Alan Cumming - ‘Life is too short to PLAY IT SAFE'
WHO|May 17, 2021
THE GOOD WIFE STAR OPENS UP ABOUT BEING IN HIS ’50S AND STAYING FABULOUS
Paul Ewart 

From his humble beginnings in rural Scotland to becoming one of the most respected faces in the industry, Alan Cumming has managed to straddle both the big and small screens, with blockbusters including the likes of X-Men 2 and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion under his belt, alongside TV credits such as Sex and the City, Frasier, and a long time lead role as cunning political consultant Eli Gold in the Emmynominated series The Good Wife. Then there’s his multiple sell-out runs on Broadway, and stints on the bestselling lists for his literary work. It really seems that there’s nothing this bona fide triple threat can’t turn his hand to.

And while he’s had a stellar career spanning three decades, at the age of 56 he’s still got plenty of goals left to kick – most imminently, the debut of his new show Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age at the upcoming Adelaide Cabaret Festival. “I still seem to be able to exist in pretending to not be the age I am … how old am I again?” the Scottish actor asks WHO jokingly. “I’m 56. And I certainly keep waiting to not feel like a horny 22-year-old, but it just hasn’t happened – I haven’t lost that aspect of my personality yet!”

Touted as “a thrilling evening of story and song”, his one-man show will delve into the star’s thoughts and observations on the ageing process. “It’s about the idea of what is appropriate ageing,” he reveals. “It’s really fascinating to me that we’re told how we should behave; that we’re encouraged to remain youthful, to do things to our bodies to make them seem younger – and that this is seen as a positive thing – rather than celebrating the wisdom that comes with age. And unfortunately, this culture of youth is getting worse. My show is about celebrating what you learn from growing older, and the life you have.”

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