Halle Berry Feels "Pressure" to Get Plastic Surgery, Says Aging Gracefully Should Be "the Goal"

Actress opens up to Yahoo Beauty about the pressures to stay young in Hollywood

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 13, 2015 4:28 PMTags
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Whether it's consistent facials, a little nip/tuck or other beauty regimes, Hollywood stars are always trying to maintain that youthful glow. Halle Berry, however, is trying to do it differently.

Obviously not immune to the pressures of Tinseltown and her younger female colleagues, Berry admitted to Yahoo Beauty's Editor-in-Chief Bobbi Brown that she often feels like she has to up the ante with her looks even though she doesn't want to do it.

"It is pressure. When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, 'To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?' I won't lie and tell you that those things don't cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me," she revealed.

Given her naturally beautiful looks and what can probably be attributed to as good genes, Berry has managed to avoid the peer pressures of the business, but finds she often has to remind herself that true beauty is on the inside.

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"It's almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That's what I feel like," she added. "I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self. Aging is natural, and that's going to happen to all of us."

Don't remind us!

The Extant actress cites Lena Horne and Jane Fonda as two women who are aging wonderfully, although she admits of Fonda, "I don't know what she has or hasn't done, but she looks beautiful as she's going about her way." But as long as the Oscar winner continues to age gracefully, she'll be happy with herself.

"I just want to always look like myself, even if that's an older version of myself," she admitted. "I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way."

She told Brown that she believes the obsession with the need to look young stems from the fact that many always desire to look at least 10 years younger, which is a message that she said needs to be stopped.

"We have to stop wanting to look like that decade before. We have to stop coveting that. Let it go and embrace it now and really be OK. It's easy to say, I guess, but that's the goal," she said.