You might be surprised to learn that these celebrities are turning 50 in 2022
1. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson arrives at the People’s Choice Awards on December 7, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Photo: Invision/AP
Dwayne Johnson will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 2. Johnson, the world’s highest-paid actor, made his film debut over 20 years ago in 2001’s The Mummy Returns.
2. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz wearing the Link Lady by Tag Heuer. Photo: Tag Heuer
Cameron Diaz turns 50 on August 30. In 2022, it’ll be eight years since Diaz retired from acting after appearing in 2014’s Annie.
Eminem is turning 50 on October 17, 2022. Photo: @eminem/Instagram
Eminem is a Libra – his 50th birthday is on October 17. It’s hard to believe it’s been 22 years since Slim Shady’s breakthrough album “The Slim Shady EP” in 1999. He was 27 at the time.
4. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox attends Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on December 10, in New York. Photo: Invision/AP
Laverne Cox’s big day is on May 29. Next year is a big one for Cox – besides turning 50, she’ll also take over as the new host of E!’s red carpet coverage and has a role in Shonda Rhimes’ latest series, Inventing Anna, on Netflix.
5. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara. Photo: @sofiavergara/Instagram
Sofia Vergara defies ageing, but she somehow turns 50 on July 10. She looks essentially the same as she did on the first episode of Modern Family in 2009, when she was in her 30s.
6. Shaquille O’Neal
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal speaks at a press conference in McDonough, Georgia, on January 22, after being named Henry County Sheriff’s Office Director of Community Relations by Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett. Photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
It’ll be 50 years of Shaquille O’Neal on March 6. The former NBA star began playing 30 years ago in 1992 when he was just 20 years old – in fact, it’s already been 10 years since his retirement in 2011.
7. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner arrives for the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Gala at the Fairmont Century Plaza, in Los Angeles, California, on December 8. Photo: AFP
Jennifer Garner will turn 50 on April 17. Garner first gained fame in the early 2000s from the show Alias, which she began starring in at 29.
8. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck attends the Los Angeles premiere of Amazon Studio’s The Tender Barat TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on December 11. Photo: Getty Images North America/AFP
Garner’s ex-husband, Ben Affleck, is also celebrating his 50th birthday next year. His is August 15. Affleck’s bestie Matt Damon turned 50 in October 2020, while his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez hit that milestone in July 2019.
9. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union poses on the red carpet upon arrival at The Fashion Awards 2021 in London on November 29. Photo: AFP
Somehow, Gabrielle Union’s 50th birthday is on October 29. It’s almost impossible to believe, until you remember that Union was somehow convincingly playing a high school student in the 2000 cheerleading classic Bring It On when she was 28.
10. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the premiere of Netflix’s The Politician at DGA theatre in September 2019, in New York City. Photo: Shutterstock
Gwyneth Paltrow’s 50th birthday is on September 27. Her iconic pink Oscars dress was somehow already 23 years ago.
11. Idris Elba
Idris Elba poses at the Yardie photo call during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in February 2018, in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Shutterstock
Idris Elba will blow out 50 candles on September 6. Elba’s Wire character, Stringer Bell, will have been with us for 20 years in 2022.
12. Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph. Photo: @princesstagram/Instagram
Maya Rudolph’s birthday is on July 27. Rudolph started appearing on Saturday Night Live over two decades ago in 2000 – she was 28 at the time. She left seven years later.
13. Jude Law
Jude Law attends the photocall for the movie The Young Pope at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, in September 2016. Photo: Reuters
Jude Law just turned 49 on December 29. His 50th birthday is next December. It’s been over 20 years since Law burst out onto the scene with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was released in 1999, and saw Law potentially looking the best anyone ever has on film.
14. Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross. Photo: @traceeellisross/Instagram
Tracee Ellis Ross will mark half a century on the planet on October 29. Ross has been starring on Black-ish since 2014, but it will end after its eighth season in 2022.
15. John Cho
John Cho as Spike Spiegel in Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop. Photo: @johnthecho/Instagram
John Cho will turn 50 on June 16. Yes, Harold & Kumar will somehow turn 18 years old in 2022 – it’s so old it can legally vote in the US.
16. Toni Collette
Toni Collette poses with the award for best actress in a television series comedy or musical for United States of Tara backstage at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2010, in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: AP Photo
The absolute legend Toni Collette turns 50 on November 1. You can next see Collette in Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming psychological thriller Nightmare Alley alongside Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett.
17. Thandiwe Newton
Thandiwe Newton. Photo: @thandiwenewton/Instagram
Thandiwe Newton’s 50th birthday is on November 6. In an inspiring move, Newton changed her name from “Thandie” to its original spelling “Thandiwe” in 2021, after 28 years of using her misspelled name.