On aging gracefully

Tonight, for the first time, we caught a glimpse of the ABC show Brothers & Sisters.

We rarely watch television (not because we don’t want to, but there never seems to be time.) (Besides,  if we did have time to watch TV, why would we waste precious moments with a prime-time drama when we could be watching something more intellectually stimulating like Dancing with the Stars or Top Chef?)

Anyway—tonight, as we’re sitting here tapping away at our computer, we catch a glimpse of Calista Flockhart on the widescreen TV. And it doesn’t look good.

Calista Flockhart in Brothers & Sisters

Like Marisa Tomei, Calista is 42 years old.

Unlike Marisa Tomei, Calista’s skin looks sallow, she’s clearly missing that ‘glow’, and something about her face just doesn’t seem right. Has it been that long since Ally McBeal?

While Marisa has always maintained a healthy-looking figure, Calista was scary-skinny during her McBeal days fueling eating-disorder rumors (we all remember that frightening red-carpet picture of her at the Primetime Emmys in a backless dress). Could it be that poor nutrition is taking its toll?

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  • I need HDTV! I don’t really watch that show, but Calista looks fine on my regular ole tv when I see commercials for that show. Everyone sort of looks good on tv, until you see them in HD!

  • Makeup artists can do wonders. I think her character’s meant to look worn out..

    Rowan (Reply)
  • Isn’t it weird that our popular culture has come to the point where it looks odd when a beautiful woman doesn’t look unnatural enough?

    This whole subject has been on my mind lately because I’ve been watching films from the 70’s and 80’s, and geez, the actors in those films look so much more like “regular people” than in current films. It’s just got me thinking about how our expectations for personal appearance have changed so much in the past few decades.

    Carrie (Reply)
  • I have never watched the show she’s on, but I really don’t think she looks bad at all in this photo. Maybe Marisa Tomei just looks unusually young! I personally think there’s way too much pressure on women of all ages to look perfect *all* the time, at any age.

    Gretchen (Reply)
  • You’re right girls! I just re-read my post from last night, and OMG HOW RUDE AM I?!

    I am trying to figure out how Marisa can look so much younger than Calista—when they’re both the same age. But I pretty much butchered that thought…

  • Just a thought. Perhaps.. botox, anyone? =P

    But it’s true, Marisa DOES look UNUSUALLY young for her age. She looks like she’s in her late 20s / early 30s? In that particular pic, at least.

    Lisa (Reply)

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