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Justine Bateman confronts people's 'obsession' with her 'old' face

Justine Bateman confronts people's 'obsession' with her 'old' face

The star has said she feels 'sad' for women who get fillers, Botox and surgery in an attempt to remain looking youthful

Justine Bateman has hit back at people who are ‘obsessed’ with her ‘ageing’ face and says she thinks she 'looks rad'.

The former child star was just a teen when she found fame on Family Ties, meaning that she grew up with the world watching. You can see her talk about growing older here:

Bateman, who is the older sister of Hollywood actor Jason Bateman, said she first discovered people thought she ‘looked old’ when she was in her early 40s and looking something up online.

Speaking during an interview on 60 Minutes Australia, she said: “I needed to Google something to do a little research and remind myself of something that happened when I was famous, so I put in my name, Googled my name, Justine Bateman, and then the autocomplete came up which was ‘looks old’.

“And I was only 42 at the time …and I was like ‘what?’ And I looked at the pictures that they had as evidence and I couldn’t see what they were talking about.”

The 57-year-old said she thinks she ‘looks rad’.
60 Minutes Australia

The 57-year-old was later asked by the interviewer if she could ever consider the process of getting older as ‘beautiful’, to which she replied: “I just don’t give a s**t. I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it.”

Bateman, who now works behind the camera as a producer and director as well as being author, said it’s ‘sad’ that some women feel the need to get fillers, Botox or surgery to try and keep themselves looking youthful.

She went on: ​​“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 added.

Justine Bateman in 1983 when she starred in Family Ties.
PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

"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.”

Although she admitted to fleeting thoughts about surgery, Justine was quick to rule out ever going under the knife herself, adding: “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.”

Featured Image Credit: 60 Minutes Australia

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV