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Justine Bateman confronts fans’ obsession with her ‘old’ face

Justine Bateman confronts fans’ obsession with her ‘old’ face

Justine Bateman is getting older, and she doesn’t care what people think.

Bateman, 57, has been a star since she was a teenager, and people watched her grow up on-screen.

But the “Family Ties” star didn’t realize the internet obsessed over her aging face until she googled herself.

“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,’” Bateman told “60 Minutes Australia.”

She continued, “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.”


Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton on “Family Ties.”
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Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton
Justine Bateman, 57, has been a star since she was a teenager, and people watched her grow up on-screen.
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The interviewer later asked Bateman whether people could possibly find the aging process to be “beautiful,” to which she responded, “I just don’t give a s—t. I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it.”

While she knows that it’s possible to get work and procedures done to make yourself look younger, Bateman said she enjoys looking her age.

The writer and director added that she feels sad for women who use Botox and filler to prevent wrinkles and thinks “they’re just not enjoying life.”


Justine Bateman backstage at the Emmy Awards Show, September 20, 1987 in Pasadena, California.
Justine Bateman at the Emmy Awards Show, September 20, 1987, in Pasadena, California.
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“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 admitted.

“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.”

But that doesn’t mean the actress hasn’t thought about it.


Justine Bateman attends the Miami Book Fair 2018
Justine Bateman attends the Miami Book Fair 2018.
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“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,’” Bateman said.

Bateman’s most recent book, “Face: One Square Foot of Skin,” focuses on the subject as well, with a collection of stories from 47 women about their thoughts on aging and the pressure society puts on women to look young.


Family Ties star Justine Bateman spoke about ignoring Hollywood beauty standards and embracing her wrinkles in a new interview.
Justine Bateman feels sad for women who use Botox and filler to prevent wrinkles and thinks “they’re just not enjoying life.”
60 Minutes Australia

Even though she sometimes wonders what she would look like after a little plastic surgery, she has no interest.

“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,” she shared. “I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence.”

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