Angela Bassett, 61, has only had a little Botox twice: ‘I still need to express myself’

Angela Bassett is promoting Otherhood on Netflix, also starring Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman. Here’s a link to the trailer, it looks really cute! It’s about three moms finding their way after their young adult sons forget Mother’s Day. It’s definitely on my list. She’s covering New Beauty, where she talks about her twins turning 13, how she sees working as relaxing and a break, and what she’s done to her face, which is surprisingly little. Angela is 61 and said she’s only had just a little Botox two times and ultherapy, a non-surgical ultrasonic treatment.

On if her 13 year-old twins (a boy and girl) think she’s cool
I just surprised my son by flying him to Napa Valley for his first Logic concert. We told him, “We’re going away. We’re going to Northern California. Here’s your Logic T-shirt.” He loves this guy so intensely, so I wanted to surprise him and rock his world—I wanted to let him know who’s boss. Yes, it’s still his mama! It was his first concert. We’ll never, ever forget it. It was such a new experience for him. He even got to meet him and hang out. Because he’s only 13, he had no idea what the world even looked like after ten o’clock at night!

Her self-care routine
To be honest, a good deal of work feels like relaxation to me; it feels a little bit like a vacation when I’m away filming. But I do try to relax. If I’m home, I’ll text the masseuse. I need her to get in there with the deep tissue and get rid of the knots and release the muscles. I try to get away—I went to the Golden Door last year in November just to think about nothing and I enjoyed all the rejuvenation that brought. Staying “prayed up” is also important to me. Being in touch with my spiritual side helps me keep the stress out. It helps you remember that there is something bigger than you and it’s not all about you— there’s a force that has you in the palm of his hands.

Her beauty secrets
I’m pretty passionate about keeping up with the skin care, especially being in front of the camera and on the stage. It’s important. When I’m not on stage or on camera, I’m pretty sans makeup—I think it’s good to keep a clear, clean fresh palette. I am a potions and lotions girl, so if you make me promises, I’ll give you a shot. I do really like the iS Clinical serums. I always come back around to them and they work really well for me. I also find good aestheticians everywhere, and then I have my dermatologist Dr. Pearl Grimes here in LA.

On if she does any surprising beauty treatments
I know lashes are no surprise! Botox is no surprise! I’m a big supporter of being natural, but I’ve done it twice. Just a little bit, not too much—I still need to express myself. What else? I’ve tried Ultherapy, too.

[From New Beauty]

She looks amazing, and I appreciate that she’s honest about what she’s had done. It’s so subtle too, she didn’t have to admit that. If I could go to the same person Angela uses and get the exact same amount of Botox in the same places I would totally do that. (If I could afford it, who am I kidding?) As I always say, we notice the obvious work, the overdone Botox and fillers and that has me hesitant to try it. I’m noticing wrinkling and sagging in places that I didn’t before but I’m sticking to skincare for now. My goal is to go to a dermatologist by the end of the year just to hear my options.

As for Angela’s teens, I’ve heard other celebrities say that their teenagers don’t think they’re cool at all (Although Angela talked around that, it’s nice to know that’s universally true) but that they love it when their parents can get them access to musicians they like.



photos credit: WENN and via New Beauty/Instagram

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  1. DaisySharp says:

    Listen, I had a little Botox for the first time last week, and WOW. Count me a fan. And you don’t have to lose your expressions, and you do not have to look like these Hollywood lunatics (not angela obviously) who go nuts with it. Get yourself someone top of the line and, well, I look young that is all I will say. And i’m not young.

    • StarGreek says:

      I will never have any Botox injections because of health reasons (I have a high number of allergies to chemicals, meds, etc), but I was just curious to ask you… is that necessary to look young in USA unless it is for a job like model or actress? I gather it can also be for personal reasons but how can looking young make people feel better if your bones, muscles and joints are still ‘old’? Just curious.

      Strangely enough I don’t know anyone over 40 who had aesthetic or plastic surgery, while botox, butt and lip injections seems the trend between 20-40 year olds now.

      • Joanna Jackson says:

        Yes, I’ve done it. Had to stop due to financial issues but will probably pick it up again. Lasted about 6 months for me. Not necessary exactly but my smile lines bothered me. When I botoxed, I got told i looked rested, my skin looked great etc. Not what did you do? And i worked with assholes at the time who would have said something if i looked funny.

      • Penelope says:

        I started getting botox a few years ago before I got married. I had a make-up trial done and took some photos; although the makeup certainly looked beautiful all I could see in the photos were the two deep worry lines carved between my eyebrows. A girlfriend suggested botox, so I went and got it done, along with the crease across my forehead. I live in Canada, and it cost me $250 for that. It takes about a week to work, but once it does? Oh my. I thought I would need filler to fill in those wrinkles, but once you stop using those muscles, your skin just kind of smooths out. It can last anywhere from 3-6 months, unfortunately I have to go four times per year. I also added the crows feet around my eyes so it costs about $350 per session. I like it because honestly I think I just look refreshed. No one would be able to tell if I didn’t tell them as my face isn’t completely frozen, I just look a bit younger than I really am. I’m 44, and when people guess my age most guess that I’m 32 – 38. I don’t need to look younger for any particular reason, I just feel better about how I look, so I feel better about myself in general.

  2. Dark and Stormy says:

    She’s gorgeous and I didn’t realize until today that she is the same age as Madonna. I would have guessed her to be much younger.

  3. HK9 says:

    She’s just so gorgeous. I can only hope to look like that at 61.

  4. StarGreek says:

    She’s always been unreal in terms of perfection, such a beautiful woman! I still remember her performance in Strange Days and scratching my head about why Ralph Fiennes’s character preferred Juliette Lewis to her.

    I have no problems to believe she only had it twice, I wish I could remotely look like her when I will hit 61!

    • detta says:

      Attention SPOILER: But he did not prefer Lewis’ character, in the end?!! Or did you miss one of the most satisfying happy endings on film, ever? 😉

      • StarGreek says:

        No I haven’t, I was wondering why it took him all the movie to get it 😂
        I saw it in 1996 and never forgot much of the movie, don’t worry 😉

      • detta says:

        True, took him a good while lol! There is a very nice 20th Anniversary Blu-ray edition available (which you now made me want to rewatch). 🙂

  5. Smices says:

    She had twins at 48? Wow.

  6. Washington says:

    She’s had a thread lift, too. I saw her running errands pretty soon after she’d had it done (she’s tiny and has great skin and a brilliant posture irl) and it hadn’t settled yet and was pretty obvious. But it’s minimal work considering what her peers are doing and it looks pretty good now (although I still think it looks a little on the tight side).

    • Pixie says:

      ahhh that makes a lot of sense! I know plenty of black women in their 50/60 and whilst they look great, they don’t look quite as smooth as she does. (I agree, it looks a little tight).

    • StarGreek says:

      What’s a thread lift?

  7. Shana says:

    Listen, she a beautiful woman who looks incredible for her age (on top of being sharp, eloquent and Ivy league educated), but she definitely had more than just botox, a facelift at least. And there’s no shame in that

    • S says:

      This. It’s no one’s business but your own if you’ve had plastic surgery or any other cosmetic procedures. My objection isn’t that stars do it, it’s when they claim they don’t, when it’s so obvious they actually have. Sure, rude reporters might ask the question of women (it’s always to women, isn’t it?), but it’s totally fine to laugh and say, ‘Wouldn’t you like to know?’ or literally ANYTHING other than lying, which just continues the body dysmorphia and beauty shaming that’s already far too prevalent in our culture. You wouldn’t believe how many young women actually believe these celebs (not Basset, specifically, just generally) when they say they haven’t had injections or plastic surgery, when it’s blatantly obvious that they have. This effects women who often hate themselves for not naturally looking like their manipulated idols.

  8. Mee says:

    Guys she had a full facelift a few years ago. Like a FULL one. She did a red carpet where she had that ‘surprised’ look. It’s fully settled now.

  9. TQB says:

    When I woke up this morning, I really didn’t think I’d get to a point where I was internally screaming “HOT PINK JUMPSUIT – YASSS!” And yet here we are.

  10. Dre says:

    She’s gorgeous I’m mad she’s never won an Oscar ..

  11. Annalise says:

    I still think she (and Laurence Fishburne, for that matter) deserved an Oscar for What’s Love Got to Do With It (the film on Tina Turner’s life, for those of you too young to remember).