Leslie Mann is OK with being in the middle.
The 46-year-old actress is celebrating the release of her film, “Welcome to Marwen,” co-starring Steve Carrell, and reflecting on working and aging in Hollywood.
In a new interview with NewBeauty, Mann said she found her niche in comedy when she moved to Los Angeles and landed a role in the 1996 Jim Carey and Ben Stiller film, “The Cable Guy.” Through the role, she was introduced to her now husband Judd Apatow, and has since starred in several of his projects including, “The 40-year-old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and “This is 40.”
Having worked steadily for more than 22 years, Mann said her career path has allowed her to age gracefully in Hollywood.
“I’ve never been the hot girl or the beauty person, so I don’t have that pressure that a ‘hot movie star person’ would have,” Mann told the magazine. “My career has always been like, ‘Well, I’m not the hot person, I’m just just a normal person, so it doesn’t matter.’ It’s not like, ‘Oh, she’s really falling apart! She was so hot when she was young,’ or ‘She was gorgeous when she was young and now she’s not.’ I’m just like, ‘I was fine then, and I’m fine now.’ That’s how I think about that, thank God.”
Mann, who is the mother of 21-year-old Maude and 16-year-old Iris, said she’s grateful for how her career developed.
“Years ago, I wanted to be on the covers of magazines, but that was never my thing. I was more the person who worked and did the movies that I wanted to do, but I wasn’t a sensation like J.Lo,” she said. “I think that served me in my life because I didn’t have that fall…I’ve just kind of been here the whole time.”
“I’m just right here in the middle.”
It turns out the middle is a good place to be – at least for Mann who gets the best of both worlds.
“I can go out and do anything I want and I don’t really have an issue with lots of people coming up to me and needing to chat me up or do whatever,” she said. “I’m just a normal person. I got really lucky- I still get to do the work I want to do, work with all the people I want to work with, get paid well and make a living, yet I don’t have those other worries, which is perfect for me.”
Mann’s film “Welcome to Marwen” opens in theatres on Dec. 21.