Glenn Close says it’s a “great myth” that women lose their sexuality as they get older.
Breaking down those asexual stereotypes, the 71-year-old actress — who has been married and divorced four times — has insisted she feels as “free” and “sexual” as she ever has.
Speaking candidly to The Guardian, she admitted: “I feel as free and as creative, as sexual and as eager, as I ever have. And it’s ironic because I’m thinking ‘How much time do I have left now?’.”
Glenn has been tipped for an Oscar for her role in drama The Wife, and revealed the sex scene with co-star Jonathan Pryce, 71, was the first thing the pair shot on the film. Glenn plays Joan Castleman, a devoted wife to Joe Castleman (Pryce) who has sacrificed 40 years of her life to support her husband’s professional aspirations as an author.
Speaking about the common misconception that those over the age of 50 aren’t interested in sex anymore, Glenn said: “It’s one of the great myths that you lose your sexuality as you get older.”
The Fatal Attraction star isn’t the first over-60 celeb to speak out about sex later in life. Jane Fonda, 81, told The Daily Telegraph in 2018 that age should not slow a busy sex life.
“I certainly don’t want anybody to feel guilty if they’ve closed up shop. Nor should you feel, though, that just because you are of a certain age you have to stop being juicy,” she said.
Despite the fact millions of couples enjoy happy (and intimate) relationships right into their eighties and older, there’s a distinct lack of communication about sex lives even existing past middle-age. In fact, there’s a bizarre stereotype of older people being ‘asexual’.
However, 2018 research from Swinburne University of Technology finally challenged the myth by focusing on over-45s’ sex lives and their thoughts on both sexuality and intimacy.
The Over 45’s Adult Sexuality and Intimacy Study (The OASIS) found that mid- and later-life Australians are enjoying sexuality still, but rather than craving frequent physically sexual encounters, they’re more interested in quality connections and intimacy – proving there’s no need to have regular intercourse to be ‘sexually active’.