Amanda Peet: ‘I’ve never done Botox or fillers, maybe I’m afraid’

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Amanda Peet is 44 years old, which is just slightly older than I am, and I assumed she was about five years younger than me. Maybe that’s because she doesn’t have that ageless “LA face” (credit: Lainey) that so many women in Hollywood are sporting. Amanda doesn’t look tight, pulled or filled and that’s a definite choice she’s made. In a new interview on Maria Menuous’s Sirius XM show, Amanda likened doing injectables to trying cocaine, saying that she hasn’t done either because she’s too scared:

“I’ve never gotten Botox or fillers,” [Amanda Peet] said on SiriusXM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos.” “I’ve never done anything to my face that’s ‘invasive.’ ”

And Peet has no plans to start.

“I think it has a lot to do with having two girls,” she said of her decision to forgo injectable face treatments. “Maybe I’m afraid. I’m afraid…it’s like I’ve never done cocaine either!”

While she’s ruled out Botox, Peet admits to getting other beauty treatments.

“I’ve certainly spent a lot of time and money doing other stuff, and I certainly am vain!”

While she may be “vain,” she’s definitely not self-conscious. When her role on Togetherness calls for nudity, Peet has no reservations.

“I’ve been known to take my clothes off,” she said. “I’m not precious about it.”

[From People]

I live in the US South and the only time I see Botoxed and filled faces is when I visit my son’s dad in Berlin. No one does it around here, but I imagine that it’s very normalized in the cities on the west coast especially. When your friends are getting bigger lips at the strip mall down the block it’s got to be hard to resist. I always buy something at those product parties people have, I doubt I’d be able to go to a Botox party and be like “I’m good.” So kudos to Amanda for bucking the trend. Sometimes she’s a little too fresh-faced on the red carpet for my taste, but that’s absolutely her choice and she looks great. I just like to glam it up when possible and I love makeup. I totally would have had Botox and probably fillers already if I lived in a city where my friends were doing it.

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  1. SKF says:

    I think her red carpet problem is poor styling – she herself is absolutely stunning.

  2. Snowpea says:

    I live next door to a multi millionaire called Jan who has so much money she doesn’t know what to with herself. She’s always getting procedures done and has had some super shonky lifts done that just make her look freaky rather than younger.

    And herein lies the catch: plastic surgery (or Botox/fillers) never make you look younger…just different. You still look whatever age you are. If someone asked me how old my neighbour was I reckon I’d be bang on (she’d be in her early 60’s) so clearly getting work done is a bit of an emperors new clothes situation. Silly, vain people getting sold a lie.

    I have just turned 41 and have started to age a little bit. I have decided to love the ageing process and focus on being strong, fit and vibrant. When I see a beautiful woman who has embraced her lines, wrinkles and crows feet and stands tall with a kickarse red lipstick and naturally grey hair, my heart bursts a little.

    • Brittney B. says:

      I know what you mean about the heart bursting. I’m not even 30 yet, but I’m trying to build myself up to embrace aging, because I refuse to waste precious time and energy and money on some nature-defying fantasy. Looking at Amanda’s face, hearing her words, and seeing the lines in Angelina eye’s in the Lebanon story (I know, a superficial takeaway)… I find these women far more beautiful than their tweaked and lineless peers, and I feel the same way about the women I see in public with gray hair and kickass styling or wrinkles and toned muscles, etc. You can enjoy life and care about your body without falling for expensive delusions.

      Kudos to you for realizing this, and thanks for sharing! I hope you continue to celebrate the fact that you’re alive and strong and fit every time you see another sign of aging. The invisible stuff is pretty great, too… the wisdom and life skills and confidence. Why stay stagnant?!

    • Jayna says:

      I have yet to see fillers that help someone. Most have puffy cheeks they didn’t even have when young. And it’s abormal the women that try to get so botoxed and filled that they have no lines. Even in your early 30s you have small lines and smile lines. How do you try to erase them when you are older. Makes no sense.

      Maybe some get filler done and it’s so good you don’t notice. But like anything the fear to me is you lose sight that a little is perfect and get more and more as time goes by and don’t see what it’s done to your face. I like my thin face. I don’t want a pillow face. LOL

      Too much botox gives a hardened look. But botox done right can be good. My sisters has a deep frown line between her eyes that gives her a look like she’s mad. She had botox done and loved it. It just smoothed that line down. She hasn’t ever gone back, but said she will.

      I remember thinking years ago when Joy Behar was on the View before she left that she looked great, and she told everybody that she gets botox in several places on her face. It really did freshen up her face when looking at older pics, the way the doctor did it.

      I would never do botox myself. But I don’t have forehead lines, and I can’t imagine ever wanting the area around my eyes frozen, which gives those women that overdo it that hard look. No thanks for me.

    • Crumpet says:

      I like your attitude. At my age (51) I am focusing on kettlebells and forget the going hungry all the time and endless cardio. I want to be strong and healthy. I may have a little more around my middle than I am comfortable with, but I’m done with deprivation thank you very much. As long as my height to width ratio is good I’m happy (or trying to And I can’t afford Botox or Dysport or anything else, so I have to love what I’ve been left with, which is pretty darn good all things considered.

      • Kitten says:

        Kettlebells are great for you. Plus it’s important to weight-train as we get older because we start losing bone mass. I’m constantly harping on my mom about this because she never does anything exercise-wise.

    • Hadleyb says:

      I think it can make you look a bit younger maybe a few years but it does make you look better if used in moderation. You look good and I hate to say this saying ” for your age” but it does.

      When you age lips get thinner so plumping them up is nice, but not overly wormy which is horrid. Plumping up cheeks which sag as you age — because not only does your skin age but your bones do as well, so the fillers can help. Again in moderation.

      Laser I think is really the best — it can tighten, firm, get rid of crepey skin and wrinkles. Acne scars etc. So moderation is the key and never have PS on your eyes …. forehead or neck sure but leave your eyes. Eye jobs ruin your face and I would rather have my eyes than no wrinkles .. and at 45 and up is OK to have wrinkles. Even 20 year olds have eye wrinkles when they smile! Its ok!!

      • Eleonor says:

        Personally I don’t think it makes you look younger, if well done it makes you look better which is different: you cannot be 50 and think “with this I would totally look 30” you will be a 50 years old really good looking woman

    • Kitten says:

      I disagree actually. I’ve said it before but I have friends who get Botox and fillers and you can not tell AT ALL. They look exactly like themselves—just well-rested and healthy.

      People have this really skewed view about fillers and plastic surgery because they’re bombarded with images of people in LA who do it to excess. This is NOT how most people get fillers! The people I know are normal-looking, not circus freaks. The thing that amuses me is that I bet a lot of you have friends or acquaintances who get fillers, but you just don’t know that they do, because you have this notion that fillers=freakshow.

      Also, I don’t think the average person who gets fillers gets them to look more youthful, they just want to look more like THEMSELVES. Sorry but if you have frown-y lines or bags under your eyes and you simply don’t want to look tired or grumpy anymore, that doesn’t mean that you have an obsession with youth, it just means that you’re sick of your appearance belying how you feel inside.

      I haven’t done anything yet but with 40 looming near, I’m definitely considering it, especially after seeing my friends’ fantastic results.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Yeah, I’m 41 and haven’t tried anything yet but I would never rule it out. My Mom had botox a few times and I didn’t even realize it until she told me, it’s really not a noticeable change when done right. The only reason I haven’t tried it is the things that are bugging me aren’t botox issues. Fillers I’m slightly more wary of because I would be afraid of a botched job.

      • Becks says:

        Kitten, I completely agree. I get Botox on my frown lines twice a year. Nobody can tell! I have these 11s that make me look angry, but now I just look rested, haha. I also get filler on my nasio labial lines every two years, and like I said, no one can tell.
        I live in LA and I have seen some scary faces. I’ve always said that less is more when it comes to injectables. My doctor is also very good and strives for a natural look. So I am very happy with the results. I’m 41, but people always think I’m at least 10 years younger. I have good genes, but I also think my Botox helps a little 😜

        I also have been wearing sunscreen ever single day since I was in my 20s. This, along with Retin A helps keep the skin looking good.

      • ALittleGlitter says:

        I totally agree with this. If you do something tastefully no one can tell. I don’t have anything yet because I am scared but I have lots of friends that do and you cant tell. They just look well-rested.

      • Camille says:

        Well that’s nice, here’s just hoping that in years to come that we don’t find out that there are bad side effects for injecting that crap into our bodies. (Haven’t done botox, never will).

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I’m attempting to age gracefully. I do touch up some of the gray, but most of my hair is naturally auburn/red. I do facials, use sunblock religiously, keep hydrated, and adore my makeup. But I’m not a fan of fillers and other injectibles. I do have friends who do Botox and they look great. They keep it to a minimum and you can’t tell. I’m not against other people using it, it’s just not for me.

  3. kai says:

    I was just watching interviews with Amanda the other day. Love her! Including the wacky fashion.

    • Camille says:

      I think shes really pretty and looks great. I applaud her for aging naturally (as most actresses don’t).

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t think I would do Botox. At 59, I’ve learned to never say never, but I think Botox is a ripoff. It’s expensive and it doesn’t last but about six months, I think. However, I don’t have lines on my face yet except around my eyes and I actually like those. So we’ll see. My neck, on the other hand, has those three horizontal lines on it like an oak tree, and if I can find a way to lose those, I will do it.

    P.S. I didn’t like her “I’m not precious about it” remark. We aren’t supposed to “shame” people for choosing to take their clothes off, so don’t shame them for opting to keep them on, either. It’s a valid choice.

    • Kitten says:

      My friend says she has to get it every THREE months which is like….how do you afford that?
      She said Botox is more preventative for her. She’s in her thirties like me so she’s just trying to stave off the frowny lines.
      Honestly, I’m such an expressive person that I doubt Botox would last at all in my face. Maybe I’ll just hold out for a facelift lol.

      • Jpup says:

        I’m in my early thirties and started getting preventative botox.

        My first experience with botox was because I have chronic migraines. (For anyone thinking about it, it’s been an AMAZING cure. Went from getting them daily to about once a month now. 100% insurance covered other than the $35 copay.) A pleasant surprising side effect of the migraine treatment was getting rid of the horizontal lines forming on my forehead. I’m very expressive and have always had faint lines in certain areas of my face. I didn’t know if the migraine botox treatment would also treat the lines, but they did, and I was really happy with both outcomes.

        After about a year of my migraine treatments, I talked to my dermatologist about preventative botox in my eye area. She said it was a good idea. She did just 6 units on each side and it was about $75 total. Definitely makes a difference for the dynamic wrinkles when I smile, doesn’t freeze my face and doesn’t break my bank. Worth it, would recommend it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I don’t think it would have been a great investment for me because I still don’t have many lines on my face. But to each their own. I thought it cost more than $75 dollars – a lot more. Maybe that’s after you already have the lines?

      • Jpup says:

        The cost is determined by how many units you get. When it’s preventative, you don’t need as many units. When it’s done as a treatment to erase existing facial lines, particularly on older skin, it takes more units in more areas and that can add up quickly.

    • GreenieWeenie says:

      my mom has had plenty of Botox. I don’t judge anyone for it but I doubt I’ll go near it. First, I don’t think the long-term effects of cosmetic fillers are well studied and frankly, I’ve known so many people who’ve died of cancer that I am just not going to throw anything more into the biological mix than I can reasonably help. But secondly, I think it’s good for one’s character to just be you at all stages of your life. It’s fine if my vanity has to take a backseat as I age. For a long time I felt like people constantly told me I was younger/less experienced than I was and I really wanted my looks to reflect my life experience. So I don’t think I will have a difficult time with aging and I kind of wish that for everyone else too (spoken with the confidence of a thirty-something, I know, haha).

      I guess I subscribe to the notion of building character. Sometimes it’s good to be the chubby awkward kid with braces and glasses–helps you appreciate your straight teeth later but also can make you a more empathetic person, you know? I’ll take wrinkles and be happy for good health (without being judgmental. Really, no skin off my back if everyone else fills with wild abandon. More power to you all!)

  5. Connie says:

    I got botox for the first time last year at 33 years old in preparation for my upcoming summer ’15 wedding. I got only 2 treatments: one slightly before my bridal shower and the other before the wedding, about 2 1/2 months apart (the second one only being a touch up). I have to say…it was AMAZING. My crows feet were very diminished only a day or two after and after 2 weeks and for about 6-8 months they were non-existent. Same goes for the 3 horizontal lines across my forehead… I had the smoothest forehead.. however beware, you feel a tad frozen LOL. In pictures, i notice only a slight change in myself, the most change being after the first time for the bridal shower I look like I may be wearing more makeup than I normally do, when i wasn’t, my face was just a little different. No one noticed or said anything, even my own mom who when we discussed botox casually, she swore she’d never do it because she was afraid of looking like the horrific frozen faces in hollywood and I told her that, if done subtlety and tastefully, you can’t even tell and it just gives you a fresh, rested look. Then I pointed at my face. It still took her 30 more seconds to catch on LOL. Anyway, that’s my story… I turn 34 today. i haven’t done it since because my husband and I are building our dream home and all extra money goes there and botox is certainly not cheap… but I know I will do it again, maybe 1-2 times per year, and in moderation. Love it!

    • It'sJustBlanche says:

      I have to agree. If it’s done right, it’s fine. I have done it and it’s fine. I won’t let anyone go to dermatologist touch my face. Go to someone who knows what they’re doing and who knows when to stop. I have a friend who works in one of those meds spas and her face is as frozen as can be. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

    • Kitten says:

      Yes thank you! I said the same above. Glad it was a good experience for you.

  6. Jen43 says:

    I would never do it solely because it hurts so much. An aquaintance of mine told me she left the doctor’s office in tears the last time she went, and she doesn’t think she’ll be going back. If there were a painless way of doing it, I would probably give it a try.

    • Crumpet says:

      Oh pshaw. I have had it done and it is not painful at all. Maybe they hit a nerve?

    • fiona says:

      Really? I get botox (I’m in my early 20s) because I have severe TMJ. I get it placed all around my shoulders, neck, scalp, jawline and forehead. It hurts a little in my forehead but other than that, not a big deal. I can’t believe people cry about it!

  7. Grump says:

    Her skin looks AMAZING.
    I bet she does a lot of lasers to get that smooth and clear. I’m inspired…

    • PinaColada says:

      +1 I started doing lasers. I can only do it once/year because I’m broke. But it lasts longer than Botox and helps. My sister is 37 and has always stayed out of the sun, uses sunblock every day, and never smoked. She does lasers, and her skin is 100% unlined. She has fewer wrinkles than friends of mine in their late 20s. My brother is only a year older but has smoked, drinks a ton, lives in the sun- and looks way, way more wrinkly. So it’s not genetics per say- it’s all prevention. I believe Amanda Peet

      • DeeDee says:

        Prevention is huge and for me it’s all about sunscreen and taking good care of your skin. I’ve done a laser once and it works well. Never done anything more invasive than that–for good skin care tips, I highly recommend Caroline Hirons. Honestly, following her routine has changed my skin dramatically.

      • Kitten says:

        What kind of laser? I’ve read so many horror stories about IPL, etc. I honestly think my skin could use them but I’ve successfully scared myself out of trying them.

        Would you be willing to share more info? How many treatments do you need and what’s the downtime?

      • DeeDee says:

        Happy to share. It wasn’t IPL–I’ve heard horror stories too. I’m pretty sure it was a CO2 laser and my dermatologist did it. I’m 46 and had some sun spots and a broken blood vessel which only required one treatment. It really depends on your skin’s condition. The procedure was a bit unpleasant–like rubber bands smacking your skin. They used ice and and an anesthetic gel to numb your face a little. There really was no downtime except orders to stay out of the sun. My face was a little red but otherwise, nada. Over the course of about a week to ten days, the brown spots get darker and flake off. I had it done about three years ago and would do it again at some point. In the interim, I’m religious about sunscreen and I also use Retin-A a few times a week (it also works really well).

      • GreenieWeenie says:

        oh, is this the same laser they do for spider veins? I had sclerotherapy and got my spider veins zapped (I used to do a ton of contact sports that just ruined my legs) and while the vein collapsing was SO PAINFUL, the lasers were nothing. Absolutely nothing. I don’t even remember them using anesthetic gel on me either. She just zapped wherever. Negligible pain, imo.

        Also got a tattoo and that hurt significantly more than lasers.

      • PinaColada says:

        @Kitten I go to my dermatologist who is both a regular/cosmetic derm. I can’t remember which laser I get (it’s not the fractal- it’s the other one) but its $350 for my face. It’s 1-hour of numbing cream, then about 15min of the laser on my skin. I am only red for 2 days!!! And I have super sensitive skin. I Put aquifer on as my lotion pretty much no stop until the redness fades/it feels less dry. Then for 3 months you have to be extra careful with sun exposure and use block/hats because it’s new skin. I’m going to do my hands this time, too. $300 for that. My sister gets lasers for her cheeks because she has Rosacea- she doesn’t use it for wrinkles but it ends up having the same effect and they have to do her whole face for it (can’t just do cheeks or it doesn’t match) so she gets the “benefit” of wrinkle reduction. I used to be a sun worshiper (sob) so I do it annually for wrinkles. There is also a $750 option with higher intensity which has a full 2 weeks of downtime but much better results. They told me that’s for someone who really probably needs a facelift but doesn’t want one. And FYI prices vary wildly from one derm to another so you have to look around, and they sometimes run specials where it’s $50 off, etc. my derm isn’t the cheapest I’ve found, but I trust her so I go there.

      • Kitten says:

        Thank you guys so much for the info. I think I’m going to try a laser place near me that’s offering a special deal. It’s for fractal laser…?
        My skin has always kinda sucked so…

  8. mp says:

    I really like wrinkles and gray hair on men and women, but my mom says I’ll feel differently when I’m older.
    My aunt has botox and she looks like a frozen baby doll. It’s creepy. But obvi to each their own! I feel like, once you start, you tell yourself you won’t be Kim K, constantly seeing things that need to be botoxed, but it is truly a VERY VERY fine line between nice tweak and too much.

  9. It'sJustBlanche says:

    Girl, I live in Atlanta. If you want to see some Botox come here. Bad boob jobs too!

    • msmlnp says:

      I live in South Texas, and we got plenty of Botox and bad boobs.
      With bad tattooed eyebrows sprinkled in as well.

  10. Crumpet says:

    Very carefully worded there Amanda. There is always Dysport, so she can say she has never done Botox truthfully, but something has kept her brow suspiciously smooth. And Botox and Dysport are not ‘invasive’ anymore than a vaccine is.

    • Sucio says:

      Yeah, as much as I lover her acting, she is great in Togetherness im not buying this – we are only a few months apart, I have very oily skin and even I have a frown line down the side of my eyebrow.

      Ok she does seem to have olive type skin but even so…

  11. ds says:

    Really, in Berlin? I never noticed it there. But maybe it’s because when you go from Balkans to anywhere else in EU, women seem to look more natural. I’m going to seriously pay more attention.

  12. Truthful says:

    Compare her to say Catherine Zeta Jones…. An example for us all: don’t mess with your face it’s way much better to age than the former ;D

  13. Isa says:

    I live in a small southern town and the doctors have started offering it here. It’s an easy way to make fast money.
    I’m in my twenties and already starting to notice frown lines. There’s a spot above my eyebrow that I would like to get done to keep it from getting worse.

    • Kitten says:

      Oh go away. You’re young and beautiful..Talk to me in ten years! 😉

      • Isa says:

        Lol thanks! Well the spot is a scar from a pimple that occurred in my frown line. So I’m hoping to keep it from getting worse. I’ve started using retinol cream under my eyes. I have lines that are getting deep and my make up just cakes in them.

        The more I start to notice the more vain I get. I didn’t realize how much I took my wrinkle free face for granted.

  14. meme says:

    Well, OK, if you say so. Seems no one in Hollyweird uses Botox. LOL

  15. Josefina says:

    People have this idea fillers, botox and all other cosmetic procedures are synonyms of hating yourself and butchering your body. Really, the whole thing is just the step above makeup. With good doctors (which are not even that hard to find) it is perfectly safe and unnoticeable. I think people are so used to seeing bad procedures and people unhealthily obssesed, they forget how common it actually is.

    I wish things like this were more positively endorsed, and women (and men) were more educated about it. We all want to look good, few of us want to put an effort for it. Big deal. Technology has advanced so we have it easier, people use it. I hate the culture of secrecy and shaming these procedures have.

    • april says:

      I disagree that it’s a step above make up. If you need a doctor or medical practitioner to administer a procedure, then that’s a far cry that it’s just above makeup. Each procedure comes with the risk of side effects or complications. Make up never has that risk.

      However, it’s your own personal choice and I have no problem with that.

    • kri says:

      I agree. I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting work doen if you want it-just do your research and choose the best PS you can get. Bad work makes me screech. I also think that there is nothing wrong with not getting anything done. If you are a cleanse and sunscreen then out the door person, that’s great, too. I myself like some expression lines-it lets me know a bit about a person.

  16. JenniferJustice says:

    And I hope she never has injections or fillers. Women (and men), you do not need these things. Age gracefully and naturally and you’ll be more beautiful than you can ever be with the fake stuff. Crows feet are charming and add character.

  17. msd says:

    We notice the badly done stuff. Done well, it shouldn’t be noticeable and it can look good – not younger good, just refreshed good, as though you’ve had a nice holiday and been eating well and getting lots of sleep. Having said that, like Amanda, it scares me: I think about everything that could go wrong. Retinol is about as far as I’m willing to go for my face.

  18. thaliasghost says:

    Please don’t let anyone get the impression that is a Berlin thing. German here and what always strikes me most about Berlin is the visible poverty – it is impossible to ride the subway without being asked for money and you’ll pass homeless people wherever you go. My last visiti I was shocked to see a group of about 30 homeless people lying in a public place. The botoxed people you see in Berlin are testament to the crowd you are in, not the place.

  19. Frosty says:

    Oh not this nonsense again. I never believe performers who claim to have done NOTHING to combat aging other than clean livin’ and a good night’s sleep.

    • msd says:

      Did you read the article? She didn’t say that.
      “I’ve certainly spent a lot of time and money doing other stuff, and I certainly am vain!”

  20. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I totally believe Amanda’s claims. She is naturally aging & appears to be very happy. Good for her.

  21. lucy says:

    I adore Peet! She is gorgeous and I so love that she has not succumbed to the trend (egads! trends! YUCK!!!) of intervening with nature against her abundant beauty. Stay afraid, girl! With good reason! You don’ wanna look duck-lipped and desperate!. xoxoxoxo!

  22. Lemon Tea says:

    I love Amanda – she’s always so genuine – and she’s a pretty decent actor too. I think she just can’t be bothered that much anymore with the red carpet thing. Busy mum with kids. She looks stunning – those eyes!

  23. mary says:

    Why would anyone get fillers instead of a facelift? Everyone who has them looks like a silly clown. Facelift is probably more expensive and invasive, but at least one still looks natural, rather than a total freak. I wouldn’t be surprised if Peet had her face lifted in the past. They’re not all that detectable. Courtney love had one at 35 (admitted it only recently) and no one could tell back then.