Julianne Moore SLAMS the phrase ‘aging gracefully’ as ‘totally sexist’ and insists there is a lot of ‘judgement’ surrounding the term
Julianne Moore has slammed the phrase ‘aging gracefully’ as being ‘totally sexist’ because it is most often applied to women.
‘There’s so much judgment in the term “aging gracefully.” Is there an ungraceful way to age?’ argued the Hannibal star.
‘Is there an ungraceful way to age?’: Julianne Moore has slammed the phrase ‘aging gracefully’ as being ‘totally sexist’ because it is most often applied to women; pictured last year
‘We don’t have an option of course. No one has an option about aging, so it’s not a positive or a negative thing, it just is. It’s part of the human condition, so why are we always talking about it as if it is something that we have control over?’ said Julianne.
‘We are given a narrative as children that we keep growing through school, maybe go to college then, after school is finished, the idea of growth is done.’
She noted however that at that point people ‘have all this life left to live’ and there is potential for ‘inner growth’ during that time.
‘How do we continue to challenge ourselves, to interest ourselves, learn new things, be more helpful to other people, be the person that your friends and family need or want? How do we continue to evolve? How do we navigate life to have even deeper experiences? That’s what aging should be about.’
Cover star: The 60-year-old actress remarked on growing older in a new cover story for As If magazine according to People
Julianne approvingly quoted Helen Mirren as having said: ‘Aging is a requirement of life: You either grow old or die young.’
Helen, 75, made the point late last year during an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine where she denounced the phrase ‘anti-aging.’
‘I take great issue with the term, actually. You can’t avoid aging. The way I see it, you have two choices in life: You can either get older, or die,’ she said.
‘We don’t have an option of course’: Julianne, pictured at Milan Fashion Week in 2018, said: ‘No one has an option about aging, so it’s not a positive or a negative thing, it just is’
‘And I want to continue to see what life has in store. I think about Kurt Cobain and all that he missed. I mean, how sad is it that he never knew about GPS.’
Julianne, who won a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice, has a number of projects in the pipeline.
One of them is a movie adaptation of the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen starring Ben Platt in the role he originated on the New York stage.
Fellow Oscar winner: Julianne approvingly quoted Helen Mirren as having said: ‘Aging is a requirement of life: You either grow old or die young’; Helen is pictured last March
Ben, 27, whose father Marc E. Platt is a producer on the film, has been criticized for looking too old to play his teenage character.
In a tweet he has since deleted Ben took aim at ‘the randos being jerks about age’ and advised them to ‘watch grease.’
Since its release in 1978 Grease has been mocked for casting stars visibly much older than their teens, including John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, as high schoolers.
Glam: Helen told O, The Oprah Magazine last year: ‘The way I see it, you have two choices in life: You can either get older, or die’; she is pictured in April speaking at the SAG Awards