Andie MacDowell on Why Embracing Her Gray Hair Is the Ultimate “Power Move”

The legendary star opens up about going gray, aging in Hollywood, and what she hopes for the future.

It's no secret that Andie MacDowell caused something of a sensation at Cannes Film Festival earlier this month. When the 63-year-old actress, model, and mother of three hit the red carpet at the premiere of Annette, she had onlookers—both IRL and virtually—delighting in her newly salt-and-pepper strands. Amid lockdown, after years of toying with the idea, MacDowell decided to not only stop coloring her signature mane of brunette curls (immortalized forever in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral), but make silver her new calling card.

For MacDowell, bucking an antiquated taboo and joining the burgeoning gray hair movement marks the beginning of a thrilling new chapter in her life and career—and she doesn't care what anyone else had to say about it. Here, the legendary star opens up about going gray, aging as a woman in Hollywood, and what she hopes for the future.

Vogue: When did you decide to start embracing your silver hair?

Andie MacDowell: At the very beginning of quarantine, my hair started growing and every time my kids would see me, they kept telling me I looked badass with my gray hair. When I pulled it up in a bun, all you could see was the salt and pepper, which is what I am, you know, dark and silver. I like to compare myself to George Clooney because why not? I’ve been saying for a while now it was time for me, personally, to make that transition because I felt like it was appropriate for my personality and just who I am. During lockdown, I had a lot of downtime and became obsessed with Jack Martin, who did Jane Fonda’s hair. I shared those pictures with a lot of people going, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ I got a job and very quickly I had to make up my mind about what I was going to do. My managers had actually said to me, “It’s not time.” And I said, “I think you're wrong and I'm going to be more powerful if I embrace where I am right now. It’s time because in two years, I'm going to be 65. If I don’t do it now, I won’t have the chance to be salt and pepper. I always wanted to be salt and pepper!”

Even after you made up your mind to go gray, did you have any apprehensions?

This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Lauren Valenti