Naomi Watts doesn’t do Botox: ‘I [play] characters that should match my age’

Naomi Watts covers New Beauty Magazine to promote her role in Allegiant. It has a miserable 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it underperformed at the box office to the point where Lionsgate’s stock has fallen and the studio is running scared. There’s still the second part of the final book, Ascendant, coming out in 2017 and since it hasn’t been filmed yet the budget has reportedly been cut.

Getting back to Watts, People had some photos from the editorial and she looks lovely and kind of regal. Her legs are impossibly long on the cover and since she’s only 5’5″ there was surely Photoshop involved. She’s talking to New Beauty Magazine, so she discusses hair, makeup and plastic surgery. She sounds very low maintenance, but I’ve seen her casual style and she usually looks comfortable but well put together, not like she just threw something on, went out with wet hair and no makeup and added some ugly shoes. (You know who I’m talking about.) That’s the way she describes herself though.

She doesn’t wear heels unless she has to
I do enjoy the red carpet for the reason that you get to express yourself. But, ordinarily, I would never put on high heels unless I absolutely had to.

She keeps her hair and makeup simple day-to-day

I love the two [hair and makeup] as a form of expression, but day to day, I’m pretty much makeup-free and in jeans, T-shirts and sweaters. I’m not even very good at actually doing my own hair or my makeup—and I’m one of those people who walks out the door with wet hair all the time. If anything, maybe I put on some concealer, blush and mascara, but often not even that. My mother was not very good at giving beauty tips, but she was—and still is—a striking beauty. I was always very aware of her beauty, but I never felt as beautiful as her, or that I could ever be that beautiful.

She doesn’t do Botox
Personally I feel, for me, it’s tough to do Botox—but it’s also tough not to! Sometimes, I think I need the help. Whatever anyone else chooses is fine with me, no judgment. Of course, I want to look the best I can, but I am playing characters that should match my age and the women and the material that I am interested in are usually going through something. I have to be able to live in my face and tell the story of the character I’ve taken on. But…I’ll never say never.

On coming to terms with aging
Coming to terms with aging as gracefully as possible is the best thing anyone can do, no matter who you are, but everyone has their good days and bad days. I feel so much better as a person now than I did in my 20s, but most of the time I feel like I’m still a kid. There are days you feel like you are on top of it and you are OK and at peace with it; then there are the days you still feel 28 inside — until you catch that reflection or see a photograph and realize you aren’t anymore.

[From New Beauty and some quotes via People]

She never looks frozen or altered to me, although she looks extremely good at 47, so I believe her. Watts says she does something called a Triad Facial, which is a combination of microdermabrasion, lasers and a peel. A lot of people are wondering if Watts’s quotes about Botox were a kind of gentle reference to her friend Nicole Kidman’s very extreme, very obvious work. I doubt she realizes that it could be taken that way, though. While Watts acknowledges that Kidman helped her immensely when she was a struggling actress in Australia, she implied in a recent interview with Net-a-Porter that she doesn’t see her much. She said “We’re busy people that live in different places” but that “even after big gaps [of not seeing each other], we just take up where we left off.” I doubt that Nicole was the first face that came to mind when she thought Botox. That’s her old friend. You think of your friend like “oh, that’s Nicole, her work isn’t that bad.” (At least that’s how I think of my friends who have had injections and/or plastic surgery. Like I can tell they’ve had it done but I knew them, so it doesn’t seem as noticeable as it would if they were a random stranger.)

I also wish more celebrities would take this approach to Botox especially. It’s very obvious on both TV and in the movies. When someone is playing a modern character who would have the resources to get Botox it doesn’t distract me as much, but several years into the zombie apocalypse there shouldn’t be any Botox left and a person’s face should move, you know?


Oh and these are photos of Naomi and Liev Schreiber out with their kids last week!
Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts Out With Their Boys In NYC

Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts Out With Their Boys In NYC

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  1. Erinn says:

    “We’re busy people that live in different places” but that “even after big gaps [of not seeing each other], we just take up where we left off.”

    That just struck me as so normal. I have friends like that. We might not keep in touch as much as we’d like, but we can just walk into a room and start talking as if we were mid conversation. One of my closest friends is in the same town as I am, and we still don’t actually hang out nearly as much as we used to. Kids, husbands, pregnancy, work – with very different shifts, houses. It’s hard sometimes. But we can still message each other and just always pick up like we’ve never paused.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      That’s what truly great friendships are all about, I think.

      • Erinn says:

        We lucked out. We met in pre-school when we were 4, and ended up in the same class from primary to 4th grade when I had to switch schools because the boundaries changed. Then back at the same Jr. High and Highschool for the rest of school. We were saying the other day, that at this point it’d really be a shame to have to find a new best friend because we barely have time as it is for people, and we’ve already ‘trained’ each other up so well ahaha.

    • ds says:

      Two of my best friends live in different countries, and we’ve been having the same relationship for years, and it always feels like we’ve seen each other the day before but have loads to say. I love it.

      • Erinn says:

        It’s the best, isn’t it? You never feel like you’ve missed out on much because you can always just jump right back in to a normal groove.

    • KB says:

      Yep. My best friend and I only see each other a few times a year, but we slip right back into where we left off.

  2. lilacflowers says:

    More Naomi, please. She’s refreshing.

    • tracking says:

      +1 Seems so down-to-earth compared to many of her H’wood peers, very beautiful and talented of course.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Yes. So nice to see a woman actually embrace her age v. talking about embracing it while actions say otherwise. I love her just the way she is and she is gorgeous!

  3. Jayna says:

    I love Naomi. And she has a youthful face because she has the type of features that look youthful and a youthful toothy smile and pretty lips. and pretty eyes and nice shaped face. But up close she has plenty of lines, as in the link below. You just don’t see them with all the makeup and light deflecting makeup, etc. On the red carpet she looked amazing, and I happened to see another photo up close in a certain light. I was shocked by the amount of lines on her face, just because thanks to great lighting and great makeup you never see them,.,cs_srgb,dpr_1.0,q_80,w_620/MTMwNDM1NDM1MTEyNDQyNDk5.jpg

    • ab says:

      she is definitely aging well. and she obviously takes care of herself, her skin in that closeup is flawless.

    • Erinn says:

      She looks great – even with the lines. I was actually surprised – she must really take great care of her skin. I have to keep reminding myself to take a few extra steps now, and really try to get enough water.

    • Maggie says:

      There are a lot of Australians where I live. One thing I do notice is they have lots of wrinkles. It could be because there’s lots of sun in Australia compared to the west coast?? I don’t really know but it’s something I’ve noticed on many.

      • KB says:

        People in Hawaii are the same way, they age so much faster

      • Sarah says:

        It’s very bright and glary back home. We have to squint in the sun a lot making more eye wrinkles. Wrinkles are hardly the devil. Her complexion is flawless. I’d prefer that with wrinkles than a splotchy uneven face

    • Alexis says:

      She has amazing skin! Wow.

  4. LadyJane says:

    Botox doesn’t make you look younger. I just makes you look… different. So many actresses have traded a perfectly lovely face that so many have grown to know and love – for a different face/forehead that is dead frozen. Such faces look a bit sinister/demonic to me. They are not of this world! Good on Naomi! Give me softness (including the odd sag and eye crinkle) over Demon Freeze Face any day.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Sigh…Botox in the correct quantities does NOT make anyone look frozen. It’s when someone, Nicole Kidman for example, goes entirely overboard that the frozen forehead happens.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        That may be true, but you would think women in Hollywood would have access to the best doctors and all of that, but they often look frozen.

      • ell says:

        exactly. many people are mislead by those who overdo it, but you’d bet that i’d say the vast majority of actors had something done, but if they do it well you can’t tell.

        as for naomi, she looks good and her age but imo she has a lot of sun damage. it’s a shame older generations didn’t use sun protection very much.

        ETA gnat: the doctors are probably good, it’s the celebs not stopping when they should.

      • Goats on the Roof says:


        They do have access to some of the very best docs, but I think many there are wowed by the celeb factor and let them have whatever they want, even when it doesn’t look the best.

        I’m early 30s and have been getting low-unit Botox to help with elevens and some fan lines down my nose. My forehead still moves. I still have expression. My own mother still hasn’t cottoned on. That woman isn’t one to keep her mouth shut when she notices something, but all she’s said since I started is that she’s glad I finally got better at moisturizing.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Ha! That’s funny about your mom. I see what you mean, the doctors just let them have too much. Got it.

      • LadyJane says:

        I think everyone who gets botox thinks they have the ‘good’ ‘natural looking’ botox…

      • Goats on the Roof says:


        Not sure if that last comment was directed at me since I just shared I get Botox or at botox users in general, but I do find your comments insulting. I’d imagine you pass by Botox users on the daily and have no clue because you think they should present with a frozen, demonic face.

        Perhaps a visit to your derm would help enlighten you. They could explain how Botox is *supposed* to work vs what you see on some celebs.

      • Crumpet says:

        Right. A little bit is fantastic, so a lot must be stupendous! Except it is not.

      • HappyMom says:

        Exactly! It’s when they hit all the lines, PLUS using filler-that’s when it starts to look frozen and weird. A little bit of botox here and there-you don’t look “demonic”.

      • Pandy says:

        Agree. I use botox and I’ve never had anyone ask me if I do! I finally said something to one friend and she said “oh, I noticed you didn’t squint out in the sun the other day. Guess that’s why.” It doesn’t have to be fillers/frozen/monster face.

    • Snowflake says:

      I got botox, loved it. Wish I could still afford. All I heard was, you look so rested, your skin looks great. No, “are you doing botox?”

    • KB says:

      I agree, actresses can’t seem to help going overboard

  5. Maya says:

    That’s one gorgeous woman who can also act.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She is so beautiful. I don’t think her legs are photoshopped. I’m 5’6″ and I have very long legs for my height, as long as one of my best friends who is 5’9″. I just have a short torso. Sadly, my legs do not look like hers, though.

    • Jayna says:

      I agree. They look normal to me.

    • Pickles says:

      Same here. I’m 5’2, and all legs. Most people don’t believe that I’m that short because the longer legs are deceptive. And having a short torso has always been a pain. It always feels like I’m wearing high waisted jeans. They cut right under my rib cage and it’s uncomfortable. So yeah, I don’t think there’s any photoshopping going on there.

      I love Naomi so much. She’s been my favey fav since The Ring. Beautiful, down to earth, and such a great actress. Definitely more Naomi!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        The short torso bites. I have about an inch between my breasts and my waist.

      • Crumpet says:

        No no! A short torso and long legs is the most athletic body type. And also the ideal body type for horseback riding. Perhaps it’s not too late to take up a new hobby GNAT? :)

      • Kitten says:

        I’m here for my short-torso’d sisters. Sucks doesn’t it?

        @Pickles-I LOVE your screen name. It’s my cat’s name :)

      • Susan says:

        Representing those long torso short leg ladies, I can tell you it’s no picnic either! I guess we always want what we can’t have. Sigh.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Leggy here to join the club but I’m 5’10 and when I stand if my legs are covered people are surprised by my height. I can sit next to shorter people and almost be the same height. Luckily it isn’t extreme but buying pants can be a pain and skirts and shorts can make me look like a stork if I buy the wrong cuts.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Trying to find jeans and pants that fit short waisted people is a challenge. I have a short torso and most regular jeans and pants make me look like Erkel. Dang it!

      • Lambda says:

        Crumpet, really? I’m longer legs/short torso, too, I call it a Bambi body. I had no idea it was a type fitted for horseback riding. Gotta get me a pony!!
        I only wear short waist pants. I pretty much look like I’m Buffy cosplaying.

      • esblondie2 says:

        From the long-torso, normal leg camp myself. I’m tall (5’9″) and people are always all “oh, you’re so lucky, your legs are so long.” I usually silently go stand next to them, and compare our hip height…Nine times out of ten they’re even, and if not, they’re close. Meanwhile, my torso shoots the rest of my body into space. Jeans I don’t have a problem, but dresses? Forget it.

      • Tulisa says:

        Be thankful you haven’t got a long torso – ive been yanking swimsuits and jumpsuits out of my nether regions for 30 years.

      • Crumpet says:

        Yes Lambda, it’s true. Long legs mean you have plenty of contact with the horse’s sides (especially important when riding English) and the short torso means it is easier for you to balance, since you have less length above the balance point (your seat). I rode for years, and have been perfectly happy with my body type once I found out I had an advantage in horseback riding and running (my two most favorite things every).

      • KB says:

        Lol same as both of you. My “waist” is right under my boobs. Any time I wear tight clothing people can’t believe I have a waist hidden between my hips and boobs.

      • Susan says:

        Speaking as a long torso girl, I can tell you the low rise Britney Spears jeans era was a hard time to find jeans. Mid rise on normal folks is low rise on me. Low rise on you normal torso-Ed people was low….on me it was indecent. Things you should never see. Lol.

  7. SM says:

    Of course she doesn’t see Nicole much anymore. No one does because she was replaced by a wax figure

  8. Esmom says:

    As I’ve said recently, I think she’s looking more beautiful than she ever has these days. She seems refreshingly low key.

    And I like that she says it’s a struggle to avoid Botox and to “never say never.” I’m her age and sometimes am really dismayed by what I see in the mirror, especially my neck. Sigh.

    • Kitten says:

      Recently, I’ve become obsessed with my neck and how gross it looks. I’m so angry that I neglected it for so many years…

      • Esmom says:

        Kitten, While you notice your neck, I’m sure it barely registers with other people. I’m not really angry, just kinda bummed. My dermatologist told me I have the type of skin that sags more than is typical, so there’s that plus I’m not sure what I would have done differently.

        My business partner and I always talk about how the ONE procedure we’d consider is some sort of neck lift…but at this point it doesn’t feel worth the bother. I’ll just keep up my scarf-y ways, not that they’re fooling anyone! :)

      • Kitten says:

        It seems like I always find one thing to focus on and then I’m over it and onto a new thing to obsess about. I’m completely aware of how insane that sounds but I think it’s due to finally being aware of the aging process and how scary all of it is. I feel like I have the same sort of skin, Esmom, not a ton of elasticity. I was really late to the skincare game so that doesn’t help me much either. I notice that young people these days are much smarter about using good products, SPF, etc etc.

        …and I’m sure you look amazing in your scarves, Esmom! :)

      • Pandy says:

        Agree re fixating on one part until you either come to terms with it or fix it lolll. Me too. My botox guy tells me that botox in the neck gets rid of a lot of issues. I might try that next.

  9. serena says:

    She’s stunning!

  10. Tris says:

    She didn’t say she doesn’t do Botox. She said it is “tough to do it”, as if it is a one shot deal, like a face lift. Botox wears off after a few months. I don’t believe, even for one single second, that not EVERY celeb gets it, and then maybe lets it wear off for a movie shooting, and then gets it again. The effects of Botox are that your muscles don’t contract, so even after it wears off your skin looks less wrinkled because it hasn’t contracted for a few months.
    To pronounce agains plastic surgery in the entertainment industry is laughable. Her phrasing just shows she’s a sneaky little fox, this one!

    • Crumpet says:

      In that unretouched close-up of her face, it is clear that she does not do Botox. Yet she still looks stunning.

  11. shutterbug99 says:

    I’ve always really liked Naomi as an actress, and she definitely doesn’t do botox. If you’ve ever seen her on the red carpet, you can tell.

    However, that magazine has done a bit of work on her face!

    I don’t think a little work is a bad thing at all, but some take it too far. Like, I saw a picture of Gwen Stefani on her yesterday where she looked like a mannequin of herself. So plastic.

  12. als says:

    That’s a very good point, Naomi Watts has a casual style but well put together, very different than casual style that looks like you lack personal hygiene.

  13. Lucy says:

    More Naomi! She seems lovely, and you never hear a bad word about her.

  14. Kitten says:

    This is a good day for Kitten: Charlize and Naomi yay!

  15. Magnoliarose says:

    I think she has good skin and pampers it. I don’t think she’s botoxed. She doesn’t really need it either.

  16. Georgia says:

    She is gorgeous.

  17. kay says:

    I love her but I call this BS. More than in one occasion she must gone through the sprinkles of botox that many actresses do: not Kidman style, but Julianne Moore style

    • KB says:

      Julianne Moore style has started to look more and more like Nicole Kidman style.

    • Intuitive says:

      I agree with Kay. I really like Naomi and think she has allowed herself to age much, much better than most Hollywood actresses but I do think she has had some botox (most obviously on her forehead). She is incredibly tiny and slim, so I would also bet she has had fillers, otherwise the skin on her face would be looser. I think she looks great though and very natural looking.

  18. why is everyone so anti plastic surgery….. let people do what they want…. we must remember these people are not only actors (if that was the case they would stay in theatre) but movie actors/stars and take full advantage of beauty contracts and fashion week and etc ewtc etc entertainment ….. their prod is their looks and talent so while i hate to see someone waxy toxed like kidman and kim kardashian …. i understand that drive and dont EXPECT nor bash them for not looking like they went to Safeway in soggy sweats and a face full of wrinkles and grey hairs…

    that being said….. it just blows my mind that actresses and actors like looking ragged and soccer mom-ish and preach that ish in interviews….. why not take up stock in your appearance (and i dont me highlights everyweek and 3 shade darker makeup like kylie or kim) but just looking great say for instance like old hollywood…. they always looked classy and lovely stepping out…. like why do we have to here how they are sooo kids-centered that they RUN OUT THE HOUSE with wet hair…. you have money and opportunity to time manage and make more time…. so i kinda checked out of this interview at that point

    • KB says:

      I think it’s more that people want to see someone age naturally for once. Obviously they’re free to do what they want but they are public figures and we’re allowed to have opinions on it. Their face is their tool and some of them shouldn’t be actors if they can’t let their face move.

  19. Debutante says:

    Oh, I’d bet good money that Naomi is lying. She gets botox.