Melissa Gilbert, known for her role in “Little House on the Prairie,” is speaking vulnerably about her past experience — and regrets — with cosmetic procedures.
Overall, the TV star, who played 12-year-old Laura Ingalls from 1974 to 1983, said during an interview with People, it made her look worse — not better.
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“I literally looked like Carrot Top, the comedian,” she said candidly. “My hair was too red, and when I did Botox, I became the spawn of Satan with pointy eyebrows. I had no facial expression, which is anathema, considering what I do for a living.”
“It’s exhausting keeping up that kind of façade,” the celebrity added. “I was very insecure.”
Gilbert, now 59, said her insecurities surfaced in 2012, when she competed on “Dancing with the Stars.”
“I was approaching 50 and there was this panic of, ‘This is it. I’ve got to wring this out while I can,'” she reflected, admitting the milestone birthday sparked her decision to make a handful of “bad choices” cosmetically.
The child star met now-husband, Timothy Busfield, the same year she appeared on the ABC series. She credits him with helping her embrace her natural beauty.
“I embraced it,” she said of the aging process. “And when I would say, ‘I think I’m going to stop coloring my hair,’ he’d say, ‘Can’t wait to see what color it is. This is so exciting!’ When I said, ‘I think I want to get my breast implants taken out permanently,’ he said, ‘Do it!'”
Gilbert went on to say it is “incredibly uplifting” to be married to a man who accepts and celebrates her for who she is — and how she looks.
“It makes a big difference to come home to someone who sees me in sweats with no makeup on and my hair back in a ponytail and goes, ‘Oh, you are the most beautiful woman,’” she told the magazine. “As opposed to someone who goes, ‘I think you could lose a little weight.’ Or, ‘I’m getting nervous about these lines around your eyes,’ which did happen in my past.”
She added, “I take care of myself to the best of my ability, but I am what I am. I am not going sacrifice my own well-being, because someone expects me to be something they have in their mind.”
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