The singer and actress rang her 50th birthday in May.
Idina Menzel is learning to accept the inescapable passage of time. In a new interview with Glamour, the actress and singer opened up about feeling self-conscious about hitting her 50th birthday in May.
"I am ashamed to say it, but I was having a hard time with it", she admitted. "I think it was subconsciously bothering me more than I let on, in regards to my relevance as a performer and actress. I'm feeling like the old lady sometimes, and that's not who I am. I feel very young at heart."
Fortunately, her 12-year-old son Walker stepped in with a healthy dose of reassurance. "He says, 'Mom, don't look in the mirror and worry about how you look. You're beautiful'", Menzel recalled.
The Tony Award winner also said that she has made the conscious choice to embrace all parts of herself as a way to set a good example for Walker, whom she shares with ex-husband Taye Diggs. According to Menzel, she grew up watching her mom "look in the mirror and say something negative about her body or face", something that impacted Menzel's self-image and relationship to beauty.
"What we really were seeing was a beautiful woman diminishing her worth in some way", she explained. "I'm learning as a parent that you really have to walk the walk and talk the talk because that's what kids really see. They're so insightful."
Besides working on self-love, Menzel has been super busy with her new movie, Cinderella, which was released on Prime Video on September 3. The Frozen star plays the evil stepmother to the legendary princess, played by Camila Cabello.
In addition to Menzel and Cabello, Cinderella stars Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan and Nicholas Galitzine, and James Corden, among others.
In case you missed it, one of the film's stars recently spoke candidly about his iconic role!