Julianne Moore on plastic surgery: “It just looks weird, there’s something off”


One of my favorite gingers of all time, Julianne Moore, is the cover girl for the November issue of Allure Magazine. Julianne turns 50 years old in December, but you wouldn’t know it from these photos. I think Julianne go the cover because the producers of The Kids Are Alright will be making a big awards-show push for Julianne and Annette Bening come awards season. Plus, why not put Julianne on your cover? She’s great! And I would rather see her do model-poses than, say, Blake Lively. And unlike those young girls, Julianne actually has thoughts about things beyond boys and diets. Julianne actually talks honestly about aging and fifty long years as a freckly ginger. God, I love her.

On having to stay out of the sun: “I have what I call ‘my outfit’, I wear a long-sleeved rash guard and a pair of board shorts. It’s not so sexy, but I keep myself covered. My husband hates it. But if you ever see me at a water park, that’s what I’ll be wearing.”

On getting older: “I’m always shocked by people who talk about not being middle-aged, I’m like, ‘How old do you think you’re going to live? Let’s double your age and see where you get.’ People are always like, ‘Thirty-five is not middle-aged.’ I’m like, ‘Double it.’”

On finding herself modeling at age 50: “I like to call myself the hundred-year-old model.”

On plastic surgery: “I hate to condemn people for doing it, but I don’t believe it makes people look better. I think it just makes them look like they had something done to their face, and I don’t think we instinctively find that appealing. We think we do, but then when you look at somebody who’s had their face altered in some way, it just looks weird. We recognize emotionally that that’s not what we look like, that there’s something off. You don’t want to take away what makes a face look human.”

On dyeing her famous ginger hair: She does admit to touching up her signature red hair with a vegetable-based rinse every four weeks, if only because her gray streak has taken on an unusual hue. “Redheads don’t go gray — they go sort of peach, unfortunately,” she explains. “You don’t turn that nice silvery color.”

On her friend Ellen Barkin‘s fashion sense: “She thinks I’m dumpy,” admits Moore. “She doesn’t like my Birkenstocks. She’d hate this outfit that I have on.”

On kissing men vs. women: “I don’t really think it’s different kissing a woman vs. a man. I don’t think it really is. The difference is kissing someone you know versus someone you don’t.”

On her freckles: Seeing herself on billboards and magazine covers is still a surprise to Moore, not just because of her age, but because she grew up being teased about her unusual looks. A children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry (Bloomsbury USA), that she wrote based on that experience was recently turned into a musical. “I don’t love my freckles—I’d really rather not have them, but there’s nothing I can do about them,” says the actress, “I think we learn as adults that there are other things that are more important.”

On the characters she plays: Moore has played a wide range of roles in her career and has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. “Most of the stories I’m attracted to are about people and relationships,” she says. “I haven’t played very many heroic people.”

[Allure excerpts via Allure, Just Jared & Styleist]

“When you look at somebody who’s had their face altered in some way, it just looks weird. We recognize emotionally that that’s not what we look like, that there’s something off. You don’t want to take away what makes a face look human.” I wish I could staple that to Kim Kardashian’s cat-faced forehead. Look at these photos again, and tell me how Julianne looks so amazing while the other ginger, Nicole Kidman, looks like ten kinds of Botoxy hell? Nicole is SEVEN YEARS younger than Julianne. Crazy.





Photos courtesy of Allure & the cover is courtesy of Just Jared.

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  1. Ron says:

    She’s so beautiful. I saw her in person a few years back on oscar night when she was wearing an amazing green ysl dress and I literally let out the gay gasp. She’s not only a stunning beauty but a stunning talent as well.

    Who syled the bathing suit and fur? what is that, Alaskan cruise wear?

  2. Raccoon Princess says:

    I always thought her nose lost a bump on the bridge and became a little too small for her face around the time she did that awful movie with David Duchovny. Maybe she just got better as she aged.

  3. a says:

    do you think they photoshopped her thighs? she looks thin but not THAT thin.

    compare her thighs to the shot of her on the bench where they look normal (for a thin person).

    she’s beautiful. why did they have to jack with it?

  4. gillie says:

    she’s turning 50?! she looks splendid! i hope that my skin looks half that good when im her age

  5. Kaiser says:

    She still has the small bump on her nose, she’s just old enough ad wise enough where she uses makeup and angles to draw attention away from it.

    a – yes, I think they did something to her thighs in that one pic. If those are her real thighs… ugh.

  6. Rosi says:

    she’s gorgeous.:-)

  7. Merry says:

    I love her! She’s a friggin’ Goddess!

  8. serena says:

    She is stunning.
    I love her too >_<

  9. Eleonor says:

    She’s always so classy, love her!

  10. a says:

    she does look great though. relaxed, happy, fit… and well hydrated.

    definitely a good role model!

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  12. N.D. says:

    Sorry, but it’s too easy for her to speak about how surgery is bad and wrong when she doesn’t really need it. Sure, lifestyle adds up too but still the way one ages is mostly a DNA lottery, pretty much like having long legs or freckles. May be she’d be just as wise about not aging well as she is about her freckles but we’ll never know for sure.

    That being said too many HW surgeries are done as preventive measures way before the real aging really happens.

  13. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    She does look good, but then I remember her saying very recently that she’s ‘pretty much always hungry’ and I think to myself that even if I could get in, Hollywood would never be the place for me. She does look really good, though, I’m not trying to negate that.

  14. Kloops says:

    Add me to the chorus of loves. This is why I use sunscreen. Beauty comes in all colors, ages and sizes. Love that she’s aging gracefully. How refreshing.

  15. Maritza says:

    Wow, she looks amazing! Beautiful and talented.

  16. Kitten says:

    Love her except for her terrible Boston accent on 30 Rock. And she does look incredible.

  17. skibunny says:

    She looks great, beautiful actually and I really like her as an actress but c’mon these photos have been touched up obviously.

  18. Rachael says:

    Amber Waves. Teflon!

  19. KJ says:

    @skibunny: All photos that appear in magazines have been touched up. Pointing it out doesn’t take away how beautiful she is IN the magazine or out of it. You act like people don’t know that there’s such a thing as post-production. Yes, photoshop exists. As long as used correctly, it’s not a big deal. It’s not like they glued her head on someone else’s body and said “HEY GUYS LOOKS ITS JULIANNE MOORE. SRSLY!”

    Her body is amazing. I love it. She not so much thin as she is lean. Her legs are to die for in the picture with the strapless dress. I’ll take muscular, toned legs over coltish toothpicks anyday.

  20. Jeri says:

    Beautiful, smart woman. Don’t ever change.

  21. TQB says:

    She’s gorge. I just don’t understand how people grow up ashamed of red hair and/or freckles – I was always jealous of the gingers and the freckly kids.

    The secret to her perfect skin is the beach outfit.

  22. MuMu says:

    I’ve always liked her. I hope she gets an Oscar nom for The Kids are Alright. She deserves it.

  23. Renee says:

    Definitely a beautiful talented woman. Great pics!

  24. Liana says:

    I’ve seen her in person, up fairly close and she is GORGEOUS. She clearly takes very good care of herself and she always had a water bottle with her.

  25. california angel says:

    She’s 50! f*** *gets back on elliptical*

  26. Cruisin Through says:

    Just love her!

  27. skibunny says:

    Kim or whoever you are: I’m acting????
    She is one of my favorite actresses. And yes her legs look amazing! She looks amazing. I have the same coloring but not many freckles. It’s a drag having to be so very careful with the sun.

  28. Raven Sparrow says:

    I’m not saying she isn’t a very beautiful woman but there is a lot of photoshop going on in these photos. She’s 50 and there’s not one single wrinkle on her face! I just hate that. It makes it all fake.

    PS: in those black & white photos I almost thought it was Lindsay Lohan on an extremely good day !

  29. mln says:

    I think its also that she isn’t a stick figuire there is that old saying that eventually you have to choose between your ass and your face. Nicole Kidman amoung others is too thin and she over compensates by injecting filler into her face in order to look younger.

  30. Eleonor says:

    In the last photo she looks like a real diva, very glamour I like it!

  31. filthycute says:

    PLEASE! 50 year old women do not have faces that smooth. She’s a liar if she’s saying she’s never had SOMETHING done.

    And you’re all ready to believe her?

  32. bitca says:

    WOW. She looks amazing (but not fond of the 60s eye-makeup fad; grrr).

    And @N.D. is right-on about the Genetic Lottery & aging, btw. Regardless, great that a class act like J Moore is a fine advertisement for LOTS of water + minimal/no alcohol.

    Tho NB some of my ginger friends get *white* hairs growing in as soon as 30. Hope some will finally realize it actually looks cool (& cease to yank out each offending strand 🙂

  33. original kate says:

    gorgeous and talented. love her.

  34. Raven Sparrow says:

    “Yes, photoshop exists. As long as used correctly, it’s not a big deal.”

    Yes, because photoshopping every single wrinkle off the face of a 50 year old is a correct usage of PS. And how do you know that her legs & thighs aren’t photoshopped to perfection? I’m sorry but for me photoshopping a face is like giving it a temporary face lift. There’s nothing natural and it’s cheating. If you’re proud to be 50 then ask not to be photoshopped.

  35. Kate says:

    Freckleface Strawberry? That’s adorable! I must read it!

  36. danielle says:

    Love her. But that is a very photoshopped 50 year old if she hasn’t had work.

  37. roguesiren says:

    As a ginger myself, I have had to stay away from the sun, much to my chagrin, as I love being outdoors. Granted, genetics place a big part on how you age, but I am also 50, and when I say my age most people don’t believe it. I attribute that to staying away from the sun. Believe me, I have a few not too deep lines around my eyes, but for the most part my face is pretty much unlined. If young people knew how bad suntanning is and its long term effect on their skin, they would not indulge.

  38. KJ says:

    @Raven Sparrow – She really doesn’t have that many wrinkles to photoshop off in the first place, and they did photoshop her thighs into perfection. I’m not saying they didn’t. What I’m saying is – who cares? As long as she looks human and like herself (which she absolutely does if you watch ANY movie she’s been in recently), taking off some folds on the thighs that inevitably happen in certain poses or smoothing out lumps and bumps isn’t a big deal. And if you think that’s “cheating,” then so are push up bras, high heels, fake eyelashes, make up in general. Every thing we as women do to make ourselves look better is “cheating,” by your implication, so if she needs to ask them not to photoshop her, then you had better toss out all your makeup, start wearing flats, and get rid of any undergarments that make you look better than you do in your natural state. This isn’t a case of “Photoshop of Horrors.” This is the same treatment that any image, featuring people or objects, gets before it hits the glossies.

  39. KJ says:

    @roguesiren the effects of the sun are ALSO genetic. Whereas the sun may age someone with fair skin and hair, it doesn’t do much to women with darker complexions. I’m (mostly) African American, and my mother, who turns 60 next year, worshipped the sun as a teenager, loved the outdoors and never wore sunscreen until doctors told us the sun was so damaging. She continually got carded while buying alcohol well into her 30s, and when I tell my friends how old she is, none of them believe me. That’s not to say that the sun doesn’t affect darker skin at all. My mom has had several suspicious moles removed, as have I, because they were in danger of becoming malignant if left to their own devices. But wrinkling and age spots are something that really show up on fairer skin when exposed to sun.

  40. heathen says:

    Psst -Lea Michelle: this is how you *do* sexy.

  41. Camille says:

    LOVE her. I know that these pics will have been photoshopped, but I don’t care, she looks freakin amazing. I also hope she wins the Oscar!

  42. Lilly says:

    She looks gorgeous!

    I’m sure they did a little photoshopping here–don’t they do that to everyone these days? But, I’ve seen paparazzi pics of her on the red carpet, and she’s a very good looking lady, nevertheless.

  43. Eileen says:

    I absolutely ♥ her!

  44. roguesiren says:

    @40 You are absolutely right, darker skin tends to stay younger longer, and by comparison the fairer the skin, the more dangerous UVA rays are. But like you also pointed out, excessive sun exposure can also contribute to malignant melanoma. I always coveted the beautiful tans my darker skinned friends got with just very little sun. Beauty comes in all colors.

  45. lucy2 says:

    She is really beautiful – great bone structure. I like how down to earth she seems.

  46. frank franken says:

    she is h-o-t hot!

  47. buckley says:

    Absolut LOVE!

  48. Kloops says:

    Cosign everything KJ says.

  49. My2Cents says:

    I dont know. Im always sus on magazine spreads. They are photoshopped to the hills these days.
    She looks too perfect if you ask me.

  50. d says:

    Actually Moore was pretty gutsy in Chloe because the lighting in that movie wasn’t all that flattering…she didn’t look that “great”…but still naturally beautiful, if that makes sense. I think she’s got a lot of make up in these photos. Anyway, props to Julianne.

  51. Tom Paine says:

    She could spend the rest of her career selling me yogurt.

    I’ll love her forever for Maude Lebowski.

    One of the few cool people in the business.

  52. Gwendolyn says:

    Love her! Always have since I first saw her in Assassin with Stallone. Such an elegant & beautiful persona…and God, she looks breathtaking for someone who’s turning 50!

  53. Faye says:

    Love! She’s one of my favorite actresses. I can’t believe she didn’t win any awards for her performance in “Blindness” which was such a fantastic movie, if a bit heavy. She was phenomenal, exactly how I pictured her character in the book.

  54. Kayla says:

    those black and whites are incredible!

  55. Michelle says:

    Once I was at a medical convention listening to a plastic surgeon give a talk. He said that if everyone stayed out of the sun and quit smoking, plastic surgeons would lose half of their business. Ethnicity and genetics plays a secondary role. An African-American person who doesn’t smoke and stays out of the sun will still look much younger than one who smoked and had a lot of sun exposure.
    Dr. Michelle 🙂

  56. birdgherl says:

    Um, gullible much? Pot meet kettle. This one has been nipped and tucked. Don’t kid yourselves.

  57. phlyfiremama says:

    She is so friggin’ beautiful, fascinating, and an amazing actress to boot. I would like to see her & Paulina Porzikova do a movie together….:)

  58. RJ says:

    Whether or not she had plastic surgery, I find it ironic that she’s talking about people altering themselves to look better, when these photos have the contrast bumped up and photoshop up the ying yang. I’m not saying she is not an attractive woman or that she is not well kept for her age. Just that it wouldn’t kill us to see the occasional pore or wrinkle. If she somehow has no wrinkles at all, at the age of 50, well then either this is the first time she’s ever smiled or seen sunlight, or she has gone under the knife.

  59. Magdalena says:

    I think Julianne does some great work and is very attractive but her strong opinions about surgery – for herself or others – have a bit of the “though dost protest to much” feeling for me. And she doesn’t seem to have a problem with the extreme photoshopping(frex appeal one day, freckle-free porcelain skin the next…) What I find odd about Julianne is how she was absolutely flat-chested and then seemed to develop lovely perfect not-to-big-or-small breasts. I find it a-bit-too-convenient to believe that was a result of having children and think some clever Kate Hudsonesque breast implants are cleverly hidden in Julianne’s chest –

  60. Henriette says:

    I agree that it’s weird to whinge about others’ plastic surgery and then appear in a magazine that air-brushes the living daylights outta her…

  61. hoyden says:

    I do love her, but it’s pretty clear to me she’s had cheekbone implants,a possible nose job and possible face lift and chin implants. If you look at pics of her in Boogie Nights and then contrast with more recent pics, it’s pretty clear she’s done something major: the entire structure of her face has changed, from rounded to sculpted. Fine, who cares? But she shouldn’t be such a hypocrite then, speaking out against surgery.

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