Kate Beckinsale, 47, on why she won't get Botox: 'I'd be the one that would get the droopy eye'

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Kate Beckinsale talks aging and avoiding Botox. (Photo: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)
Kate Beckinsale talks aging and avoiding Botox. (Photo: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage)

One of Kate Beckinsale's latest Instagram posts sees her posing in a bikini alongside two dogs, which is rather fitting given her quotes attributing her youthful appearance to her genetics. 

"My family are generally on the younger-looking side," the 47-year-old actress tells the Sunday Times in a new interview. “Even my dog is 9 and looks like a puppy."

One thing the English star — up next in Jolt — won't credit is Botox or other cosmetic procedures.

"I haven’t had any!" Beckinsale, who shares a 22-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Michael Sheen, tells the U.K. newspaper of Botox. "I’m not against people having it. [But] I do get pissed off. It’s sort of a given that I’ve had it, which I just literally haven’t. I’m frightened of paralyzing my face. My mum’s voice is in my head, very loud, at all times. My mum wouldn’t even get a facial, she is suspicious of anything like that, and looks f***ing radiant and amazing. I know if I did do Botox, I’d be the one that would get the droopy eye, and my mum would go, ‘I f***ing told you! See? You should never do that.’"

Beckinsale, who keeps fit by training five or six times a week — "Another thing I find amazing, because you literally could barely move me as a kid, I didn’t want to stand up," she admits — hasn't ruled out all injections, however. The actress, who played vampire-warrior Selene in the Underworld film series, says she's a fan of PRP, otherwise known as platelet-rich plasma injections.

"I do like PRP, when they take your blood [plasma and reinject it into your skin]," she says. "That’s a real thing, from your own body. But not with scary poisonous things!”

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Beckinsale admits she has a complicated relationship with aging, given that her father, actor Richard Beckinsale, died of a heart attack at age 31. 

"I’ve been so aware of the possibility people can drop dead at any time," she tells the paper. "People started trying to worry me about turning 40 when I was turning 33. If you overload it like that, you’re going to make the person not give a shit.”

There's also the pressure that society places on women, whether they're movie stars or not. 

“I think, when you start out, if people perceive you as attractive it’s helpful at first," the Pearl Harbor star says. "If people start thinking that’s your main thing, I don’t think that’s helpful to anyone, least of all you. I think women are damned anyway. I don’t just mean actresses. You’re seen as attractive, you’re not seen as attractive. You’re seen as too young, you’re too old. Where is the f***ing sweet spot for women? At some point you just have to go, ‘Bollocks — this is me.’”

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