Janeane Garofalo Doesn't Mince Words On Botox, Being Out Of Work


Janeane Garofalo freely admits to New York that she has “sold out” to Hollywood’s expectations of women. Not that it’s done her much good.

Garofalo explicitly wants to use her interview with New York‘s Jada Yuan — pegged to her appearance in the play Love, Loss, And What I Wore — to remind people that she’s still out there and wants to work. But there’s a lot standing in her way:

It’s been hard in entertainment as a 45-year-old woman to find jobs. They get fewer and far between if you’re older, unless you’re one of the few lucky ones who work constantly, like Meryl Streep. Now, having said that, I’m not comparing myself to Meryl Streep. She’s a national treasure. But, I think most women as they age would tell you that it’s harder and harder to find work…. Men are allowed to age. Men are allowed to gain weight. Men are allowed to be quirky looking.

She isn’t resisting the expectations that she be thin and unwrinkled:

I [get Botox] wice a year. So I’m not going to be one of those people that’s like, “Oh, isn’t it awful. You see no movement.” Yes, I do do that and, you know, whatevs. I do it and, I don’t know, sometimes it’s looked awful. Sometimes it looks fine.

She also loves Spanx:

I’m committed to them, I love them, and I wear them every goddamn day. Summer, winter, fall. I’ve got them on now.
You don’t need it. You’re really skinny.
See, that’s the illusion, isn’t it? If I did not have my Spanx on, it’d be like a bunch of water balloons, or a melting candle.

And doesn’t mind talking about how weight loss is selling out (a fitting phrase for a 90s icon):

I sold out. Total sellout, lost weight. Quitting drinking does contribute to that because apparently I was drinking about 22 pounds of vodka. But yeah, I fucking sold out. That is absolutely a fact. I was heavier and it really gets you almost nowhere, you realize quickly. I mean, I got very lucky in the nineties. Very lucky. But I was usually cast as a person wherein they’re so unattractive, that it defines them.

This is really making me nostalgic for the days when Ben Stiller directed movies like this. Too bad he’s a little busy with The Hardy Men.

Janeane Garofalo On Botox, Spanx, And The Troubles of Finding Work As A 45-Year-Old Former Slacker Icon [NYM]

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