Family Ties star Justine Bateman spoke about ignoring Hollywood beauty standards and embracing her wrinkles in a new interview.
Bateman, 57 – who’s the sister of actor Jason Bateman – was a sitcom star in the 1980s on Family Ties, where she played Michael J. Fox’s older sister Mallory, and has been in the limelight since she was a teenager.
The actress told 60 Minutes Australia that she didn’t realize there was an obsession with her natural face until she Googled herself one day.
‘I googled my name Justine Bateman, and an autocomplete came up which said “looks old,” and I was like, “What!”‘
Later when asked whether it was possible for people to find aging ‘beautiful’, she responded with, ‘I just don’t give a s**t. I think I look rad, I think my face represents who I am. I like it.’
Ignoring beauty standards: Family Ties star Justine Bateman, 57, spoke about ignoring Hollywood beauty standards and embracing her wrinkles in a new interview; (L) Pictured 2023, (R) Pictured in a still from Family Ties circa 1989
She stated that when looking at her own photos she ‘couldn’t see what those people were talking about.’
Speaking about women who use Botox and filler to prevent wrinkles, Justine said, ‘I feel sad for them. I feel sad that they’re not just enjoying life.’
‘I feel sad that they are distracted from the things 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 then encouraged women to stop worrying about their aging so much.
‘Forget about your face! That is what I’m saying. Get rid of the fear that your face being wrinkled is going to ruin a bunch of opportunities for you.’
The writer and director went on to describe how it’s possible to get many procedures to make your face look younger, but that she enjoys looking her age.
She shared that she feels like her career is just beginning now that she’s gone from being an actress to a director, but that sometimes she looks in the mirror and wonders how she would look like with plastic surgery.
‘You can certainly look in the mirror and go “Oh, if I just had like a lower facelift I would get rid of this skin that catches the light, and then I could have that operation where you go into the eyelid, or you know take some of the skin out and this that’s hanging over now, over the eyelid, you can get that removed.”‘
Obsession: The actress told 60 Minutes Australia: ‘I googled my name Justine Bateman, and an autocomplete came up which said “looks old,” and I was like, “What!”‘
Not worried: Later when asked whether it was possible for people to find aging ‘beautiful’, she responded with, ‘I just don’t give a s**t. ‘I think I look rad, I think my face represents who I am. I like it’
No fear: Bateman encouraged women to stop worrying about aging: ‘Forget about your face! Get rid of the fear that your face being wrinkled is going to ruin a bunch of opportunities for you’
Claim to fame: Bateman was a sitcom star on Family Ties, which aired on NBC from 1982 1989, and has been in the limelight since she was a teenager; Pictured in a 1982 promo shot
Big sister: She played Michael J. Fox’s older sister Mallory on the show; (L-R) Fox, Bateman, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney, and Tina Yothers pictured in a 1982 promo shot
‘Sure, you can do all of that, but even with that I would just… I feel like I would erase not only all my authority that I have now, but also I like feeling that I’m a different person now than I was when I was 20.’
‘I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence,’ she added.
Bateman also discussed the subject of aging in her new book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin.
The book is a collection of stories from 47 women she interviewed regarding their feelings about aging, and the pressure to remain looking young.
Aside from Family Ties, Bateman’s work also includes Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, Californication, The TV Set, and Desperate Housewives.
She has since pivoted into the role of a director. Her film directorial debut, Violet, starring Olivia Munn and Justin Theroux, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
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