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William Shatner has revealed the secret to how he manages to look so youthful at 90, maintaining that he's never had any work done.
Shatner became the oldest person to travel into space earlier today when he was blasted off from the Texas desert aboard Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule.
But many fans have noted just how good he looks for a nonagenarian - especially given that he's just been now completed a space flight, which is something that feels daunting for those of us spritely folk in our 20s and 30s.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Shatner joked that his age was a 'ridiculous rumour' spread by the media and that he is actually 55.
Eventually, he admitted he is, indeed, 90, prompting journalist Hadley Freeman to ask if he'd ever had any 'serious work' done.
"No. Have you?" Shatner shot back to Freeman, who quipped that she couldn't afford it even if she wanted it.
Shatner continued: "Well, I don't have any secret potions. It must be genetic. I ride a lot of horses and I'm into the bewilderment of the world, so I open my heart and head into the curiosity of how things work."
He added: "I'm a competitive rider in an equine skill called reining.
"I don't know if you know it, but it's very athletic and cowboyish."
When asked what he wishes he had known at 20 that he knows at 90, Shatner replied: "I'm glad I didn't know because what you know at 90 is: take it easy, nothing matters in the end, what goes up must come down.
"If I'd known that at 20, I wouldn't have done anything!"
The young-at-heart Shatner travelled into space today alongside three others: Blue Origin vice president Audrey Powers; Chris Boshuizen, who co-founded Earth-imaging satellite company Planet; and Glen de Vries, an executive with French healthcare software corporation Dassault Systèmes.
In a video posted on Twitter by Blue Origin ahead of his 'adventure', the star said: "I'm going up into space, I don't know how many people can say that.
"It's life-changing in its way - not because of the aerial adventure, but because of the people I'm meeting and talking with."
Shatner continued: "We are just at the beginning, but how miraculous that beginning is. How extraordinary it is to be part of that beginning.
"There is this mystique of being in space and that much closer to the stars and being weightless.
"I shall be entranced by the view of space. I want to look at that orb and appreciate its beauty and its tenacity."
He added: "There is an adventure in my life that I would not have had, had I not done this."
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