Saturday, December 4th, 2021

This year’s holiday season is filled with love for Brooke Shields.

This year’s holiday season is filled with love for Brooke Shields.

Everyone appreciates a good old-fashioned holiday rom-com, but Shields’ latest movie offers a twist on the classic trope. Netflix’s “A Castle for Christmas” (streaming Friday) follows a fictional bestselling American author, Sophie Brown (Shields), who travels to Scotland to escape cancel culture and her messy divorce. But when she tries to buy a castle for inspiration, the owner (Cary Elwes) is skeptical.

It’s a heartwarming enemies-to-lovers story about self-discovery, starting over and finding love – but it’s not about a woman needing to be saved by somebody.

“I was just so attracted to how strong this woman was,” says Shields, 56. “She’s a great mom, has a full career and yet she’s asking herself: ‘What now?’ ‘What’s going to happen next?’ “

Shields took on the role for personal reasons. Like her character, she can identify with having had a long, successful career – thanks to early hits like 1978’s “Pretty Baby” and 1981’s “Endless Love” and later projects including TV’s “Jane the Virgin” and “The Middle” – while craving fulfilling work at this stage in her life. That’s why she was ready to tackle a modern rom-com.

“It’s such a refreshing perspective, because it’s real. I know so many women, even just over 40, who are either divorced or falling in love or deciding to get married for the first time,” Shields says.

Famed author Sophie Brown (Brooke Shields) travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle of her own, but the prickly owner, Myles (Cary Elwes), is reluctant to sell to a foreigner. The pair constantly butt heads, but they just may find something more than they were expecting.
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“There’s this rich community of women in this age bracket, and you don’t see us on television. And there’s something so refreshing about these two people coming together, having lived full lives and finding themselves in this new phase.”

Outside her work, Shields continues to push past the stigma around aging, calling the a social push for acceptance relatively new. Throughout her decades-long career in modeling and acting, beauty has typically been conflated with youth, which the “Blue Lagoon” star called disappointing.

“I handled it by getting frustrated and saying: ‘OK. This is ridiculous.’ I needed to amass this community and really say it’s not about being ageless. There’s vitality that comes with this demographic,” says Shields, who created her wellness company, Beginning is Now, to empower women of all ages to live their fullest lives.

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Brooke Shields is empowering women of all ages to find strength with her new company, Beginning is Now.
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In her own home, her 15-year-old daughter, Grier, is following in her modeling career footsteps. (Grier recently signed onto IMG Models).

“It’s definitely a different environment, but I will keep a close eye on it, and I’m not going to let it get out of hand. I’m not going to let her go to Europe to be in the shows on her own.”

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