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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LoopsFroot on

Are you kidding me? Jude Law may not be that “pretty young thing” anymore but he has definitely matured into one “sexy older man”. I’ll take him any day :)

elysummers on

Oh believe me sweetie, you are still a young pretty thing. Is it suddenly hot in here?

Tracy on

LOL Of course he is okay with it, he’s not female. Most men age and look better. He is one of them.

maya on

Are you kidding me? He just gets better with age. Love him!

Terri on

Jude Law is like a fine wine…only gets better with time! So handsome!

Crystal on

Whatever. IMO Jude will be similar to Sean Connery with the looks and aging. He can be 400 years old and still be handsome.

fanofboardwalkempire on

Juse is a great actor- Now I am looking for his humility:-)

momto3boysillbe on

Well not me! I hate it when they start getting older. Makes me realize I am too!

ALW on

Sorry Jude, you’re still pretty damn sexy!!! I could watch The Holiday every day, plus the Sherlock Holmes movies are good too.

Awwwshucks on

Photo shopping at its best!

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