Stars turning 40 in 2020

We wish we could look as good as these celebs when we hit the big 4-0! has compiled a list of all the stars who were born in 1980, starting with this actress… Eliza Dushku, who’s appeared in everything from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” to “True Lies” and “Bring It On,” left her 30s behind on Dec. 30. Though she still occasionally acts, she now lives in Boston — where she’s been studying holistic psychology at Lesley University — with her husband and son Bourne, who arrived in 2019. Keep reading to see more famous 1980 babies…

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The keeper of our hearts, Ryan Gosling, has charmed us from “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” to “The Notebook” to “La La Land.” The “Drive” actor and father of two turned 40 on Nov. 12.

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Reality TV star, style icon, beauty mogul, prison reform advocate and lawyer-to-be Kim Kardashian West turned 40 on Oct. 21. “I’m not one that gets nervous about getting older. I obviously do what I can to try and feel as youthful or to look a certain way,” Kim told Grazia magazine. “But I’m proud that my kids get me here another year. I always think about that. Particularly losing your dad [like I did] or a parent or someone close to you at a young age.”To celebrate her milestone birthday, Kim spent a lot of money so she could be with her friends and a family. “After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time,” Kim tweeted afterward. “We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40.”

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Jake Gyllenhaal — who most recently appeared on the big screen in 2019’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and on Broadway in 2019’s “Sea Wall/A Life” opposite Tom Sturridge — turned 40 on Dec. 19.

Another star who turned 40 on Dec. 19? “The Practice,” “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Whatever It Takes” star Marla Sokoloff.

Pop star Christina Aguilera turned 40 on Dec. 18, nearly a year after she wrapped up her “The Xperience” concert residency in Las Vegas.

Actress-dancer Jenna Dewan turned 40 on Dec. 3. The “Step Up” alum — who welcomed her second child (and first with fiancé Steve Kazee) in March — started off 2020 as the host of the quirky dance-dating reality TV series “Flirty Dancing.” On Dec. 6, Jenna took to Instagram to reflect on her birthday. “As much as i would’ve loved to celebrate this milestone birthday with a wild bash amongst all of our friends and family…we are in the middle of a pandemic. And i care deeply about other peoples lives,” she wrote alongside a selfie. “So instead, i celebrated at home with Steve, [my kids] Evie and Callum and it was PERFECT??.”

Macaulay Culkin captured our hearts when he played crafty kid Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone” back in 1990. The former child star turned 40 on Aug. 26 and gave the world this fantastic tweet to mark his big day: “Hey guys, wanna feel old? I’m 40. You’re welcome.”

“Veep” and “My Girl” star Anna Chlumsky turned 40 on Dec. 3.

This one makes us so nostalgic! Singer and “Newlyweds” star-turned-business mogul Jessica Simpson — who released the bestselling memoir “Open Book” in 2020 — celebrated her 40th birthday on July 10.

He’s not throwing away his shot! Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creative mind behind the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” turned 40 on Jan. 16. The film adaptation of his other big musical, “In the Heights,” will hit theaters in the summer of 2021.

Michelle Williams had a pretty successful 2020: She earned a Golden Globe for her work in “Fosse/Verdon” and two weeks later, she won a SAG Award for the same performance. The actress then married director Thomas Kail in the spring and by summer, she’d given birth to their baby. She then turned 40 on Sept. 9.

This year, Chris Pine — who turned 40 on Aug. 26 — is reprising his role as Steve Trevor in the Patty Jenkins-directed sequel “Wonder Woman 1984” and starring in the Tarik Saleh film “Violence of Action.”

From “Veronica Mars” to the “Frozen” franchise to “The Good Place,” Kristen Bell has solidified her place as a top Hollywood talent. The singer-actress celebrated her 40th birthday on July 18. On her milestone day, Kristen took to Instagram to share a fresh-faced, morning selfie. Goodmorning 40! ??? #stillusingpimplecream,” she captioned the snapshot. The “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star will once again serve as the narrator when HBO Max reboots “Gossip Girl.”

“500 Days of Summer” and “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel turned the big 4-0 on Jan. 17! The actress celebrated with an ’80s-themed costume party at a Los Angeles nightclub alongside her parents, actress sister Emily Deschanel, boyfriend Jonathan Scott and the “Property Brothers” star’s entire family — who all dressed up like aerobics instructors!

Has it really been that long since we fell for Channing Tatum in 2005’s “Coach Carter”? From “She’s the Man” to “Step Up,” Channing has been on our radar for 15 years now. The Alabama-born actor-dancer and dad of one’s 40th birthday was on April 26.

Forty has never looked better! Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen celebrated her 40th birthday on July 20. She revealed that she’ll be planting 40,000 trees in her home country, Brazil, to mark the milestone age. “I can’t believe I am turning 40! I feel like a whole new chapter of my life is starting, and I wanted to celebrate it in a meaningful way, so I decided to plant 40,000 trees. I have been planting trees for different projects for years, as I feel that this is the best way I know to give back to Mother Earth,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Fast & Furious” franchise star Jordana Brewster — who’s coming back for “Fast & Furious 9,” which opens in 2021 — celebrated her 40th birthday on April 26.

On April 30, Sam Heughan — the Scottish actor who’s brought handsome and brave Highlander Jamie Fraser to life on the hit Starz series since 2014 — turned the big 4-0. “40!?? I feel so fortunate and lucky. Been doing a lot of reflecting…” he wrote on social media. “Sending much love to you all and 40 birthday burpees (plus a wee dram)x.”

“The Office” star Ellie Kemper — whose interactive special “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend” debuted on Netflix in May to much buzz — celebrated her 40th on May 2. Ellie will next appear in the comedy films “The Stand-In” and “Home Alone,” a Disney+ reboot.

Australia-born comedic actress Rebel Wilson — who charmed her way into the hearts of audiences with her breakout role in Judd Apatow’s “Bridesmaids” — celebrated her 40th birthday on March 2. She took to Instagram to reveal the very special way she celebrated: with a dinner at the exclusive 21 Royal and a sleepover with friends at Disneyland!

“The Big Bang Theory” alum Melissa Rauch turned 40 on June 23.

“This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz blew out 40 candles on Sept. 29.

Nick Cannon turned 40 on Oct. 8. The comedian and “Wild ‘N Out” star, who also hosts “The Masked Singer,” is set to debut his own daytime talk show in 2021.

Bachelor Nation alum Nick Viall turned the big 4-0 on Sept. 28.

Actor Zachary Levi celebrated his 40th birthday on Sept. 29. The “Chuck” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” alum will next appear in the drama “Prisoner 760” before making a “Shazam!” sequel.

On Dec. 9, “The Big Bang Theory” alum Simon Helberg blew out 40 candles on his birthday cake.

Former MTV VJ-turned-host Vanessa Lachey turned the big 4-0 on Nov. 9! (Her husband, singer Nick Lachey, turned 47 the same day.) She took to Instagram to share a message of gratitude. “Cheers to my 30’s! You have been incredible! I married my dream guy, we had three crazy beautiful little babies and I got to continue to do what I love on TV. Thank You for the health & happiness. Bring it 40!!! Mama’s ready!” she captioned a photo of herself drinking a glass of wine against an incredible backdrop.

If we could walk “A Thousand Miles” to see Vanessa Carlton in concert again, we would! The singer and pianist — who made her Broadway debut in the Carole King musical “Beautiful” last year and released her sixth album, “Love Is an Art,” in 2020 —turned 40 on Aug. 16. Two days before her big b-day, Vanessa took to Instagram to post a video of herself dancing outside her parents’ home. “Turning 40 (in two days) while living day 50 out of my parents’ garage is creating a rather interesting mental sensation,” she wrote. “Whatever about dancing in the dark, 2020 is dancing for your life in the driveway.”

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! We need a moment as we reminisce about the exceptional show that was “Friday Night Lights.” Minka Kelly — who played good girl Lyla Garrity on the NBC series — celebrated her 40th birthday on June 24.

French actress Eva Green, who famously played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale,” turned 40 on July 6.

Having previously acted on shows like “Freaks and Geeks” and “How I Met Your Mother,” Jason Segel has crafted an impressive list of credits over the years. The “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” writer-actor — who turned 40 on Jan. 18 — is now the creator and executive producer of the AMC series “Dispatches from Elsewhere,” which debuted on March 1.

Like former “New Girl” co-star Zooey Deschanel, actress Hannah Simone also turned 40 this year! The British-Canadian actress marked the milestone on Aug. 30.

On Aug. 23, “Downton Abbey” actress Joanne Froggatt joined the 40s club.

“Dancing With the Stars” alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy turned 40 on Jan. 17!

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter turned 40 on Jan. 28. The pop star, who became a dad for the second time in 2019, heads back on tour with his music group in 2021.

Ben Whishaw, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 2019 for his performance in “A Very English Scandal,” turned 40 on Oct. 14.

Political scion and author Chelsea Clinton celebrated her 40th birthday on Feb. 27.

You know and love her from series like “The Newsroom” and “The Rook.” Actress Olivia Munn — who recently starred in “Love, Wedding, Repeat” — turned 40 on July 3. She also has two films on the way with “The Gateway” and “Violet.” To mark the occasion, Olivia posted a video on Instagram of herself posing in front of a waterfall, losing her balance and hurting her foot. “2020 strikes again ?. Anyway, thanks for the birthday wishes! ?,” she wrote.

“Sons of Anarchy” alum Charlie Hunnam turned 40 on April 10. In an interview with HELLO! Canada in 2019, the actor spoke about how positive he felt about the milestone. “I felt way behind where I wanted to be and should have been at 35, but I’ve had some really transitional experiences and done a lot of work on myself in the last few years, and I really feel very chill about turning 40,” he shared. “I feel honestly feel like I like myself and I’m happy with my life. I’ve got no complaints — I’ve got really good friends and a lovely partner and, you know, life’s good!” Next up, the English actor will appear in the film “Last Looks.” He was also announced as the lead in the forthcoming crime-drama series “Shantaram.”

Edgy actress Christina Ricci celebrated her 40th birthday on Feb. 12. She has enjoyed an impressive career marked by Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The “Sleepy Hollow” alum will next appear in several 2020 projects including the Showtime survival-horror series “Yellowjackets.”

From “That ’70s Show” to “Orange Is the New Black,” we’ve long loved Laura Prepon’s work. The actress — who welcomed baby No. 2 in February — turned 40 on March 7.

On Oct. 29, Ben Foster joined wife Laura Prepon as a member of club 40.

Another “That ’70s Show” star who turned 40 this year? Wilmer Valderrama, who hit the milestone age on Jan. 30, just one month after he got engaged to love Amanda Pacheco.

Emmy-winning “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus — who famously dated Ben Affleck following his split from Jennifer Garner — turned 40 on June 18.

Corey Gamble, who’s been dating “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star and momager Kris Jenner since 2014 — turned 40 on Nov. 10. That’s five days after his girlfriend turned 65.

“Superstore” star and “Mad Men” alum Ben Feldman celebrated his 40th birthday on May 27.

Rapper Remy Ma, who rose to fame as a member of Fat Joe’s “Terror Squad,” celebrated her 40th birthday on May 30.

Excuse us while we sing the entire “Boy Meets World” theme song by heart! Former child actor Ben Savage — who reprised his role as Cory from the beloved ’90s sitcom on “Girl Meets World,” which ran from 2014 to 2017 — turned 40 on Sept. 13.

Sum 41 singer-guitarist Deryck Whibley — who became a first-time father in 2020 — turned 40 on March 21.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” franchise star Katherine Waterston turned 40 on March 3.

Gym, tan, laundry… birthday?! “Jersey Shore” star and DJ Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio celebrated his 40th birthday on July 5.

Rapper T.I. turned the big 4-0 on Sept. 25!

British model David Gandy turned 40 on Feb. 19.

“What’s Luv” got to do with turning 40? Singer-songwriter Ashanti marked the milestone birthday on Oct. 13.

Emmy-winning “Nurse Jackie” alum Merritt Wever blew out 40 candles on her birthday cake on Aug. 11.

Radio personality Bobby Bones — who took home the Mirrorball Trophy on season 27 of “Dancing With the Stars” — turned 40 on April 2. On his milestone day, Bobby took to Instagram to post an adorable pic with his dog, a pack of toilet paper and a birthday balloon. “HBD to meeeee,” he captioned the snap.

Frequent Wes Anderson collaborator Jason Schwartzman hit the big 4-0 on June 26.

A royal birthday! King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan turned 40 on Feb. 21. His eldest son, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, turned 4 the same month.

Things turned scary when “American Pie” actor Eddie Kaye Thomas turned 40 in 2020: He was born on Oct. 31 — Halloween!

Another “American Pie” alum, Thomas Ian Nicholas, celebrated his 40th birthday on July 10.

“The Boy is Mine” singer Monica said goodbye to her 30s on Oct. 24.

“Malcolm in the Middle” alum Christopher Masterson celebrated his 40th birthday on Jan. 22.

Chris Carmack, who’s best known for his work on “The O.C.,” “Nashville” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” turns 40 on Dec. 22.

We love his collections! Designer Zac Posen celebrated his 40th birthday on Oct. 24.

When My Chemical Romance reunited in late 2019, we couldn’t help but get ridiculously excited! The band’s bassist, Mikey Way, turned 40 on Sept. 10.

Singer-songwriter Josh Kelley — who’s been married to Katherine Heigl since 2007 — celebrated his 40th birthday on Jan. 30.

“Happy Endings” alum Casey Wilson celebrated her 40th birthday on Oct. 24.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Regina Spektor joined the 40s club on Feb. 18.

Rapper Gucci Mane, who rose to prominence with tracks like “Wasted” and “Beat It Up” more than a decade ago, turned 40 on Feb. 12.

WWE sensation Michael “The Miz” Mizanin — who’s also famous for starring on TV shows “The Real World” and “Miz & Mrs.” — turned 40 on Oct. 8.

“True Blood” alum Janina Gavankar — who’s also a longtime friend of Meghan Markle — celebrated her 40th birthday on Nov. 29.

“Battlestar Galactica” alum Katee Sackhoff blew out 40 candles on April 8. The actress had another reason to celebrate on her milestone day — she got engaged! Her boyfriend and co-producer of her YouTube channel, Robin Gadsby, proposed to her in Vancouver, Canada. “Best day of my life ❤️ #isaidyes #thisis40 #mybestfriend #heknowsmesowell,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” alum Jason Ritter turned the big 4-0 on Feb. 17.

Actor Matthew Gray Gubler, who’s best known for his role on CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” turned 40 on March 9. His newest movie, the drama “Horse Girl” co-starring and co-written by Alison Brie, hit Netflix in February. Next, he’ll appear in the comedy “King Knight.”

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, who came in second on season 14 of “Dancing With the Stars,” turned 40 on June 29.

Sept. 21 marked “The O.C.” alum Autumn Reeser’s 40th birthday.

Stand-up comedian Chris D’Elia turned 40 on March 29. In 2021, he’ll appear in Zack Snyder’s thriller “Army of the Dead.”

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