Hollywood's Perfection Obsession: Minka Kelly Told to Get Plastic Surgery

Princess 19 on 26 Sep 2011 at 2:00pm

There's a widespread curiousity about who in Hollywood has had work done.  But, is the pressure to achieve "Hollywood standards" via cosmetic surgery real?  According to Minka Kelly, it is.

Recently, Minka Kelly appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote her new series, the revamped Charlie's Angels.  She recalled a story when she was younger regarding another starlet's advice to "make it" in Hollywood.

"I was 19. She was very seductive and said that she wanted to manage me and that I had a lot of potential," Kelly told Letterman.

"She said that she could get me a job at this doctor's office in return for plastic surgery which I would need to be a Playboy Playmate."

minka kelly plastic surgeryThe woman that approached Minka was a former Playmate and had a laundry list of "improvements" Minka needed to be successful.

"All I needed was lipo, fake breasts, a few veneers and all kinds of stuff," Minka recalled.

The actress worked a four-week stint at the plastic surgeon's office and decided against the surgeries. 

"When I told her that I didn't want that, she said I would never be Playmate of the Year and I said, 'I think that's okay. I'm okay with that,'" she added.

Obviously, Minka's road to stardom turned out OK.  But, is that kind of advice long gone?  A recent column in the Huffington Post by an up-and-coming actress suggested that the road to stardom still goes through a plastic surgeon's office.

Comedian/actress Giula Rozzi was told in an acting class she needed to "fix her face."

"Your look is strong, and it needs to be more soft," said the acting coach to Rozzi.

Her list of suggested work included collagen injections, a nose job, and a chin lift.  Rozzi felt "the sad trend that 'ethnic' in Hollywood is often a Caucasian version of ethnic" because the coach wanted her to look less "Italian."

She even went so far as to have a friend mock-up what her new face would look like if she took the coach's advice (she did not).

BEFORE and AFTER dramatization of Giulia Rozzi

But it's not just actresses and models feeling the pressure of Hollywood.  

"Where I live, everyone is beautiful! It’s LA, the land of quick cures where no one ages. You’d think this just applies to celebrities but it doesn’t," said RealSelf member, redmustang. "I’m always accused of looking angry and tired even when I’m not and I felt like this was having a negative impact on my work." 

Her quick fix?  Botox.

"I’ve scheduled a series of Botox injections with a plastic surgeon recommended by my friends," she said.

"It took about a week to fully sink in but after that I started getting comments and people asking me what I was doing differently, was I sleeping better, etc."

She concluded her justification by saying that she felt like she was "saving money" as her doctor gave her discounts for follow-ups.

What's the message here?  No matter what you do -- try not to age or look different in Hollywood.  You may or may not have to go get work done.

What do you think readers?  Is this a trend in Tinseltown?  Let us know!

Photo credits:  Flickr By hardcrad/Jaime Jimenez and Anya Garret