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Former Child Star Bateman on Aging Criticism: ‘I Don’t Give a S–T’

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If you are a person of a certain age, and ever watched a very popular NBC sitcom in the 1980’s starring Michael J Fox, then you certainly know who Justine Bateman is.

Bateman, the sister of Jason Bateman, played Mallory Keaton on the smash “Family Ties”, and was one of the biggest female television stars of the decade. As most small screen stars do, she eventually tried her hand at movies, but with limited success eventually moved on to a life beyond television and movies.

Recently, Bateman was researching something on the web and made the mistake of “Googling” herself. What she discovered surprised her, and pissed her off. Check this out.

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 obsession 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.”

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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.”

It is interesting to wonder if as individuals we look to other people the way we look to ourselves. My guess is the prevailing answer is no. For Bateman, she got a definitive no. However, did that bother her? Nope. You can’t inject that kind of confidence into your frown lines and crows feet.

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.”

Honestly, can’t both things be true? It should be ok to acknowledge that you are aging and that you like the way you look naturally, just as it should be ok to decide to get some filler or work done. It is up to the individual and how comfortable they feel with their appearance. If you have the means and truly need it, by all means indulge in some lip filler. However, if you are 20 and just want duck lips, maybe get a second opinion.

“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.“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.

“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.”

It is a delicate balance between wanting just a little firmness and elasticity restored to your skin and looking like your face melted in the sun and cooled totally different.

The knock on plastic surgery lies with those that don’t need it but get it anyway, and those that get addicted to it until they look like a cartoon character. Good for Justine Bateman for being ok with looking like she is around 60. No problem there. She had her heyday in the 1980’s as a certified dime, and now is enjoying life and her face.