Revenge's Madeleine Stowe: 'Everyone Thinks I've Had Botox, and I Haven't!'

09/19/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Madeleine Stowe RevengeLarsen&Talbert for NewBeauty

Anyone who has ever watched Revenge has asked themselves this question. No, not “What the heck is going on?” It’s “What is Madeleine Stowe doing to look so freakin’ amazing at 55?”

As the villainous matriarch of the Grayson family, Stowe has her fair share of close-ups, and it’s clear she’s got the amazing skin to handle an HD camera without breaking a sweat. NewBeauty magazine snagged the star for their October cover (on stands Sept. 24) to get to the bottom of just how she does it — and gave us an exclusive first look.

First up, let’s get one thing out of the way: The secret isn’t Botox. “My mother told me: ‘Stay out of the sun and don’t wrinkle your forehead.’ She used to scream when I made that expression that crinkles it,” she tells the mag. “Now everyone thinks I’ve had Botox, and I have to make that face to prove I haven’t.”

RELATED: Fall beauty trends you’ve got to try!

Madeleine Stowe RevengeLarsen&Talbert for NewBeauty

So what’s the secret? She shares tons of good tidbits in her interview, from her favorite sunscreen and foundation (though she admits to not liking to wear makeup at all) to doing facial exercises to keep things flexible. Perhaps our favorite Stowe anti-aging secret? Skipping the gym. “I’m a big believer in not overexercising. The strain wears your skin down and ages you.”

She’s also a big believer in skipping juice cleanses: “I think juice cleanses and all of those detoxes are total BS. I love fresh juices and I drink them, but can anyone really explain to me what a toxin is?” But the bottom line, Stowe says, is that the major key to her beauty is living well.

“Aesthetically speaking, would I rather look the way I did in my 30s? Sure, of course I would,” she says. “But … I feel happier than I did when I was younger. Is it a cliché? Maybe. But I am making a deliberate attempt to enjoy the moment and be really curious and live life … When I do that, people usually say, ‘You look terrific today.’”

Check out the magazine and for more, then let us know what think of Stowe’s beauty secrets. And seriously. How amazing is she on Revenge?

–Alex Apatoff

Add A Comment

Got something to add to this post? Fill out the fields below to make a comment, ask a question or share a tip. We'd love to hear from you.

Note: If this is your first time commenting on Style News Now, your comment will need to be approved by our moderator before it will appear. Thanks for your patience, and check back again soon.

Showing 10 comments

mrsmass on

lots of bandage dresses?

Guest on

Is she kidding me?? She OBVIOUSLY has something done to her face! The thought flashes in my mind every time they pan the screen on her.

m&m on

She is gorgeous! Obviously, a strict diet and exercise, and maybe very good genes? :)

Marcia on

I love her husband, cute little Brian Benben.

hgg on

No Botox, but probably a face lift.

DaisyMoon on

Love her!
Cannot wait for “Revenge” to return…

Yeah, season 2 was a hot mess, but the finale was outstanding…left me wanting more!!

AM68 on

Botox. Quite obviously.

Trish on

She’s 55, not 85. Wow! Why do people assume you have stuff done if you look good? I look this good at this age! Clean eating, enjoying life, being in love and having a positive attitude works wonders! Also, not judging people…adds years to your life! Try it.

LL on

HA. Her lips have been done for sure as for the rest? Yeah, sure thing lady.

ImALadyToo on

Well, only she knows for sure, but she is definitely beautiful!

From Our Partners


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,511 other followers

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters