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OTRC: Ashley Judd explains puffy face after plastic surgery rumors, blames steroid usage

Ashley Judd talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her ABC series 'Missing' on March 5, 2012.

Ashley Judd recently explained why her face has been looking puffier than normal amid plastic surgery speculation.

Judd, 43, is currently promoting her new ABC series "Missing," which premiered on Thursday. Her face has appeared puffier and fuller than usual in recent celebrity photos. She utilized her Twitter account to explain what's really going on.

"Thanks to all asking how I've been feeling, still very sick (flu + viral infection in sinuses = wicked) but staying positive & having fun," she Tweeted.

The star's spokesperson told E! Online that rumors of plastic surgery are "unequivocally not true," and that it's all a result of her taking steroids for her illness. Judd again turned to twitter to explain the effects that the medication is having on her.

"I know, steriods r dramatic. My clothes don't fit right, hard on a girl's self esteem, so lots of positive self talk & love," she Tweeted.

Judd, who is known for films such as "Kiss the Girls" and "Double Jeopardy," also posted a message about the matter on her blog and also wrote about her busy schedule and her philanthropic work.

"During it all, I was still reeling from being sick for three weeks, having been on multiple rounds of steroids to try to address the sinus inflammation," she posted on Thursday, March 15.

In "Missing," the actress plays single mother and former CIA agent Becca Winstone, who goes to track down her teenage son who disappeared in Italy. The series was given a 10 episode order.

"It's transcendent," Judd told OnTheRedCarpet.com, regarding the series demographic. "Each episode is grounded in the emotional arc of the characters and that's what the writer's started with every time they met to write an episode - is what is happening emotionally. They never wanted to depart or stray too far from that really visceral connection with the viewers."

Judd went on to talk about the premise of the show, as well as her almost superhero character.

"There is definitely an element of wish fulfillment because every parent's nightmare is that something will happen to their child and its one of those - I wish I could stop thinking about it but I can't and if something were to happen, of course the dream is that you would be able to completely handle it," Judd told OnTheRedCarpet.com.

"That's what Becca Winstone can do, is face anything, face anyone, run, fight, use firearms, as well as be unbelievably canny," she said. "However, I fail miserably at speaking Czech while flying a helicopter."

The veteran actress has been on television before. Judd was a regular on the NBC drama "Sisters" with Sela Ward. The actress also earned an Emmy nomination for her role on the HBO film "Norma Jean & Marilyn" in 1996.

Judd is the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and half-sister of Wynonna Judd. She is married to wed Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti. Judd, who has no children of her own, dedicates much of her time to women and children's causes.

Watch a trailer for her new ABC show "Missing" below.

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