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Amanda Seyfried talked so much about turning 30 over the past year, you'd have been not too off the mark in assuming her milestone birthday had come and gone.
But no, it didn't actually come to pass until today—happy 30th birthday, Amanda! And we're hoping that she's enjoying her big day as she deserves.
The stylish star of Ted 2, Les Misérables, Big Love, Mean Girls and much more seems to have done a lot of fretting about this step in still-young adulthood (doesn't she know that 50 is the new 30, not the other way around?), but of course she's hardly the only person to have fixated on that big round number that was looming in the distance.
"I'm turning 30 and sometimes I think, 'God, where did the last decade go?'" Seyfried told E! News in March. "I would kill to be 20. Life is short. Every year I think more about my mortality. I think it's normal."
Well sure! And it's certainly the more responsible approach than not appreciating life or otherwise thinking you're immortal, but we feel for Seyfried, who has been candid about her struggles with anxiety, if she spent the last year worrying about this little ol' thing.
Because today is for celebrating how perfectly awesome it is to be 30, and how much better it is to be 30 than 1 through 29!
First of all, Seyfried is fully equipped to take her 30s by storm: She's successful, stunning, single (aka free!) and surrounded by family, friends and the most wonderful dog. Plus, she already seems most self-aware, a very useful trait that sometimes comes with age, but... oh, often times it doesn't. Nor is the multi-talented actress afraid to admit to having issues and she has proactively taken steps to make herself feel better.
30? You got this, girl.
And if Seyfried doesn't believe us, maybe she'll believe some of her fellow celebs who've looked 30 right in the face and laughed. Some words of wisdom from her Hollywood peers:
"I was really freaking out and I would not accept it and I think I'm slowly like, you know, let's put the 20s behind me and there were some good years and some not so good years, so let's hopefully have the 30s be all good years," Khloe Kardashian reflected to E! News about a month after her big birthday in 2014. "Everyone says that the 30s, you get this different sense of confidence and you lose all of your insecurities."
Added Kim Kardashian, who's four years older than Khloe, "I think in your 30s you're a little sexier."
Doesn't sound so bad.
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"I feel young, so [turning 30] doesn't really freak me out. I think I've gotten more comfortable with my age, like I'm so much more secure, I'm married, I have an amazing husband," Ashley Tisdale dished to us in May. "In my twenties, it was always so hard sometimes."
Lena Dunham is "so excited about turning 30" next year, saying in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar, "I'm psyched about it because I think that being in your 20s—especially as a woman—there's an inherent tension." The Girls creator added, "I've been really lucky. I got to do a lot of things before I was 30 that most people don't."
Certainly the same goes for Seyfried, who scored her first major acting job on As the World Turns when she was a teenager and has a fearless TV and film résumé that spans all genres. (And she's shooting the Twin Peaks reboot, how cool is that?)
Oh, and according to Anna Kendrick, Seyfried's practically already been 30 all year, so today is no big deal.
"I felt like when I turned 29, I was like, 'Well that's basically 30,'" the Pitch Perfect 2 star, who turned 30 in August, told us in May. "So I've been sort of saying that I'm 30 for a year so it's gonna be an easy transition."
Adrienne Bailon, meanwhile, gushed about turning 30 last year, telling E!, "I think I'm in a place where I'm OK with everything that has happened in the past and I'm looking forward to everything that's gonna happen in the future, and I think that's a great place to be where you're comfortable in your own skin."
We would concur.
Moreover, Seyfried can rest assured that she hasn't been the only one with 30th birthdays on the brain, with Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge, Kaley Cuoco and Tatiana Maslany all having marked the milestone recently as well.
And considering 30 is just a stepping stone, we'd like to also like to get a jump on reminding Seyfried that, from now on, she should fear no birthday:
"My 40s were pretty great, but now, in my 50s—oh, just saying that sounds so ancient!—there comes this wonderful self-knowledge," Kim Cattrall told Good Housekeeping last summer.
"I wouldn't want to be 20 now," Susan Sarandon said in the Winter 2010/11 issue of V. "I know so much more, and I'm much more comfortable in my skin, saggy as it is...When I hear young girls complaining about superficial things...You're at the peak of your physical beauty right now!"
"If you take care of yourself, 60 is nothing for women these days. In today's world you can be the kind of woman you want to be," Tina Turner told The Mirror in 2009.
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"I hate being asked this stuff!" Julianne Moore (who shares a birthday with Seyfried and happens to be turning a radiant 55 today) chided InStyle a few years ago, pre-Oscar win, when they asked the inevitable question about aging in Hollywood. "Let's appreciate where we are. Let's not wish our lives away."
"Now that I'm 91, as opposed to being 90, I'm much wiser. I'm much more aware and I'm much sexier," Betty White told People two years ago.
So there you have it.
We certainly hope, Amanda Seyfried, that you have an amazing year. There's no sense in worrying about when motherhood or getting married or some of those other, less controllable, life goals are going to happen—they just will when the timing is right. And in the meantime, you've got everything to look forward to.
Happy 30th birthday!