After three decades working in Hollywood, one would think not much would phase someone like Jennifer Love Hewitt. But the 9-1-1 star recently got vulnerable on social media about an element of life that many of us can relate to — getting older.
In a new Instagram uploaded on February 21, the actress posted a selfie to celebrate her 44th birthday. As she posed without a stitch of makeup, she shared with her followers her unfiltered feelings about the concept of aging.
“Woke up at 4 a.m. and was 44!” the Criminal Minds actress captioned the post. “I am deeply grateful, blessed, happy, sometimes insecure about aging, a mom of three incredible babies, married to the most handsome and awesome man, and really excited to see what this year has for us.”
When fans of the Party of Five alum noticed she disclosed her honest thoughts about getting older, they immediately felt a connection with her. They quickly swarmed her Instagram with supportive messages.
“Truth is you look good without the makeup,” one person wrote in the comments. “I feel ya about feeling insecure about aging but when I started looking at it as a privilege to grow old, it changed my outlook on it ❤️,” another added. “It seems like I was just watching you on Party of Five [to] grow up to be [the] most beautiful sweetest actress of all time 🙌🙌,” a different person noted.
While Jennifer’s post may be new on her Instagram feed, this isn’t the only time she’s written about accepting her body. In another selfie added in March 2022, she discussed her feelings on adding unrealistic filters to photos.
“Aging is weird, and growing up with you guys over 33 years has been amazing but the filters of it all can be tricky,” she wrote at the time. “You can’t help but want to look better or even perfect to keep up. They are so fun but they also can be really hard because you can forget to feel good about your real face. Maybe I just need to be better at the balance. Anyway, thanks for letting me share and feel good as just me today. Love to you all ❤️.”
As the entertainment and news editorial assistant for Good Housekeeping, Adrianna (she/her) writes about everything TV, movies, music and pop culture. She graduated from Yeshiva University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in business management. She covers shows like The Rookie, 9-1-1 and Grey’s Anatomy, though when she’s not watching the latest show on Netflix, she’s taking martial arts or drinking way too much coffee.