At 48, Drew Barrymore Says She’s ‘Never Messed’ With Her Face As She Discusses Hollywood’s Ageism Problem

Mar 14, 2023 by apost team

Both Drew Barrymore and Jamie Lee Curtis have always been outspoken about aging – and it’s always empowering to hear their thoughts on the topic. Both celebrities always make sure to get their message across to as many women as they can, such as their resistance to getting procedures and fillers to maintain a youthful look. But imagine seeing them together in one room sharing a conversation about it. Well, it happened on an October 2022 episode of "The Drew Barrymore Show" and it's probably one of the most thought-provoking discussions between two powerful celebrities about aging one could ever witness.

It's incredibly common for Hollywood celebrities to do whatever they can to keep themselves looking as young as possible. Cosmetic procedures, expensive treatments — you name it, they have done it. Curtis used to be a celebrity who would go to great lengths to make sure that she looked good. But she has since realized what is best for her.

Like most women, Curtis used to be constantly criticized for the way she looked. At 64 years old, Curtis no longer feels the pressure to conform to these standards and hasn't for a long time. She has a full head of white hair and does not dye it anymore. She has also quit wearing high heels.

As the world continues to introduce new technologies and the latest beauty treatments to preserve one’s youthful glow, Curtis remains consistent in her "pro-aging" crusade of sending out a message to the world about embracing one’s age. 

In fact, if there’s one bit of advice she'd give to her daughters, it’s this: "Don't mess with your face."

Curtis herself admitted that she had gone under the knife in the past, but said it no longer made her look like an actual human being.

"I did plastic surgery," Curtis told TODAY in September 2022. 

Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video :-)

Drew Barrymore (1990), (Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

"I put Botox in my head. Does Botox make the big wrinkle go away? Yes. But then you look like a plastic figurine,” Curtis added.  

Curtis admitted it made her sad knowing a lot of people have put their focus on making themselves youthful-looking.

"Walk a mile in my shoes. I have done it. It did not work. And all I see is people now focusing their life on that," she said.

Speaking with Glamour UK, Barrymore talked about how starting her cosmetics line Flower Beauty has helped her learn how to cover any imperfections or insecurities with makeup rather than a cosmetic procedure.

“Not messing with my face or chasing some unnatural beauty is a standard I live by. I feel more human and more vulnerable every year of my life, but I also know how to appreciate every year more and more, too,” Barrymore said.

In the October 2022 segment with Curtis for Barrymore’s self-titled show “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Barrymore reiterated her thoughts on the enormous pressures that women experience from society about getting beauty augmentations. Curtis said there’s definitely a “genocide of beauty” because of society’s perception of what beauty standards should be.

“There's a genocide of natural beauty out there, and I don't need to point fingers or... but there are charlatans and fakers and people who are selling BS to unsuspecting women who are old enough to know better, and teens who aren't,” Curtis said

“Because we have lost touch as a society about what is beauty. Beauty has become something that can be doctored and filtered and injected and peeled and stripped away, and the truth is you can't,” she added. Barrymore agreed with Curtis’ thoughts, revealing that she never had anything done to her face.

“I’ve never messed with my face,” Barrymore said.

Drew Barrymore (2015), (Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Curtis responded to Barrymore as she said: “I can tell!” 

Barrymore, who has been through a lot, was able to overcome the adversities she faced in life and went on to star in several films in the 1990s and 2000s.

In February 2021, Barrymore joked on an episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show” that she didn’t want to get plastic surgery because she might go overboard with it.

"The thing that I do care about and I do feel is still relevant to my life is the face. I know myself. I'm a highly addictive person. I do one injection, I'm going to look like Jocelyn Wildenstein by Friday," she jokingly said.

Barrymore also compared getting plastic surgery to doing heroin.

“I’ve never done heroin,” she said and added: “and I don’t want to get plastic surgery because I feel like they’re both very slippery slopes. I feel if I try either, I’m going to be dead really soon.”

Just like Curtis, Barrymore said she didn’t want to fight nature by getting cosmetic procedures to make herself look young. In her conversation with Curtis, Barrymore said that she never subscribed to the idea of anti-aging even though she grew up in a lucrative industry where beauty is almost synonymous with stardom. She mentioned she’s raising two daughters of her own, and for her, it’s also important to let men know that there’s nothing wrong with aging.

“I don’t want to fight nature. I’m raising two daughters, and we were raised in an industry where it was desired to drink off the fountain of youth, and I just never subscribed to it. So I appreciate everything you said. And I think men just need to let women know aging is safe and awesome,” she said.

What do you think about Drew Barrymore’s stance on not subscribing to society’s beauty standards? Let us know what you think, and pass this on to people who might find this story interesting!

Please scroll below for more stories :-)