Hollywood and plastic surgery often go hand in hand, but not all the time. “House of Cards” star Robin Wright explained that she contemplated going under the knife to play Claire Underwood after executive producer David Fincher pitched the part to her, but she wasn’t willing to alter her appearance for a role.
"I was sitting there going, 'You're 45, and you're not gonna get a face-lift,'" she told Town & Country for its June/July cover story, according to People. "I was really considering that stuff, because in Hollywood the pressure's there."
The medical alterations wouldn’t just stop with a face-lift, she explained: “You better lift that face and pump those lips and hike those boobs! And I was like, 'I don't want to do that. I'm going to get older. I'm going to have wrinkles!'"
Though she might be best known for “House of Cards” now, the role of Claire Underwood isn’t necessarily her most memorable. Some may not realize that she also played Princess Buttercup in “The Princess Bride.” It was her first major role and she recalls it fondly.
"It was my first film experience, and so you might say that I fully immersed myself in the role," Wright told the magazine. "I did not act. It was mostly telling myself, 'Don't be an idiot in front of Mandy Patinkin and Christopher Guest.'"
Wright spent years out of the spotlight, taking time to raise her two children with ex-husband Sean Penn, and waiting for the perfect role to come along. Pincher was able to convince her to take the role after he described Claire as Lady MacBeth and Francis as Richard III.
"Hollywood is difficult to navigate if you have integrity, so I opted not to work if there wasn't enough to do in a role, which doesn't have to do with the role's size," Wright said. "If there's nothing for me to do as an actress, that's frustrating ... I'd rather go work at a menial labor job, where I can actually get my hands dirty."
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