Toni Collette admit going through her 40s was ‘psychologically difficult’ – as she shares her excitement at turning 50: ‘I finally feel I’m at home in myself’
Toni Collette has reflected on ageing ahead of her 50th birthday in November.
Speaking to this weekend’s issue of Stellar magazine, the Australian actress admitted that she faced struggles over the past decade and is looking forward to a starting a new chapter.
‘I found 40 psychologically difficult,’ she said.
Golden age: Australian actress Toni Collette, 49, (pictured) has revealed that she feels comfortable turning 50 after finding her 40s ‘psychologically difficult’
‘For me, the past decade has been a treasure-trove of opportunities for learning life lessons, big and small. I finally feel like I’m really at home in myself. So I’m excited and, apparently contrarily, rather comfortable about turning 50.’
The Australian actress exclaimed that she was looking forward to what’s to come and that 50 is not the cut-off point anymore but rather an invitation to embrace herself unconditionally.
‘That, I believe, is why older female actors are soaring. As they grow to know themselves, they potentially also accept themselves,’ she said.
Raw: ‘I found 40 psychologically difficult,’ she told this week’s this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine
‘Then there’s nothing to hide, nothing to lose, no approval to seek – and everything to share as actors.’
Toni is set to start in her darkest role yet in the upcoming HBO Max series The Staircase.
Toni will play the character of murder victim Kathleen Peterson, who was notoriously killed by her husband Michael Peterson in 2001.
New role: Toni is set to start in her darkest role yet in the upcoming HBO Max series The Staircase
Denials: Toni will play the character of murder victim Kathleen Peterson, who was notoriously killed by her husband Michael Peterson in 2001. Michael Peterson (pictured) has continually denied responsibility for his wife’s death
The eight-episode series has been in development for two years and is based on the 2004 docuseries of the same name, which was updated with new episodes in 2018, reports Variety.
The show initially premiered on Canal+ before it moved to Netflix, where it received widespread attention and garnered critical praise.
It is also inspired by various books and reports about the case of Michael Peterson, who will be played by Colin Firth.
History: The miniseries examines the Peterson family’s travails ahead of Kathleen (right) being found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the family home on December 9, 2001; and the murder allegations against Michael, who authorities said killed his spouse
The now 77-year-old author claimed that his spouse died after falling down the stairs at their home in North Carolina, although police suspected that he had killed her and covered up his evidence.
He was eventually convicted of murder, although his sentence was later reduced to voluntary manslaughter.
Meanwhile, acclaimed actress Toni has been focused on streaming content recently, having appeared in the 2019 Netflix limited series Unbelievable and the 2021 outer space drama Stowaway, which launched on the platform earlier this month.
She will also appear in the upcoming drama Pieces of Her for the streamer.
The long-time theatrical star first made a splash on the small screen with her Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning work on the Showtime series United States of Tara.
The HBO series The Staircase will stream on BINGE from May 5, 2022.
Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine with Toni Collette on the cover