Julia Roberts: I've risked my career by not having cosmetic surgery

The actor’s comments about the pressures on women in Hollywood come as Russell Brand defends Renée Zellweger against criticism over her new look

Julia Roberts has stepped into the controversy over the pressures on women in Hollywood by claiming she may have risked her career by opting not to undergo a facelift.

The Oscar-winning actor, 46, made the comments in an interview with You Magazine to promote her role as a beauty ambassador with Lancome.

“By Hollywood standards, I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a facelift,” she said. “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, whose comments came in the wake of a media furore over 45-year-old Renée Zellweger’s new look, said she had found peace in middle age by “studying yoga on a more conscious level” and removing the clutter from her life.

“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,” she said. “There’s a lightness to my life now – an airy quality of not taking things too seriously. That’s happiness.”

Meanwhile, Russell Brand has satirised the reaction to Zellweger’s different appearance in an episode of his video blog The Trews.

“She doesn’t look that different,” he said. “It’s not like her head’s been replaced by a marshmallow or a rollerskate or a train set.”

In the video, Brand references a TMZ report in which the presenter says: “Look at her eyes, these are the things that made Renée Zellweger herself!” He retorts: “Yes, it’s her eyes! Not any essential relationship with an unknowable entity, not her personal experiences that she’s been through, not her talent, or her charm, or her individual experiences as a woman – it’s her eyes, that’s what’s always made her herself.”

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