured in 1991, said ‘life goes on’ after the ‘beauty of youth’
Bellucci said she is not ‘obsessed’ with maintaining her figure, noting that she has ‘always been a curvy woman.’ She is pictured a young model (left) and in November 2021 (right)
Bellucci made history as the oldest Bond love interest in the film’s franchise when she starred in Spectre opposite Daniel Craig in 2015 at age 50
During the interview, Bellucci looked back on becoming the oldest Bond love interest in the franchise’s history. She was 50 when she starred in the 2015 film Spectre with Daniel Craig, who is four years her junior.
The movie star noted that ‘there are so many women who are feeling free to get old in a different way,’ saying the casting marked a ‘big change’ in the industry.
Bellucci also discussed the #MeToo movement and how she doesn’t want her daughters — Deva Cassel, 17, and Léonie Cassel, 11 — to grow up to ‘hate’ men.
‘We have come a long way, and today we have the courage to say things because there are women that did this before us, but at the same time I don’t believe in a war between men and women, I think we have to find a common ground of communication,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to teach my girls to be full of hate, it doesn’t bring anything. We have to find a way to talk.’
The mother of two’s lookalike eldest daughter, Deva, is following in her footsteps as a model, and they recently appeared on the July 2021 cover of Vogue Italia together.
While reflecting on her own start as a model, she admitted she’s grateful that she wasn’t a young teen when she rose to fame.
Bellucci’s lookalike daughter Deva Cassel is following in her modeling footsteps
Bellucci is believed to be dating sculptor and former model Nicolas Lefebvre, 39, though she declined to speak about her love life in the interview
‘I went through some times, moments that were not always perfect,’ she said. “But I started to work when I was already 18, 19 … I wasn’t 14. And then when I did cinema I was coming from a situation in fashion, so I was already economically independent.
‘I was lucky because I was never in a situation that I couldn’t deal with,’ she added. ‘That is a matter of luck, sometimes you just can’t defend yourself.’
Bellucci co-parents her daughters with her ex-husband Vincent Cassel, whom she divorced in 2013 after 14 years of marriage.
‘We have been separated for a long time, but at the same time when you are a parent you are parents for life,’ she explained. ‘It is beautiful to have a relationship for the kids when it is possible.’
Bellucci is believed to be dating sculptor and former model Nicolas Lefebvre, 39, though she declined to speak about her love life in the interview.
‘I think I have an age right now, this age, that gives me the right not to answer,’ she said.