Linda Hamilton: People are going to say I got old. Yes I did

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Linda Hamilton has a profile in the NYT ahead of the release of Terminator: Dark Fate on November 1st. She’s reprising her role as Sarah Connor, with Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, Black Mirror) and as the young badass and Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as the new Terminator. Schwarzenegger is in it too and he’s on Connor’s side this time, you can see that in the trailer so it’s not a spoiler. The film is directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) with original director, Hamilton’s ex husband, James Cameron, producing. Cameron told the NYT that it was about time we had a woman action star in her 60s, which I cosign. After her role on the show Chuck ended in 2012, Hamilton sold her LA mansion and moved to a farm in Virginia. She now lives in a townhouse in New Orleans with her two dogs, an Anatolian Shepherd and a lap dog. The Times journalist describes them as following her everywhere, which is cute! (Also I didn’t know that Anatolian Shepherd breed and enjoyed looking that up.) She’s getting the most headlines for her admission that she’s been celibate for 15 years. That’s mildly interesting but I wanted to focus on her comments to US, in a video on their site, about how superficial she finds people in LA.

She doesn’t want fame again
I know people here after four years better than I ever knew anyone in Malibu… That was my hesitation: Do I want to trade this lovely, authentic life for that? I didn’t want my neighbors looking at me differently. We’re neighbors because of who we are, not what we do, and I don’t want that to creep into my life again.

On her celibacy
I love my alone time like no one you’ve ever met. I’ve been celibate for at least 15 years. One loses track, because it just doesn’t matter — or at least it doesn’t matter to me. I have a very romantic relationship with my world every day and the people who are in it.

On getting over her breakup with James Cameron
When I broke up with Jim, I was completely devastated for years. But I’m so glad to be free of that. I would never, ever put that much energy again into something that is not working.

She trained hard and went on bioidentical hormones to prepare for this role
I had a true village of experts trying to get the most out of this body. I don’t think there’s going to be one person who comes up to me who says, ‘You look so great for your age.’ I threw that into the Mississippi River, because that’s not what this is about. I want people to see me and go, ‘Oh my God, she got so old!’ – From The NY Times

On LA’s obsession with beauty
I don’t get Hollywood, I don’t get the obsession with this [gestures to face]. Skin is 16% of our body. Why does everybody focus on the color and the tightness of skin? Of course people are going to look at me and go ‘Oh she got old.’ Yes I did and I have so much more to say as a strong, experienced, life-ridden woman. That was my turnover point. You work out, you think you put in the same amount of work and going to look the same. Not possible at my age. I woke up one day and was like ‘f-k it.’ I am so much more than I was and that’s what’s coming to screen. – From video on US Magazine

[From The NY Times and video on US Magazine]

The New York Times profile mentions that Hamilton smokes Camels. That may be another reason she moved out of LA. I don’t want to sound like a judgy a-hole and am not saying she looks bad in any way, she looks better than women who get too many injectables, it’s just that they’re strict on smoking in California. Hollywood is also much more superficial than most other areas in the US. I live in a rural area and am not exposed to many people who get Botox or plastic surgery, or who know much about skincare either, which is a bummer because I love to talk about it. It must seem bizarre to be around people who get a lot of work done to their faces if that’s not something you consider a priority. As I often say, if I lived in an area where my friends were doing it I know I would too.

As for Hamilton’s celibacy, she divorced her second husband, James Cameron, in 1999 so that means she was with someone the last time about 5 years after that. Everyone has different needs in that department and some people weigh that against the potential tradeoff of a relationship, so I get it. It sounds like that marriage to Cameron was really hard on her. I doubt I could go without sex for that long, but I’ll possibly feel different after menopause.

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  1. ME says:

    The only reason her “looks” might be shocking to some is because you can tell she hasn’t had any work done. People are used to seeing plastic faces now a days.

    • Kitten says:

      Right. She looks like a normal f*cking woman in her 60s. *shocked face*

      • Seraphina says:

        I don’t know, she looks a bit worn to me. I know we are used to seeing plastic faces and genes play a huge role in this but my mom is 74 and looks less worn. If that makes sense. I applaud her for going natural. It takes a strong woman to do that.

      • ME says:

        @ Seraphina

        She used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day but quit years ago. That may have contributed.

      • hunter says:

        @ ME -

        No, the article specifies she smokes Camels. Just because she quit years ago does not mean she stayed quit.

      • T1000 says:

        She’s a beautiful woman, full stop. I adored her in Terminator 2 when I was a little kid and I still do. That’s my favorite film (hence my screen name 🤣). I appreciate it, and her role in particular, even more as I get older. Love her!

      • ME says:

        @ hunter

        Oh sorry I actually got that info from another site not this one stating she quit smoking years ago. Lots of misinformation out there thanks for clarifying. Or maybe the article I read meant to say she quit smoking 2 packs a day and is smoking less?

    • SNAP says:

      She looks like herself, i recognized her! That in itself is an accomplishment in Hollyweird. She’s kept such a low profile over time that i was surprised to see her but i completely knew who she was in the header pic. I loved her in Terminator, she was one of my female heroines back then.

    • minx says:

      She looks wonderful.

    • StarGreek says:

      She looks great and I always liked her.

      I found myself nodding along her interview.

      And if my marriage will break apart after I hit 55, I am following her example. I was out with some same-age colleagues recently and they were all about dating apps and Tinder, I burst out that the worst thing that could happen to me in my last years on earth would be ‘dating again’.

    • noway says:

      I think she looks great but her her makeup in the white suit is better than the black suit. When you use redish color eye makeup and you are older you look a bit bloodshot. I made that mistake once. I actually like her wrinkles wish we saw more ladies with them in Hollywood. Not sure why people would rather look like Jack Nicholson’s joker with stretched skin, but to each it’s own.

    • Adrien says:

      It’s her facial structure. Even with a dedicated skincare regimen and regular visits at a derm office, she is doomed to look worn because her eyes and bone structure are built that way. And enough with this my 85 year old grandma looks better nyah nyah. No, she doesn’t. I’m an Asian and my nan with perfect smooth wrinkle free skin still looks 85.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly this. I feel like so many people don’t understand how much genetics-not just skin but facial structure-factors into the aging process.

      • StarGreek says:

        @Adrien

        Totally spot-on. In my family we have great skin, but our facial features tend to make us look like we have jowls since we are young.

      • Toi Filles says:

        @Adrien: lol, I have a friend who often laments “Black don’t crack, but it do sag”

        I like what someone said upthread – “she looks like herself, I recognize her!” Which is often the opposite of what I often see on msg boards comments of famous people obviously on the treadmill of regular upkeep.

  2. OriginalRose says:

    Wow, I really love her. I SO enjoy her in Terminator and Dante’s Peak (-total guilty-not-guilty pleasure of mine that movie), I love her philosophy about everything (except the Camels but no one’s perfect). And YES to her as an action star if Liam Neeson can still gallivant around so can she.

  3. severine says:

    I love that she hasn’t messed with her face.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      Praying this becomes the “trend”. I crave normal, I crave to want to be a normal aging woman without pain and toxicity to feel respectable.

  4. Mindhunt says:

    Love her. Became a fan after Beauty and the Beast. I forget that she has a twin sister.

    • lucy2 says:

      At the height of Linda’s fame, I lived in the area her sister did and saw her once or twice.
      It has to be so weird/annoying to have your identical twin become super famous!

      • smcollins says:

        @lucy I still live in the town she’s from and during the holidays you might just spot her around. Or at least I think it’s her! The actor John Glover, best known as Lex Luther’s dad on Smallville, is also from here and is an old high school friend of one of my co-workers (you’ll occasionally spot him, too).

      • H says:

        Yes, the Hamilton sisters are from the Salisbury, MD area. My mom lived around there for years. Leslie had children in school same time my younger brother was. They are chill. When T2 came out, I put up a picture of Linda’s ripped arms in my barracks room and worked out like a fiend to try and achieve it. She looks AMAZING at 62. Considering she probably got 30 million in her divorce from Cameron she could certainly afford plastic surgery.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh I had no idea she was from Salisbury!! my brother lives there, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled lol.

  5. Jenns says:

    I love that she talks about her celibacy. I’ve also been celibate longer than she has. I’m sure people would find that odd, but the desire isn’t there. And like Linda, I just love being alone. No shame on my end.

    • Embee says:

      I found that really important to read! I’m 44, facing the quiet, peaceful end to a five year relationship, and I truly don’t desire to partner with someone sexually again. I may change my mind with time but I really want my alone time and it was affirming to read her (and your!) perspective on it.

      I connect with pretty much everything she says in this interview (but I’m not a smoker). Maybe it is something in the water – Linda is from my hometown!

    • Steph says:

      Not odd. I’ve also chosen to be celibate for about 5 years. Relationships take work and dedication and I’m too busy achieving my life goals of a Ph.D. I don’t have space in my life to be bothered wading through dbags for a man that shares the same values as I do. Call it selfish (but also don’t bc men can go without dating forever and no one calls them spinsters), but it saves me a lot of time.

    • StarGreek says:

      If my marriage fails for any reason in the next few years (I hope not because I believe I married the one), I won’t date again. Too much trouble and I love me time, I never went from a relationship to another, I was even celibate for 4 years in my twenties.

      Glad she and you guys said that, as I feel less alone :-)

      • Christin says:

        You are not alone. Dating again would seem like cruel punishment for the last chapter of life.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I said I wouldn’t “date” again after my husband passed away. And I really didn’t. I sort of just “fell” into an awesome relationship with the man who is my second husband. We were friends and it sort of went from there, quite unexpectedly.

      • StarGreek says:

        @paranormal girl

        I think it is different though as it wasn’t actually dating but rather getting together with someone you already knew.

        I always hated dating. I have no patience for love games, I never knew how to flirt, I am a mess and totally lousy at that. My husband was one of my best friends when we decided to go on a first date.

    • Arizona says:

      my mom had a devastating divorce from my dad, which left her raising two kids alone. she’s been celibate since (over twenty years) and basically says she doesn’t miss sex and loves doing what she wants when she wants without having to take anyone else’s feelings or thoughts into consideration. 🤷

      • Embee says:

        Your mom sounds like my kind of person! Hope she is having a great time.

      • Arizona says:

        honestly if my husband and I get divorced or I’m widowed I’ll probably go the same route. she’s having a great time, she’s got two dogs and hobbies and is very happy!

      • Steph says:

        Same with my mom. I guess that’s why I don’t see not having sex as a big deal.

    • Jaded says:

      I was celibate for 11 years and didn’t think twice about it. I had a full social life, good friends, good job, I just enjoyed my life without a man. Then an old boyfriend from 30 years before showed up in my life and 4 years later here we are reunited and in love again. If he hadn’t shown up I’d probably still be celibate – dating becomes kind of silly and forced at a certain age and dating websites were NOT my thing. Too many women feel they aren’t “complete” without a man, I don’t subscribe to that need. I admire the heck out of her for being so frank and I’m sure she’s having a great life without a man in it.

    • Dazed and Confused says:

      Not odd at all. I’ve been celibate for about the same amount of time. I was in my mid-thirties. What she said about valuing her alone time – that is me 100%. It’s worth a lot. A LOT.

      • tiredTreaded says:

        I’m nearly her age and relate w everything–certainly we’re the first generation to really not “need” a man? Yes we suffer- more from gender pay disparity than social stigma? Also I still find myself thinking “I want to grow old w someone”…but my grandma, married 60yrs to a grumpy controlling man, would have given -anything- for my freedom. I’m nearly certain we are “pioneers” and figuring how to grapple with this new social world? I’m so happy to hear this topic- best part of LH reviving her role!!

    • Jen says:

      Totally agree. I’m married, but if anything happened to my husband I would not date again. It’s a lot of work and I love my solitude. I think with her bone structure she reminds me of Maria Shriver. People with very little facial fat and strong cheekbones and jaws tend not to age well IMHO. She would need to get a lot of fillers to soften her face and then she would look unrecognizable. I think she looks like a normal gorgeous woman in her 60′s.

  6. Aims says:

    I was celibate for 5 years. It was on purpose. I had just gotten out of a long term relationship, and I wanted to figure myself out before I took on someone else. It wasn’t to rough. Maybe because the guy I was with was rubbish in bed, lol. But I took up running and that helped release a lot of energy. Anyway, I don’t want to get to personal here. I’m just saying it’s possible to live a life without sex. It’s not always fun, but it is possible.

    • Kitten says:

      Running is also really great therapy for the post-breakup blues. I never run stronger and faster than when I’m pissed off.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      It’s all a new paradigm isn’t it? I don’t want a controlling relationship…refuse to let sexuality lure me into an emotional entanglement that’s not good for me or my family….tried sex for sex’s sake, and truly it’s not for me. I haven’t talked w any peers on this topic & felt like a “coward” or “quitter”. Thankfully I’m not jonesing or ready to jump at the next offer & started a new job wearing fake wedding bands. No one has asked & I don’t have a need to be personal. Like Linda, I have close friends who know me, work is for money and mental acuity.

  7. Michael says:

    I think she looks incredible and I am as superficial as any other guy. She got into crazy shape for this movie

  8. Kitten says:

    What’s funny is that I’ve seen Anatolian Shepherds many time but I never knew what the breed was called. Cute.

    I really loved what she had to say. I could never live in LA because of that whole mindset. Then again, I’m sure if I lived in LA I’d do my best to seek out a community of people that isn’t obsessed with superficial BS. Maybe it’s tiring AF for LA normies to get lumped in with the superficiality that the city is known for. *shrugs*

    • Boodiba says:

      I don’t think I could hack it there. Twenty years ago I had a non committal fling w/ an actor / producer guy I’d met in NYC. My first time visiting was my first time in LA and for real, you could be standing in line behind a couple of people in the drugstore and they’re talking scripts. It’s a one industry town. I’d be at a party and someone would say, “You’re an actress?” Nope. “A writer??” Nope. Then someone would say, “She’s from New York.”

    • Fluffy Princess says:

      I live in LA and have for my whole life. Unless you are literally in “the industry”, people are just people here. Sure, in some parts of town standing in line you hear “industry” talk, but it’s not to the extent people believe. You have to remember how large LA is. Millions and millions of people, and only a minor fraction of those people are working in Entertainment. Most of us just have regular jobs, with “regular faces” and bodies–and don’t give a crap about all that superficial Hollywood stuff.

      • Kitten says:

        I believe you and of course, you’re right that LA is MUCH more than just Hollywood :)
        My favorite cousin and her husband live in a small bungalow in North Hollywood and they are the antithesis of the LA caricature. I meant my comment to be more empathetic towards LA normies who are subjected to LA superficiality but it came out more like a stereotype. Sorry about that!

      • Fluffy Princess says:

        No worries, and no need to apologize. :-) Your favorite cousin might be my neighbor, because I too live in “NoHo!” ;-) Such a small world!

        The one thing that is universal though — we all hate the traffic. GAH, it sucks ass. And everything is measured in time not miles. Because even very short distances can take ages if it’s peak traffic. :-(

        How far is such and such? About 15 minutes, 40 with traffic.
        Where do you live? Oh, XYZ? Ya, that’s about 30 minutes from here.
        Where is it? At what time? Ugh, no. I’ll never get there, we have to wait for traffic to die down a bit. . .how about at X time?

        :-D

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I have a friend who has Anatolian Shepherd dogs. They are working dogs on her ranch.

    • Justwastingtime says:

      Native NYer, but definitely an Angelinos after 12 years. We came out here as my husband is a film scholar. That being said,I work in finance and the bulk of our friends do not work in that world, some do but we don’t hang out and talk about the film industry. Like all nice middle aged people in our area we talk about our kids and hiking and real estate. Most my female friends are still just doing botox and thermage not lip implants or brow lifts

  9. Sienna says:

    Only 10% of aging is intrinsic, the rest is lifestyle factors like sun exposure, diet, smoking, drinking, sleep, etc.

    I know plenty of women much older who look way better, because of how they treat their bodies.

    Not giving her props for her appearance because it’s ‘natural’- she looks bad because she looks like the lifetime smoker she is, not because she’s ‘old’.

    • Yennefer of Vengerburger & fries says:

      Missing the point, Sienna. She doesn’t want you to give her ‘props’ for her looks, she says as much. More to her, and everybody’s life than looking youthful at 60, 70, 80. More to life, and that includes vices, too. We should all hope that we have as addiction-free and healthy and righteous life as you.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        Your take may be that Sienna is being judgey, but that smoking has a negative effect on collagen ( as does aging naturally) is indisputable.

    • Aria says:

      You know what else wrecks your skin? Chronic stress like the kind from being in a toxic relationship.

      She looks like a survivor to me. Alive and beautiful.

    • virginfangirls says:

      I’m not so sure it’s only 10% but I’m just basing that on my own experience. It’s just that my sister in law is Italian and dark skinned. I’m very pale. Maybe that plays a role. But we both eat right and all that. But she is a sun worshiper. She tans all winter even. I barely ever. We are the same age and we look the same age. If tanned all year long I really think I’d be a wrinkled mess. That being said, I’ve never gotten the obsession with looking young forever. There are way more important things to worry about.

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    I love her. She looks her age and that is OKAY!!! It’s refreshing as hell.

  11. KinChicago says:

    I cried, saw an interview years ago where she talked about how devestating mental illness was to her, her marriage. So relieved she is in working, back in the spotlight, in a better place now, wishing her all the best.

  12. Diana says:

    I think she looks amazing!!!!

  13. Jess says:

    I was happy and shocked to see her in the trailer, and my first thought was wow she looks different, in a sense that it makes ME feel old. She was the badass actress of my childhood and seeing her age reminds me of my own aging. I love when people age naturally and I think she looks amazing. The thing with plastic surgery or fillers is it never makes people look significantly younger, in my opinion. You still look your age but with plastic surgery and an obvious insecurity on your face, but if it makes you feel better about yourself that’s all that matters:)

    I had the same reaction when I recently saw Kurt Russell on film for the first time in a long time, like whoa he’s old now, that means I’m old too! So I’m not just shocked at seeing women age, it’s everyone from my favorite childhood movies getting older that’s jarring!

    • hunter says:

      I get Botox & fillers and firmly believe that if they are applied with a light hand it can press the Pause button on one’s aging. It won’t necessarily make you look younger, but it can make you look the best version of your current face plus prevent further wrinkles from developing.

      • StarGreek says:

        @Hunter

        I totally believe you.

        However, some of us do not see the point in looking younger or having no wrinkles. I like mine and I actually celebrated when I spotted the first ones, it felt like the burden of being attractive at any cost fell off my shoulders.
        I feel free :-)

      • phlyfiremama says:

        I get botox, and am considering fillers for the under eye area, which has chronic bags and dark circles. I LOVE the botox!! Everything and anything in moderation, as always~

      • tiredTreaded says:

        I get everything “smoothed” out w botox & resurfacing, no drinking or smoking for over 20yrs. I work out, meditate, etc. I think of my face and body like the deck on my house- it has to hold up! However, I would’t put a pagoda on my log cabin, you know? I wouldn’t mix styles, so I’ve never had fillers or tried to have different features- like big cheekbones or lips. I have no idea if I look “weird” or not w my upkeep? NO one has said, “hey lay off the botox, resurfacing and exercise” ;)

  14. HK9 says:

    This post made me like her even more.

  15. FHMom says:

    Smoking aside, she sounds very grounded. I didn’t realize she was bipolar. I can’t wait to see the new movie. She always kicks butt as Sarah Connor.

  16. Joh says:

    More folk need to say that it’s okay to age.

    • Savannah says:

      Like people even have a choice! It’s so ridic

      “I started this new thing a couple of years ago where I just REFUSE TO AGE, and yeah, it’s working really good for me, haven’t aged since”.

  17. Jess says:

    Loved her in terminator two and can’t wait to see this terminator – solely because of her. Love that’s she’s not afraid of aging and showing that – she still looks like a badass and I love that. I also get the love of being alone and I’m not sure about the celibate thing but I get the appeal of not having to worry about a partner.

  18. Christin says:

    She looks older because she IS older, and apparently has not routinely visited a plastic surgeon. She’s been out of the spotlight for years, and she’s still recognizable. (For those not familiar with her from 20-plus years ago, she has naturally sloping features.)

    She seems to have found her own personal peace, and hopefully this new round of attention won’t rock that too much.

  19. lolalola3 says:

    Thank you for not using the celibacy as a headline. I read this story in the NYT then a few hours later looked at Page Six and of course ’15 years Celibate!’… is the headline. Ring the Alarm!! Men are always shocked to hear that they can be superfluous. Sorry dudes. Women do not always require you. Men at 62 run to 25 year olds (I’m talking to you Michael Sheen*), and Linda runs to herself. How cool is that? I am psyched to see this movie. I love Linda. I love her attitude and outlook. Its funny that she is so much more of a badass than Sarah Connor and she doesn’t even know it.
    *Yes I know he’s not 62 yet.

    • hunter says:

      I recently told a young man at a club that I hadn’t been dating for two years which, yes, implied celibacy.

      He immediately asked whether I used a vibrator or a dildo to get off.

      I was horrified as I had just started speaking to this stranger and who the hell asks a question like that?!!? So I told him that was a crazy inappropriate question and asked him what planet he was on that he thought it was normal to ask someone that.

      • Kitten says:

        SMDH men are so silly.

        I’ve been in a committed relationship for almost 3 years and *we* use my vibrator all the time.
        *shrugs*

      • StarGreek says:

        LMAO, I would have decked him lol

        I never used a toy/dildo and never had any issues. I now feel officially weird.

      • tiredTreaded says:

        Those implements are time immemorial, with evidence of ceramic versions for wives of maritimers in early America. I personally would rather have the real thing in an holistic package, ie relationship. Is the subject of masturbation taboo? IMO it should be as rote as a dating question, but we all have unique comfort levels?

  20. lucy2 says:

    She seems pretty awesome, and I’m glad she’s living her life on her terms, no one else’s.

    I was never a big Terminator fan, but she looks pretty kick ass in the trailer.

  21. CityGirl says:

    And yes you will feel differently about going without sex for a long period of time after menopause. Never thought it would happen to me but it did.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I heartily endorse the Mona Lisa Touch laser therapy regimen. It has been life- changing for me…not just for sex, but for my general comfort. It isn’t covered by insurance *yet*, but my gyno says she’s certain it will be soon, because it is so effective- especially for people like me, who cannot use hormone therapy due to high breast cancer risk.

      It’s. Amazing.

      • StarGreek says:

        @notsosocialbutterfly

        Thanks for mentioning that. I won’t be able to use hormone therapy either and I am going through perimenopause now, so all suggestions are appreciated.

      • H says:

        What is it?

      • Jaded says:

        @H – it’s laser treatments to stimulate vaginal lubrication.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        @Jaded is right. A series of three (increasing strength) laser sessions that stimulate collagen production, which restores surface mucosa in the face of vaginal atrophy. Improves/ restores blood flow, lubrication, reduces urinary symptoms.

    • Jaded says:

      Try Pueraria mirifica – I use it in cream and pill form and it’s done wonders for my nether regions, plus it’s wayyyyyy less expensive than laser treatments.

  22. phlyfiremama says:

    I have had Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mixes since 2000. They are AMAZING dogs, so smart, so cute, and SO so protective. If you want an equal partner in flock management, a dog to fight off the deadliest of night time squirrel ninjas, a dog that just MIGHT be smarter than you, lots of vacuuming, and someone to hold at bay those deadliest of serial killers~the Postal workers and UPS person~than get yourself an Anatolian Shepherd. Just do your breed homework BEFORE you get one!! They are dogs that LIKE to keep their eyes on things that happen within THEIR domain, and they are bred to be GUARDIAN dogs. They bark, at night primarily, a LOT. They have impressive feats of reaching 0 to 60 MPH when they perceive a threat to their status quo, and are very independent dogs that will CONSIDER your requests for obedience. They are simply amazing animals. You can find out more about them at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of Tennessee~
    Linda Hamilton looks FABULOUS, I will go see this movie just because she has an Anatolian!

    • phlyfiremama says:

      FYI, the Anatolian/Great Pyr crosses come into rescue ALL the time for various reasons~the most prominent one being that people didn’t do their breed homework first and ended up with more dog than they were bargaining for. They are probably the predominant livestock guardian dog on smaller Texas farms and ranches, so they are frequently abandoned/given up/ turned over to shelters and such.

    • Christin says:

      I have a rescued Great Pyr, and find your description hilariously spot on. They are nocturnal guardians, even if they spend the night on a screened in porch.

      My boy alerts us to the UPS or FedEx trucks before the delivery person has time to put the vehicle in park. We also find it amazing how he will completely ignore our own kitties (his “flock”, I assume), but go into fits if he spots a non-native cat on or around his fenced turf.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      One of my best friends has them as working dogs on her ranch. They are wonderful. And they LOVE to work.

  23. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Oh, haha, you will definitely feel differently after menopause… get the Mona Lisa Touch laser treatment… it’s miraculous!

    • Citresse says:

      Here’s how I describe menopause: your entire body decomposing while you’re still breathing.

      • StarGreek says:

        Ladies you are scaring me now

      • Agenbiter says:

        ‘Decomposing while breathing’ is just being alive over time.

        Here’s how I describe menopause: I’m in the best shape (physically, emotionally, mentally) of my life. A commitment to some activity every day is key (running, dancing, weights, hill walking, …).

      • T1000 says:

        @Agenbiter Your comment made my day! 😊

      • Jaded says:

        @Agenbiter – me too. Yes you have to deal with your lady bits drying up and hot flashes but I exercise, eat right, use some herbal products that mitigate the symptoms and I’m enjoying the heck outta my sixties.

      • StarGreek says:

        @Agenbiter T1000 Jaded

        Phew, thanks ladies for the uplifting comments!

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        LOL, I don’t feel that way, although I was teary & depressed for a time. The hot flashes are decreasing, but I’m pretty fed up with the sleep disturbances- I did find a couple nice CDB/sleep formulations that are helping. The worst part was before the laser treatment, when I had to tell the Mr. that he felt like a baseball bat covered in sandpaper. No more! I’m officially menopausal now, and am very happy.

  24. Harla says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting her many years ago, around the time of her breakup with Cameron. She was a lovely lady, inside and out and I hope her life continues to be all that she wants it to be.

  25. stinky says:

    Pink eyeshadow looks vile on everyone – Regardless of age. Its doing you no favors. Dispense with it immediately.

  26. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    Re: “you can see that in the trailer so it’s not a spoiler” I would argue it’s possible for trailers to contain spoilers, so it’s still a spoiler albeit a well-known one.

  27. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    “F#ck it.” Damn straight! Love her. Love her flaws and admissions. In fact, I love anyone who can say they’re human, have many flaws, but what you see is what you get. Take it or leave it lol. Yes, Mamacita Hamilton, come with me if you want to live

  28. Sarah says:

    She’s gorgeous! She looks exactly the same, only a bit older. Awesome. And she sounds super-cool!

  29. LisaH says:

    I stopped coloring my hair 2 years ago. Honestly couldn’t keep up with the cost & how my self esteem would plummet as soon as the gray showed (in a week!)
    While I admire Linda’s honest approach about aging regarding the condition of her skin & not using Botox & fillers or plastic surgery, let’s not kid ourselves…..someone’s spending plenty of time, energy & dollars on that hair

    • ariel says:

      I colored my hair all my adult life (not initially to cover grey, just because I like my hair red). Well i’m curious about the grey at 47. And the growing out process is killing me- it takes so long.
      Its currently an hombre red at the bottom, salt and pepper on top.
      One more hair cut and it will be dipped red ends, I think.
      Money and energy- too much.

      And OMG I love her. And I love that she loves New Orleans. It is a special, magical place.

      • Jaded says:

        Good for you! I did the same thing about 10 years ago, I just streaked it until all the auburn colour grew out. I love my grey hairs, each and every one of them.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      I gave up the red hair dye about 2 years ago!! I LOVE love love my grays~and not having the high maintenance of dying my hair. <3

  30. Nicegirl says:

    Lucky to be getting older! Beats the alternative 😉🖖🏽

  31. naomipaige99 says:

    We are all getting older.
    I agree, it doesn’t look like she’s had any work done, and why should she? I think she looks great.

  32. Gorgonia says:

    Such a refreshing interview, I like her. And about her celibacy, I’m the same as her: sex is good, but also too overrated. Time to understand there is people with different needs, as asexual and demisexual ones.

    • StarGreek says:

      Yes about sex being overrated. I terribly enjoy it with my husband when I can, but as we have to travel for work often I don’t pull my hair out if we don’t have it for 4-5 weeks.

      Plus all the pressure put on +40 ladies to be attractive because you know… sex. Pfft.

      • Gorgonia says:

        +10000. Regarding the pressure to be appealing over 40, between other things, it’s all marketing, to make us waste money in useless things.

  33. Jared says:

    She is cool as sh*t. Love her for coming back, I just hope that the movie doesn’t suck and waste her time. I mean Arnie will show up whenever there is a paycheck, but this is so amazing that she’s coming back. Crossing my fingers!

  34. jenner says:

    She looks fabulous. And normal. Maybe the fakey-plastic faces that we are so used to seeing will start to lose appeal.

  35. Savannah says:

    God, I love her!
    So great to read about women living life on their own terms. Very empowering and inspiring!

  36. Shannon says:

    She looks amazing, I think better than she did when she was younger. Age works well for her. I love what she says here. After two divorces and a failed engagement, I moved to rural Kentucky and there is nobody to date here. It was kind of hard for me at first, but now I LOVE it. I love my apartment, I love my work, I love spending more time and energy on my sons and my life than a relationship. I do what I want when I want, and I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to partnership. Maybe someday, but I’m getting too spoiled being alone LOL

  37. Kh6 says:

    She looks older than my mom who’s 61. She also looks like she’s seen some things.