Amanda Seyfried: When you do Botox, you look the same as everyone else

Amanda Seyfried has a new interview with The Cut where she’s promoting a Givenchy fragrance she represents. She talks a lot about what different scents mean to her, and I’m not going to excerpt any of that because I hate perfume. I’m sensitive to perfume, too much of it in a closed room can make me unable to stay there, and I think that it should be heavily regulated, but that’s a different story. Seyfried, 31, is pregnant with her first child and I get the sense that she’s in a really good place in her life because she’s been particularly open in recent interviews. There’s a kind of strength required in being vulnerable, if that doesn’t sound like too much of a contradiction. Anyway Seyfried talks about being open about her OCD, about Botox and the kind of sameness that takes over when women use it, and about her beauty routine. I like reading her interviews because you get the sense she’s sharing something personal and there very little that’s calculated about it. Here are highlights and you can read the entire interview here.

What do you think of when you think of the word anti-aging?
I just picture a vial of oil. I think of all the avenues people take to look younger, to look like they haven’t aged, not look their age, and to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and sagging skin. It seems like such an ugly thing and I don’t think it’s necessarily an ugly thing. Some of the most beautiful women have lines around their eyes.

There are extreme ways of anti-aging. Face-lifts and Botox are very different, one’s more extreme. I’m 30, going to be 31 in a couple of days, and I don’t want to knock that stuff — to each their own. But I also feel like there’s a look. When you start doing that, you start looking the same as everyone else. Because unfortunately, you’re conforming to something and your face doesn’t move. Everybody’s faces blending into each other and the more surgery you do, with the big lips, skinny nose and tight brow — why would you want to look like everybody else [in Hollywood]?

There are a lot of insecurities with anti-aging and a lot of stigmas. I’m terrified of feeling that. But, I think there’s enough products on the market to prevent that kind of stuff. There are behavioral things you can do, like not smoking or not drinking too much. I think it’s easier than people make it out to be. But also, that’s easy for me to say.

I feel like the phrase should be banned. Everyone is aging, by virtue of living another day. It’s impossible to prevent.
We are all dying. We’re all marching towards death.

What do you think the connection is between wellness and beauty?
It’s absolutely connected. Being healthy is beautiful. Being healthy in the inside, it emits through. Your skin is your f-ing biggest organ. You can see happiness through someone’s skin. You can see someone who is taking care of themselves through their skin. You can see a glow that radiates from within.

I always feel most beautiful when I’ve exercised, had a good meal, exfoliated, and washed my hair. I always feel most beautiful after I feel clean. I always feel beautiful after I’ve plucked my eyebrows.

You talked recently about mental health and medication very candidly in an Allure interview. It would have been very easy for you to brush over the question. Why was it important to you to speak so truthfully about it?
There’s a stigma and taboo and it’s not helping anybody. It didn’t help me when I was a kid. I certainly don’t want my kids to feel like they can’t talk to me.

I’ve suffered massively because I felt alone, crazy, and like I was stuck in this hole. I didn’t understand because I was too f-ing young. I took that on for my teenage years. And I had a pretty healthy childhood. I had a great relationship with my sister and my parents, good grades and friends. But I was haunted by my OCD and it would flare up and affect all aspects of my life.

It doesn’t have to be that way. If you have a physical illness or ailment — you go to the doctor. When you’re having crazy fears, obsessive thoughts, weird compulsions, and you don’t understand why and you think you’re broken, it just festers. It’s a horrible thing. It’s really important for young people to hear other people talk about their experiences in a way that sheds light on them. I do have a platform and sometimes things I say, people listen to.

That 14-year-old me couldn’t sleep for an entire summer. But it would have been nice to have someone that was a little older say to me, “What you’re going through is actually all right. You’re going to be okay. You just need to talk to somebody.” Or you need this or that. It breaks my heart. I’m very, very close to that child in me. I’m working on it every day. I’m very, very involved in working on it now, especially because I’m about to be a mother.

[From The Cut]

She’s not wrong about the homogenized look of overworked faces, Lainey calls the phenomenon “LA Face.” Botox and fillers are not popular where I live in the rural south or I probably would have had at least a little something done already. It only takes one friend telling you how awesome her dermatologist is for you to try it. (That’s how my mom got a face lift, although she did have a great surgeon.) Seyfried says she has this line on her forehead which she would do something about if she could still move the rest of her face afterwards. Now that she talked about it I see it in the photo above, it’s barely noticeable though. I also really agree with what she says about how you feel most beautiful when you’ve exercised and cleaned up afterwards. Seyfried is one of those people who strives to be open about what she’s going through and it doesn’t seem like a put-on to me. That, to me, is also beautiful – just being yourself and not trying to put on a front.

Finn with slippers!

A photo posted by Amanda Seyfried (@mingey) on

Amanda Seyfried shows off her baby bump

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  1. JulP says:

    Love those slippers! 🙂

    I give Amanda a lot of credit for not succumbing to the pressure to look younger in Hollywood (I saw the trailer for her new movie the other day and it was actually refreshing to see that she had some noticeable wrinkles). However, I can’t say the same for myself. I’m 31, had a forehead wrinkle that was bothering me, and got 10 cc’s of Botox last week (it was my first time). Aside from the wrinkle being gone, you can’t tell I’ve had anything done – I still look the same. So I think as long as you’re conservative with it, you won’t look overworked/homogeneous. I think the fillers are what make people look weird. I have yet to see anyone with fillers who looks good/natural.

    • paolanqar says:

      ahahah! I thought they were real dogs!
      I had to scroll back up and look again after your comment!

    • Snowflake says:

      I had Botox and fillers before. My dermatologist did a great job. This one lady at work told me my skin looked great. I met my now husband at this time and I don’t think he realized I had anything done. I’m going to get Botox again, the filler I really liked too. I have a thin long face and I like!Ed the way the filler made it look. but I think it was 500 for that and I wanna say 200 for the Botox. So I will prob just do the Botox again. The filler gradually wore off. Idk how it would be if you did it for a long time then stopped. Everything just gradually goes back to what it looked like before. I think it depends on who does it and how much they use. But obvs, if you know someone is 50 and they have zero wrinkles, you know they are doing something. I just got my first facial and micro dermabrasion this weekend. Didn’t hurt at all and love the results!

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        I’m in my mid40ies and I have none, at least in my face.

        Never even used an anti-ageing cream until 10 years ago. It’s genes, not Botox. My maternal grandmother died at 73 and she seemed 50.

      • Snowflake says:

        Lucky you! I’m about to be 41 and I have bad sun lines around my eyes

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      I don’t see the meaning. Not now.

      Strange if I think that I have never thought to get a damn thing in the last 10 years and I am in my mid40ies. I was tempted to get drastic plastic surgery when I was younger, like enhanced breasts or liposuction, but at this point… who cares? I would probably be tempted if I had been an entertainer but honestly… if by magic I was bound to become one now, they would have to accept me as I am, neck wrinkles and all. Although I feel blessed because I don’t have one in my face.

      (Connected to the thread yesterday, I am also a powerful witch and spells work better than Botox, my word)

    • perplexed says:

      I wonder if Nicole Kidman would look normal if she had only done botox and not done everything else to go along with it. Other celebrities who use botox don’t look as odd as Kidman.

  2. Caitlin Bruce says:

    It’s annoying because she comes across so well but you can’t ingnore the rumours about her and her fetish for married men. Maggie Gyllenhaals husband Peter and the man she is now engaged and pregnant with was married when they first got together(don’t believe there timeline) remember what she said about Domic Cooper girl is man crazy

    • Bex says:

      This is me too. I want to like her as much as this site does, because she always comes across as so charming in interviews, but I just can’t get over how she and her fiancé supposedly got together. I’d really like Lainey to be wrong on that one.

  3. Angel says:

    I love Finn

  4. Sarah says:

    A dear friend of mine started with a little bit on the crease between her brows when she was 29. She is now 33 and gets it 2x a year and it is noticeable to me. Just the slight frozen look which is perhaps not seen by someone who didn’t know her face well before the injections. Maybe it isn’t even the frozen aspect but more the lack of creasing when she smiles. It looks odd to me. But whatever if she’s happy that’s what counts. To each his own. I am 30 and I may get it someday but I’m nowhere near thinking I want it now.

  5. HappyMom says:

    I get what she’s saying. But talk to me when you’re 50. I don’t think anyone knowingly wants LA Face but a little tweaking here and there with botox and fillers to try and recapture how you looked at 35-and there you are. I live in SoCal so I definitely see it. And almost all of my friends have done a little bit of botox.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      I think it’s difficult to say no for actresses in Hollywood. It’s also a matter of “will I get another job?”.
      I will never get anything done at this point but it’s more due to the fact I have zero f8cks to give, I don’t work in an office and I don’t want to spend the little money I earn in something that I consider so superfluous (for me).

    • perplexed says:

      I think she kind of admitted that when she said “It’s easy for me to say.” She seemed to be admitting her opinion could change in 20 years.

      She does seem to have acne which she doesn’t bother to cover up at times, so I guess I would venture to say she’s not as vain as she could be in her industry.

  6. Kitten says:

    I know all the rumors but I still can’t help but like her and Finn is just the cutest ♥

  7. tegan says:

    I love her purse (last picture)! Any ID? I probably can’t afford it anyway though, but one can still dream …

  8. lemonbow says:

    She’s been very open about taking lexapro. I wonder if she quit during her pregnancy? I took it myself up until a couple of months ago for that reason and I am really struggling.

    • HappyMom says:

      I’m sorry, lemonbow. What does your doctor say? Is there something else you can do or take? Or you just have to struggle along? (And it’s not a popular opinion because everyone is always so pro-breastfeeding, but personally I would go back on Lexapro after you have the baby and then bottle feed. Your mental health and well being is super important!!)