Is vanity an asset to an actor, and when you look in the mirror do you see a good-looking guy?
ZQ: Certainly not, no, I didn’t always see that. You know, I will be 37 in June, and I feel like the idea of aging is now just framing itself in a completely different way for me. It’s incomprehensible to me the number of people, celebrities, actors who have storied and varied and rich careers, who will manipulate their faces and undergo painful and extreme surgeries to maintain this connection to youth. I don’t understand it — especially men, but anybody.
But yet, now as I see my face changing, I guess I can understand it or have a little bit of a different relationship to it. I feel like my goal — even when I was younger but especially now — is to embrace age and to embrace the experience that comes with it and to trust that even though it may not be as polished or shiny or familiar even to see yourself as you age, it’s all earned. I don’t want to erase the lines on my face — I earned them.
i’m so glad he said this. so much respect! and love.