Justine Bateman doesn’t give a shit what you think about her face.
The 57-year-old filmmaker and author—who originally rose to fame as Mallory Keaton in the ’80s sitcom Family Ties—had a poignant response to those who say she “looks old” after choosing to forgo Botox and fillers in favor of aging naturally. “I just don’t give a shit. I think I look rad,” Bateman recently told 60 Minutes Australia, per People. “I think my face represents who I am. I like it.”
While the author of Fame: The Hijacking of Reality said she has casually considered some of these cosmetic procedures in the past, she ultimately prefers her face the way it is. “I feel like I would erase, not only all my authority that I have now, but also, I like feeling that I am a different person now than I was when I was 20,” she said. “I like looking in the mirror and seeing that evidence.”
Her advice to other women: “I’m saying, ‘Forget about your face,’” Bateman told journalist Amelia Adams. “Get at the fear that is making you think that the fact that your face is wrinkled is going to x out a bunch of opportunities for you.”
Justine Bateman had the same attitude about her critics when she spoke to Glamour’s senior West Coast editor Jessica Radloff about her two-step beauty routine (Restorsea’s face moisturizer and eyeliner) in 2021. “I’m like, ‘Fuck it, I don’t care, I like how it looks!’” she told Glamour ahead of her book release in April 2021. “Some people even say, ‘If she would just change her makeup, she’d look a lot prettier,’ but I don’t care. It’s cool-looking, so I’m going to keep doing it.”
In her new book, Face, the Family Ties star talks about why she's always wanted to grow “old.”
Later in the interview, she added, “I think things are going to come my way whether my face is wrinkled or my skin is loose on my neck and under my eyes, or not. Am I going to enjoy it or not enjoy it? Because right now I have a book coming out and I have a film that just premiered at a big film festival. If I was fixated on the fact that my face looks like it’s 55, I would be completely screwing myself out of enjoying this moment in my life. It’s happening whether I’m happy with the way my face looks or not. So what’s my attitude going to be? Am I going to spend time obsessing on the fact that my face is naturally aging? It’s ridiculous. No. I’m going to have a good fucking time!”