We all know that Jane Seymour is one of the strongest and most beautiful women in the entertainment industry. But now, at age 67, the legendary actress proved that she is now more empowered than ever — by revealing her vulnerable side to the world.
Seymour graced a pictorial for Playboy for the third time in her career, following her July 1973 and January 1987 snapshots for the magazine. But this time, she opened up about her ever-increasing confidence in a way that will make women approaching their golden years stand up and cheer.
“I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was younger,” she said in the interview with Playboy. “Then, I was like, ‘Oh gosh, I’m supposed to be sexy. What is that?!’ There’s an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have. Like my father used to say, ‘I’m comfortable in my own skin.'”
But it wasn’t all fun and games along the way. Seymour explained that in 1972, a daunting experience of harassment by a bigtime producer nearly made her quit acting.
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“He put me in a car and said, ‘If anyone knows you ever came here, if you ever tell anyone, ever, I’ll guarantee you never work again anywhere on the planet,'” she recalled. “And he had that power. I got in the cab and cried, terrified.”
Though Seymour did have trouble coping with the incident and took a break from acting as a result, there is no question in anyone’s mind that she ultimately persevered. She was later offered an opportunity to appear onstage for a performance of “A Doll’s House” and before we knew it, she was not only surviving in the industry, but thriving as an actress — just as she rightfully deserved to do.
“People say, ‘You’re like a phoenix.’ No, I just had a strong role model in my mother,” she said. “Everyone will have challenges. Your natural instinct is to close up your heart and let it eat you up. Do something to help someone else. It will heal you. You’ll be like a magnet when you do that. Light to firefly.”
Keep shining that light on all of us, Jane!
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Jane Seymour YoungIn 1973, Jane Seymour's Live and Let Die performance catapulted her to stardom. The fresh-faced actress had appeared in several small roles, but it was her part as the Bond girl Solitaire that introduced her to an international audience. Live and Let Die also happened to be the first Bond film that saw the late actor Roger Moore play 007. "He was very caring to me because I was a newbie," the 67-year-old told PEOPLE in 2017. "I was 20 years old and had never been anywhere or done anything and was terrified of the whole experience, and he literally made jokes around me, teased me terribly, but at the same time he watched out for me. So if a bad guy showed up or something weird was happening, he’d step in and make sure everything was okay."
Jane Seymour ActressIn addition to Bond, Seymour's acting credits include Somewhere In Time, East of Eden, War and Remembrance, and the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. She's earned two Golden Globes and one Emmy Award. Seymour continues to act in Hollywood, a testament to her staying power and the love her fans have for her work. "I still have a career, which is very rare for an actress of my age," she admitted to News.com.au in 2017. "I’ve had a very varied path — so many different roles — and I’m not afraid to grow and learn and try something different. Plus, I haven’t done anything to try and make myself look like a 20-year old when I’m a 60-year old, so I actually do get to play 60-year-olds!" she said. "Which is unusual. It’s like: 'We’re looking for an authentic 60-year-old … oh, that would be Jane!'"
Jane Seymour War And RemembranceSeymour has authored several inspirational and self-help books, as well as children's books with her then-husband James Keach. She also collaborated with Kay Jewelers on her "Open Hearts Collection," which was inspired by a necklace she designed in honor of her mother. "People ask why I do so much," Seymour mused to USA Today in 2016. "It's very simple. I don't care about being paid; I love what I do. I love acting, love producing, love writing books, love color and texture and style. You couldn't pay me to be a woman who lunches, or just goes shopping. I have zero interest in that."
Jane Seymour AgeEven more inspiring is the way that Seymour approaches aging in the spotlight, shunning plastic surgery and focusing on embracing one's natural beauty. "I do work at it but I'm not obsessive, I do gyrotonics and Pilates. I am happy and comfortable in my skin and it's just a little bit bigger than it used to be!" she said during a taping of the British TV show Lorraine in 2016. At 67 years old, she posed for a spread in Playboy — her third feature — saying, "I feel much sexier now than I ever did when I was younger. Then, I was like, 'Oh gosh, I’m supposed to be sexy. What is that?!' There’s an enormous freedom in having lived as long as I have. Like my father used to say, 'I’m comfortable in my own skin.'"