Julie Chen Admits to Plastic Surgery
Julie Chen Plastic Surgery Discussion on The Talk
It's long been speculated that Big Brother host Julie Chen has had a little work done, even recently I posted an article about the topic.
Today on The Talk Chen disclosed that yes, she has had plastic surgery. Julie says it wasn't something she took lightly, but she felt it was necessary in order to further her career.
"He said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk because you're Chinese.'" -Julie Chen on her early years as a news anchor, before she had plastic surgery
Julie took the advice of her agent and a producer, and had plastic surgery performed on her eyelids. She explains:
"My secret dates back to, my heart is racing, it dates back to when I was 25-years-old and I was working as a local news reporter in Dayton, Ohio.
"So I asked my news director, over the holidays, if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, 'You will never be on this anchor desk, because you're Chinese.' He said 'Let's face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I've noticed that when you're on camera, you look disinterested and bored.'
"So, what am I supposed to say to my boss? I wanted to cry right then and there. It felt like a dagger in my heart, because all of my life I wanted to be a network anchor.
"I started recording my newscasts every day and all I could see was my eyes, and I'd ask myself, 'Does he have a point?' I'd always ask myself, 'Do I look bored?'
SEE PHOTOS OF JULIE CHEN BEFORE & AFTER PLASTIC SURGERY
"I started meeting with agents for career advice, and this one big-time agent basically told me the same thing. He had the biggest names in the business. And he told me the same thing. He said, 'I cannot represent you unless you get plastic surgery to make your eyes look better.' He then whips out a list of plastic surgeons who have done this procedure. The agent said, 'You're good at what you do. And if you get this plastic surgery done, you're going straight to the top.'
"So I consulted with my mother and...silence. She said, 'This is a deeper conversation that we have to have with your father.' We talked about if this was denying my heritage, and whether or not I should have this done.
"This agent, he represented the most famous Asian broadcaster out there at the time, you know who I'm talking about and I'm not going to say names. (Connie Chung?)
"This divided my family. Eventually my mom said, 'You wouldn’t have brought this up to me unless this was something that you wanted to do.' And they told me that they'd support me, and they'd pay for it, and that they'd be there for me. And after I had it done, the ball did roll for me. I wondered, did I give into the man?
"I have to live with every decision that I've made. And it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."
|Julie Chen before plastic surgery|