Celebrities On Love And Dating

Recently, the tabloids have shown all too clearly that being famous doesn’t make you immune to heartbreak. We asked a few celebs to give us their insights about love, dating and relationships.

By Susan Hornik

et’s face it — when it comes to dating and relationships, many celebrities need just as much help as us common folks do. Thankfully, I met a few of the more level-headed celebs while out and about in Hollywood. Here’s what they had to say when asked about love, romance, current dating trends and their own date nights.

Why are older women so attracted to younger men?

I think women feel sexier if they are able to attract a younger man. There’s something very intriguing about a younger guy who maybe isn’t so set in his ways. And it’s vice versa too! Younger
As long as you are feeling confident, you can attract anyone!
men want to date older women. I think it’s because of their experience in life. But really, as long as you are feeling confident, you can attract anyone!
— Courteney Cox, Cougar Town

Can you still find love after 40?

I would hope so! It’s a scary prospect to start dating at that age. You also don’t want to compromise and just be with someone because you don’t want to be alone.
— Ben Stiller, writer, actor, comedian, director and producer

The title of your new album, Love?, comes with a question mark. Why is that? Can you share some of your own insights on love with our readers?

I think love is confusing. It’s just something you can never figure out. The more experiences I go through — in a marriage, how much work that takes and everything — it’s something that you can never really put your finger on. But I’m not sure that you’re supposed to. I think you’re just supposed to love yourself first and then kind of go through everything else. You know what I mean? My new album, Love?, talks about what’s right about it and what’s wrong about it. The things we do that we shouldn’t be doing. A lot of it has to do with the times we’re living in. I mean, even just looking around at what’s happening in the media right now with other celebrities and stuff like that. You realize how rampant some things are and how low our standards have become in love. The dialogue between people needs to be open on that.
— Jennifer Lopez, star of The Back-Up Plan, on her new album, Love?

What have you learned about love over the years?

That you really have to know yourself before you can actually get close to someone else. And if you love yourself, then no matter what happens in the relationship, you still feel good about who you are. I am very lucky to be with a man who truly understands me and loves me for exactly who I am! And being able to compromise as much as possible is really good, too.
— Edyta Sliwinska, Dancing with the Stars

I think every relationship is so
Communicating is a good thing. I think it’s the same in any city.
different and so unique so I don’t think there is any sort of blanket advice. For Nancy and myself, there is a lot of laughter. There is an open line of communication and we just have fun with each other. And we never forget to make fun of ourselves and not take it all too seriously. That’s, I think… at least for us, that’s what helps. And amazing lovemaking, of course.
— Steve Carell, The Office

Have you had any bad dating experiences in Los Angeles?

Well, the search love — for me — hasn’t been satisfying. And before I had this famous name, it was difficult! A long time ago, I met this girl on a Monday, and it was incredible. We partied, kicked it, went back to my crib, made love… and after that, we cuddled and talked. This was on a Monday! I woke up in the morning and she was cooking breakfast. And I was like, “wow, this is great.” Then she left. There were no cell phones at that time, so I called on the land line on Tuesday and she didn’t answer. Wednesday I didn’t hear anything. Thursday I was at the club and I saw her with another guy. And she said, “Hey, Jamie.” And I’m like, “Hey, girl!” And she introduced me to the guy she was with and said, “I’ve told him all about you.” I said, “Cool.” And then she said, “By the way, he has a Range Rover like yours, only it’s brand new.” And that’s what dating in Los Angeles has been for me!
— Jamie Foxx, actor, comedian and musician

What do you think is the key to having a successful relationship in Hollywood?

Communicating is a good thing. I think it’s the same in any city. Los Angeles isn’t any different than another city in regards to what makes a good relationship work. Two people who are willing to work at it — in any town, that’s good advice.
— Julia Roberts, actress, film producer and charity spokesperson

It seems that everyone wants to be loved. Is love addictive, like a drug?

The interesting thing about love is that everyone wants to receive it, but at the end of the day, you don’t get to receive it until you give it to someone else first. That’s how it goes for anything in the world. If love is your drug, you’ve got to give it away to get it back.
— Ashton Kutcher, actor and producer

Susan L. Hornik is an L.A.-based entertainment journalist.
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