The actress says that cosmetic procedures "totally obliterate what we look like"

By Monique Jessen
Updated November 06, 2008 01:45 PM

Julianne Moore is happy to grow old gracefully in Hollywood. And although she won’t entirely rule out plastic surgery, she does liken it to an ancient form of female disfigurement.

“The analogy I use is ancient Chinese feet-binding,” Moore reveals in the December issue of the U.K.’s Tatler. “At what point did they decide that small feet were more beautiful? People started making them smaller and smaller until they were stumps and not beautiful at all.”

While we’re no longer binding feet, women are still willing to undergo painful procedures in the name of beauty.

“I feel we have decided that being expressionless and young-looking is the most beautiful thing,” the Blindness star – who has previously spoken out against Botox – says with skepticism. “In pursuit of that, it becomes more and more exaggerated and totally obliterates what we look like.”

Besides, growing old is simply a necessary part of life. “Age is only bad in so much as it pertains to death,” she says, insisting that roles for older women are not scarce. “So far, so good. I’m really happy I’m working on things I want. Everything is really great.”

So will the 47-year-old actress refuse to go under the knife – ever? She may be idealistic, but Moore won’t go that far. She admits, “Never say never.”