Meg Ryan Has Advice for Women Who Are Worried About Aging

The actress has her head on her shoulders where criticism is concerned.
Meg Ryan poses in a black high-neck dress and sports her signature curls. She smiles for the camera.

Meg Ryan.


When it comes to aging, prolific actress Meg Ryan has adopted a sort of blasé attitude. In a recent interview with Glamour, the Sleepless in Seattle star shared her insights where aging is concerned. For her, getting older has been a means of coming into herself unapologetically.

“There’s a time in your teens and 20s where you’re trying on personalities to figure out who you are, who to be,” she told Glamour. “With age, you get to a place where you say what you mean without thinking about how it’s going to land. You just say what you want.”

Ryan has dealt with difficulties of her own where aging is concerned. The 62-year-old has, by virtue of having a public career, been bullied by tabloids and online criticism alike. Her response is to simply tune it out.

“I can’t pay attention to it. I just can’t,” she said. “It’s not worth it. Of course that would hurt someone’s feelings, but there are so many more interesting things to think about. Meanness and hatred are just so stupid.”

Her attitude toward negativity, particularly where other people’s thoughts are concerned, should serve as a lesson to us all. We will never contend with the same level of public criticism that Ryan must, but adopting her attitude would still serve a purpose in ensuring that we don’t give undue attention to opinions and sentiments intended to drag us down. We applaud her outlook.

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MARTHA ZAYTOUN

Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.