Halle Berry on Aging Without Plastic Surgery: 'I Just Want to Always Look Like Myself'

The actress opens up about internal and external pressures to remain beautiful.

No one is immune to the effects of aging, and when you’re growing older under the spotlight, it can be tougher to accept that physical changes are a fact of life. Some end up turning to plastic surgery to keep up with Hollywood’s unrealistic demands for perfection with less-than-stellar results. Well, Halle Berry isn’t looking to play that game.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Beauty, Berry, 48, talked about the pressures of maintaining her youthful looks “to stay alive in this business” and how others suggest that she get plastic surgery.


“I won’t lie and tell you that those things don’t cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me,” she said. “’You know if you just did a little bit of this and that, lift this up, then this would be a little bit better.’ It’s almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That’s what I feel like.”

But no matter how much that pressure builds, don’t expect Berry to show up at a red carpet looking completely unrecognizable anytime soon. She shared her concerns about looking different after undergoing cosmetic surgery and wanting to avoid that unfortunate side effect at all costs.

“I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self. Aging is natural, and that’s going to happen to all of us. I think of those women that I thought aged so beautifully, like Lena Horne. Even how Jane Fonda is aging — I don’t know what she has or hasn’t done, but she looks beautiful as she’s going about her way. I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself. I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way,” Berry said.

“We have to stop wanting to look like that decade before,” she added. “We have to stop coveting that. Let it go and embrace it now and really be OK. It’s easy to say, I guess, but that’s the goal.”

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