Uma Thurman Explains Why She Rarely Smiles on the Red Carpet

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Uma Thurman explained why she rarely smiles in a recent interview, saying the reason stems from her childhood. Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Smiling is not her favorite. Uma Thurman revealed in a recent interview that she was traumatized about her physical appearance after a childhood incident involving her pearly whites.

“I’m enjoying getting older,” Thurman, 44, recently told Hello! (via the Daily Mail). “Because I feel I didn’t appreciate being pretty when I was younger. I felt terrible.”

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Thurman’s surprising confession was accompanied by an anecdote that explains why the star has perfected the slight, red carpet smize.

“When I was 10, someone told me I had an ugly smile,” Thurman recalled. “So I spent the whole of my younger years feeling embarrassed and never smiling with my mouth open. But what are you going to do?”

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These days, the Kill Bill actress has been trying to embrace her age. “We all lose our looks as we get older and I actually think there’s a beauty to older people that’s just different to the beauty of younger people,” she reflected. “You look good as a beautiful mature woman, but you do not look 12… If you tried you would look really weird.”

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Thurman’s comments come one month after she hijacked headlines after debuting a dramatically different look on the red carpet (as seen above). While the Internet speculated that Ethan Hawke‘s ex-wife had plastic surgery, a source confirmed to Us Weekly that Thurman’s transformation came from her makeup artist’s brush strokes.

“It was a fun makeup choice,” the insider told Us of Thurman’s mascara-free eyes. “Something totally different, that’s all.”

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Thurman also joked about the hoopla on the Today show, telling Savannah Guthrie: ” I know I look weird! I don’t know, I guess nobody liked my makeup.”

She also noted: “I’ve been doing this for years and years and years — people say things nice and they say things mean and it’s like whatever. You take the good with the bad.”

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