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Kate Hudson isn't worried about aging gracefully, because when Father Time comes a-calling, she's ready to freeze him out.

"I was in a press conference once, and someone says, 'So, I can tell you've never had Botox!'" the actress, 30, recalls in the December issue of Elle UK (via the London Daily Mail). "Is that a compliment? Or are you trying to say I'm starting to get wrinkles? I literally was like, 'What?'"

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But she won't avoid the needle when the inevitable fine lines begin to appear.

"Everyone's so obsessed with who gets Botox, but it's great! Are you kidding?" Kate enthuses. "The fact that women can avoid going under the knife and get a little Botox treat and not have to worry about it? I'm glad it's there for when it's time."

(Hey, as long as she doesn't end up looking like mom Goldie Hawn's liver-lipped, collagen-addicted character in "First Wives Club," we won't judge.)

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Hudson, who poses in ridiculously long eyelashes and plenty of baby oil in the artsy spread accompanying the interview, admits she adores all the fragrant and accessorized aspects of "being a girl," not just the ones that involve injecting toxins into one's face.

"I love clothes and I love the rituals of facials and body treatments, all the stuff girls get, make-up, scarves, hats," she says. "And we're like a tribe. That's just our nature. You get a group of women together and, somehow, we keep it together. I love that we can be that powerful, as a group. Men, you know, it's survival of the fittest."

In between exploring the bonds of sisterhood, Kate has been cheering on centaur-loving New York Yankees beau Alex Rodriguez in the World Series (thus proving her "survival of the fittest" theory). And she admits that she adores men as much as those aforementioned beauty treatments, probably because both are pretty straightforward.

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"I love boys ... but I believe they're really simple," she explains. "Every guy likes to say that they're complicated, but they're so easy to figure out. What did that Dr. Laura say? Something like, 'All men want is sex and for you to make them a sandwich.' I thought that was really funny -- and not entirely untrue."

And even though Hudson has been credited as A-Rod's good luck charm on the field, she brushes off engagement rumors that began after she sported a suspicious sparkler on her digit.

"Did you know that it was this one, on my right hand?" kvetches Hudson, who is out stumping for the A-list-packed musical "Nine." "I hear about this and I'm like, 'Why would I even respond? What would I say if you're going to lie about something ridiculous?'"

It's enough to make her reach for a drink. Or maybe not.

Turns out the already-petite and hard-bodied blonde has nixed booze in order to drop 20 pounds to play a cancer-stricken woman who falls for her doctor in the forthcoming flick "Earthbound."

"I love my glass of wine. I love tequila," she says. "To be in New York for two weeks and not have one beverage! I'm not sure I've ever done that."

And when Kate is nosily asked what her scale reads, she good-naturedly confesses, "I'm pretty solid, actually. I'm not, like, 110 pounds. But I'm probably heading towards that."

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