Andie MacDowell has revealed she ignored potential roles as a young actress because she was “afraid to be provocative” after growing up in a culture “where to be sexual was dirty.”
The US actress, 57, best known for her role in Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, spoke to The Guardian ahead of the release of her latest film, Magic Mike XXL.
MacDowell was raised in a small town in South Carolina and started out as a model before branching into acting with a number of critically acclaimed roles.
Her best received – and the one she remains proudest of – was Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape in which she played a repressed housewife.
The actress claimed she was able to tap into the character’s psyche as a result of her upbringing: “I grew up in a culture where to be sexual was dirty.
"And I was also afraid of embarrassing my children. I was so afraid what people would say about me in my community. This was my way of thinking because I grew up around that kind of pressure, of purity.
“That was so much my childhood that I was afraid to be too provocative."
MacDowell also criticised the word ‘cougar’, claiming it was “unnecessary” and “demeaning.”
“I think it’s unfair that we don’t have a male equivalent,” she continued. “I think the idea that men get more handsome and sexier as they get older is a fallacy.”
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