Family Ties star Justine Bateman has opened up about ignoring Hollywood beauty standards and embracing her wrinkles in a new interview.
Bateman, 57, the sister of actor Jason Bateman, was a comedy star in the 1980s on Family Ties, where she played Mallory, the older sister of Michael J. Fox, and has been in the spotlight ever since. she was a teenager.
The actress told him 60 Minutes Australia that she didn’t realize there was an obsession with her natural face until one day she googled it.
“I googled my name, Justine Bateman, and an autocomplete came up saying ‘looks old,’ and I was like, ‘What!’
Later, when asked if it was possible for people to find aging ‘beautiful’, she replied: ‘I just don’t care. I think I look great, I think my face represents who I am. I like it.’
Ignoring Beauty Standards: Family Ties star Justine Bateman, 57, opened up about ignoring Hollywood beauty standards and embracing her wrinkles in a new interview; (L) Pictured in 2023, (R) Pictured in a frame from Family Ties circa 1989
He said that looking at his own photos “I couldn’t see what these people were talking about.”
Speaking about women using Botox and fillers to prevent wrinkles, Justine said: ‘I feel sad for them. It saddens me that they are not just enjoying life.’
“It saddens me that they get distracted from the things they need to do in life, with this all-consuming idea that they have to fix their face before anything else happens.”
Bateman then encouraged women to stop worrying so much about aging.
Forget your face! That’s what I’m saying. Get rid of the fear that your wrinkled face will ruin a lot of opportunities for you.’
The writer-director went on to describe how it’s possible to get many procedures to make your face look younger, but she likes to look her age.
She shared that she feels like her career is just beginning now that she has gone from being an actress to a director, but sometimes she looks in the mirror and wonders what she would look like with plastic surgery.
“You can certainly look in the mirror and say, ‘Oh, if I just had a lower facelift, I’d get rid of this light-catching skin, and then I could have surgery on my eyelid, or you know.'” remove a little skin and this thing that hangs now, on the eyelid, they can remove it”.
‘Sure, you can do all that, but even with that I just… I feel like it would erase not only all the authority I have now, but I also like to feel like I’m a different person now than I was when I was 20.
“I like to look in the mirror and see that evidence,” he added.
Obsession: The actress told 60 Minutes Australia: “I googled my name, Justine Bateman, and an autocomplete came up saying ‘looks old’ and I was like, ‘Wha!'”
Not concerned: Later, when asked if it was possible for people to find aging ‘beautiful,’ she replied: ‘I just don’t care. ‘I think I look great, I think my face represents who I am. I like it’
No fear: Bateman encouraged women to stop worrying about aging: ‘Forget your face! Get rid of the fear that your wrinkled face will ruin a lot of opportunities for you’
Claim to fame: Bateman was a comedy star on Family Ties, which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989, and has been in the spotlight since he was a teenager; Pictured from a 1982 promotional photo
Big Sister – Played Michael J. Fox’s older sister Mallory on the show; (L-R) Fox, Bateman, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Birney and Tina Yothers in a 1982 promotional photo
Reversion! Justine is the sister of actor Jason Bateman, 54; The duo pictured at the 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987.
Bateman also discussed the subject of aging in his new book, Face: One Square Foot of Skin.
The book is a collection of stories from 47 women she interviewed about their feelings about aging and the pressure to keep looking young.
In addition to Family Ties, Bateman’s work also includes Satisfaction, Men Behaving Badly, Californication, The TV Set, and Desperate Housewives.
Since then, she has transitioned into the role of director. Her feature film directorial debut, Violet, starring Olivia Munn and Justin Theroux, premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.