‘Mission: Impossible’ star Emmanuelle Béart slams plastic surgery after botched lip enhancement

It's been a long time since the English-speaking world has heard from French actress Emmanuelle Béart, but the "Mission: Impossible" actress is back in the spotlight this week, speaking out against unnecessary plastic surgery.

For the first time, the 48-year-old actress has admitted to getting plastic surgery -- a "botched job" on her mouth 20 years ago -- in order to slam the medical procedure.

"It is a grave act in which you don't necessarily foresee all the consequences," Béart told Le Monde. "And it's an act that touches the soul."

Though she gained international fame after starring opposite Tom Cruise in 1996's "Mission: Impossible," Béart became a star in her home country 10 years earlier as a 23-year-old blond beauty in "Manon des Sources." She forged a career not only from her acting but also her beauty, which seemed to have survived the surgery. In May 2003 she appeared nude on the cover of French Elle, and it remains the fashion magazine's best-selling issue.

Béart blamed the film industry for pressuring women to stay beautiful as they age, claiming surgery is less about beautifying and more about boosting one's confidence.

"Either they get help and find the strength to fight [surgery], or they proceed with the act," Beart said of women who seek cosmetic enhancement.

For her part, the French star suggests doing her lips at the age of 27 has put her off plastic surgery.

"Just the idea of an injection these days devastates me," she said. "So I don't know how I will get through these stages" of aging.

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