I was just watching the entertainment show Hollywood Heat on Tru TV and they had a segment about Botox in Hollywood. Botox, it seems, is a no-win situation for actors and actresses. Hollywood puts so much pressure on actresses to look young and wrinkle-free and perfect, and there’s nothing that achieves the wrinkle-free look better than Botox! Of course, the only problem with Botox is that it disables you from making certain facial expressions – frowning, anger, excitement, etc. When I had Botox, my boyfriend thought it was hilarious (or freaky) that I couldn’t frown at all for three months. I bet Botox is popular among professional poker players!
HD is a nightmare for actresses!
I don’t have HD television (which is 6 times sharper than regular TV), so I’ve hardly ever seen it. However, the few times I’ve caught it at a friend’s house, I’ve been astonished at how people look “real” or even hyper-real! I watched CSI: Miami and could see every pore and zit on this young actress’ face. Women that would look wrinkle-free on my old-school TV actually have…wrinkles! I am sure HD gives ego boosts to people that watch it, because they learn that actresses aren’t perfect, and they age just like everyone else. Of course, some women look sooo good in HD (from what I’ve heard), and, well life isn’t fair:( Personally, it sounds like a nightmare to be shown in HD, so I’m glad I’m not an actress!
Hollywood Heat reports that while John Travolta’s hairpiece looks undetectable on regular TV, and in the movies, it’s clear as day in HD. That means you’d also be able to see it in real life, which sort of sucks for him.
What should actresses do?
To maintain their youth, actresses are getting Botox to look younger (which Hollywood seems to demand) but then casting directors are getting fed up with actresses who appear to be bad at acting because they can’t make the expected facial expressions. Supposedly casting directors have started looking to foreign actresses, because Botox isn’t as popular outside of the US.
If you’re a serious actress, then I guess it only makes sense to give up Botox, and do the best you can with what you’ve got. Botox can be done minimally, where you can still move your forehead, but just not as much. And Botox is the only cosmetic treatment that really prohibits natural facial expressions, so all the other high-priced anti-agers (fillers, laser treatments, plastic surgery) will still allow actresses to look turn back the clock.
Personally actresses who get Botox don’t bother me that much. I love Desperate Housewives, even though Marcia Cross’ forehead hasn’t moved an inch in a single episode! Does it freak you out when actresses have perfectly smooth foreheads that don’t “move”?