Some favorite actresses have launched into their 50s this month, and we want to give them a bit shout out because this is a time to really thrive. We’re smarter in our 50s; we work faster and with more confidence; we figure out what we want and who to take with us. We’re looking forward to bigger and better things from these three bold women.
Uh, what more can Amy Poehler do? She’s already starred in the best comedy show on the planet, created iconic characters—who can forget her portrayal of Hillary Clinton on SNL, which fit so hilariously with pal Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin. Poehler got Hillary’s studied earnestness and practiced speech patterns down pat, and the real Hillary professed to love it, showing that liberals can laugh at themselves. And we can’t forget Poehler’s master turn as Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, which showed that perky, do-good optimism can be funny. Of course, Poehler shines in movies too, most recently in Wine Country, about a group of women touring Napa for a friend’s birthday celebration, which sounds like a dream birthday to us. But perhaps the most memorable performance of all is when she played herself, hosting the Golden Globes with Fey. Remember her singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miz and adding her own line, “And then I went to get a sandwich”? Classic.
Jada Pinkett Smith
This woman is so much more than a mega-star’s wife. Jada Pinkett Smith is small but mighty, and wears so many hats we don’t know where she stores them all. She’s an actress of course, best known for the Matrix movies and voicing the appropriately sassy hippo character in the animated Madagascar films. She’s also a screenwriter, producer, and talk show host. Her show, Red Table Talk, is a Facebook production and features Pinkett Smith discussing issues and people with her daughter Willow and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, as well as featured guests, such as Regina Hall, Sandra Bullock and Salma Hayek. A certain husband, father, and son-in-law makes regular appearances. The idea is to offer three different age perspectives on culture and society today. In a review, The Washington Post said, “there’s an authenticity woven throughout the episodes that makes Red Table Talk stand out amid a surplus of celebrity-hosted talk shows.” We can’t wait to watch more of the three-generation talking team.
Jenna Elfman is best known for her role as the free-spirited, kind-of-ditzy (but funny ditzy) character Dharma of TV’s Dharma & Greg. But Elfman has played plenty of smart, accomplished women as well. For example, she starred as the First Lady and former campaign manager for Bill Pullman’s President in 1600 Penn. Starting out as a dancer, Elfman had the cred to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. We expect to see her dancing through her 50s, either figuratively or literally or both.