Ageing in Hollywood – Jane Leeves Speaks Out
Am I REALLY the only star in Hollywood who hasn’t become a waxwork horror?
British actress Jane Leeves says the unsayable about her colleagues in Tinseltown.
Former Frasier star Jane Leeves has attacked the epidemic of cosmetic surgery which she says is turning a generation of Hollywood women into grotesque ‘fish-faces’.
The 52-year-old comedienne, who was the highest-paid British actress during her 11-year run playing dizzy housekeeper Daphne Moon in the US TV show Frasier, says she is one of the very few actresses in Los Angeles over the age of 30 who has not gone under the knife.
‘I don’t want to have some hideous surgery that’s not even going to guarantee me any work and could make me unemployable,’ she says. ‘People know how old I am, so it’s OK if I look my age.’
In a city that is awash in Botox, but where even the most obvious cosmetic surgery is supposed to be kept strictly secret, the plain-speaking Leeves is unafraid to name names.
‘We all know who has and who hasn’t. There are some who look better than others, but you can tell at 50 paces,’ she says. ‘I don’t blame people for going under the knife. If someone is known as a beauty and a sex symbol, they are under a lot of pressure to keep looking good. But it rarely turns out well.
Plastic surgery can age people terribly – it always makes you look older in the end and can ruin careers. ‘Meg Ryan destroyed her career with plastic surgery.’
Following her breakthrough role in When Harry Met Sally in 1989, Ryan went on to secure leads in a slew of big-screen hits but has struggled to find the same success since appearing opposite Hugh Jackman in romantic comedy Kate & Leopold in 2003.
On 55-year-old Melanie Griffith and her ‘trout pout’ lips, Leeves adds: ‘They never look right on somebody who’s not born that way. It always looks weird. ‘I don’t think she needed to have that done because she was a very attractive woman.’
Leeves says British actress Leslie Ash, 53, has ‘destroyed her face’ and thinks 60-year-old Oscar-winning actor Mickey Rourke’s cosmetic work is ‘so depressing’.
‘It looks as if they’ve all been in a fire at a certain point, it really does. It’s a slippery slope. Once you start, it seems you just can’t stop. There’s always one more thing you can do.’
‘When people I know have had something done, the next year it’s, “Well, while I’m at it I might as well do this.” At some point they seem to lose perspective on what they look like.’
She added that Sharon Osbourne’s taut cheekbones were ‘too much’.
‘That shiny look, the skin is stretched so much! And this bit here,’ she says, pointing to the groove between her nose and upper lip, ‘it just disappears and is vaguely simian looking. ‘I’d be too afraid. Even Botox scares the cr*p out of me. Those women who do that all the time, they say it stops working because they develop an immunity to it.’
Leeves offers a dire warning to actresses tempted to have surgery.
‘Many directors are now saying they don’t like it. ‘If actors go ahead, they’re going to take themselves out of so much work when they’re older.
‘Don’t fight ageing. Do everything you can to look good, but don’t try to look 25 when you’re 52, because we know how old you are.’
Leeves admires those actresses who dare to age gracefully. ‘I love looking at a naturally ageing woman,’ she says. ‘Look at Helen Mirren, she looks great, and men find her sexy.
‘I think maybe Susan Sarandon had a little something done just recently, I don’t know, but she is ageing nicely.
‘Meryl Streep is ageing beautifully. I can’t imagine Meryl getting Botox. But again, they’re not known for just being a pretty face, they’re known for having substance.’
With the success of Hot In Cleveland, she is one of the few TV stars to have ‘lightning strike’ repeatedly – with three hit sitcoms. But the British beauty, who was born in Ilford, Essex, is also sympathetic to the pressures forcing actresses to go under the knife.
‘I don’t blame other people for doing stuff,’ she says, I’m sure people have their reasons. If you’re known as a beauty and a sex symbol there’s a whole lot of pressure on you. ‘For the likes of Pamela Anderson, and Raquel Welch it’s very hard to get old, because the expectation is there.
‘But you look at Pamela and you go, “Oh, you poor darling, how are you going to grow old?” ’
Comedian Joan Rivers, 80, a well-known cosmetic surgery addict, has all the natural looks of a shop-window mannequin, yet Leeves says:
‘I love Joan. She owns it, she’s totally honest about it, and that’s the difference. And she makes fun of it.’
COPYRIGHT AND FULL ARTICLE: Online Daily Mail 7th July 2013
I love this, everything we’re all thinking, but put into writing by a well-known celebrity. The fact that Jane is financially secure and is sitting pretty with Hot in Cleveland has a lot to do with her candor on the subject of ageing in Hollywood.
This quote in particular, struck a chord with me and is what Unfading Beauty is all about:
‘… don’t try to look 25 when you’re 52, because we know how old you are.’
Sadly, it’s not just actors and celebrities in Hollywood who are pressurised into looking younger, invasive anti-ageing surgery in the UK have soared in the last year.
The unspoken irony is that the more anti-ageing procedures you have, the older you could look.
Anti-Ageing isn’t all about turning the clock back, it’s about living in the now and being the best 50-year-old you can be.