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Jude Law: 'I'm Not That Young Pretty Thing Anymore'

11/29/2012 at 09:15 AM ET

Jude Law T Magazine
Courtesy T, The New York Times Style Magazine

While most people dread getting older, Jude Law is actually thrilled about it. And not for any reason you’d expect.

“In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, ‘Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore,’” Law tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And at 39 years old, the actor admits he’d much rather reflect on his heartthrob days than relive them. “It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”

And though Law might not consider himself pretty anymore, he was still a bit too good looking for his role in Anna Karenina, in which he plays Anna’s older controlling husband (below). The director, Joe Wright, reveals in the T Magazine cover story, “I had to stop him [from] doing his ‘handsome face.’”

Another part of himself that Law had to change? His hair. Law’s character is almost bald. And while some actors would choose to wear a bald cap and wig, Law embraced the look. “[I was] surprised when he chose to actually cut his hair that way and not just wear a wig,” his co-star Keira Knightley admits in the feature.

To read more of Law’s cover story, pick up T, The New York Times Style Magazine Holiday 2012 edition, available this weekend, or click over to nytimes.com. Tell us: Do you prefer Law now or back in his heartthrob days (think 1997′s Gattaca)?

Jude Law Anna KareninaLaurie Sparham/Focus Features

–Jennifer Cress

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mommy on

At 39, that black and white photo is still pretty darn hot. The color photo, not so much. The black and white, shows darker hair and a more trimmed beard.

guest on

He’s a great actor. Have always liked jude.

robby on

I have to agree with Jude on this – as a very rotund 52-year old man, I have resigned myself to being just a “round fat older hottie”

Liz on

LOL @ robby :)

Allison on

Jude Law I think you will always be gorgeous… and now you’re humble… that makes you ten times better <3

Jane on

He is so very hot :)

jessica laine on

lol robby! ;-)

Aly on

He’s still gorgeous! Nice one, Robby! Lol.

Christine on

Definitely still wonderful eye candy

kmp on

He is still sexy

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