Naomi Watts previews her new wellness brand for menopausal women and says she was once told that she wouldn’t be relevant in Hollywood if she wasn’t ‘f***able’
Naomi Watts has revealed the shocking piece of advice she received in Hollywood.
At a preview of her new menopausal wellness brand Stripes, the 53-year-old actress said she was once told that she’d become irrelevant if she got too old and was no longer ‘f***able’.
‘This is pretty much an ageist industry that has been branded as such,’ she told a small audience at the Stripes preview in New York this week.
Naomi Watts (pictured) called out ‘ageist’ Hollywood at a preview of her new wellness brand Stripes and revealed that she was once told women that aren’t ‘f***able’ are irrelevant
‘And we have been told multiple times going into it that you’re pretty much done by the time you hit your mid-forties,’ she continued.
‘If you’re not f***able, that’s the word I got told once, you’re no longer relevant.’
The Mulholland Drive star is fighting ageism with her own beauty and wellness line which will ‘address the skin and body changes of menopause’.
Naomi has just started previewing the product to influencers and members of the media, although it’s unclear when it will officially launch.
A young Naomi (right) is pictured with Laura Harring (left) in her breakthrough role in 2001’s Mulholland Drive
The actress wants to conquer the stigma around menopause, saying it’s a phase of life that should be better represented in the mass media.
She noted in an Instagram post this week how many women experience feelings of shame as they age past the point where they can have children.
‘Getting older is a privilege and a time for us to feel proud of our cumulative experiences,’ she wrote alongside a makeup-free selfie.
Naomi is fighting ageism with her own beauty and wellness line which will ‘address the skin and body changes of menopause’
The star said having uncomfortable conversations about topics such as menopause means the issue becomes easier to deal with.
‘Let’s conquer the stigma and address the secrecy and shame we’ve felt and help create a healthier foundation for future generations,’ she wrote.
The Loudest Voice star added that when she first thought of having a family in her late thirties, the thought of menopause ‘freaked her out’.
‘Then the M word swiftly blew my doors down, it felt like a head-on collision with a Mack truck,’ she explained.
Naomi previewed the product to influencers and members of the media at an event in New York this week
The 53-year-old posed for photos inside the yoga studio
Feeling alone with her anxiety over menopause, Naomi was confused about what she described as the ‘code of silence’ surrounding it.
‘I was earlier to it [menopause] than my peers,’ she added.
‘My mentors and mum didn’t seem up for discussing it, I didn’t know how to ask for help and they didn’t know how to provide… even doctors had little to say.
‘It’s oddly like an unwritten code of silence: women should suck it up and cope, because that’s how generations passed have done it.’
Products including tote bags branded with Naomi’s wellness brand Stripes were all over the event
Naomi pointed out that by 2025 there will be one billion women worldwide who will be menopausal.
‘I think it’s time to see women in this phase of life or this age group be well represented,’ she said.
‘We’ve been under-served in media, stories and marketing far too long. When you spotlight uncomfortable conversations, they get easier.
‘Progress is made. Why has this particular one taken so long?’
Naomi noted in an Instagram post this week how many women experience feelings of shame as they age past the point where they can have children