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Meg Ryan | Source: Getty Images
Meg Ryan | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan's High-Profile Return to Hollywood after 9 Years – Fans Are Taken Aback by the Change in Her Appearance

Gaone Pule
Jun 26, 2024
04:49 A.M.
  • Meg Ryan's latest appearance stirred up media and public conversations about her alleged cosmetic procedures.
  • A renowned plastic surgeon labeled her surgery as "botched."
  • Meanwhile, social media users urged Ryan to stop using fillers.
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Although Meg Ryan has never confirmed undergoing any cosmetic procedures, her appearance at a public event ignited rumors of a "botched" plastic surgery.

Let’s explore Ryan's transformation over the years, from her natural look in the 1980s amid her rising career to her much-discussed recent appearance at a prestigious event.

Meg Ryan at the Deauville American Film Festival on January 9, 1989 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the Deauville American Film Festival on January 9, 1989 | Source: Getty Images

Ryan in 1989

Ryan began her acting career on the soap opera "As The World Turns," where she appeared from 1982 to 1984. Her film breakthrough came in 1986 with "Top Gun," opposite Tom Cruise.

Meg Ryan on the set of "Top Gun," 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan on the set of "Top Gun," 1986 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan truly became America's Sweetheart with her roles in iconic romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) alongside Billy Crystal, "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), and "You've Got Mail" (1998).

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal pose for a portrait on January 1, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal pose for a portrait on January 1, 1989 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

During this period, Ryan had a youthful and radiant appearance. Her long, curly blonde hair framed her face, enhancing her fresh complexion and vibrant look, which mirrored the fashion trends of the late 1980s.

Meg Ryan at the premiere of "When Harry met Sally," 1989 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the premiere of "When Harry met Sally," 1989 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 1994

In 1994, Ryan's work was widely recognized. She won a Golden Globe for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in "Sleepless in Seattle." That same year, she was honored as Woman of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Meg Ryan attends the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan attends the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

While attending the Golden Globe Awards in January of that year, Ryan looked polished with a short, sleek bob and subtly highlighted hair. Her sophisticated look included accentuated eyes, fitting the glamorous event.

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid attend the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid attend the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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By February, she was spotted at LAX as her style shifted to a more casual, tousled bob with minimal makeup, highlighting her natural beauty.

Meg Ryan spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport on February 9, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport on February 9, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Later in May, the beloved movie star sported a chic shoulder-length bob with soft waves, subtle makeup, and a graceful, refined appearance.

Meg Ryan at the Cannes Festival: Film 'Paris Match" on May 1, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the Cannes Festival: Film 'Paris Match" on May 1, 1994 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2001

Ryan experienced a dark period in her life in 2001 when she divorced actor Dennis Quaid after ten years of marriage. She spoke about the difficulties of going through a public divorce, stating, "Divorce is hard. Love is hard. All those things were so personal. They weren't for mass consumption."

Meg Ryan during the Los Angeles premiere of "Kate & Leopold," 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan during the Los Angeles premiere of "Kate & Leopold," 2001 | Source: Getty Images

During this time, Ryan attended a movie premiere with a sleek, shoulder-length bob and elegant makeup featuring soft pink lipstick. Later that month, she sported loose, voluminous waves and dramatic makeup, including bold red lipstick and smoky eyes.

Meg Ryan attends the premiere of ''Kate & Leopold," 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan attends the premiere of ''Kate & Leopold," 2001 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2003

By May 2003, Ryan attended yet another public event, the Cannes Film Festival. For the occasion, she had a radiant look with natural makeup and her hair was in loose waves.

Meg Ryan at the 56th International Film Festival on May 1, 2003 in Cannes. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 56th International Film Festival on May 1, 2003 in Cannes. | Source: Getty Images

In October of that year, she appeared at the premiere of "In the Cut" with a short, edgy bob and more defined makeup, presenting a chic and modern appearance.

Meg Ryan at the premiere of "In The Cut," 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the premiere of "In The Cut," 2003 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2006

For another event in 2006, Ryan, a Connecticut native, attended the "Madama Butterfly" opening night in New York City with a sophisticated look.

Meg Ryan at the "Madama Butterfly" opening night on September 25, 2006 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the "Madama Butterfly" opening night on September 25, 2006 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

She wore a black ensemble and had her long blonde hair cascading down her shoulders. Her look was complemented by understated makeup that highlighted her smooth and radiant complexion.

Meg Ryan at the "Madama Butterfly" opening night on September 25, 2006 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the "Madama Butterfly" opening night on September 25, 2006 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2009

Three years later, Ryan starred in "Serious Moonlight," a comedy crime film with Timothy Hutton, Justin Long, and Kristen Bell. This was one of her final projects before taking a Hollywood hiatus.

Cheryl Hines and Meg Ryan attend the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival "Serious Moonlight" premiere on April 25, 2009 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Cheryl Hines and Meg Ryan attend the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival "Serious Moonlight" premiere on April 25, 2009 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

In December of that year, she attended a New York premiere of the film with loose, shoulder-length waves, a glowing complexion, and an elegant appearance.

Meg Ryan attends the New York premiere of "Serious Moonlight," 2009 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan attends the New York premiere of "Serious Moonlight," 2009 | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2012

Several years later in 2012, Ryan participated in the "Half the Sky, a Special Presentation of Independent Lens" panel. She had a polished look with a short, tousled bob and facial features that included high cheekbones, a delicate nose, and full lips.

Meg Ryan speaks onstage at the "Half the Sky, a Special Presentation of Independant Lens" panel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan speaks onstage at the "Half the Sky, a Special Presentation of Independant Lens" panel on July 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan in 2015

Ryan's last film before her break from acting was the 2015 war drama "Ithaca," which she directed and starred in opposite Tom Hanks. That same year, she was seen at Gare du Nord station with a short, wavy bob.

Meg Ryan arrives at Gare du Nord Station on July 4, 2015 in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan arrives at Gare du Nord Station on July 4, 2015 in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2019

In June 2019, Ryan posted a photo of herself looking stylish and casual at a diner table. She wore her short, blonde, wavy hair down and sported a white top. The star simply captioned her post, "@laurabrown" alongside a smiling face emoji.

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Later that year in October, she attended the Governors Awards with an elegant look, featuring a tousled shoulder-length bob, polished makeup, and a glowing complexion.

Meg Ryan at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Awards on October 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 11th Annual Governors Awards on October 27, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan in 2022

Three years later in May 2022, Ryan announced on Instagram that she would star in "What Happens Later" with David Duchovny. She also directed the film, returning to the romantic comedy genre that made her a star.

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Ryan in 2023

Ahead of the "What Happens Later" premiere in November 2023, Ryan discussed her nine-year break from Hollywood, sharing that she was not "a very good famous person," before. The celebrity explained that she had always felt like her life was over outside of the bubble of fame.

Meg Ryan at the special presentation of the Telluride Golden Medallion Award on January 6, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the special presentation of the Telluride Golden Medallion Award on January 6, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

As an escape, Ryan moved out of Los Angeles for a change, though she appreciated her interactions with fans who admired her work in films like "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally," and "You've Got Mail."

Meg Ryan during an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" on November 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan during an appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" on November 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

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"I have a very charmed life. People generally smile when they say hi to me, and they're happy about some of the movies I've done," Ryan said. "But I wanted to sort of just extend out of that, move out of L.A. Just change it up."

Meg Ryan is seen at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on October 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan is seen at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on October 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

The more her fame amplified, so did her desire to step away from the limelight. "I took a giant break because I felt like there's just so many other parts of my experience as a human being I wanted to develop," she explained. "It's nice to think of it as a job and not a lifestyle."

Meg Ryan spotted on September 21, 2023 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan spotted on September 21, 2023 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan is a proud mother of two adult children: Jack Quaid, her son with ex-husband Dennis, and her daughter Daisy True, whom she adopted in 2006.

Meg Ryan and Jack Quaid attend a basketball game on December 25, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan and Jack Quaid attend a basketball game on December 25, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

"I have two of the greatest kids. They're just a blast. It is just a true joy to know both of them," she once gushed of her beloved children.

Meg Ryan and Daisy True Ryan at the Fall Winter 2019, Haute Couture Fashion Week on July 1, 2019 Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan and Daisy True Ryan at the Fall Winter 2019, Haute Couture Fashion Week on July 1, 2019 Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images

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Ryan in 2024

Fast forward to May 2024, Ryan attended the Met Gala after 23 years, sharing photos of herself in a Michael Kors gown. Her appearance sparked mixed reactions from a medical expert and online users.

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Dr. Sam Rizk, a celebrity plastic surgeon, remarked, "She's a mess. I think she had a bad facelift in the wrong direction, sideways, instead of vertical." Rizk explained that Ryan's mouth looked significantly different from her "Top Gun" days.

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"The only way a mouth can get bigger as you get older is if it’s pulled sideways," he said. Rizk also pointed out that the star's lips looked overfilled.

Meg Ryan at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Online users also weighed in on the subject and their reactions varied. One user exclaimed, "STOP with the fillers, Meg!" while another commented, "When she smiles the rest of her face doesn't move. So full of fillers. Her face must be permanently numb."

Meg Ryan at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Some lamented the use of cosmetic procedures, "It's so sad that natural beautiful actresses and some actors, too, use botox, lip fillers, etc...and ruin their look." Another added, "Fillers + botox do that. I call it the Meg Ryan effect (poor Meg Ryan)."

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

However, some people defended Ryan's look, showering her with compliments. "She was the best dressed at Met Gala. Gorgeous dress and she looked very pretty, too," wrote one. Others echoed, "Looking great Meg!" and "The best she's looked in more than 10 years!!! Brava!!!"

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan at the 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" on May 6, 2024 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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In an interview, Meg Ryan addressed Hollywood's obsession with youth, stating, "Our culture is so obsessed with youth." She noted that women over 50 rarely get significant roles.

Meg Ryan in 1995 vs in 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Meg Ryan in 1995 vs in 2024 | Source: Getty Images

At 62, the esteemed veteran star said, "Aging is not that terrifying. We’re all doing it," expressing satisfaction with her age and life.

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