Actress Robin Wright has no plans to undergo major plastic surgery, despite huge pressure in the industry to look perfect at all times. As the cover star for Town & Country, Robin talks about her current role on House of Cards.
48-year old Robin Wright says that her role as political spouse Claire Underwood on the hit Netflix series House of Cards nearly didn’t happen when executive producer David Fincher pitched the part to her years ago. Apparently there was some discrepancy over whether or not the role would require Robin to undergo a facelift.
The actress tells Town & Country magazine in the cover story, “I was sitting there going, ‘You’re 45, and you’re not gonna get a face-lift.’ “I was really considering that stuff, because in Hollywood the pressure’s there. You better lift that face and pump those lips and hike those boobs! And I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that. I’m going to get older. I’m going to have wrinkles!’ ”
The actress may not have gone in for a full facelift, but she apparently wasn’t completely adverse to some minor procedures. Earlier this year, Robin admitted to getting “sprinkles” of the wrinkle-ridding injectable , Botox. According to Robin, the key to using Botox is moderation.
When asked about using Botox in an interview with The Telegraph, Robin cheekily said, “You bet. Everybody f— does it. I suppose I can’t say ‘everybody’ because I don’t know for sure, but come on… It’s just the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year. I think most women do 10 units, but that freezes the face and you can’t move it. This is just one unit, and it’s just sprinkled here and there to take the edge off.” She hesitates. “Perhaps it’s not wise to put that in a magazine? But I ain’t hiding anything.”
Robin’s prominent role on House of Cards has thrust her back into the limelight. For a while, her appearances were limited due to her stepping back to raise her kids, now-grown daughter Dylan, 23, and son Hopper, 20, with ex-husband Sean Penn as well as her refusal to take on roles that subjected to being only “wife and arm candy.”
“Hollywood is difficult to navigate if you have integrity, so I opted not to work if there wasn’t enough to do in a role, which doesn’t have to do with the role’s size,” she says. “If there’s nothing for me to do as an actress, that’s frustrating … I’d rather go work at a menial labor job, where I can actually get my hands dirty.”
However, Robin’s lack of screen time has had consequences for her career, as she is no longer considered a leading lady type.
“In a sense it hurts, because you’re like, ‘I want to play too! I just don’t want to play that way,’ ” she explains. “I’m not up there with Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts. I don’t sell tickets. I’ve known that for a long time.”