These Stars Turning 50 In 2020 Don’t Look A Day Over 29!

It’s no longer considered career-ending to turn 50 in Hollywood. In 2019 Jennifer Lopez threw a lavish birthday party to celebrate her big 5-0. At the same time, she starred in and produced Hustlers, which turned into one of the surprise hits of the year. Thanks to celebrities like Lopez who have proven age is just a number, other actors and actresses can look ahead to 50 with a smile. These are the biggest stars who are turning 50 in 2020, but we don’t think they look a day over 29!

Matt Damon Finds 50 Appealing

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With how long his career has been, it might be surprising to learn that Matt Damon hasn’t turned 50 yet. Born in 1970, the award-winning actor will celebrate his milestone birthday on October 8, 2020. And as far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing to worried about.

Damon even sounds excited talking about it, “Clint [Eastwood] makes the other side of the hill look pretty appealing… to see guys that I really admire say that, and as vigorous as those guys are, it wasn’t a big traumatic thing. Maybe I’m gonna freak out or something, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

Taraji P. Henson Thinks Her Career Is Just Beginning

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Taraji P. Henson has been a star in Hollywood for nearly two decades, but if you ask her about it, she’ll tell you her career is just beginning. Henson is very aware she is turning 50 in 2020, and the Oscar-nominated actress has big plans.

Henson believes there is an age bias towards women in the industry and wants to prove that getting older shouldn’t matter, “Why should women have a limit? That’s what Viola [Davis], Regina King, and I are all fighting for: To break through that ceiling. We’re still talented, why should we stop working?”

Tina Fey Is Turning 50 For The Spanx

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Getting her big break on Saturday Night Live means you know Tina Fey can laugh at herself. As she turns 50 in 2020, though, she is also using her incredible sense of humor to empower herself.

Fey plans to let the world see her age, even if she doesn’t do it gracefully, “We’ve been so conditioned now to never see a real human face, one that moves, with its original teeth. Sometimes we forget that there is a choice. I choose not to do this. It’s like wearing multiple pairs of Spanx: Good for you, not for me. Not mandatory.”

Melissa McCarthy Has Become More Interesting With Age

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As Melissa McCarthy has gotten older, she has taken on more complex roles in Hollywood. No longer known as just a crass and funny woman, McCarthy is a well-respected and Oscar-nominated actress. According to McCarthy, growing older hasn’t just made her characters more interesting.

“The older you are, the more interesting you are as a character. There’s a whole life history and knowledge of the world and self-possession that comes from someone who has seen more. That experienced point of view is always more exciting.”

Julie Bowen Is No Longer Insecure

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Known best for her role as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family, Julie Bowen revealed to Canadian Living that she was shockingly insecure as a young woman. Now turning 50, she says when she starts to feel insecure again, she looks back at her past:

“I look back at pictures of times where I remember feeling very insecure or when I didn’t like my body or whatever was going on with my hair at the time and think — you were young, you were beautiful, what are you complaining about?”

Jennifer Connelly Sees Beauty In Her Age

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Like her female counterparts turning 50 in 2020, Jennifer Connelly knows that with age comes judgment. Instead of letting Hollywood make her think getting older is a bad thing, Connelly plans to embrace the new her.

“We equate beauty for women with youth, and that’s sad. It’s a shame it’s so hard for so many of us to appreciate the beauty of an older woman and to accept it in ourselves. I don’t want to erase my history on my face.”

Ethan Hawke Has Become Wiser

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With four Oscar nominations under his belt, how much wiser can Ethan Hawke get? As he turns 50, the actor still has his glass as half full, “People whine about getting older. But I used everything I’ve learned from years of acting to direct Blaze. And First Reformed was the best part I’ve ever had.”

Growing older also won’t slow down Hawke’s workload. In 2020 he has a new movie and television show coming out. The movie will see him play legendary inventor Nikola Tesla.

Will Arnett Is Still Funny At 50

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Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Netflix

Looking at Will Arnett, you would never guess he is going to turn 50 years old in 2020. The actor and funnyman has been splitting our sides since the ’90s, but never got the respect he deserved until Arrested Development made him a star in the 2000s.

More recently, Arnett has become a respected voice actor. Playing Batman in The Lego Movie led to The Lego Batman Movie. And we can’t forget the nuance his voice brings to BoJack Horseman, the Netflix series about an anthropomorphic horse having a mid-life crisis.

Queen Latifah Has Never Been Scared Of Aging

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On March 18, 2020, Queen Latifah will turn 50, and she’ll finally be complete. Even at a young age, Latifah always felt like an old soul, “I’ve always hung out with people older than me, and they make life look good — like aging is something to strive for.”

Turning 50 isn’t the only thing Queen Latifah has going on in her life in 2020. She has several film and television projects she’s working on as well as a rumored new music project.

Mariah Carey Doesn’t Believe In Birthdays

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Leave it to the five-time Grammy winner to tell the world that birthday’s aren’t real. Even though she will legally turn 50 on March 27, 2020, Mariah Carey will not be celebrating being alive for half a century.

Carey has said on several occasions that numbers aren’t her friend. “I think I have to remain eternally oblivious to age. Honestly, when you put a number on it yourself, it’s just like, Why? Why do that?” She has also joked, “I was just dropped here. It was a fairyland experience.”

Uma Thurman Finds Her Characters More Interesting Now

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Uma Thurman has been a staple in television and movies since her breakout role in Dangerous Liaisons. After that movie, she took major steps in her career with iconic roles including Poison Ivy and The Bride.

As she turns 50 in 2020, Thurman thinks her most interesting roles are just around the corner, “The characters I get to play as a mature woman are so much more interesting than the ingénues I got to play as a kid, so I feel OK about it.”

Heather Graham Is Over Ageism

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Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Speaking with The Evening Standard, Heather Graham made it clear how she feels about the treatment of women compared to men when they turn 50, “Whenever they show a man in print they don’t go ‘Leonardo DiCaprio age blah de blah’… Why does a woman have to always say their age and I feel like men don’t have to?”

While Heather Graham is acting in less noticeable movies these days, she’s still finding plenty of work thanks to her comedic timing and quirky charm.

Rachel Weisz Is Focused On What Matters

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Rachel Weisz is using her 50th birthday to focus on what matters. The esteemed actress who blossomed late in her career hasn’t let age slow her down. In fact, she believes it has freed her.

“It’s hard to not know who you are. My twenties were painful at times. Now I have wisdom and experience — I know what interests me in a way I didn’t before. I’m much more focused on what matters to me. I waste less time. There’s a huge relief in that.”

Anthony Anderson Is More Popular Now Than Ever

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Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Backstage Creations

Anthony Anderson has always been reliably funny, but as he’s gotten older he’s become much more versatile. The actor still sticks to comedy, but starring in Black-ish has shown that he has a dramatic range when he needs it.

Of course, the first hint Anderson gave that he could go toe-to-toe with best actors in the world was The Departed. The role was one of the few serious ones he has ever taken and we wonder if there might be more in his future.

Regina Hall Has A Bright Future

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Even if you don’t know the name Regina Hall, you definitely know the face. The actress has been in countless films of every genre. In the last few years, Hall has garnered critical praise for several performances, most notably as Lisa Carter in The Hate U Give.

Hall may have been around a long time, but it feels like as she turns 50, she’s just getting started. Speaking with The New York Times, she said, “I’m potentially in a position where I could become more of a force.”

Simon Pegg Is Still A Laugh Riot

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Simon Pegg was first introduced to American audiences in Shaun of the Dead. Since then, he’s been a staple in movies year after year. In 2009, Pegg took on the challenge of a lifetime when he was cast as Scott in the reboot of Star Trek.

As he turns 50 in 2020, Pegg will not be taking any time off. He has five projects in the works including a TV show.

Vince Vaughn Still Has Plenty Of Gas In The Tank

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Vince Vaughn became a household staple thanks to comedies Old School and The Wedding Crashers. His most iconic role, though, is easily Peter La Fleur in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

As the calendar turns to 2020 and he turns 50 years old, Vaughn has multiple projects in the works. Perhaps one of them will earn him a long-awaited major award nomination. He’s unlikely to be nominated for The Binge, though, an upcoming parody of The Purge franchise, but maybe for something else.

Will Forte Is Going To The Dogs

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After a long career on Saturday Night Live, Will Forte finally became a household name in the early 2000s as he transitioned to leading man. One of his first big-screen roles was MacGruber, an adaptation of one of his most popular SNL skits.

In 2020, just as he turns 50, Forte is getting animated for Scoob! a brand new Scooby-Doo movie. He will be voicing Shaggy, Scooby’s best friend. There are also rumors that MacGruber 2 is being developed.

Nick Offerman Makes Salt And Pepper Look Good

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Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

While he was making himself a major star in Parks and Rec, Nick Offerman couldn’t grow a beard. His character had a mustache, limiting what he could do. When the show ended and his beard grew out, it was impossible to look away.

His mix of grey and brown is impressive — almost as impressive as his comedy chops. Offerman can do more than make audiences laugh, and he’ll prove it as he turns 50 with a few dramatic roles.

Kevin Smith Is Celebrating 50 With A Return To Form

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Ever since Cop Out came out, the career of Kevin Smith has gotten weirder. From movies like Tusk and Yoga Hosers to remaking his own classic with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Smith has let his stranger side get the best of him.

Turning 50 should bring a more grounded return to form for the talented writer and director. Currently, he is developing Clerks III, which will be a very welcome return to the movie that launched his career originally.