Petite British actress Felicity Kendal has always been low key about how she manages to maintain her youthful look after 40 years in the biz. Now, she has opened up that while she has used Botox and fillers in the past, she now wants her face and body to match and so has switched to a more natural approach to staying youthful.
67-year old Felicity Kendal rose to fame after appearing in the cult hit sitcom The Good Life back in the 70s. She has continued to act through the years and has become known for her remarkably youthful appearance.
A few years back Felicity wouldn’t say that she was using noninvasive plastic surgery techniques like Botox and fillers to help maintain a wrinkle-free complexion, but now she has admitted to it, also saying that she has given them in favor of a more natural approach. Rather than plastic surgery, Felicity relies on a combination of yoga, Pilates and weightlifting to stay in shape.
“I do a combination of yoga, Pilates, and weights. Very often I don’t feel like it, but you get to the point where you either get stiff and stop, or you keep going. And it’s so worth it, because it makes me feel good. If I don’t do it, I feel yuck, the jeans don’t fit, and I’m lacking in energy. I’m fitter and stronger now than I was 20 years ago, and I’ve never felt so good.”
“Women have become incredibly independent. We’ve really come a long way in almost every walk of life in the past 30 years, and society is more equal now. But we’ve still got this hang-up about what women look like. I do it myself. There is still an obsession with women’s looks, and that’s never going to go, but we could be a little more generous.”
Although Felicity had managed to maintain her plastic surgery secret for years, even during an appearance on a British reality dance competition show, her secret was revealed after a signed photo of the actress was spotted in a plastic surgeon’s office.
Last year, she acknowledged that she might have gotten carried when she tried fillers in her cheeks, which resulted in a chipmunk-link appearance due to her own naturally high cheekbones, “I did try fillers once. Don’t ever have fillers because when your cheekbones are high it’s chipmunk time.”
In her current interview with Good Housekeeping UK, Felicity admits to having guilty pleasures and no longer feeling guilty about them.
“My pleasure is a glass of red wine… maybe two. After that, I can’t remember!”
“But I don’t believe in guilt. I used to feel guilty: I should do more exercise, I shouldn’t do this, I should do that… But now I just think, this is who I am, and give into it. There’s a liberation in that.”
“At my age, women get to a point where we don’t make decisions to impress somebody else, but to please ourselves. Like when I got my tattoo four years ago. It was the opposite of trying to be younger and ‘with it’, it was about celebrating the fact you’re not young anymore, so you know what you want to do. It’s something I did totally for myself.”