It's not easy being gorgeous. Halle Berry (search) should know.

"Beauty? Let me tell you something — being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life," she said. "No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory."

At a news conference Monday to promote her new movie, "Catwoman," (search) the 35-year-old Berry criticized the obsession with beauty and youth that she said prompted some to get plastic surgery.

"Personally, I'm really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that," said Berry, who won an Oscar for "Monster's Ball." (search) "There is this plastic, copycat look evolving and that's frightening to me. ... It's really insane and I feel sad that's what society is doing to women."

"Catwoman" co-star Sharon Stone (search) said she and Berry, who have both recently split with their husbands, found while working together that they had a lot in common.

"In life it's not important how you fall, but how you get up," she said. "I think both of us have fallen in public and both gotten up in public. Neither of us have tried to pretend we're perfect."