Justine Bateman recalls searching her own name on Google and coming across the autocomplete, "looks old."
Justine Bateman is taking her message about aging another step ahead. With her remarks to 60 Minutes Australia on March 19 about aging naturally and staying away from cosmetic procedures, fillers, and other types of injections, Bateman, 57, connected with women all over the globe.
Just days after her segment with 60 Minutes aired, she went on TODAY to discuss the "war on aging." Speaking to Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, the actress opened up about an important message she received after the segment came out. The message was from a woman, a mom, who said, "I never realized what impact this conversation was having on younger women until my 16-year-old daughter came in from the other room. She said, 'Hey, did you guys see the 60 Minutes with Justine Bateman?' She said, 'it was great--now I'm not afraid of getting old'."
"My position is, that fear existed before your face started changing," the 57-year-old actor and filmmaker said on TODAY. https://t.co/MLjMuZUNF3— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 3, 2023
Bateman was extremely happy when she heard that. "I was like, oh my god, if just one person, like, is not afraid," she said.
The 57-year-old shared that most of the hesitancy of aging comes from fear. She said, "I think that everybody has a completion to this sentence: 'I'm afraid if people think I look old then, therefore, ____,' and for different people it's different things." She also shared that the war on aging has women questioning their looks. "I would say to any young woman, you're being lied to. Who is making money off this? You're being lied to and you're being tricked off your path... You've got awesome things coming your way. Just stay on your path and just ride it out," she remarked.
"Some people are afraid they'll lose their job or never get a job or not get a mate or no one's going to listen to them or whatever. And that fear, my position is, that fear existed before their face started changing," Bateman said.
She further explained to Kotb and Guthrie that people's aversion to aging was caused by this fear. "I'm just somebody who got myself on the other side of what that fear was for me in particular, and I'm just sharing what worked for me. Lots of ways to get there, but for anyone who wants to get free," Bateman told the TODAY Show.
The author was in her 40s, working on her first book, Fame: The Hijacking of Reality when she recalls searching her own name on Google and coming across the autocomplete, "looks old." She shared at the time in 2021 with PEOPLE, "I thought my face looked fine. Because of some of the fears I had, unrelated to my face, I decided to make them right and me wrong... I became really ashamed of my face, ridiculously so."
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