I sometimes ask myself, whenever I see a new, extraordinary, revealing story with yet the same famous person who was interviewed tens of times before, on numerous occasions and answered pretty much the same questions: ’what’s there to read that I haven’t read before?’ What’s the novelty? What’s to be revealed more than it already has been before? And I skipped the story altogether. Even if I enjoy reading about that person, I don’t enjoy reading the same thing over and over again. Out of respect for me, for the person in cause, for the column and the one who wrote it under contract and so many other directions I choose to respect.
Julianne Moore finally addressed this issue and for this (and many reasons more) I love her to heavens and back! She was featured in DuJour magazine as ‘The Most Honest Actress in Hollywood’ and the talk she had was really sincere and upfront! Hit the jump to convince yourself!
I’m guessing she was asked to talk about aging and kids but her reactions prompted an entirely new direction to the interview:
‘Men aren’t asked about age […]. Men aren’t asked about their children. Not that these things aren’t important, but I do feel like it becomes reductive, when a woman’s life becomes “Talk to me about your kids and how you feel about plastic surgery”
[…] I do think that there’s interesting stuff out there, and it’s not anybody’s job to find it for me but mine. You’re always responsible for trying to figure out what to do with your own career.’
Let’s admit it, that’s pretty awesomely honest, even for someone as successful as Julianne Moore. She’s not really playing by the rules, is she? So, Brad Pitt aside (but from where I stand, he’s the lady in Brangelina, so it would be just as normal as it gets to have him asked about his kids), which men were asked about their kids and how they felt about aging and plastic surgery? This should be taken into consideration by men magazines editors. Here’s your never-before-read-story about this or that man. Anyone up for the challenge?
As for the women interview revolution – how about you slip in a question about V8 engines and ummm… bricks and mortar? What? Equality you said, let’s play some Freaky Friday games!
It is one of the reasons I feel upset when out of nowhere there is a comment on the amount of botox or plastic surgery a woman has done in her face. it is reductive and pointless to minimize an entire existence /experiences to one single fact in her life . I dont mean it about Juliane, I mean generally.
I think I could hear ( not much read ) Julianne talking on the same subjects again and again. I probably would find something new to admire just in the inflexion of her voice. I find her fascinating.
I love Julianne Moore. She is a wonderful talent and she always looks so naturally lovely.
She is right about the questions and pressures put on women.
Great photos of her! : )
Ha, I remember when I “saw” her for the first time. On the cover of Premiere September 1991. US then best movie magazine, on a holiday somewhere in France…..There was this beautiful redhead on the cover only covered in a sheet. Very decent not se><ual. Freckles all over her body. I stared with admiration at my fellow ginger and became a fan instantly while it took a few years before I saw her acting in Benny and Joon. She did not dissapoint me. She never has. Besides a few roles….oh, well she got to keep on working right?
Equality? Tssss….I don't have illusions anymore….Hollywood is one of the worse examples how we shouldn't act towards another.
A few weeks ago I read a comment of a Dutch movie journalist I happen to know in real life. He wrote that a woman of 40 is past her sell date but a man at 50 in Hollywood. Without any criticsism. I replied: "I think the same goes for film writers like yourself and you are fat too. You were yet at fat 40…ewww….FY." He did not reply. My comment is still there. Duh!
Rock on Julianne. ;)
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