Charlize Theron: ‘People think I had a facelift… Bitch, I’m just aging!’

Do you guys think Charlize Theron has had any work done? I don’t think she’s had much of anything done recently, but there was a stage, around ten years ago, where I was convinced that she had something minor done to her face. Nothing aggressive, nothing that read “who IS that?” It might have just been a brief experimentation with Botox, now that I think about it. Anyway, Charlize is currently promoting her 19-year relationship with Dior, and she spoke to Allure about the longevity of the collaboration. She’s been the face of J’Adore for nearly two decades, and Dior is giving her a reinvented perfume to rep: L’Or de J’Adore. Some highlights from Allure:

Two decades with Dior: “I’m incredibly grateful for it and I’m really proud of it. It has become somewhat woven into the fabric of my life for the last 20 years, which kind of makes it special.”

She’s aging like everybody else: “My face is changing, and I love that my face is changing and aging,” she says. But “people think I had a facelift. They’re like, ‘What did she do to her face?’ I’m like, ‘Bitch, I’m just aging! It doesn’t mean I got bad plastic surgery. This is just what happens.’”

Double standards. “I’ve always had issues with the fact that men kind of age like fine wines and women like cut flowers. I despise that concept and I want to fight against it, but I also think women want to age in a way that feels right to them. I think we need to be a little bit more empathetic to how we all go through our journey. My journey of having to see my face on a billboard is quite funny now.”

She’ll never do a big physical transformation for a role again: “I will never, ever do a movie again and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll gain 40 pounds.’ I will never do it again because you can’t take it off. When I was 27, I did Monster. I lost 30 pounds, like, overnight. I missed three meals and I was back to my normal weight. Then I did it at 43 for Tully, and I remember a year into trying to lose the weight, I called my doctor and I said, ‘I think I’m dying because I cannot lose this weight.’ And he was like, ‘You’re over 40. Calm down. Your metabolism is not what it was.’ Nobody wants to hear that.”

Stunt work is harder now too: “The thing that really bums me out is that I make action movies now and if I hurt myself, I take way longer to heal than I did in my 20s. More than my face, I wish I had my 25-year-old body that I can just throw against the wall and not even hurt tomorrow. Now, if I don’t work out for three days and I go back to the gym, I can’t walk. I can’t sit down on the toilet. It’s all those very real moments.”

Charlize’s daughters: My daughters “have no concept of what age is like,” she says. “They see somebody, they like what they’re wearing, or they think they’re pretty and they don’t really know if she’s in her 20s or she’s in her 60s. It’s so great. I love that. I wish we could just maintain that.”

[From Allure]

“Now, if I don’t work out for three days and I go back to the gym, I can’t walk. I can’t sit down on the toilet.” Super-real. Not only does it take you 40-something body longer to heal, you pick up mystery injuries and every week is a new adventure of Why Does That Hurt, with a companion game of Should I See A Doctor Or Will This Go Away On Its Own. Anyway, I believe that she hasn’t had a facelift and I even believe that she hasn’t gotten an eye job. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s tried some non-surgical stuff though! She’s not abusing it though.

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  1. Kaye says:

    She has amazing bone structure. If she sticks to her guns and doesn’t mess with her face, she’ll still be beautiful when she’s 90.

    • tealily says:

      I wish more people understood this! It’s so sad to see people mess with their naturally beautiful faces, especially when they’re still young.

    • Teagirl says:

      My sister is like that. She has amazing facial bone structure and is still a fine looking woman in her high 80s.

  2. Kitten says:

    Maybe some minor things here and there but I’ve never looked at her face and thought “what has she done??” I think she just has amazing genes. I relate a lot to what she says here…..everything is harder when you hit 40–it’s like a switch is flipped.

    • StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

      There was a time where I was like, isnt that too much botox because her face seemed bloated and unmoving. But she looks great on those pictures and I can totally relate to mystery injuries. Why is my elbow hurting this morning? What’s that bruise in the middle of my thigh? Ouch my neck? My husband is going through same thing and we keep going enumerating what’s hurting lol we’re getting old!!! Amazing! i love me and him even more!

  3. Lau says:

    There was a time when her face was way more frozen than it is today. I think she’s like Adele in the sense that they do get some work done on their faces but it’s done by really good professional and it’s not too much so it’s discreet.

  4. Kirsten says:

    I don’t think she’s had any aggressive work done either, but “aging naturally” is not the same for her as it is for most people — she can spend tens of thousands a year on skincare, treatments, better nutrition, and exercise regiments that most people simply don’t have access to.

  5. Myeh says:

    My body did flip that dang switch and I just hit 40. I was feeling pretty bad about it and learning to navigate the new changes around exercise recovery, waking up at 330am for no reason… Until a 74 year old told me her 40s were the best. She said she finally had confidence to speak up, not give as many f**ks and the wisdom to parlay all of that into better career and life choices which led to the sort of foundational success she still gets to live off and enjoy to this day. All the other older women in my class were divided between whether their 40s or 50s were better. They all seemed to agree they finally knew what they wanted, went after it and made it happen in their professional and home lives.

    • SarahCS says:

      Having noticed a ton of changes after turning 40 and again (even more noticeably) in the last 18 months (I’m 45 tomorrow) it’s great to hear this. Right now I’m the unhealthiest I’ve been in my adult life and while it’s not drastic, I’m trying to figure out what is just age and I need to make the best of and what I can do something about.

  6. Twin Falls says:

    “Now, if I don’t work out for three days and I go back to the gym, I can’t walk. I can’t sit down on the toilet.” Super-real.


  7. Sunny O says:

    I think people with amazing bone structure like Charlize Theron simply age well.

  8. ABCD says:

    Doesn’t anyone else remember how a few years ago she suddenly had a joker smile and everyone was talking about that she had a bad facelift?

  9. Queenie says:

    I rewatched That Thing You Do recently and was convinced she’d done major stuff to her face. But I guess it’s true that we change so much–that movie is almost 30 years old!. And if you google side by sides of her, she looks the same. I don’t have an eye for surgery though so I could be wrong.

  10. Demona says:

    I’m sure she’s doing lasers and microneedling and such but she is aging well and mostly naturally. I watched Reindeer Games the other day and she’s not chasing the face she had from back then. I think she looks even better now.

    I just warched a Swedish show on Netflix called Love and Anarchy and it had a lot of women of various ages still being sexy and hot and it was so refreshing to see their faces move around. I mention this bc the main character looks like she could play Charlize’s sister