Ruth Wilson blasts the 'massive violence' of Hollywood facelifts

The actress admits the temptation of face-fillers is a constant presence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Ruth Wilson attends The Charles Finch & CHANEL 2023 Pre-BAFTA Party at 5 Hertford Street on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Max Cisotti/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Actress Ruth Wilson attends a pre-Bafta party in London in February. (Getty Images)

Ruth Wilson has condemned the current trend for plastic surgery among actors, saying many of her contemporaries struggle to "resist" procedures.

Wilson, best-known for her role as the cunning Alice Morgan alongside Idris Elba in detective thriller franchise Luther, admits that the temptation of face-fillers is a constant presence.

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She told The Guardian: "As an actress, everyone does it. Very few resist. I haven't done anything – yet.

"But it's in my head as like, 'Well, do you decide not to and therefore potentially look older than your peers? Or do you just give in?'"

Original Film Title: LUTHER.  English Title: LUTHER.  Film Director: NEIL CROSS.  Year: 2010.  Stars: IDRIS ELBA; RUTH WILSON. Credit: BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (bbc) / Album
Wilson's most famous character is Alice Morgan in Luther, in which she appeared opposite Idris Elba. (BBC)

Citing an article in The New York Times that encouraged those in their 20s to pay for Botox, Wilson said: "I mean, are they joking? I find it so... It's mad! It's massive violence.

"We're like, 'Wow', today. But in 200 years, they'll be looking back at images of women now going, 'What were they doing?' 'What is that? You're blowing your face and lips up.'

"Yet it's a multi-billion-dollar industry. And women are part of that industry, perpetuating this 'empowerment'."

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Puffy and flawless faces aren't the only thing Wilson has been vocal about.

Referring to her troubled time playing Alison Lockhart in The Affair – a series eventually infamous for its toxic working environment – Wilson said in February last year: "Since #MeToo... intimacy coaches are really scientific about sex scenes. But before nothing would be said. It would be about making it up as you go along.

"No one wanted to discuss [sex scenes], so the actors were invariably left to create something on the day and that's desperately awkward. It's a horrible place to be."

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