These 40 celebrities have defied both age and logic in order to continue looking just as good as they did when they first achieved fame. And yeah, some of them have got incredibly lucky in the genetic lottery, but some of them have complicated healthcare regimes and rigorous diets, too – and all of them will make you painfully jealous. Keep reading to find out their secrets to eternal youth…
40. Johnny Depp
In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp stole both viewers’ hearts and a cursed coin which granted him eternal youth. We’re thinking it was more than a prop, because he doesn’t look as though he’s aged a day since. It must be terrible to be cursed with stunning looks and adoring fans. You have our condolences, Johnny!
39. Mila Kunis
It’s no secret that Mila Kunis lied about her age to land her breakthrough role on That ’70s Show. Well, there’s no telling if she’s kept the charade going. It’s impossible to guess how old she is now. In fact, if anything she seems to be getting more beautiful as time goes on.
38. Kanye West
They say money can’t stop the ageing process, but Kanye West makes a good argument against this statement. Forbes magazine recently did a feature on him for hitting his first billion, and he looks just as youthful as ever. Maybe the secret to looking young is rolling around in huge piles of cash?
37. Enrique Iglesias
Everyone’s fantasy Latin lover Enrique Iglesias made viewers swoon with his music video for “Hero” back in 2001. He looks almost identical today, with one exception. But don’t strain yourself on the almost impossible spot-the-difference – Iglesias’ facial mole’s the only feature missing. And it hasn’t done a thing to stop his fans’ hearts from throbbing.
36. Courtney Cox
Did you know when Courtney Cox filmed the Friends TV sitcom pilot as character Monica Geller she was 30? Only one cast member was older than her at that point, but you wouldn’t know to look at her. She’s kept the same timeless looks all these years. Actually, she could quite easily pick up the role again where the series left off.
Whether it’s justified or not, rappers have a reputation for living dangerously. Jay-Z hasn’t just withstood the test of time, though. He’s come through it with flying colors and he hasn’t changed a bit. He looks like the same guy from 20 years ago. It’s a little scary, actually.
34. Jared Leto
Academy award-winning actor Jared Leto is perhaps most famous these days for playing Joker in Suicide Squad. Maybe the reason he grins so widely is because he doesn’t appear to have aged in a long time. Perhaps comic-book science can explain it, but either way Jared’s having the last laugh.
33. Liv Tyler
Among her myriad Hollywood appearances, Liv Tyler has her role as the elf Arwen in The Lord of the Rings under her belt. We’re not saying that she got the role of an immortal being because she is one. No, we’re not saying that. But we’re certainly thinking it loudly.
32. Matt Damon
If you were going to send an actor into space like in his film The Martian you’d send Matt Damon. He wouldn’t even need to go into suspended animation – the ageing process is giving him a hard pass anyway. Did we mention that he also played an angel in the movie Dogma? Hmm, suspicious.
31. Angelina Jolie
During her career Angelina Jolie’s raided tombs, cast spells, assassinated people and – in real life – become a mother. None of it has put so much as a wrinkle on the timeless actress’ face. It’s no wonder Marvel Studios chose her for an upcoming (and apt) role in their next anticipated smash hit, The Eternals.
Usher’s been blessed with no small degree of musical talent, but that’s not his only claim to fame. He’s also had the same face for the past 20 years with no visible difference except the facial hair. What are you trying to hide, Usher? The fact that you don’t age like us? It’s too late, we already know.
29. Kylie Minogue
Whether you recognize Kylie Minogue from her soap opera claim-to-fame Neighbours or her music career, some things never change. Like every physical thing about Kylie, for instance. How she’s remained in the public eye without anyone witnessing her age is anyone’s guess. But whatever they feed you in Australia, we want some!
Rhianna’s no stranger to the beauty circuit. She was winning pageants before meeting Jay-Z and skyrocketing to fame with her music career. It makes you wonder if they made some kind of otherworldly pact. What did they offer in exchange for youth and beauty? And whoever brokered the deal, do you think they take checks? Just asking for a friend.
27. Gwyneth Paltrow
In recent years, Gwyneth Paltrow’s been all over the Marvel Studios schedule as Iron Man’s love interest, Pepper Potts. And true to her comic-book alter ego, her beauty remains suspended in time, almost as if it’s scripted. Just don’t tell us your secret has anything to do with that candle, Gwyneth. We don’t believe you.
26. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
In his breakthrough role on 3rd Rock from the Sun Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a member of an earthbound alien family. That performance gets more believable when you look at him now. There’s something not right there, the man hasn’t aged as he should have done. Nobody panic, we’ve already alerted the government.
25. Adam Levine
Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine sang “She Will Be Loved” but maybe it should have been “he.” The musician’s been making fans swoon for over a decade, and age has just refined his classical good looks. He’s handsome, talented, rich and famous. Save something for the rest of us, Adam.
24. Drew Barrymore
There’s footage of Drew Barrymore as a little girl in family movie classic E.T., so she has aged up to a point. But after that, she just seemed to have put her foot down on the subject and stopped. Even though she’s often behind the camera these days, she looks every bit the stunner of her rom-com years.
23. Sarah Michelle Gellar
You’ll probably recognize Sarah Michelle Gellar from her role as the titular character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At the time, she played a high school student destined to hunt vampires and monsters. The scariest thing, though, is that she could reprise the role easily and no one would bat an eyelid.
22. Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons has television series The Big Bang Theory to thank for his astronomical fame. His intellectual giant of a character Sheldon is apparently TV’s “most beloved scientist.” Perhaps he’s the only one smart enough to explain how Jim can believably play a much younger man. He’s actually 47!
21. Tom Cruise
If we need to introduce you to heartthrob Tom Cruise, you must have been off-planet. Tom’s been many a woman’s dream since his unforgettable appearance as the pilot Maverick in the blockbuster movie Top Gun. And over two decades later, fans still dream of those top guns. Start forming an orderly line for the famous pilot’s lift, please, and no shoving.
20. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union has a Benjamin Button thing going on, for sure. Because the Being Mary Jane actress is actually in her forties, and honestly, it seems as if she’s aging backwards! The secret, she says, is simply guzzling lots and lots of water. Time to hit the bottle, then, maybe – or at least reach for the faucet.
19. Elijah Wood
Clearly, Elijah Wood kept the age-defying One Ring on him once Lord of the Rings was finished. How else can he account for his complete lack of aging since the early ’00s?
18. Rosamund Pike
The hair and makeup team on Barney’s Version had a tough job making Rosamund Pike look like she was in her fifties on set. In fact, the 37-year-old actress had to actually wear prosthetics to make herself look older than her years. And chances are, the English rose will still look just as pretty when she actually reaches 50.
17. Julia Roberts
Eternally youthful Oscar-winner Julia Roberts has claimed that she hasn’t had a facelift and insists that there are other ways to look young without going under the knife. In 2014, for example, she told You magazine, “It’s about non-grasping, non-hoarding, cleaning out your closet, dusting out your mind.” Er, okay, if it works?
16. Halle Berry
The ageless Halle Berry doesn’t look like she’s put a single line on her face in the past ten years. In fact her skin still looks totally flawless – although the actress does admit that she has to work hard for it. She moisturizes religiously, wears SPF all year round and goes makeup free at every opportunity.
15. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba may have added a few highlights to her hair over the past 15 years, but everything else about the 35-year-old has stayed exactly the same. In fact, someone should really check her attic for portraits in case there’s a bit of The Picture of Dorian Grey dark magic going on.
14. Paul Rudd
Ant-Man and Anchorman star Paul Rudd has hit his 50s, but you’d never guess it to look at him. And the secret to his enduring boyish good looks, apparently, is to avoid the sun loungers and lather on the SPF cream.
13. Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock was voted People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman of 2015” that summer, at the age of 50. And the rom-com veteran claims staying youthful really isn’t that complicated. In fact, she credits her flawless features to just two things: regular workouts and a super-simple beauty routine.
12. Jennifer Lopez
If anything, Jennifer Lopez actually looks younger than she did 15 years ago. Thankfully, however, the beauty let us in on some of her aging secrets in a recent interview with Today magazine. And it seems the singer and actress doesn’t quite lead the rock’n’roll lifestyle you might expect; she attributes her youthful glow to not drinking, not smoking, eating green, going to bed early and even saying no to coffee. Oh, and she says being nice to others helps, too.
11. Pharrell Williams
In 2014 the internet noticed that singer and producer Pharrell Williams had hardly aged in a decade, and so Twitter went into meltdown with jokes about him being a vampire. But the “Happy” hitmaker set the record straight in an interview with Time Out later that year. “No, I am not [a vampire],” he said, not entirely convincingly. “I’m willing to go on record as saying that I don’t drink people’s blood.” Well, that clears that up, then.
10. Cate Blanchett
From 2001 to 2003, Cate Blanchett played the ageless elf Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings. And 12 years later, she donned the pointy ears once more and returned to the role in The Hobbit… looking exactly the same.
9. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is one of those rare Hollywood phenomenons – an actress who actually embraces the aging process. In 2010, for example, she told Glamour magazine, “Sexuality and femininity is an accumulation of age and wisdom and comfort in your own skin.” On the other hand, the Legally Blonde star doesn’t seem to be accumulating any years at all – we’d love to know her secret.
8. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx shot to worldwide fame with Collateral and Ray in 2004, and he’s still every bit as handsome over a decade later. Could it be that the Academy gives away eternal youth along with Oscars?
7. Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne’s eternally youthful looks continue to baffle the internet to this day. Because the 36-year-old looks exactly the same as she did in the noughties, when she shot to fame as the teen queen of pop-rock. Aptly, Lavigne released a single entitled “Here’s to Never Growing Up” in 2013 – and in its video she did indeed appear to have never grown up.
6. Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is almost known as much for her agelessness as for her acting. Because this Charlie’s Angel is actually 51 years old, but she looks so much younger! And Liu has revealed that Pilates, jogging and a strict diet help her stay looking her best.
5. Will Smith
It looks like Will Smith hasn’t aged in decades, and the handsome actor was happy to share his secrets when he appeared on The Daily Show in 2015. “I have some age people that travel with me, I just pick an age and they, you know…,” he revealed. Seems legit.
4. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston hasn’t played Rachel Green for many years now, but the youthful 51-year-old still looks like she could pick up right where she left off. Which is great news for all of us waiting patiently for the highly anticipated Friends reunion, of course…
3. Gwen Stefani
It seems that at some point in the ’90s , Gwen Stefani just seemed to stop aging altogether. But when asked what her secret was, the singer told Harper’s Bazaar in 2012, “You just have to eat healthy, work out and torture yourself!” Eep!
As if everything about Beyoncé’s life wasn’t envy-inducing enough already, it appears that the mega-rich, mega-successful international pop star also holds the key to eternal youth. Yes, the 39-year-old is still every bit as Bootylicious as she was during her Destiny’s Child days in the late ’90s.
1. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves’ complete lack of aging since the noughties is a constant source of amusement for the internet; small wonder, because the star of The Matrix is now in his 50s and still as smoking hot and line-free as he was in his ’90s and ’00s heyday. In fact, believe it or not, there’s even a website called “Keanuisimmortal.com.” That sounds about right to us.