Courteney Cox shocked her best friend actress Jennifer Aniston when she bared all in US TV series Cougar Town, but she thought it was important to show what a "real woman" is like.
Aniston was completely surprised when her pal and co-star bared all for her latest drama series Cougar Town, where she plays a woman who embarks on a series of romances with younger men, Contactmusic reported.
Despite her insecurities, Courteney, 45, who has a five-year-old daughter Coco with her husband David Arquette, wanted to shoot the scenes because she felt it was important to show what real women look like.
"I think it was an important thing to do. This show talks about real things and real experiences, so I think I had to. I know my friend Jennifer Aniston was shocked I did it.
Some people may not want to show parts of them that are not the very best and that's alright. I decided to show, and I don't care. It was important to show the real side of being 40," Courteney said.
While she was happy to expose her body on screen including flaws, Courteney tries hard to minimise her imperfections with a strict exercise regime.
"I try really hard. I walk, I run, I do elliptical, I do band work, weights and dance aerobics. I play tennis and I eat really well. But I was also lit very well. Don't mistake Hollywood lighting for reality," Courteney said.