In the midst of a promotional campaign for her new indie comedy Drinking Buddies, Olivia Wilde recently took to Glamour.com to tell us why turning 30, which she aptly names "The Cut the Bullshit and Go Be Awesome Stage" of life, doesn't deserve its bad rep. Officially jumping on the Hollywood-loves-being grown-up bandwagon, the actress cites potentially growing bigger boobs and becoming a semi-pro surfer as reasons for her excitement, but more importantly, she discusses turning 30 as a forced transition into more interesting, adult roles:
Sure, it'll be tougher to convince an audience I'm the "feisty young coed," cramming for my biochem final and wondering if Zac Efron's character likes my new crushed-velvet headband, but I was never crazy about those roles anyway. People assume actresses are afraid to get older; the truth is the roles get a whole lot more compelling once you're too old to play dumb.
What's most important about Olivia's list of dos and dont's for 30-somethings isn't confirmation that most women experience their sexual peak in their thirties, or her advice to avoid rushing into having a family (although that is really great advice) — it's her recognition of the absurd pressure women feel to stay young, and her reassurance that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.
And when that reassurance is coming from a woman who started her career playing a lesbian bartender alongside Mischa Barton on the O.C. and is now promoting her leading role in a film about the realities of adult relationships, we feel safe believing it.