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Julianne Moore on Women and Aging in Hollywood

by Kerensa Cadenas
May 24, 2013 1:30 PM
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Julianne Moore

We didn't think that it was possible for Julianne Moore to be even more incredible. The acclaimed actress recently did an interview with DuJour magazine for their June issue. In it the interviewer asks Moore some apparently standard lady celebrity questions about aging and motherhood.

Moore immediately implies that those types of questions are inherently sexist.

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.'

Other highlights from the interview include when Moore talks about aging--deeming it a boring subject.

I just think that it's boring! I don't say that to you (the interviewer) -- I say that to everyone. Our fear of aging is really a fear of dying; aging is a physical manifestation of decay, and I think that is what's so upsetting to most people.

Moore also spoke at length about women and aging in Hollywood.

Good parts, really interesting parts, are difficult for anyone to find at any age, because this business is not set up in such a way that it's about finding great parts for actors and actresses." Major studios "are looking for a great product that they can sell globally. So I can't sit here and rail against the industry, because 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.

It's great having Moore speak frankly and calling out these examples of how deeply engrained sexism is within the industry. And like Moore mentions, when have we seen an interview with a male celebrity being asked about plastic surgery? Any examples?

The Most Honest Actress in Hollywood (DuJour)

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1 Comment

  • Sally | May 24, 2013 4:59 PMReply

    It's nice to hear some honesty. The interviewer should ask questions pertainent to the celebrity not standard safe questions to fill a page.

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