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My, my, the AMC network hit TV show Mad Men sure has been all over the news lately!
Last week, MM star January Jones, who plays homemaker and SAHM Elizabeth “Betty” Draper on the show, announced she was told by producers to gain weight and lay off the Elliptical so that her figure better resembled a 60’s hourglass silhouette. According to OK! magazine, Jones said, “I got told a couple of days ago that I look too skinny, and I was in trouble. I’m naturally pretty thin, so I’m trying ... I eat whatever is at craft services. I’m a big eater. I’m from South Dakota, so meat, potatoes, carbs. (Ed’s note: Puh-leeze! Enough already about carbs causing weight gain! I had oatmeal, a Fiber One bar, corn on the cob, panko-crusted chicken and ice cream today alone and I’m not puffing up like a campfire marshmallow.) They tell us to gain weight, gain weight, gain weight, because they want a soft, voluptuous woman which they were [back then] which is beautiful, as it should be."
And today, a story emerged about how oodles of actors are clamoring to land cameos on the cult hit, only to be rebuffed by MM creator Matt Weiner. His reason? According to a source, too much self-induced facial paralysis may be to blame. "You can't have a face full of Botox and get on the show. Matt wants a look that's representative of the era. People's faces moved back then." The Pam Andersons and Tori Spellings of the world may want to look elsewhere, too: "Women [in the 60s] weren't super skinny, they didn't have breast implants and veneers hadn't been invented,” the source commented.
I remember last year, Courteney Cox was on the cover of Marie Claire and spoke out about the perils of Botox, saying “Botox? I think it’s fantastic and also horrible. I mean, they’ve come up with this stuff that can make you not look angry. But you have to use it sparingly. I went to this doctor once, and he was like, ‘Oh, let me do it just here and here and here.’ And I was miserable. I mean, I’m an actor, I’ve got to be able to move my face. When people start messing with their foreheads and can’t lift their eyebrows, that’s weird. It’s not that I haven’t tried Botox - but I hated it.”
And just this month, actress Rachel Weisz told Harper's Bazaar UK she gives Botox a well-manicured thumbs-down: “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen . . . Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”
Banned? Not likely. But a smart actress will research her doctor and resist the urge to plunge needles full of Botulinum toxin into her crow’s feet just weeks before trying out for a role that requires more emoting than a Mona Lisa portrait. Three-to-six months of eternal youth may sound good, but when ya gotta work, you’ve gotta work it, and that means smiling, frowning, scowling, acting surprised and all those other pesky facial expressions that get in the way of Corian-smooth skin.