Jennifer Garner says she ‘can’t wait’ to turn 50

In the youth-obsessed world of Hollywood, it can be refreshing to hear someone talk joyfully of the privilege that is growing older. So full kudos to Jennifer Garner who – despite being best known for appearing in the film 13 Going On 30 – is in fact about to turn 50, and says she ‘can’t wait’ for the occasion.

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‘I turn 50… yeah, Easter Sunday,’ she told Extra on the red carpet at the premiere of her latest movie, The Adam Project. The actress said she will be celebrating the occasion with her loved ones: ‘My family has tickets to come out. My parents and my sisters, nieces, and nephews. I don’t know what we’ll do, but I can’t wait’ she said.

Highlighting her positive attitude towards ageing, Jennifer has also used her Instagram to count down towards the landmark birthday, sharing 50 ‘somethings’ that make her happy on a highlight reel. These include buying a coffee for a stranger, fresh cinnamon rolls made for her kids and a snippet of the blossom on her nectarine tree.

Heading home to West Virginia is another of the life joys Jennifer has highlighted. ‘Something I love: Green hills rising up to tell me I’m home,’ she captioned a clip taken from her plane seat’s window.

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While Jennifer is facing a new decade with optimism, one thing she probably won’t be doing is heading under the surgeon’s knife any time soon. The actress has previously told Today ‘I want to look normal and I want to normalize looking normal. I always have felt really strongly about that’.

Jennifer says her mother taught her not to be too concerned with looks. ‘She said as you get older, the temptation is to stare into the mirror and focus on what’s changing, and here’s the secret: Don’t look!’ she told Glamour last year. ‘Just care less, be grateful that you’re getting older, and use the time you have to be leaving the world a little bit better.’