Kate Walsh says she doesn’t ‘want to send the message’ that it’s ‘not okay to have wrinkles’

Kate Walsh opens up about her life and career on the Yahoo Life series Unapologetically.  (Photo: Getty Images)

Kate Walsh opens up about her life and career on the Yahoo Life series Unapologetically. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kate Walsh is a Shondaland staple. In Shonda Rhimes’ scripted universe, Walsh plays Dr. Addison Montgomery, a top-notch neonatal surgeon who became a fan favorite in Grey’s Anatomy before moving on to his own spin-off, private practice. Since then, Walsh has starred in shows like 13 reasons why, the umbrella academy Y Emily in Paris – however, she has also been open about how her career It didn’t take off until the mid 30’swhen he put on the surgical gown.

“When I wrapped Grey’s Anatomy, I couldn’t ask for a better place to be an actress than in Shondaland, so I feel very lucky,” Walsh, 55, tells Yahoo Life. “My experience really wasn’t with ageism. My life becomes more interesting and better.”

She says a gift of becoming a household name later in life was developing a “great work ethic,” which included years of “flipping burgers” and “waitressing.” Walsh, who started out as a recurring character on The Drew Carey Show in 1997, he recalls: “I had tenacity and resilience, and I’ve been very lucky to have a lot of people who support me. There’s a lot of rejection and criticism in this business, but I guess I was masochistic enough.” “

When the going gets particularly tough, Walsh turns to her 18-year-old cat Pablo, whom she calls a “source of unconditional love, peace and calm.” His passion for his pet encouraged her to team up with Purina Tidy Cats Light Cat Litterfor a campaign on how to make the holidays more pet-friendly.

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Walsh, who has never had children and has spoken before about going through early menopauseshe says that for women without children, there is “real pressure” on one’s career, though she is hopeful that is changing.

“I used to think, ‘Oh, if you don’t have a child, if you’re not a mother, you better be very successful at what you do.’ Otherwise, what is your perceived value as a woman in this culture?” Walsh says. “But I think more and more, that’s changing… There are so many other stories to tell.”

Like many people, Walsh says she’s dealt with the pressure of thinking too much about how her body looks.

“I feel like I came out of the womb with a 27-inch waist—you can’t help but feel that pressure,” says Walsh. “But for me, it’s about being healthy. I want to look good and I want to feel good… but as you get older, your body changes… It’s so typical. When you’re a little kid, you’re like, ‘I want to look like that. , like a woman. And when you’re older, you say, ‘I want to look like I did when I was 13.’ It’s just about radical acceptance, and my thing is just health and taking good care of myself.”

Although she has spoken in the past about get facials and lasers to keep her skin looking its best, she says she walks the line in injectables and Botox.

“Genetically, my mom is Italian, so she has great skin. I’ve always said, look, if I had a different skin type, I could have been botoxing my face, but I don’t,” she says. . “I can’t judge it, so I just take it apart and look at it from an anthropological point of view… For me, I don’t want to send the message that ‘you’re not okay, you’re not okay if you have wrinkles.'” ‘ We want to look and feel our best, but growing old is our right. It’s a little strange and makes me a little sad. There are a lot of looks out there, but there’s this soft look…it’s a little Bounty hunter.”

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These days, many Walsh fans are excited about the star’s television future, hoping that includes a lot more time with Dr. Montgomery. Walsh’s Grey’s Anatomy The comeback included a scene in which Dr. Montgomery attempts to treat a patient experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, who was unable to terminate the pregnancy in her state due to abortion restrictions. Given Rhimes’s comments on not having finished with the stories in private practicemany speculate that the current state of abortion rights may make it necessary for Dr. Montgomery to return to her own program on pregnancy care.

“[Krista Vernoff, the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner,] she was very passionate, as I was, about making stories about women’s health and really going into it, in as much detail and with as much empathy, complexity, and objectivity as we could. Shonda Rhimes, when she created grey and all of his shows, he’s always dealt with social issues and what’s happening and reflects that in the culture. I think there’s a lot more power in terms of social change with art than not necessarily in the private sector or politically. It’s beautiful, and I feel so lucky.”

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