Naomi Watts on Botox: "I'll Never Say Never"
By Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor | Photography by Ruven Afanador |
The hardworking actress is a constant regular on the big screen, one-half of a power couple and has that not-so-small side gig of being a face of L’Oréal Paris, yet she somehow manages to live a very low-key life, successfully staying away from the spotlight—and the superficial lens that celebrities are portrayed through.
Her most down-to-earth confession: like a lot of us, that she isn’t very good at doing her hair or makeup. “I love the two as a form of expression, but day to day, I’m pretty much makeup-free and in jeans, T-shirts and sweaters,” she admits. “I’m not even very good at actually doing my own hair or my makeup—and I’m one of those people who walks out the door with wet hair all the time.” Her everyday beauty routine: pretty simple. “If anything, maybe I put on some concealer, blush and mascara, but often not even that. My mother was not very good at giving beauty tips, but she was—and still is—a striking beauty. I was always very aware of her beauty, but I never felt as beautiful as her, or that I could ever be that beautiful.” This is almost impossible to believe from someone who is frequently found at the top listings of the most beautiful women in the world.
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If you’ve gone to the movies in the past 20 years, you’d be hard-pressed not to have seen something that she has starred in. Sometimes she plays complicated; sometimes she’s a bit comedic, but the two-time Academy Award nominated actress is always playing a drastically different character, delivering performances that are as varied as they are dead-on convincing.
One of her secret weapons to success: Not getting Botox, which hasn’t always been an easy choice. “Personally I feel, for me, it’s tough to do Botox—but it’s also tough not to! Sometimes, I think I need the help. Whatever anyone else chooses is fine with me, no judgment. Of course, I want to look the best I can, but I am playing characters that should match my age and the women and the material that I am interested in are usually going through something. I have to be able to live in my face and tell the story of the character I’ve taken on. But…I’ll never say never.”