Andie MacDowell isn't a "little old lady." She doesn't play roles in her life. It's not even close.

MacDowell talked about the pleasure she was having in working on a multigenerational show for Hallmark, where she just happens to play a grandma. She says that the older you get, there is a connection and a curiosity about each other. People in their 20s want to understand and connect with you. The more authentic I am with my age, the more interest they have.

MacDowell allowed her hair to go gray in order to be her true self. She told her hair colorist how sad she was that she wasn't letting her hair stay its natural color. She was continuing to color her hair because of the pressure she was under.

She has been a spokesmodel for L'Oréal for more than three decades. She wondered how she would get them to agree with her decision to go gray.

They received a video about it and my feelings about it. I wanted to be who I want to be. This is how I view myself. MacDowell wants to be authentic at this time in his life. She didn't see her with silver hair because of her mother's death. She saw her father. It was beautiful on him.

She has continued to represent them as they have gray hair and all. MacDowell is happy. I have lived through a lot of time periods in my life. My age is 64. I couldn't pretend I wasn't that. She wants to be completely who she is.

MacDowell believes that we all should be who we are, no matter what our age, and that the only time we seem to want to look different is when we are older.

I thought about this earlier. It would be hard for 20-year-olds to not want to look like what they do. Are you talking about a 30 year-old? What can we do to not look like who we are.

Made for ‘Maid’

MacDowell kept her hair gray and played opposite her real-life daughter in the series "Maid." She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role in Paula. The kid suggested her mom for the role.

We knew each other and she was a great actress. It was great to work with her. You work quickly in television. It is a large amount of pressure. It was difficult to work under those conditions. One night, we were in a storm. I think it made it special. We have a unique bond with these two characters. You could sense that.

MacDowell was careful to play a character with mental health issues, as her mother had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She says that talking about mental health and the brain is better.

To be whole and to be well is what we try to be. It is an important part of who we are.

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Be who you are

MacDowell wants to see changes with respect to aging in America. She leads the march.

There is a belief that men are more handsome as they get older, and women are not. These terms need to be reconsidered. I want to see more acting roles that show women getting older. She wants to see it in advertising, films and TV. Women need to be able to age as well as men. In a nutshell, that is it. I want the same thing for women as they are for men. I don't want to be what I'm not.

MacDowell says that they seem to get it.

Some people would like for us to be invisible so that they can maintain the patriarchy. That is not the same. The younger generation supports who I am and how I feel. They are moving in a different direction.

She thinks there are some people who would prefer things to stay the same. I don't believe in the idea of men being able to age naturally. I don't believe it's up to date. I won't fall for it because it's used to make women less powerful. I don't play that game.

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Her favorite roles

MacDowell is known for her roles in films such as "Sex, Lies and Videotape", "Groundhog Day", and "Maid", but she is also fond of her roles in independent films.

The movie I did was called "Unstrung Heroes", and I loved it. I did a movie calledHarrison's flowers. I did a lot of independent movies where I thought the process was good. MacDowell thinks they turned out well. I enjoyed working with Diane Keaton.

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They are allowing me to say what I think about what it is to age. I have a different perspective on how I see myself. She says that's not who she is. "I'm very active." People can't keep up with me. They are challenged by me. That is the way I view myself. I'm strong and powerful. I'm more direct. I have been in the area. I know a lot and have experience. I am not embarrassed of it. I feel like a woman. We can be strong and sexy.

MacDowell seems to like being herself the most.

A writer who lives in Baltimore is named Wojo. She is the author of "Next Time I Move, They'll Carry Me Out in a Box" gave permission for this article to be used.

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