Julia Roberts: I’ve risked my career by not having plastic surgery

In the wake of Renée Zellweger's drastic new look, the Pretty Woman actress has spoken out about going against the grain in Hollywood

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Julia Roberts says she’s “taken a big risk” by not conforming to pressure in Hollywood to undergo plastic surgery. 

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The star of Erin Brockovich and Pretty Woman – who turns 47 tomorrow – was speaking about her role fronting Lancome’s beauty campaigns and made reference to the strain on older actresses to maintain their youthful looks. 

“By Hollywood standards, I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a facelift, but I’ve told Lancome that I want to be an ageing model – so they have to keep me for at least five more years until I’m over 50,” Roberts told You Magazine.

Last week the internet was agog after photos surfaced of Renee Zellweger looking drastically different at Elle’s Women of Hollywood Awards. The 45-year-old Bridget Jones actress responded, releasing a statement in which she called the reaction “silly” but claimed her new look was down to a “happy, healthy” lifestyle adopted in her forties. 

Now Roberts has attributed her own contentedness in middle age to decluttering and “studying yoga on a more conscious level.”

“It’s about non-grasping, non-hoarding, cleaning out your closet, dusting out your mind and letting go of the things that weigh you down mentally and emotionally. There’s a lightness to my life now – an airy quality of not taking things too seriously.”

And while most of Hollywood obsess over the latest beauty fad, Roberts – who lives with her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, and three children on a ranch in New Mexico – described the chaos of her own morning beauty regime.

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“Mornings are a high-humour scene. You just have to make sure everyone looks and smells clean. That’s all that matters. I fI actually manage to get my teeth brushed and lip balm on, I’m good.”