Turning 30 is polarizing: You either love it or you hate it, but generally approximately no one is lukewarm about the milestone. So we consulted 13 celebrities who have weighed in on turning 30, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Drew Barrymore, to get an idea of what they think of the matter—since we should always look to the stars to divine the way we should feel about our watershed moments in life, amirite?
It turns out that celebs overwhelmingly appreciate being on the other side of the significant birthday, even amid a Hollywood culture that prioritizes vanity over values and baby skin over anything resembling a wrinkle. Flip through to find out which celebrities totally love being older than 30—and who felt trepidatious about the big three-oh.
Lena Dunham’s 30th bday: May 13, 2016
"I can tell you that I'm feeling really good at 30," Dunham told E! News. "I woke up with a real sense of relief that all that was done."
Anna Kendrick’s 30th bday: August 9, 2015
"I felt like when I turned 29, I was like, Well that's basically 30," Kendrick told E! News. "I've been sort of saying that I'm 30 for a year, so it's gonna be an easy transition."
Jemima Kirke’s 30th bday: April 26, 2015
"It’s like graduating school," Kirke told The Telegraph. "It’s not like you feel very different, but you completed something, you got through it."
Keira Knightley’s 30th bday: March 26, 2015
"I keep being asked about it like I’m meant to be having a nervous breakdown, and I didn’t realize I was meant to be having a nervous breakdown," Knightley told the Toronto Sun of turning 30. "I’ve got a lot of friends in their thirties and they all seem all right, so I’m sure I’ll be fine!"
Olivia Wilde’s 30th bday: March 10, 2014
"I'm hitting a major milestone: 30, or as I like to call it, the Cut the Bullsh-t and Go Be Awesome stage," Wilde wrote in an essay for Glamour. "I'm thrilled about this impending development (I might finally grow boobs!), but my brain has some catching up to do (I'm gobsmacked when bartenders refuse to ask for my ID)."
Britney Spears’s 30th bday: December 2, 2011
"I think the older you get, the wiser you get.… I'm really excited, and I am definitely going to celebrate and do something spectacular," Spears said of turning 30 to Glamour U.K.
Beyoncé’s 30th bday: September 4, 2011
"I can't wait, because 29 is very strange," Beyoncé told Piers Morgan on his show. "You are still in your twenties, but you feel like you are supposed to be 30. And I feel like a woman. I feel like I am very aware of who I am, and I feel great. And I feel like 30 is the ideal age. because you are mature enough to know who you are and to have your boundaries and your standards and not be afraid of too polite, but you are young enough to be a young woman. I am so looking forward to it."
Jessica Alba’s 30th bday: April 28, 2011
"I didn't even know I cared about my twenties until I turned 30. But then 33 was, like, my favorite birthday," Alba told Marie Claire. "I just got my groove; everything came together. And I felt good about what had brought me here; all the struggle and the what ifs, the stress and the burden of it.… I feel like I'm moving forward."
Kim Kardashian’s 30th bday: October 21, 2010
"I was nervous about turning 30," Kardashian told "Access Hollywood." "But so far it’s been very, like, fulfilling and thrilling."
Michelle Williams’s 30th bday: September 9, 2010
“I feel like something has changed for me, but it’s a new change, so it’s going to be hard for me to describe,” she told Vogue. “Maybe it has something to do with turning 30. I don’t feel as shy or nervous or self-conscious. I have more confidence that I can handle what life brings me. I don’t feel scared to have an idea and express it.… I feel giddy about it because it’s a complete transformation. It’s like I’ve found my voice.”
Kerry Washington’s 30th bday: January 31, 2007
"Turning 30 was a time when I thought, Wait a second. How much of my life really reflects who I am and who I want to be?" Washington told the New York Post. She called off her engagement to actor David Moscow after she turned 30. "I've learned more about myself since leaving that relationship," she added.
Reese Witherspoon’s 30th bday: March 22, 2006
“Turning 30 was really big for me,” Witherspoon told Parade. “I can get really stuck on I don’t like this or that about myself. I’ve found that the only thing that breaks that for me is being able to spend time alone, going to the movies by myself or going to art museums alone. I do that a lot. I’ve discovered the importance of even 15 or 30 minutes a day where it is just me.”
Drew Barrymore’s 30th bday: February 22, 2005
“It made me want to look at myself and see what behavior I want to bring into my thirties and what I want to leave in my twenties," Barrymore told People. "Because I’m such a people-pleaser and from an unstable background, I translate too many things into guilt. I'm ready to let go of that."