‘Family Ties’ Star Justine Bateman Is Over Trying to Look Younger

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 09: Justine Bateman attends the
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Justine Bateman has been in the public eye since she was a teenager so she is no stranger to the criticism of aging women in Hollywood. However, now at 57 years old, Bateman is choosing to age naturally and will forgo any cosmetic surgery, unlike many fellow stars her age. She previously shared her opinion on society and the unfair stigma attached to aging women in her book Face: One Square Foot of Skin.

Recently, she said on 60 Minutes Australia, “I feel like I would erase not only all my authority that I have now. But also I like feeling that I am a different person now than I was when I was 20. I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence.”

Justine Bateman advocates for women aging gracefully

FAMILY TIES, Justine Bateman, 1982-89

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“I feel sad that they’re not just enjoying life,” she continued. “I feel sad that they are distracted from the things that they’re meant to do in life with this consuming idea that they’ve got to fix their face before anything else can happen.” Bateman defended the beauty in aging and how she believes that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder as the old saying goes.

MEN BEHAVING BADLY, Justin Bateman, 1996-1997

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Bateman shared a story of how she once Googled herself and found comments from people saying that she looked old which made her feel self-conscious. Later, she realized that her face was only going to look older as the years went by and if she got surgery to change it, she would only be trying to please others, not herself. She explained, “You’re not going to make that fear go away by changing your face. If you go and get plastic surgery, you’re going to look different. Okay. You’ll have that, but you haven’t dealt with what the fear was. That fear will continue.”

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, Justine Bateman, 'Opening Doors'

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She concluded happily, “I just don’t give a s–t. I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it and so, that’s basically the end of the road.” Bateman is best known for playing Mallory Keaton in the ’80s classic sitcom Family Ties. The sister of famous actor Jason Bateman went on to star in Men Behaving Badly and appeared in popular shows such as Desperate Housewives and Arrested Development. In addition to acting, she writes, produces, and directs.

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