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Naomi Watts: 'I Never Put on High Heels Unless I Absolutely Have To'

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Naomi Watts tops best dressed lists almost every time she hits the red carpet. (Here’s a reminder of how she killed the competition at this year’s Oscars.) And while the actress makes going glam look completely effortless, she reveals it’s not really in her comfort zone.

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“I do enjoy the red carpet for the reason that you get to express yourself. But, ordinarily, I would never put on high heels unless I absolutely had to,” she tells NewBeauty as the magazine’s latest covergirl.

Watts’ also gets very candid about the Botox debate, remaining very diplomatic about plastic surgery in Hollywood.

“Personally, I feel for me it’s tough to do Botox — but it’s also tough not to! Sometimes, I think I need the help. Whatever anyone else chooses is fine with me, no judgment,” she shares. “Of course, I want to look the best I can, but I am playing characters that should match my age and the women and the material that I am interested in are usually going through something. I have to be able to live in my face and tell the story of the character I’ve taken on. But…I’ll never say never.”

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However, the 47-year-old mom of two does recognize that aging is difficult for everyone.

“Coming to terms with aging as gracefully as possible is the best thing anyone can do, no matter who you are, but everyone has their good days and bad days,” she says, adding, “I feel so much better as a person now than I did in my 20s, but most of the time I feel like I’m still a kid. There are days you feel like you are on top of it and you are OK and at peace with it; then there are the days you still feel 28 inside — until you catch that reflection or see a photograph and realize you aren’t anymore.”

And while she’s not getting Botox treatments yet, she is a huge fan of the Triad Facial (a mix of microdermabrasion, followed by LED light therapy and a gentle peel), and some good old-fashion makeup magic.

“I once had a makeup artist tell me to wear blush as high as possible, on my cheekbones,” she says. “You almost want to apply it under your eyes. It’s a good trick; it really does make it look better, yet it looks natural.”

What do you think of Watts’ stance on aging? Sound off below.

–Brittany Talarico