I have the impression that at 40 the wheels came off
Lauren Weisberger, whose debut novel The Devil Wears Prada spawned the film adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, finds it harder to keep her slim figure and toned physique these days. .
The 44-year-old writer and mother of two was just 25 when her satirical take on the whimsical world of fashion – loosely based on her 10-month stint at American Vogue magazine as an assistant to the editor-in-chief Anna Wintour – became an instant bestseller and threw her in the limelight.
Today things are calmer. Weisberger and her husband, playwright and screenwriter Mike Cohen, live in Connecticut with their 10-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
During the lockdown, she wrapped up her latest novel, Where The Grass Is Green, which centers on a TV news presenter obsessed with her appearance and holding back the years, whose life is turned upside down when her husband is embroiled in a college corruption scandal.
While Weisberger takes pride in her appearance, she is certainly not obsessed with looks and fashion to the extent of her fictional characters, but says things haven’t always been easy since she turned 40.
What was it like to be 40?
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âI have the impression that when I was 40, the wheels came off. It’s very mundane, but physically things started to hurt and crumple.
What about your metabolism?
âAll my life I have been able to eat whatever I wanted. I was so lucky, I was never one of those people who thought about calories, exercise or food. I certainly haven’t built my life around it. It all went to hell at 40.
âIt (the weight) has definitely become more of a struggle. My husband, who is five years older than me, has been waking up every morning for the past five years and giving me insight into everything that hurts me. Now I am that person.
Taking more care of yourself in your 40s?
âI try but it’s hard to turn the tide. I’ve always exercised, but now I’m trying to be a little more thoughtful about it.
Have you had cosmetic surgery?
âNo, other than Botox. I don’t know if that makes you feel better about yourself, but like getting a haircut or wearing a nice outfit, it does for me.
Would you have other treatments?
âI ruled out other treatments. I am not obsessed. I would put myself firmly in the category of normal women who want to look great without losing sight of what’s most important – and that’s not it.
Best thing about turning 40?
âCaring less about what other people think. I’m very nice, but it was a little easier to learn how to say no after saying yes for a lifetime.
And the worst ?
âThe inability to eat a large, whole pepperoni pizza at 2 am and not gain weight. “
Where The Grass Is Green by Lauren Weisberger is published by HarperCollins, priced at Â£ 12.99. Available now