Though she’s afraid to admit it, Amanda Peet says she definitely cares about her looks.
“How else can I explain my trainer, stylist, and Barney’s card?” the Togetherness actress, 44, writes in a candid essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. “I’ve bleached my teeth, dyed my hair, peeled and lasered my face, and tried a slew of age-defying creams.”
But she has to draw the line somewhere. Peet recently revealed she has never had Botox or fillers – with no plans to start. And another beauty don’t for her? A boob job.
“I’m not happy about my saggy boobs, which, left to their own devices, resemble my grandmother’s bingo wings,” she writes. “But I’m afraid that if I got a surgical lift, there would be some complication from the procedure, like septic shock. I’d be punished for being an ingrate about having made it this far in one (wrinkly) piece.”
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The actress says being a mother to her two daughters Frankie, 9, and Mollie, 6, (she also has a son, Henry, 16 months, with husband David Benioff) has influenced this decision to never go under the knife.
“My daughters would someday learn that the real reason I died was because I voluntarily checked myself into a hospital to get an elective operation that I didn’t need so that I could look slightly more attractive to the three people who were paying close enough attention to notice (my husband, my gay agent, and the nice man who sends me notes from prison),” she writes.
And even though she won’t cave under the pressure, throughout her essay, Peet addresses why she still feels the need to slow down the aging process including competing with younger actresses for a role.
“Recently, I was told I was ineligible for a movie because I wasn’t “current” enough. I’m constantly pushed out by younger talent, like Alicia Vikander,” she writes. “She’s in the hot center and I’m on the remote perimeter.”
But Peet has a refreshing take on it all: “Since we’re all going to get wrinkly and die, maybe we’ve got to move in the direction of acceptance about that,” she writes. “Botox or no Botox, we shouldn’t feel bitter, because we’re ALL going to look like s—. Every last one of us. Even Alicia Vikander. (Sorry, Alicia.)”