Did Ashley Judd get too many fillers in her face?

This news came out yesterday and it was e-mailed to us as a tip. We saw it, but none of us wanted to touch it for a couple of reasons. First of all, I don’t really like Ashley Judd, 43. I know she seems harmless enough in movies, but the few times I’ve heard her speak she’s sounded like a pretentious twit. Also, Ashley’s face looks puffy now but it’s hard to tell if it’s from fillers, some other treatment like a laser peel she’s having a reaction to, a medical condition, or if she simply gained a little weight. I know when I gain weight it goes straight to my face and I hate seeing pictures of myself. It’s possible she just gained a little like so many of us and that it gave her a puffy face. Still, she looks way different than she used to, particularly with those chipmunk cheeks. She was also recently spotted at the airport with a red face, suggesting she’d just had a treatment of some kind. (Those photos are here) I’m inclined to believe the speculation that she’s had something done. Here’s a report from The Daily Mail on it:

But Ashley Judd looks a far cry from her Hollywood heyday.

The actress sparked plastic surgery rumours when she appeared on a Canadian talk show to promote her new TV series, Missing.

The 43-year-old sported a puffy ‘pillow face’ – the term given to women who overuse facial fillers- although she doesn’t appear to have gained weight to her figure.

One asked: ‘What happened to Ashley Judd’s face? Another plastic surgery butcher job?’
Another said: ‘It looks weirdly puffy but she doesn’t appear to have gained weight.’

And one user questioned: ‘Anyone else completely weirded out by Ashley Judd’s new face?,’ while one simply wrote that it looked ‘Just a mess.’

Increasing numbers of celebrities are getting the plumped-up look, as opposed to the pinched back ‘wind tunnel’ results of a face-lift or the ‘frozen’ Botox look.

The actress joins Lindsay Lohan, Madonna and Kylie Minogue as the most obvious examples of stars whose ever youthful glow suggests they may have had fat implants in their cheeks.

Ashley, who is married to Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, also looked a little puffier than usual as she arrived in Toronto with her dog Buttermilk.

Her skin also looked a little red, as if she had just had a treatment of some sort.

[From The Daily Mail]

So if this was voluntary, why? I get that fillers are the new trend, and that they smooth out the fine lines. There’s no way I would pay someone to make my face look fat. I’d rather just have some wrinkles. (Or get a laser peel.) Ashley is not my favorite person, but I hope this settles for her and that the effect fades over time. If it’s just the result of some minor weight gain, I feel bad for pointing it out. It looks like more than that, though. It’s also possible that she is taking steroids for a medical condition. Prednisone and other corticosteroids can give you a “moon face” similar to what we’re seeing with Ashley.

Ashley is shown on Canadian talkshow The Marilyn Denis Show. She brought her adorable dog, Buttermilk! Buttermilk looks over it.

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  1. Hypocricy says:

    She looks like she is on medication for me…i really don’t know.

    • Turtle Dove says:


      In the photos on the DM, she looks puffy even in her body. She has gone up in size – and quickly – so I think it’s some sort of medication. PLUS, the little dog was wearing a service dog jacket. Ashley might have a BIG health concern here.

      • Sassy says:

        When I saw the trailers for her new TV show on American TV I thought, wow, she has gained weight, based only on the look of her face. I still hold with that due to the double chin. Would they give you a double chin with fillers? I do think after looking at the pictures here, that she has had some injectibles. She was always rather slim in the body. Hard to tell with the style of the dress she was wearing in the Canadian interview, which disguises her body.

      • normades says:

        Anti-depressers will do that too you and there have been a lot of rumors about her and the prescription meds.

      • Katie says:

        I take prednisone daily for a chronic lung disease aid have had similar effects to my face from them. It looks to me like it’s from medication and not facial fillers.

      • mayamae says:

        She does have clinical depression and was hospitalized for it the last couple of years or so. I vote antidepressant.

        If this is fillers, I have no idea why a woman wants her face to look fatter.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

      With this look, Ashley looks a lot like Hayden Panetierre.

    • bluhare says:

      I think it’s medication as well, but I have a question. If your face gets puffy from meds, does it make your skin look unnaturally taut except around the eyes where there are still wrinkles? Or do you puff all over?

    • Violet says:

      That was my first thought, too!

      Whenever my asthma gets really bad, I have to take prednisone and my face puffs up exactly like that.

  2. Lindsey G. says:

    I had to take off my fake glasses to make sure it was really her I was looking at. Why do these women go so far with the fillers, lip injections, etc. A little goes a long way and too much will ruin a perfectly natural, beautiful woman.

  3. spinner says:

    Yup…she’s totally messed up her face. From what I read, she has been abusing facial procedures for years now.

  4. carrie says:

    fillers! botox! gain weight?
    she’s also bipolar so i guess she takes meds(usually this sort of meds do to gain weight on long term)

    • JennJennM says:

      My brother gained weight and got a puffy face after going on bipolar meds several years ago.

  5. logan says:

    Read all comments concerning Jennifer Aniston, they all apply. Just Hollywood being Hollywood. Gotta try and keep their looks, because they know that a younger actress/actor is waiting to take their place. Back in old Hollywood actors just disappeared, now they try to last for ever. Never happens though.

  6. hunny says:

    i thought the right pic is her mother haha.

  7. Maria_Spain says:

    jesus! what a pity…she used to be kind of pretty .

  8. PDog says:

    This definitely looks like medication, most likely steroids.

  9. Neelyo says:

    That dog is adorable!

    • spitfire says:

      She brought the dog to look good…unfortunately, she made the doggie look better.

    • Kate says:

      The dog is adorable. In comments and pictures at the DM link, it’s pointed out that the dog arrives in a jacket that says “service,” but when she’s onstage the jacket is no longer on the dog.

      Leads me to think that she does have a medical concern and doesn’t want to advertise it.

      • kate says:

        You can apply for a “service dog” status for your pet. this allows you to carry your (otherwise “oversized”) dog on the plane without buying it a seat (and not having it be in the cargo area of plane). My aunt did this. She did not have a real disorder…she just had her doctor say she had arthritis or something. I don’t have details but she used to brag that she could get her beloved dog on the plane and she didn’t really need him there. (yes there is narcissism there with her and she isnt even an actor!)

      • SD User says:

        Kate you are an idiot. And your aunt is a faker.

        You do not apply for a service dog.

        If you feel you have a medical condition one can discuss the use of an emotional support animal with their doctor.

      • bluhare says:

        SD User: Nice response, there. How about this instead:

        “You are mistaken.”

        Just a thought.

  10. Olive says:

    Jimney crickets! That’s a scary face.

  11. Azurea says:

    Ashley looks awful, and her show looks the same, from commercials. Overacting much?

    I’m sure Marilyn Denis was thrilled to have another messed-with face to keep her company. I can’t watch her anymore — talk about going too far with the plastic surgery — she now looks like the Madame puppet. Just ghastly.

    • atorontogal says:

      hahahha right?!! After Marilyn left CityLine she went and ruined her face. I wanted to say nasty things about Ashley Judd because I really cannot stand her, but if it’s meds that are doing this to her face then I simply cannot say anything because my son is on meds that have caused him to gain a lot of weight.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I was about to say the same thing. Marilyn looks like she’s giving birth to her own face.

  12. nora says:

    Considering that all her wrinkles are still there, it looks more like the result of a corticosteroid or a hormone therapy. Or a early menopause.

  13. mln76 says:

    To me this looks like a medical condition not plastic surgery. I’m not saying she hasn’t done botox etc but I don’t think that swollen look comes from fillers and the like. Oh and it’s not just steroids that make you blow up. She could be on psych meds which if you believe Lainey she needs.

  14. Bad Fairy says:

    Buttermilk? Really? Good Lord…

  15. Kita says:

    Whatever is going on, Buttermilk (the dog) is wearing a service animal vest in the photos from the airport. That means she has him with her for some kind of medical issue. Check out the close up:


    • Marjalane says:

      The vest doesn’t necessarily mean she has him for medical reasons- I’ve known people who have used the vest to get their pet on the inside of the plane cabin. Ashley Judd seems like the type to do that. Those Judd girls have all kinds of odd personality disorders. Sad.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        I may have to agree with this to an extent. I have seen her first-hand with her dog on set. She and Pat Dempsey filmed a movie right outside my work bldg not long ago (Flypaper) and she had the dog running everywhere in our lobby. It was like, no one was really watching it lol so a couple of us were playing with it. Then, randomly, Octavia Spencer (who i guess is in the film?) was fussing for people to get out of the way. Interesting..

      • TaylorB says:

        This comment is for the person who said they were all playing with the dog, if it is in fact a service dog (and I do suspect she has a medical issue, you don’t get cheek fillers and leave the crows feet) please, and I beg you please, NEVER play with or pet a service dog without the consent of the handler. Always ask first if you may touch the dog, think of it this way, that animal is trained to be an extention of that person and they are a working unit, would you walk up to a random stranger and start touching/petting them? If you get permission from the handler to touch the animal that is fine but a simple pat or scratch is all that you should do, these animals don’t just bark if there is trouble they are also there to protect and they will. So overall best just let them be.

  16. daz says:

    its gotten to the point that everyone in hollywood has got an effed-up face that they think it’s just normal and that we are all too blind to notice

  17. Minx2 says:

    I don’t think she had any plastic surgery, her mouth, nose, eyes and cheeks look the same. She must be retaining water from some kind of medication, poor thing.

  18. Erandyn says:

    She may very well have gained weight; it’s not a crime.

    Incidentally, I think she has the coolest eyebrows this side of Jack Nicholson.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I hope I was kind enough to her and I did specify that it could be a medical condition or minor weight gain. Agreed on her cool eyebrows!

      • cerulean says:

        You were gentle. Its just jarring to the eye to see her this way. She always had beautiful bone structure so its weird.

      • Kimbob says:

        Yes, definitely Celebitchy, you did mention this, and were careful w/your words…definitely.

        But I couldn’t help but laugh when you said, ‘There’s no way I would pay someone to make my face look fat. I’d rather just have some wrinkles.’ I’m TOTALLY w/ya on that one. If this is the result of some tweaking…oh no hell no.

        Anyway, like you said, this COULD be medical, and if so, our comments need not apply.

  19. L says:

    Looks like weight gain from meds to me (isn’t she on bipolar medicine?) I mean, she’s even gained weight on her nose and that’s not something you can really do from fillers.

    Plus she looks more chubby overall.

  20. Riana says:

    Those don’t look like fillers at all to me. She still has all her wrinkles, the basic shape of her face is still the same and her cheeks are still structured in the same way.

    I think she’s having a reaction to something, her eyes seem kinda puffy but there’s no tell tale bruising or discoloration.

  21. Esmom says:

    If it is steroids, I feel for her. Both my mom and sister-in-law puffed up almost unrecognizably from prednisone and they dreaded ever leaving the house. It was seriously traumatic for both of them.

    If it is prednisone, she’s lucky because it could be so much worse. If it’s fillers, I’d say they really backfired because she looks so much older!

  22. KLO says:

    I think she’s on psych meds and has gained a little weight. Plus, this haircut is not very flattering. Nothing to see here.
    I have a similar face shape and it can look drastically different with a slight change of hairstyle.

  23. Jen34 says:

    I agree that it looks like a medical condition. I would so hate to be scrutinized this much.

  24. lucy2 says:

    It does look like some kind of medical issue. She was quite beautiful when she first hit it big, though I’ve always heard bad things about her. Maybe it was some sort of medical issue, hopefully she’s doing better now.

  25. Strawberrygirl says:

    I used to think she was so stunning! But a couple years ago I noticed she started messing with her face. What a shame! And too bad she’s a total loon.

  26. really says:

    If it is a medical/steroid issue, then I wish she’d speak out about it. I know she has a right to privacy and is under no obligation to do so, but it would be nice for people in similar situations to know that this happens to the “beautiful people” too.

  27. Catherine says:

    It’s definitly weight gain but I agree it may be from medication. She looks bigger physically also but that could be good old aging too.

  28. cerulean says:

    I think its a mixture of too much plastic surgery, meds and weight gain. The rumors have always been about her fragile mental health so hopefully she is on some good strong meds.

  29. Franny says:

    ugh, I also get chubbier in the face first. Its the worst because you can’t cover that up like you can jiggly thighs or a muffin top, and its obviously the first thing you see in pictures. Unfortunately for me, having chubby cheeks runs in the family.

    That being said, I think there is more going on than just a bit of weight gain. Her face looks incredibly uncomfortable.

  30. cody says:

    She looks like she has some gained weight, had a little too much filler and looks swollen from some medication, probably a steriod.

  31. Amanda says:

    That Daily Mail article is hilarious for using the words “Lindsay Lohan” and “ever youthful glow” in the same sentence.

  32. Cleveland Girl says:

    She looks awful.

  33. Catk says:

    My roommate worked on her Broadway show. Said she’s one of the biggest bitches she’s come across, and that’s saying a lot.

  34. Hazel says:

    Nice eyebrows

  35. Anne says:

    Did you see the commercials for her new show? Terrible acting.

  36. truthful says:

    yeah, I’m not saying anything negative, it looks like meds or something.

    this happened to me when I was taking steriods to rid me of a infection and bad cough. My friend has the same look and she is small but she has to take meds for her lupus.

  37. Annie says:

    She looks like Billy Crystal.

  38. Sue L. says:

    a) I think she is on some medication and b) she IS a pretentious twit.

  39. Cait says:

    In commercials for her new show, one eye looks kinda wonky, almost like a bad eye lift?? I don’t know, but it was very distracting.

  40. Az says:

    I’ve heard she can be awful. I can’t say anything bad about her. I loved her memoir and sent her a message saying so and her reply was really lovely and gracious. Also, I’m from Guatemala and she and Salma Hayek have done some really good work there so I just can’t hate on her. I do think she looks like she’s on meds. I had a friend who was on steroids for an illness and that is exactly how she looked.

  41. Nev says:

    I have been watching her for years…she is really intelligent and well-informed about issues, etc.

    I hope her health is ok.

  42. Shelly says:

    She’s totally had fillers. That is not just weight gain. I don’t like her at all. I think she is a crazy, pretentious bitch. There are LOADS of blind items and not-so-blind items out there about her. She is CRAZY.

  43. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    In the Hollywood culture, you’d probably rather get blasted with plastic surgery rumors than crucified for weight gain. Such a shame. I vote weight gain.

  44. Alexis says:

    Looks like medication and weight gain to me. She looks worn out and strained in the new pics, too. Hope she’s ok.

  45. Agnes says:

    i’m going with – this is her coming off a serious allergic reaction to something. haha. otherwise it’s just sad.

  46. Catherine says:

    Good point and I don’t think anyone can argue about those facts.

  47. marie says:

    She has wrinkles and her face is puffier than when she was younger but so is her neck. She has gained weight, that is all. Her hairstyle is aging her. Some woman just don’t age well. She looks like an up tight person who seems to have anxiety issues.

    • sashavice says:

      No, not just weight gain. Look at her face, she looks like Lohan and Kardashian.

      Weight gain doesn’t make one look like a wax dummy.

      These people have so much money can’t they afford better plastic surgery?

  48. sashavice says:

    Dear God, what did she do to her face?!?

  49. bagladey says:

    Isn’t it interesting how a person can boast of their intelligence and smarts and still not be sensible enough to avoid doing this to themself?

  50. Jayna says:

    I would have to see a better shot of her body. Weight gain makes a rounder face rounder. My friend gained weight after always being thin and at 130 pounds I was stunned at the change in her face from 105 pounds.

    If it’s overuse of fillers, these women are dumb following the trends. A fat face makes them look heavier and older, not younger.

  51. hunter says:

    So this line here:

    “The actress joins Lindsay Lohan, Madonna and Kylie Minogue as the most obvious examples of stars whose ever youthful glow …”

    LINDSAY (25) is put on a list with people in their 40s and upward.


  52. Madison says:

    Looks like weight gain to me or could be meds as others have pointed out, she’s always had a full round face and puts on some weight and now it’s even fuller and rounder.

  53. WillyNilly says:

    If you look at both sets of photos, there is not the slightest hint of erasing the wrinkles around her eyes and she didn’t have anything else noticable. My vote is Prednisone.

  54. 6 says:

    She has the classic “moon-face” from prednisone use. I work in a pharmacy and those side-effects are real and awful. She probably has gained a little weight (which is fine, I don’t have an issue with weight gain) also since it simulates appetite and thirst.
    My friend was on it and her face was just like this, maybe a little worse even, but her body only changed slightly.

  55. Onyx XV says:

    Yes. Yes she did.

  56. Amandahugandkiss says:

    She’s a dead ringer for Countess Crackerjacks from Real Housewives now.

  57. Psyren says:

    I agree with the idea that she’s on medication. That and she’s just put on a few pounds. She should also invest in better quality lipstick. In both picks it almost looks like her lips are bleeding.

  58. pwal says:

    I don’t like Ashley Judd, but I’m glad that you were restrained in your analysis. I remember a tabloid cover of a plump middle-aged woman in a two-piece swimsuit running around on a beach, and the headline was something like ‘Guess who this is’, which I took as having a snide tone. It turned out to be Lee Remick and within months, she was dead. Seems that she had cancer and hid her condition, but apparently was captured having a good day, despite her illness, and was just frolicking on the beach.

    Not that I’m saying that Ashley has cancer, but if she has some sort of illness, good for her for fulfilling her promotional obligations and not ‘waiting things out’. And if this is revealed to be due to an illness, I hope those who were quick to mock and be derisive receive the permanent gift of shutting the fcuk up until they know the facts.

    • tmbg says:

      Good grief, I hope it isn’t an illness. I just assumed she gained weight. She’s still really pretty, IMO.

  59. Newmrs says:

    Is it possible shes pregnant?

  60. Lisa says:

    Look at her mother and sister, who’s surprised?

  61. Ro says:

    I’m getting a Delta Burke vibe from her face, which isn’t bad, but the resemblance is strong. Anyone else?

  62. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I feel for her if it is steroid bloat, it is the suckage and takes forever to go away. Hope it is nothing too serious.

  63. Jana says:

    I don’t know what she did, but she has aged 20 years in 3 months!

  64. Zoe says:

    I don’t know about the fillers but I love her black top, I want it!

  65. tmbg says:

    I think she’s just gained weight. A few months ago I saw some other pictures and she was a little bigger than she used to be. I hope that’s all it is.

    Anyway, if they are fillers, they’ll settle in. Doctors sometimes get a little too needle happy with the fillers. I had some because my face had just lost fat and was looking flat, and my doctor was very judicious with it. After a few days of swelling, all it looked like was that I had gained a little baby fat back in my face.

    It’s lasted too. I haven’t had any for a few years now and it still hasn’t flattened out again completely. Apparently it does something to generate more collagen permanently.

  66. Loralei says:

    She was so beautiful in “Double Jeopardy” with Tommy Lee Jones. Does she have any kids? Those pictures don’t even look like her

  67. Denise says:

    Its not fillers people. Read the Washington Post. She’s on steroids. I think you’d have to be on fillers for quite some time before your face gets that puffy. Like Joan Rivers for example and she’s in her 70’s.


  68. Staci Kelsoe says:

    I’m a new superhero my partner is bluenight we’r baste in canterbury

  69. claire says:

    Filler filler filler !!!! She looks ridicule .
    I don’t understand what is going on with those women who make themselves Sooooo ugly , may be they are seeking role in horror moovie .