At age 80, Italian actress Sophia Loren remains one of the world’s great beauties. And early in her career she was one of the most sought after faces in Hollywood. Yet the actress tells the Hollywood Reporter in a new interview that early in her career the studios were not so enamored of her looks and wanted Sophia to have a nose job.
Although she is currently known as a classic beauty, Sophia says that she has struggled with her looks, just as actresses do today. According to Sophia she had be strong to turn down plastic surgery.
“I always tried not to listen to these people.” Sophia tells the Hollywood Reporter, “They were saying that my nose was too long and my mouth was too big.”
Sophia first found fame in her native country, Italy, and it wasn’t until she left for Hollywood that she first was criticized about her looks—to the extent that even her late husband, Carlo Ponti, at the time thought that a nose job might be a good idea.
“Carlo said, ‘You know the cameramen, they say that your nose is too long. Maybe you have to touch it a little bit,’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want to touch nothing on my face because I like my face. If I have to change my nose, I am going back to Pozzuoli.’”
Sophia is currently promoting her memoir, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life, and says that she didn’t take the criticism personally and remained resolute in her anti-nose job stance.
“It didn’t hurt me at all,” she said. “Because when I believe in something, it’s like war. It’s a battle.”
Sophia is a 2-time Oscar winner with numerous film credits under her belt. She explains that she didn’t feel a different nose would suit her face. “At that time, they used to do noses like a French nose with a little tip at the end — they liked that,” she told THR. “Can you imagine me with a nose like that?”
Despite the comments from Hollywood about her appearance, Sophia was glad and grateful to be amongst the stars.
“Can you imagine me, from Pozzuoli, Naples, and hunger, the war and everything — I go to Hollywood and I see Rita Hayworth and Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis?” she recalled. “I mean, what is this, a dream? I’m always afraid to wake up. I had a wonderful time learning a lot about the business, but of course, when you go back to where you were born, you always give the best. That’s where I was really the best.”
Although Sophia may have turned down plastic surgery early in her career, the leading beauty’s latest red carpet appearances have sparked numerous rumors that she is using more than just olive oil to stay beautiful.
It is believed that Sophia has probably had a facelift over the years as well as blepharoplasty and a necklift as well as fillers like Juvederm and possible laser treatments or chemical peels as well.
Whatever she is doing, it is certainly working for her.none