In a recent secret ceremony in New York, famed actors Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup tied the knot. Both aged 54, the couple has teenage children from their respective previous relationships. Watts' life journey took an unexpected turn at the age of 36 when she experienced an early menopause.
Watts’ Menopause Journey
During this time, Watts found herself struggling with the sheer lack of information surrounding the subject. She quickly recognized the need to become proactive in seeking help and understanding. This personal journey led Watts to a deeper self-understanding and a sense of authenticity that she attributes to acknowledging her own experiences.
Advocacy with Menopause Mandate
Watts decided to take her experiences and newfound knowledge to an organization called Menopause Mandate, a non-profit aiming to revolutionize the support provided to American women during midlife. In her role, she teamed up with co-chair Mariella Frostrup to lead the U.S. division of the organization.
Breaking the Taboo
For Watts, her personal journey through menopause could have been much easier if the topic wasn't surrounded by taboo. She's passionate about encouraging open conversations about menopause and raising awareness of the issue. She sees a shift in these conversations happening in the future, with the potential for menopausal women, particularly those seeking new relationships, to benefit from this change.
Hollywood and Menopause
Watts critically notes that menopause is not well-portrayed in Hollywood. She's motivated to change this narrative. With life changes such as caring for elderly parents, experiencing a divorce, shifting careers, or returning to work, Watts identifies these as potential storylines for future films. Her ultimate belief is that women's stories don't stop after a certain age – they continue to evolve and change.