Whether you’re a Homeland fan or rooting for Alfonso Cuaron’s latest project, Gravity, Vogue has it covered for you: the UK and US Vogue issues for November 2013 and October 2013 respectively are both built around a Hollywood movie star. What more reason do you need to turn your life from immediate reality to screen-fiction?
I am huge admirer of both actresses and while Homeland is one of my tv fixtures, I will definitely go watch Gravity now, knowing much more about it (without being a spoiler, I watched the movie trailer’s beginning and at 3 the seconds mark I was convinced it was just another ‘Solaris’ . Granted, George Clooney starring in Gravity was a big part of my ‘Solaris’ reasoning. ). But what I enjoy more, beyond the fashion of it – which is a bit irrelevant since both ladies are more famous for their acting career than their fashion value – is the return of the action hero au feminin. Lady she-roes – we needed that!
Homeland reached its third series and as I’ve heard, it will be a thorny one for everyone. Something Homeland already had us accustomed with. But Claire Danes is the absolute queen of drama in my perspective so she’ll undoubtedly deliver yet another speechless performance throughout the episodes.
What makes Sandra Bullock amazing is her ability to be funny without being shallow, to be entertaining and profound while still being likable. She’s such an amazingly strong woman and a talented performer, I’m happy she’s been given the cover of Vogue this month (her 6th Vogue cover so far). She deserves all the spotlight and the love we can give her!
Another important similarity between the two lady stars is their fairly new motherhood. Both Claire and Sandra have each a boy under 5 years and we all know how a new mother can feel and how much her newly acquired quality can drive her away from her previous life. But that doesn’t seem to be the case for Claire or Sandra who both continue to walk their path to fame while juggling their personal life and their career with ability and determination. Perhaps it has something to do with
the fact that they’re both born in the month of April (different years, but still). Or with their family’s eminent DNA (Sandra’s grandfather was a rocket scientist while Claire’s was dean of Yale’s art and architecture school)?
Either way, they’re both strong women who portray strong characters on the big and small screen and now they’re both on the October/November cover of two editions of Vogue magazine. Because we admire their acting skills not their fashion worth. One more reason to see the style beyond any fashion (and marvel at the almost-identical colors of the masthead or the similar cover taglines).
Peter Lindbergh photographed Sandra Bullock who had choreography training for her role in Cuaron’s Gravity and we can see her demonstrating her hard trained skills in the pictures published in Vogue. You gotta give it to that brilliant cover, though: next to fashion titles, right below to the cover-story title, lies a perplexing issue. Pump Down the Volume: How to Fix an Overinjected Face. Yeah. Because that’s where we’re at. Somewhere in line with the obesity dilemma is the botox-sity dilemma!
On the other hand, Claire Danes looks so relaxed, so serene on the British Vogue cover photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, that you’d think all is honey and roses in Homeland. Since it’s the talk of the issue, I feel more like this Vogue is about Carrie Mathison, not about Claire Danes. Except there’s something missing – Carrie’s transfiguration. Claire is all rainbows in these pictures and as much as I would’ve loved to love the cover story pictorial, I feel it’s sterile and inaccurate. But then again, how would I expect to feel about a static written story and a still pictorial about a TV series I love watching and its heroine’s whose take-after-take acting blows me away?