PopGoesTheNews.com • Actor Thom Bierdz, best known for his recurring role on The Young and the Restless, has admitted to undergoing liposuction surgery. The 48-year-old star says he did it to look his best at auditions.
"I needed it if I am to be taken seriously for ... the parts I want. I can't take the chance that the casting people will discount me if I look strange from some angles," he explained on Friday, just hours after having excess fat sucked out of his neck and upper stomach. Bierdz, who returned to Y&R last month to portray Phillip Chancellor III, said seeing himself on the daytime drama convinced him to have the procedure. "I noticed that when I look down my shirt collar pushes my neck to look loose and very fatty."
The lipo was done by Dr. Harvey Abrams of Wilshire Aesthetics in Los Angeles. Although the swelling will last at least a week, yesterday Bierdz said he already likes what he sees. "I am really pleased how the fat bump was completely removed from my upper middle stomach," he shared. "It is a big difference! Now I have a normal looking abdomen."
Bierdz, whose acting credits also include roles on Melrose Place and Murder, She Wrote, said he decided on liposuction because he's been self-conscious of his body despite working out three times a week for the last three decades. "I wish I could have gotten this body myself."
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries. Although popular in Hollywood, few celebs are willing to discuss the procedure as openly as Bierdz. "So many known actors do this," he said. "For some reason I am compelled to share everything."
Bierdz's character on Y&R was killed in a drunk driving accident in 1989 but he returned to the show 20 years later to reveal that Phillip had faked his death. The character was back again in September for several episodes. Also a renowned artist, Bierdz has shared private moments of his life before. He wrote the book Forgiving Troy after his youngest brother Troy beat their mother to death with a baseball bat (Troy is serving a life sentence). His other brother Gregg committed suicide in 2002.
Top photos courtesy Thom Bierdz. Bottom photo courtesy CBS.