Courteney Cox, who skyrocketed to fame in the 1990s portraying Monica Geller on the smash hit sitcom Friends opened up in a candid interview with Bear Grylls about regrets she has about undergoing cosmetic procedures. Appearing on Grylls’ Running Wild TV show, Cox reflected on how difficult it is for women in Hollywood — and everyday women — to come to grips with the aging process.
“Just being a woman in this business, getting older is not the easiest,” she told Grylls, as she sat in the grass of the Irish Highlands under an ominous gray sky. “But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with being older.” Cox attributes much of that pressure to social media, a phenomenon that simply didn’t exist during her rise to stardom in the ’90s. “If I ever want to feel really bad about myself,” Cox said, “I just click on one of those Daily Mail comment sections.”
About her own experiences with cosmetic procedures, Cox admitted to regretting having undergone some of them. “I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away, so that’s good, because that’s not always been my best look,” she said. “Sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go, ‘Oh, God … I look horrible.” Her new motto, she said, is simple: “Just let it be.”
But getting older is not all doom and gloom. Cox finds inspiration and happiness from watching her daughter, now 12 years old, grow up. Watch the full interview below.