Connie Britton stole audience's hearts when she appeared as Tami Taylor on the beloved TV series "Friday Night Lights," capturing attention for her onscreen likability and her downright glorious hair. Now, the 47-year-old actress is gaining even more love for her role as Rayna James on ABC's "Nashville," proving every episode that even an "aging country star" can compete with a new crop of starlets.
"When I decided to do this role, there was immediately all this stuff like, ‘She’s the aging country star!’ And I was like, ‘Hold on, that’s not point here," Britton tells Yahoo! Beauty's Bobbi Brown in a new interview. "She’s a woman who is in a different place in her career and we don’t just automatically call her aging and has-been.’"
Britton, who is a single mother to 4-year-old son Yoby, follows those same sentiments in her own life. Instead of trying to look younger, she is more interested in embracing her natural beauty, glasses included.
Yesterday was #WorldAdoptionDay. I missed it A) because I was very busy with my son, who happens to be adopted B) knowing that, much like motherhood, the impulse to care doesn't stop when the day is over. Still, I think having a day dedicated to adoption is a great idea. To give some thought to the millions of orphans around the world and here at home. Every child has the right to, and deserves, the love of a parent. And on a personal note, adopting my son has been the greatest gift of my life.
"I wear makeup professionally every day, so when I’m not working it’s so nice not to do that. I’ve just kind of always appreciated a very natural look," she tells Yahoo!, adding, "I think I’m really fortunate because I never thought that my career or my value was based around my looks. I’ve always admired actors and actresses who are real chameleons, with work that is really much more about character and recreating themselves each time. So, I think that has been a huge advantage for me. As I’ve gotten older, other friends of mine who are actresses, who are stunningly gorgeous -- I see the toll that it takes if you place your value on [beauty]."
As for her secret to staying youthful, Britton admits she avoids mirrors.
"Once I became a mother, I went for two years straight when I didn’t look in the mirror at all," she admits, agreeing with Brown when she says there's always going to be someone who's "younger, taller, thinner ..."
"I would love to change how we think of ourselves as women, particularly as we get older," Britton insists. "But it’s got to start when you’re young, quite frankly."
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