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Laura Linney: 'Getting Old is a Privilege'

Oscar-nominated actress Laura Linney talked to Prevention magazine about her new Showtime series, "The Big C," her deeper perspective of the aging process -- and her need to have some chocolate every once in awhile.

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"My level of appreciation of the basics of life has gone up," Linney said. "You know, I recently heard someone complaining about getting old, and I had such a violent reaction to that. There's no question that getting old isn't easy, but it's a privilege, folks. I'm over people being 'woe is me' about getting old."

She chose to do "The Big C" -- which follows her character's journey following a cancer diagnosis -- because "it intersected with stuff that I was already thinking about. In my 40s, I've seen life move on in a way I hadn't before: friends are getting older, raising children. Other friends have died -- not just of cancer but also AIDS and accidents. I've been thinking about the value of life, about what do you do with the time that you have left?"

As for chocolate, "Food is not just nutritional, it's mental, so, you know, if I need a little chocolate every once in a while, I need a little chocolate."

For more of Linney's interview, visit Prevention.com.

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