Article by Fabafterfifty
Fabafterfifty was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with Rula Lenska and ask her about life after 50 and her views on ageing.
Do you think general/media perceptions of women over 50 have caught up with reality?
I still think that there is too much emphasis on growing older un naturally.. It seems now to be there norm to start improving on nature at a very early age…. And if one does not do so it is regarded as wrong… Of course everyone has the choice but I resent being demanded by magazines and articles that lines and wrinkles are wrong and everything possible should be done not to show your life in your face and body…..
Do you think we (as a generation) are succeeding in changing perceptions of mature women?
Yes I certainly think we are doing brilliantly as a generation in changing the perceptions of what is expected in a mature woman…although the TV adverts still persistently show very young models and enhanced photography to advertise face creams and other products… Which seems ridiculous… I would like to see many more beautiful women of a certain age advertising these products for mature skins and bodies and hair…..regulary now middleaged women are being hailed as still beautiful which I think is great… But those who have not been tweaked and cut should also be lauded….
What have you achieved in your own life since turning 50?.
.. Many many things… No 1. I now know who I am… I am much less affected by what people think or expect of me… I am much more comfortable in my own skin and I enjoy my own company….Of course there are days when one looks in the mirror and how one feels inside is not reflected as to how one looks but I firmly believe that what is inside shines through the eyes and the posture… And no matter how rich you are and how many procedures you have done if you are not content with yourself nothing helps…. After all beauty is only skin deep… And what is inside is just as important if not more so…..
Are there any specific hurdles you have had to overcome since turning 50?
Probably the greatest hurdle is respecting the fact that the body is no longer as obedient as it used to be…
What are you most passionate about?
..I am passionte about life… About nature… About truth…I believe that all things are connected… I believe in respect for nature and our fellow sentient beings…. And I am passionate about being positive…. Thereby you attract positivity…. “laugh and the world laughs with you… Weep and you weep alone..”
How would you describe your own approach to ageing?..
I would not be truthful if I pretended it did not scare me sometimes…. But it is inevitable…. The skin the organs and the vitality decreases as we age…. There is an awful lot we can do nowadays to delay the process…. But NOT stop it….. And we need to realise and be reminded that and older skin is still beautiful, and an older body is still desirable and sexy…. I hate this ageist attitude that past a certain age one is no longer so good at some things…..
With your hair having played such a large in your own image, how have you maintained or adapted your signature style?
.. My hair has always been one of the medias talking points and I guess I am v. Lucky…. I have naturally strong hair which tends towards dryness so needs a lot of moisturising and not too much washing…. I have noticed with age it is more coarse and has lost some of its natural movement… Luckily the colour still is more or less natural though I do add a few low lights… The style shorter and longer versions has never drastically changed as I have so much of it and the few times I have attempted to go much shorter.. If find it much more difficult to maintain…. I do not go to the hairdresser regularly… Occasionally for a trim and some colour, but though I have a v. Good hairdresser I can do it best myself…
Do you follow a strict diet/exercise regime?
.. NO …. I Try to eat healthily and sensibly but often fall off the wagon… I do not eat red meat.. And try to eat a lot of veg.. Not so much fruit…/ I do have a sweet tooth which I sometimes indulge… And I try to listen to my body…
What is your view of anti-ageing treatments and how far would you go to ‘hold back the years’… There is so much out there now… So many conflicting theories about products that it is v. Difficult to know what to do… The most important is to have a therapist who you trust… Who really knows her stuff and who will not try to persuade you to part with your money just for that sake….I have always been wary of the knife, but anything non invasive which does not change my face but just makes it look fresher and tauter I would be willing to try….
What is it like playing a role in one of Britain’s best loved and long established TV programmes?
.. I was thrilled when invited onto Coronation St… It is an extremely well written programme and the welcome in Manchester is wonderful…. I am also finally being given the chance to play a character part… Though I am being careful with the gentle northern accent…. I go back into the series in Nov. And am hoping for some juicy and fun story lines…..
Future projects? .
.. There has been an enquiry as to wether I would be interested in doing a documentary in the deepest Congo… This would be a very challenging and intrepid adventure so am most excited at the possibility… V. Early stages of planning at the Mment…. Also want to travel more when finances permit… Not sure how long the coronations St contract will last this time so difficult to pl;an too far ahead… I am recording some more books for the BBC… And of course always on the look out for some new and exciting stage work which is my first love….
What advice would you offer your own daughter re ageing based on your own experience?.
My daughter has very little vanity… She is a hard working paediatric nurse… She has gorgeous skin and has virtually no beauty routine….. My advice to her is be happy and keep your own counsell…. I guess no sun worship which was my big mistake as a young person….
Rula will be appearing back on our TV screens in Coronation Street later this year