British Actor, Jude Law. Image: Instagram via @JudeLawSource

British Actor, Jude Law. Image: Instagram via @JudeLawSource

Jude Law looks back on his youth and embraces his age

In a recent interview with DuJour magazine, Jude Law, now 51, reflected on his career and evolving perceptions of his appearance.

British Actor, Jude Law. Image: Instagram via @JudeLawSource

British Actor, Jude Law. Image: Instagram via @JudeLawSource

Jude Law, the renowned heartthrob of the late ’90s and early 2000s, recently opened up about his career. He made an appearance in an interview with DuJour magazine.


At 51, Law candidly discussed his regrets and the surprising satisfaction he’s found in his recent roles.

In his twenties, Jude Law tried to downplay his good looks, despite earning a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most attractive stars.

He shot to fame with roles like the charming playboy Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr Ripley and romantic leads in films such as The Holiday.

Reflecting on those years, he admitted, “I didn’t feel like I ever leaned into playing handsome, but there were roles that required an attractive energy.”

Now in his fifties, Law jests about his younger choices, according to Daily Mail.


“I was trying to play against my looks in my early 20s, and now that I’m saggy and balding, I wish I had played it up,” he quipped.

This self-deprecating humour highlights his acceptance of ageing and his transition to more diverse roles.

His latest transformation into Henry VIII in the historical film Firebrand is a stark departure from his usual heartthrob image.

The role demanded a complete makeover, showcasing Law in regal attire, a fur coat, and a feathered hat.

He also wore heavy makeup to age him with a long greying beard and deep lines, according to Metro.


The actor found this change refreshing. “It’s been satisfying not having to turn that switch on,” he said.

He referred to not needing to project attractiveness in his performance.

Law’s commitment to authenticity went beyond appearances, according to Mens Journal.

To fully embody the repellent King Henry VIII, he adopted some of the monarch’s infamous traits.

“I read several interesting accounts that you could smell Henry three rooms away.

His leg was rotting so badly. He hid it with rose oil. I thought it would have a great impact if I smelt awful,” Law explained.


Jude Law enlisted the help of a specialist perfumer to create a scent that included elements of blood, faecal matter, and sweat.

This dedication paid off, as director Karim Aïnouz confirmed, “When he walked in on set, it was just horrible.”

This role, opposite Alicia Vikander as Henry’s sixth and final wife Catherine Parr, showcases Law’s range as an actor.

Moving away from roles that rely on his physical appeal has allowed him to explore more complex characters.


In the same interview, Law also discussed his son Rafferty, who has followed in his footsteps into acting.

The 27-year-old recently starred in the war drama series Masters Of The Air.

Jude Law expressed mixed feelings about Rafferty’s career choice.

“It’s complicated because I’m aware of how hard it is. When I came into this business, I didn’t have the comparison, but with him, people might always say, ‘Oh, you’re just like your dad.’


Which is nonsense; his career is his career.” Despite these concerns, he is “immensely proud” of his son’s passion and dedication.

Jude Law’s reflections reveal a man comfortable with his past choices, amused by the ironies of ageing.

His journey from heartthrob to character actor highlights his versatility and commitment to his craft.

As he continues to take on diverse roles, audiences can look forward to more compelling performances from this seasoned actor.