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

Bettie on

I heard he was getting hair plugs……so he is not ok!

LSG on

My favorite role of his was in “The Holiday” . He was …well, i won’t say….blushing now :)

tillie on

I have no idea where he ever got the idea that he was a young pretty thing at one time.Must of been in his dreams

zhara on

Lookin’ good, Jude!

mgdd on

I’ll take older and hot over pretty and young any day

Jilllouise on

Well, he is younger than I am, and I still think he is SMOKIN! Sorry Jude you will always be a “pretty young thing” to me!!

Lisa Grassa on

That man is hot no matter what. It comes from the inside as well as the outside, right robby?

whoknew on

I think he still looks hot in the black and white photo.

Beth on

I find Jude more attractive, more sexy with a little age on him and less “pretty boy.” Now his a sexy man!

Amelia on

Still young and pretty to me. Hot diggity dog!

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!

Reyna on

I like Jude, then, and specially now! :) Since I’m turning 38 myself! :)

oziie on

You are great actor .. i like

Lillayyyyy on



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