She is known to be a little reclusive these days, so it was a bit of a surprise when she made an appearance on Bear Grylls’ series Running Wild. The series involves Bear taking celebrity guests out into the wilderness and getting to know them in a new environment.
In this episode, Cox and Grylls are hiking through the Irish Highlands, and she really opens up about her regrets and what it’s like to get older in Hollywood.
“I think there’s a pressure to maintain your looks not just because of fame, but just being a woman in this business,” she says, “getting older, I don’t think that’s the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons. I think I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that. It’s something you can’t keep up with.”
Cox has been in the shadow of her breakout role in the sitcom Friends throughout her entire career. After playing a role as well known as Monica Geller, there are always going to be those people who are constantly scrutinizing your appearance and picking at your flaws.
“Sometimes you find yourself trying, and then you look at a picture of yourself and you go, ‘Oh god, I look horrible’,” she admits. Having the money to go to great surgeons doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a great result. “I have done things that I regret, and luckily there are things that dissolve and go away. So that’s good because it’s not always been my best look.”
Over the last decade, Cox has been repeatedly torn apart by the media for her obvious experimentation with Botox, fillers and face-lifts. Her appearance was drastically altered throughout the 2000’s, all in an effort to maintain her youthful appearance.