“Family Ties” actress Justine Bateman said she doesn’t mind getting older and can’t understand why fans take issue with it.
The 57-year-old spoke candidly about people reacting to recent photos of her looking “old.” Bateman said she didn’t realize that “Family Ties” enthusiasts were so obsessed with her appearance.
“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,’” the actress said during a recent interview with “60 Minutes Australia.”
“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,” Bateman added.
When the interviewer asked how the actress felt about aging, she replied, “I just don’t give a s***. I think I look rad. I think my face represents who I am. I like it.”
She also couldn’t understand other women being so obsessed with their appearance.
“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 went on. “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.”
“Sure, you can do [plastic surgery procedures] … 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,” Bateman concluded. “I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence.”
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Bateman is the older sister of “Arrested Development” actor Jason Bateman. She became famous for portraying Mallory Keaton on “Family Ties” and continued her Hollywood career on TV and film projects, working as a writer, producer, and director in recent years.
She is married with two children.
The actress’s latest book, “Face: One Square Foot of Skin,” is a collection of stories from women about the aging process and society’s obsession with youthful appearances.