Julianne Moore and the elegance of revealing the absurd face of Hollywood

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 28: Julianne Moore attends the 2022 Gotham Awards sponsored by FIJI Water and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for The Gotham Film & Media Institute)

hollywood It was always a symbol of beauty and glamour. An image perpetuated by the spotlights and glitter of his business thanks to the idolatry generated by the pedestal created to elevate his stars to celluloid immortality. An idealized perfection that was always associated with beauty. However, beauty is subjective. The attraction too. No one can tell me that what is beautiful to me doesn’t count. Neither do you. And yet many actresses had to live through the humiliation and pressure of being reduced to an invisible beauty meter. From the youngest to those over 40. A meter that for many years took the liberty of indicating whether they had the worth to be in Hollywood or not. Y Julianne Moore is the latest star to reveal her experience under this meter, and she does so by giving her industry a classy slap in the face.

Try to look prettier.” an industry figure once told him. This is how he revealed it Julianne Moore a The Times of London (via Variety), although it does not explain who or what position said person held in Hollywood, defining them as “someone in the movie industry.” Faced with such an absurd request, she simply replied “I do not know if I can”.

However, instead of attacking Hollywood, giving details, names and making an allegation of the obvious ridiculousness of that request, the Oscar-winning actress limited herself to exposing what happened with elegance, remembering something as obvious as that beauty is subjective. Obviously, ours is a business where there is a certain physicality involved, but beauty and beauty are subjective.”. And so it is. Because beyond the well-known “golden ratio”, that mathematical technique that measures beauty from a biological point of view and proportions, the truth is that the notion of beauty depends on the vision of each one. What our mind and heart produces when we see something or someone that seems beautiful to us.

Bearing in mind that Julianne Moore He does not shut up when it comes to applauding natural beauty (he constantly demonstrates it on his Instagram) and he repeatedly exposed the ageism that exists regarding actresses over 40, I would dare to suggest that he lived this moment when he was younger. When she was not yet the established actress of today, with a filmography that covers the mouth of anyone who wants to measure her talent by something as personal as beauty. Because imagine that someone asks you to try to appear “prettier or prettier”. What would you do? How do you “act” or “appear” to be more attractive? It seems ridiculous to me.

His words reminded me of a video from four years ago that the BBC released at the height of the #MeToo movement. It was a parody of the absurd demands of the business, those that define the frivolization and misogynist look that the industry had for decades on female roles. Gemma Arterton, Catherine Tate and Anthony Welsh played casting officers who only seek the superficial beauty of a female lead, while stars like Gemma Chan, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Felicity Jones, Katie Leung, Stacy Martin, Wunmi Mosaku and Florence Pugh make it through the audition with talent to spare, but nothing is enough. Because despite being a dramatic scene, these agents want them to “not cry ugly, but sensual”, to take off their clothes, “to ‘interpret’ being thinner”. “It’s not rocket science, we just ask you to be slim but curvy, sexy and innocent.” they tell Florence Pugh. And, in the end, the humiliation is palpable within the league. Machismo, racism, ageism… all in one. And only for then Tom Hiddleston to take the part, being a man.

Moore, who turned 62 last December, doesn’t need to play the game of superficiality as an actress. Throughout her career, she knew how to captivate us from different angles, but always touching our hearts. From the loneliness of her character in A single man to the pain that drags her role as mother, wife, woman and professional facing the cruel deterioration of Alzheimer’s in Always Alice. To the emotion that infected us with the farewell to love and life in Freeheld, an unconditional love, and many more jobs. Whatever the role, he made it clear that his talent is immeasurable and that it has nothing to do with external beauty. She did it both with the fresh face of youth, and with the naturalness of someone who allows the passage of time to leave its mark on the skin.

Also, Julianne is not amused when aging is associated with beauty. She already told asif magazine (via Yahoo Entertainment) in 2021, what do you think?totally sexist” that a woman who looks attractive despite her wrinkles be talked about as someone who “It ages gracefully.” “There’s so much judgment inherent in the term ‘aging gracefully.'” And he wondered – quite rightly -, “Is there an unpleasant way to grow old? We don’t have a choice, of course. No one has a choice about aging, so it’s not a positive or a negative, it just is.”“, he continued. “It’s part of the human condition so why are we always talking about it like it’s something we have control over?” For her, as she said to Sunday Times, growing old is a privilege.

And as much as Hollywood scripts describe the characters they send you as “someone who is getting old (revealed it to InStyle five years ago), for her it is important “be present wherever you are in the life. In the end, she didn’t let that comment asking her to pretend to be prettier ruin her goals, dreams and self-esteem. He kept going and found his way. What’s more, many times when I find a statement from an actress criticizing the lack of interesting roles for women over 40, I remember one of the tips that Julianne Moore left in 2013 to DuJour (via women and hollywood). “The good roles, the really interesting ones, are hard for anyone to find at any age, because this business is not defined as finding great roles for actors and actresses. Big studios are looking for a great product that they can sell globally. So I can’t sit here and complain about the industry because I think there’s cool stuff out there, and it’s not anybody’s job to find it for me, but mine. You are always responsible for trying to figure out what you want to do with your own career.”

And so he did. He deciphered his career by creating an extraordinary filmography. They and many more. because just like Julianne Mooree did not let something as absurd as asking for beauty create doubts in herself, other figures like Viola Davis (57) had to do the same job of looking inward and not letting external opinions become stones in the road. For example, when a journalist from The New York Times suggested that it wasless classically beautiful” Than her Hollywood peers, the actress replied that she would not allow such comments to “delete” her as she would have done when she was younger. “I’ve heard that statement all my life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you hear it from the moment you come out of the womb. Classically not beautiful is a fancy term for ugly and denounce you, erasing you. It worked when I was younger, now it doesn’t.” said to The view (via elle).

A Winona Ryder (51) A casting director told her, in the middle of an audition, that she shouldn’t be an actress because “you’re not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you’re from and go back to school. You do not have it”. (Interview Magazine). Reese witherspoon (46), which is also now one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood, also experienced the rejection of the superficial gaze. “You have to be focused and tough because it takes a tenacious personality to deal with rejection. When I arrived (in Los Angeles) all I heard was ‘No, she’s not right, she’s not tall, pretty, smart enough. But I didn’t care about opinions. I’m stubborn” (You Magazine, via Daily Mail). Jessica Chastain (Four. Five), meryl streep (73) and, the best known case, Kate Winslet (47), are other of the great Hollywood actresses who had to endure the same definition above their dreams, dedication, commitment, professionalism and value.

But nothing stopped them. It doesn’t stop them now.


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