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Susan Sarandon wishes she had embraced her beauty years ago

Susan Sarandon didn't have to worry about being constantly self-aware when she was in her 20s.

Actress Susan Sarandon didn't realise how beautiful she was when she was in her 20s.

The 69-year-old has always had a reputation as a great Hollywood beauty, but she admits she didn't appreciate her looks until much later in life.

"I wish I had realised how beautiful I was," the Thelma & Louise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show star told Motto. "I didn’t even notice! I look back now and think, 'Wow'.

"I look a little blank, not having lived as long as I have now - to me, that person looks a little unformed - but I didn’t realise I was as pretty as I was. Now, I tell people in their 20s that they should appreciate how they look now!"

Susan puts her lack of self-awareness down to growing up in the 60s and 70s, when people were a lot more laid back about their appearance. It also never crossed her mind that how she presented herself influenced casting directors.

"When I was living in New York, I don’t think there was the pressure that there is in L.A. of running into a producer at the grocery store without make-up on and losing work," she explained. "And there wasn’t social media like there is today, where every movement is recorded.

"We weren’t focused on a constant self-awareness as you are now - this constant evaluation of what you look like and whether you gained a pound or lost a pound. There’s so much more scrutiny in such a wide media way... You can’t help being more aware of yourself and critical of the way you look."

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