During their adventure together last year in the wilds of County Kerry, Ireland, “Friends” icon Courteney Cox got real with Bear Grylls about her face and the work that’s been done on it.
Growing older as a woman in Hollywood is not “the easiest thing, but I have learned lessons,” Cox told the host of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” in a frank conversation that made headlines at the time.
“I think I was trying to keep up with getting older and trying to chase that ... it’s something you can’t keep up with it.
“Sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go, ‘Oh, God.’ Like, you look horrible. I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that’s good, because it’s not always been my best look.”
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She told Grylls her new motto is: “Just let it be.” And now we know what she meant.
In a candid interview with New Beauty magazine posted online Thursday, the 53-year-old Cox says she had the wrinkle fillers removed from her face.
“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved,” she revealed. “I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself.”
She said she first felt the pressure to look pretty as a child in her own home growing up in Birmingham, Ala.
“My mother’s a gorgeous woman. She’s sweet, kind and giving, but she didn’t have a lot of other passions,” she said.
“My father, who’s no longer with us, was the most fun and charismatic person, but he talked about looks a lot. He felt that was an important topic in our family — what people looked like and who didn’t look so good. That’s not a great thing to reveal about your childhood.”
Then she started working in appearance-driven Hollywood, where one visit to a plastic surgeon led to one doctor after another.
“Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.’ So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed — it’s good,” Cox said.
“Then somebody tells you about another doctor: ‘This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.’ You meet them and they say, ‘You should just do this.’ The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.’
“And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, ‘Whoa, no more!’ I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize.”
Some facial fillers, considered temporary, eventually dissolve but can be removed at any time, according to RealSelf.com.
Fillers made with hyaluronic acid — such as Juvederm and Restylane — can be injected with hyaluronidase to dissolve the acid. Other more permanent fillers, such as collagen fillers, can be removed surgically or with steroid injections.
Cox’s revelation is getting high praise in a town where women are rarely honest about the work they’ve had done to face and body.
“In a town where it’s taboo to admit you’ve done anything more to yourself than get a good night’s sleep or take an extended vacation, it’s refreshing to hear a truthful take on beauty treatments — the good, the bad and the reformed,” wrote New Beauty.
Cox stopped short of saying she’d never have any more work done again, but for now she’s happy with Courteney Cox au naturale.
“I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do,” she told New Beauty.
“Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles — they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”