Jane Seymour’s advice to young actors: ‘Don’t tattoo yourself, you’re a blank canvas’

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Jane Seymour is still promoting her role in The Kominsky Method’s second season. She’s playing Alan Arkin’s girlfriend. I truly haven’t watched the show and I have no idea what it’s about, but I know it gets nominated for a lot of stuff, so there you go. It’s on Netflix! Anyway, I keep clicking on headlines about Jane Seymour for some reason and I continue to find her thoughts on aging pretty interesting. She’s a 70 year old woman who looks a lot younger, and she’s lived a big life with four ex-husbands and one current live-in partner. She has lots of kids and grandkids and she grows her own garden and still does Pilates. It’s actually pretty amazing. Anyway, here are some quotes from Jane from various sources:

On actors & tattoos: “I personally, when I see younger actors, I say ‘Don’t tattoo yourself, don’t do strange stuff to yourself.’ Being an actor, you’re a blank canvas. You come in as a body, as a psychological being, and you create this other person, and you inhabit that other person and you are that other person until they say ‘stop’.

On plastic surgery: “Hand on heart, the only surgery I’ve had was a small operation to remove the bags under my eyes some 30 years ago. That wasn’t even to do with age — I was born with slight bags. I also had a boob job when I was 40. Even then, the surgeon was eager for me to go a great deal bigger. I was adamant that I just wanted my old boobs refilled, as it were — I’d lost definition after breastfeeding. I am so pleased I was never tempted to do more. Messing with your face is so risky.’

She did try Botox too: “I hated the effect. My brows were so raised I looked like a unicorn — and, as an actress, I realised I needed my facial muscles to move. I’m lucky to have fairly olive skin, which I abused horribly when I was younger.’

Putting on 10 lbs recently: “I’ve gone up a whole dress size, which has actually been great for my face. If you get too thin, the wrinkles start showing.”

[From People and the Daily Mail]

Re: actors and tattoos… I sort of feel similarly? I mean, I love Angelina Jolie’s ink, but whenever her tattoos peek out in the middle of a movie, it takes me out of the movie. Plus, most actors get fug tattoos. I’m thinking about Scarlett Johansson’s cartoonish forearm tattoo, and Megan Fox’s cheap-looking ink. As for what Jane says about plastic surgery… I think she’s telling the truth? She had a few “maintenance” procedures decades ago and that’s it.

Jane Seymour attends The Creative Arts Emmys Day 2 in Los Angeles

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  1. square_bologna says:

    I see her point, but I love Adam Nagaitis tattoos and all! ♡

  2. Becks1 says:

    I believe her re: the plastic surgery. She’s definitely aging, but in a nice way. When people do too much to their faces you can tell, bc they are still aging but in an awkward way (think Christie Brinkley.)

    • Mignionette says:

      Agreed – she looks like a healthy woman who has taken good care of herself and aged well as a result. She also had her children later in life which I think has kept her young.

    • SKF says:

      Yeah, if you block out her “young hair” her face has aged in a natural way and she looks her age – just fabulous for her age. My mother has aged similarly, Jane just has better access to professional hair and makeup. She has taken good care of herself and it shows. Love her honesty here.

      I’m not a fan of tattoos and I think the makeup artists must get over covering the big ones up. People can do what they want but I kinda agree with her here.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        In “The Kaminsky Method” she has a long, silver-white wig, w/out bangs, and she STILL looks awesome!

    • FHMom says:

      I believe her, also. She is a beautiful 70 year old woman. I just wish she’d do something with the hair. She doesn’t need to chop it all off, just about shoulder length. I’m completely over long hair on anyone.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I just saw Helen Mirren in “The Good Liar”, and while I think she’s a tremendous actor, all I could focus on (when the camera focused on her for closeups esp.) was her upper lip filler (under her nose), and her puffed out cheeks.

      I SO wish women wouldn’t feel the need to butcher themselves to look young, while men can age like old fruit w/out a word!

      • Jaded says:

        Oh noes! I adore Helen Mirren and didn’t think she’d go the injectibles route….

      • SKF says:

        I have no idea what you mean? Her upper lip is the same size it’s always been in that film. Her cheeks and the area between her nose and mouth look normal and the same as ever. No Apple cheeks, no swollen top lip with the distinctive pucker. I think you’re seeing things, gotta be honest.

    • minx says:

      She looks wonderful. Agree that she’d look even better with slightly shorter hair.

    • Anne Call says:

      She looks great in Kominsky Method (a series I ended up absolutely falling in love with). She has greyer hair in it and just looks really good. Alan Arkin is so funny and I love all the older actors that kept popping up in the two seasons. Laugh out loud funny in parts and god knows I need funny in my life during the trump years 🙂

      • Kosmos says:

        Loved the Kominsky Method, too, and I’ve always liked Jane Seymour. I like her honesty here. NOT a big fan of tattoos either, esp the ones that take over whole arms and body. Everyone ages differently, and some of that definitely depends on your genes. Those who can afford expensive treatments to keep their looks are lucky, but there are also a number of things one can do to keep their looks as long as possible. I’m not a fan of the overly-processed face or lips. It defeats the purpose of looking like you, only better. You then just look like a version of yourself. I find myself wondering what Jane Fonda would look like today if she had not been a bit overly processed?

    • Holly hobby says:

      Yes in the second close up picture you can see the wrinkles. She’s aging beautifully. Still looks like herself.

      I sort of agree with her with the tattoos. I mean your playing someone else. For instance do you believe a professor type or some conservative role will have an actor with all those tattoos?

      I also think those poor make up people. How long would it take them to cover that? Looking at your fug back tattoo Affleck.

  3. Erinn says:

    I think in a lot of cases this is a fair point. However, I’d say a small, well done tattoo that isn’t super pop culture related shouldn’t be a huge problem.

    There are SO many body makeup brands out there, and they’ve been steadily improving. If you really want a tattoo for some sort of sentimental reason, I don’t think you should automatically be shutting down that idea. But I think you definitely have to think about whether you’re willing to put the work in to cover it up when you are working on a role.

    • Juju says:

      I agree with her. I remember a college theatre festival where I saw a show set in the 50s. The actress playing the mom had a huge smiley face tattoo that they tried to cover but it stood out. It pulls the audience out of the moment and interrupts the suspension of disbelief. Like we all know Tom Hanks isn’t Fred Rogers but it’s his job to make us forget what we know while we are watching the movie. If he had a unique personal tattoo that’s going to keep our brains from believing what he’s supposed to be conveying. I think small tattoos that aren’t normally visible would be less of a problem, but it kills me when I see actors with tattoos on their hands or arms. Those would likely be visible in almost every scene.

  4. Eliza says:

    Ben Affleck’ s tattoo must be hard to cover up

    • 10KTurtle says:

      Somebody managed to CGI-out all of Chris Evans’ tacky chest/bicep tattoos for the Captain America movies.

  5. Lisa says:

    I would be annoyed at the extra time it would take to cover up a tattoo as an actor or model.

    • JanetDR says:

      It seems like it’s something you would avoid if you were interested in being an actor or model, but what do I know? Mr R is heavily tattooed and is in the process of getting some of his early tattoos covered up which I’m grateful for as he was into death imagery back then. His artist is really good and I no longer have to avoid looking at some of the skanky ones.

  6. Joanna says:

    I wish I had never gotten my tattoos. Tried to cover up one and it made it look worse. I’m so sick of them now.

    • CuriousCole says:

      Have you looked into laser tattoo removal? I’m undergoing the process now. It’ll be pricey altogether, and long (5-6 weeks between treatments), but I’m thrilled to see it fading after just two sessions. It hurts but takes just a few minutes. If you’re near the Chicago or Milwaukee area, look into Vamoose, they’re great and cheap/charge just for the area that’s inked.

      • Joanna says:

        No, I haven’t priced it out. I’m in Florida, glad you like your results. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Alsf says:

      I removed one of mine, so worth it. There is faint scarring from the original tattoo, but you basically have to know to look for it to see it.

      Mine was an outline tattoo, not filled in, but u didn’t really find it any more painful than the actual tattoo. And definitely quick sessions.

  7. Gingerbread says:

    It’s so easy to cover tattoos, either by make up or special effects. I don’t think it’s that deep.

  8. Originaltessa says:

    Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, and Paris Jackson are the most egregious youngsters for me. Like, tattoos CAN be beautiful, but they can also make you look like my 7th grade Social Studies notebook full of doodles.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    I had to giggle a little at how that went. I’ve never done anything… Except eye surgery… And a boob job… And Botox… But she does look great, and at least is honest.

    As for the tattoos, I agree with her in that it adds extra work for the make up artist to cover them daily. As tattoos have gotten more common, I’m sure the techniques for that have improved, but it’s still adding work.
    Plus a lot of the tattoos are bad and poorly placed.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I had the same thought! What also struck me was how that surgeon 30 years ago suggested she go bigger with her boob job. Why oh why are male surgeons pushing for bigger? Good for Jane for resisting.

    • Kosmos says:

      If you’re an actor or entertainer, I would never suggest having tattoos. You need to keep the body as an empty canvas for your roles, definitely. I would always be thinking I’d get tired of them someday, or just that times might change when they’re no longer popular and you’re stuck with tons of expensive laser removal. My friend who had only a light outline removed said that it took plenty of expensive sessions and there are still faint mark left, so they never really come off completely ugh.

  10. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    She is absolutely beautiful. I think her tattoo comment is a bit out of touch though.

    I had what my doctor considers “preventative” Botox a few months ago and I love it. I am pushing 40, and even with excellent skincare and consistent sunscreen, there was a fine line or two that I could see potentially developing into a full blown forehead wrinkle (above my right eyebrow, which I raise, and between my eyebrows). He did very minor Botox throughout my forehead, and explained that minor now can prevent major later. It took a few weeks to settle, but now…. I am in love. I don’t want anything else done, but he will get my money every 4-6 months to keep the forehead wrinkles at bay. I will say it felt like I was lifting weights with my eyebrows from week 2 to week 4, but now it moves easily and I still have a full range of facial expressions.

    • Originaltessa says:

      I’m into the second half of my 30’s and my skin is good, not many wrinkles, but I have some gnarly crows feet when I smile. I hate smiling in pictures anymore because I feel like an old lady! Has anyone done minimal Botox on crows feet? And what was your experience? I’m very tempted.

      • Joanna says:

        I have, I loved the results.

      • A says:

        Yes. I’m 35, have taken great care of my skin, but have gone the injectibles route for a couple of different reasons (not to enhance but to maintain). I also wasn’t ready for my face to change as drastically as it seemed to. I did my first baby botox in October and like it a lot: I still have movement and crows feet, but the lines are just… diminished. Not in a crazy way but just softened a little. Not a lot of pain at all with the injections but the first week felt very obvious to me even though I knew that no one noticed.

    • FHMom says:

      I would do something but I’m terrified of needles. The few people I know who have done Botox said it hurts like hell

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I didn’t find it painful beyond what I expected. The needle does make a weird noise, probably because there’s no meat really on your forehead.
        My friends do their crows feet and love it! I was at the same point with my eyebrow wrinkle- I kept seeing it in pics and that’s my good side! 😂 Do it!

      • Joanna says:

        It didn’t for me, just a tiny bit when the needle went in

  11. Lena says:

    She said she has fairly olive skin? Like maybe for an Englishwoman it’s olive.

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      Yes. Because all us Englishwomen and white and pale skinned.

    • Hikaru says:

      Olive refers to skin tone not to how dark it is lol.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      She’s speaking of “undertone”. For example, my sister and I are both fair, but she has my mom’s olive undertone (more yellow), and tans easily. I am fair, but with “cool” undertones (red/blue) like my dad, and I burn easily. She and I, even with the same hair/eye color can’t wear the same foundation/lipsticks/blush because of our undertones. For example: I need “pink-y, mauve-y” tones and she needs “orange-y/coral tones ” for blush/lipsticks.

    • Jaded says:

      She tans easily, that’s all. My very English mother had the same skin, pale in the winter but with enough melanin that she had that olive undertone and would go brown as a berry in the summer.

    • Joanna says:

      I kinda went huh? At that too. I guess she means she tans easily?

  12. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    I have several tattoos and early in my professional career, I had some regrets, but not anymore. I love them and will get more. I own my own business and mostly work from home, but I am a consultant and sometimes meet with my clients in person, or make a presentation. I’ll cover what I can, but don’t stress over it if I can’t cover them all.

    Jane looks amazing and has aged wonderfully. The things she’s done has suited her well.

  13. Betsy says:

    Ha. This reminds me of when I worked at a cosmetic counter a million years ago and I was working a Friday night. This woman comes running in looking for makeup to cover a tattoo and she pulls down her neckline to reveal a pretty huge chest tattoo (which I have remembered as a tiger but I don’t know if that’s what it was). She was getting married THE NEXT DAY and her gown was cut so that the tattoo was 3/4 visible. I wonder where you and your husband are now, tiger chest bride.

    I agree with Seymour – seeing tattoos takes me all the way out of a movie.

  14. Other Renee says:

    I have one tattoo on my ankle and I love it. In the past I covered it for a specific professional reason but no longer do so.

    You absolutely have to watch The Kominsky Method especially if you are over age 50!!!! It is honestly one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. I admit to not loving the first episode but by the second I was hooked. There are only 8 episodes in each of the 2 seasons and it’s totally bingeworthy. I promise you won’t be sorry. Jane Seymour is wonderful in it. The dialogue between Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin is priceless. I haven’t laughed so much in ages, but there are also many sweet moments. Paul Reiser is fabulous in season 2 as well. It’s just great all around.

  15. Adrianna says:

    I think it’s cooler not to have tattoos.

    • Anners says:

      Agreed. And I have one. I sincerely wish I could go back to a time before getting my ears pierced and that tattoo. There’s something so lovely about bodies that haven’t been decorated.

    • ME says:

      Honestly, I HATE tattoos. So many people have them that it’s just not cool anymore lol. You couldn’t pay me to get one but to each their own.

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I love my tattoo lol! But it’s on my hip so n nobody ever see it unless I’m wearing a bikini. Hahahahaha. Me. In a bikini.

  17. paranormalgirl says:

    I love all my tattoos. *shrugs*

  18. Charfromdarock says:

    To each their own on tattoos but I do agree that as actors it can be a distraction.

  19. Sharonk says:

    I saw her in person at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota fla. several years ago. She is a celebrity who
    Photographs much prettier than she is in person.
    She’s a good looking woman but her beauty really shows on film,
    She was great in the kominsky

  20. Lola says:

    Super shocked that Jane Seymour, the columnist and people in the comments think it’s ever okay to police someone’s body like this. Their body their choice. I could care less if you don’t like Miley Cyrus’s tattoos. You don’t control her body autonomy.

    • kibble pocket says:

      No one is “policing” anyone. They are offering opinions. Also, how much less could you care about Cyrus’s tattoos?

  21. Nightsky says:

    I think some tats are quite lovely. Especially if they are beautifully designed, expertly applied and bear special significance to the person. If I were ever to get a tat it would likely be some sort of tribute to my beloved animals. But what is with this young celeb trend of plastering their bodies with ugly tats, often covering their arms and hands, that makes it look like they drunkenly doodled all over themselves with a sharpie? I’m totally looking at you Miley. Just so ugly, tacky and distracting. They make the person look so grubby and unclean. And they remind me of prison tats. There is nothing beautiful or special about that.

  22. Skippy says:

    I like Jane. I have heard her say she wants to reboot Dr Quinn. Jane is the same age as me. Given that she is a lovely actress, it must be hard to constantly try to look young. The bags under her eyes are very noticeable. I could care less. She looks great anyway. I hope she gets to do her Dr Quinn reboot because she wants it.
    Ever seen her Malibu house? Wow! Gorgeous.