Kim Novak went public last week with how devastated she was after the Oscars, when everyone felt free to criticize her appearance. After presenting an award with Matthew McConaughey, it seemed that all of Twitter felt free to make comments about her face.
Last week, in time for an appearance with Turner Classic Movies, 81-year old Kim Novak wrote an open letter to discuss how hurt and troubled she was by the comments.
“It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard,” the 81-year-old actress told the Associated Press in an interview on Thursday, April 17. “For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets to kids and teenagers [who are attacked].”
Amongst the haters on Twitter was Donald Trump, who said that Kim should “sue her plastic surgeon.” Given all the negative comments that Donald gets about his own appearance, it seems that the honcho could be a little more sensitive.
“I’m not going to deny that I had fat injections in my face,” Novak wrote in the letter, per the AP. “They seemed far less invasive than a face lift. In my opinion, a person has a right to look as good as they can, and I feel better when I look better.”
In the letter, Kim goes on to say that the negative comments she received reminded her of her early days in Hollywood, when she was suffering from untreated bipolar disorder. After being well received at the Cannes Film Festival last year, she had hoped that the atmosphere in Hollywood had changed and so was unprepared for the harsh comments. “I was just not prepared for such a negative reaction and it just caught me off guard,” she told the AP.
Kim was so shocked and hurt by the comments that she didn’t leave her home for days and initially thought to remain silent about her treatment. “For days, I didn’t leave the house, and it got to me like it gets kids and teenagers” who are attacked, she said.
While some had speculated that Kim suffered a stroke or that the fillers impaired her ability to move her mouth to speak, Kim says that her halting speech was actually the result of taking medication to calm her nerves, after a three day fast.
Kim felt that she wasn’t the only older person in Hollywood to be criticized and now she has a mission to speak out against the harsh treatment she and her fellow stars received, including Liza Minelli.
During the course of the show, host Ellen Degeneres singled out Liza Minelli from the audience and made a joke about her being a male impersonator.
“I realized that I had to stand up not only for myself but for other people that don’t have the courage to do so,” Kim said. “I feel like I have a mission.”
Currently, Kim’s condition is under control with medication and she asked to be interviewed about her situation.none