Julianne Moore: ‘That’s the thing about old age, eventually your hip starts to hurt’

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore covers the November issue of Health magazine. I know Julianne must hear this a lot, but damn, she’s 52 years old! She’s also one of the few women in Hollywood who can rock a center part and not end up looking severe as a result. When I think of all of the other actresses who are the same age (or younger) but look like over Botoxed monsters, I want to stifle a groan. In contrast, Julianne looks pretty damn natural. She must take great care of herself, and good genes are probably help too.

Julianne describes herself as “old” in this interview. I think she’s saying it with a sense of humor. She insists that her fitness routine follows the mix-it-up approach. Usually when an actress says she does different exercise routines (with a concentration upon yoga) all the time to keep from getting bored, I roll my eyes. With Julianne, I believe it:

Julianne Moore

On her fitness regime: “I try to do Ashtanga yoga two to three times a week. I’ve also started working out with a trainer, doing light weights and a lot of jumping around.”

The ocean is her haven: “I paddle board. But it’s not the kind of exercise people say it is. I think you have to really paddle hard. But if you’re just gliding along like I am, then no! The main problem is I can’t do anything six days straight because I get hurt. That’s the thing about old age–eventually your hip starts to hurt and you have to switch to do something else.”

She loves acupuncture: “For back pain, it’s amazing. I also had a period after my mother died where I couldn’t sleep. I mean, I was just in shock for the longest time and didn’t sleep for, like, a year. I was just a wreck. And I had some really intense acupuncture treatments, and it kind of reset my nervous system. So I think it’s very helpful.”

[From Health]

I totally get what Julianne is saying about not being able to do the same exercise six days in a row. Rest days are so important for anyone no matter what age. I understand what she’s saying though about the hip area. Even in my 30s, I find myself needing to stretch and pay closer attention to all the hip flexors. That psoas muscle is a killer if you don’t take care of it!

Julianne looks like a dream in this photoshoot, doesn’t she? She’s so radiant.

Julianne Moore

Photos courtesy of Health

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  1. Anna says:

    Why put someone who says she’s always hungry on the cover of a mag like this? I like her but come on. Why do we even take advice from these people at all?

    • Allie says:

      Because it seems like everyone thinks the only way to be healthy is to be skinny and the only way to be skinny is to starve yourself. It’s sad.

  2. Amelia says:

    Love her. What a legend, she looks gorgeous. Something’s a little ‘off’ with the cover, though, I think the photo editor got a little over-zealous with the ‘shopping.
    I suppose I’d better start to take better care of myself then, since my hips started hurting at 13!

  3. Dawn says:

    She is so pretty and natural and puts lots of actresses half her age to shame.

  4. blue marie says:

    She is so beautiful, have always loved her hair. (it’s all I got, I just really like her)

  5. Ellen says:

    you know, I usually don’t like her fashionista looks…I’m not a big fan of most of her red carpet appearances but I love HER. And I really like this photo shoot, she looks normal (okay normal like a fabulous 52 year old who did everything right) and the colors and makeup really compliment her. (I say this as a 48 year old redhead who looks to her for ideas). I think its one of my favorites.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    She looks fantastic, but more importantly is an incredibly talented actress.

  7. mercy says:

    This is wild, as yesterday I had to help my co-worker who’s only in her late-40s get out of her chair because her hip hurt so bad. I asked her what happened and she said her back had been bothering her so she started walking on a regular basis and doing yoga. How does one hurt themselves walking and doing yoga!? I suggested she try Pilates when she felt better. I like yoga, but I think Pilates is better for toning the areas that support the hips and back.

    • Nur says:

      Trust me, Im in my 30s and I hurt my hip badly doing yoga. In fact it took me a while to realise that the insistent on and off pain in my hip was due to yoga, cos I couldnt believe it for long. Once I stopped, it got better. Sure, Im susceptible to injury due to a nasty ice skating fall on my hip years ago, but I guess yoga is just not for everyone.

      • lrm says:

        No; you have to have a teacher with proper training for good yoga. Too many barely trained teachers and barely ‘real’ yoga classes out there…..Certain forms of yoga have a high injury rate b/c people do not know their bodies and how they operate; this is the point of going to a class and having a teacher, right? But, with so many fly-by-night set ups or classes at gyms that are glorified aerobic classes, lots of injuries.
        Actually, ashtanga is one of the styles with a higher injury rate.
        Iyengar based [using props to be able to open the hips or hamstrings without straining, over time, to increase flexibility safely], is a good form for therapeutic classes. Teachers are required to have a solid 2 year teacher training alone, and this after practicing for years usually. And that is just the baseline; there are many levels of teacher expertise beyond that. I’ve known an Iyengar teacher who helped students avoid back surgery and worked with serious post traumatic or post surgery back cases with success.

        That said, Pilates is def. a good choice for those new to ‘mind body’ fitness, b/c it is so precise [comes from a german after all-lol] and is completely rooted in core strength which does stabilize the hips, by design.

        It’s such a bummer that yoga gets a bad rep due to the lack of consistent quality in teaching or practicing without really understand the specific needs of your body. A private yoga class/yoga therapy can be a good choice instead, to get started. Yoga for backcare classes are often offered, as well.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Irm, you obviously know your stuff!

        It’s true what she/he said. Yoga and most exercise, if done properly, should not result in injury. An injury usually indicates bad form (this encompasses a lot).

        Having a fantastic & knowledgeable teacher with any exercise should be almost mandatory.

    • Montréalise says:

      I hurt my back doing yoga and my hairstylist injured herself doing Pilates, so any exercise has the potential to cause injuries if you don’t have the proper form and/or you overdo it (the co-worker who injured herself walking probably overdid it, going from hardly walking at all to going at it a mile a day, every day).
      What I learned: always stretch after a workout, especially if you already have a tight area (the hip flexors and hip rotators are a real potential problem, and overusing them could lead to pinched nerves, with pain in the hips, legs and even down to the feet). And pay close attention to your body – if you’re abusing it, it will let you know although the signals can be subtle.

  8. serena says:

    She’s awesome! Compared to Nicole Kidman who is younger (I think?) but is a botoxed monster.. well, there’s no match.

  9. Christina says:

    My dad was working in NYC and was contracted to do some work in a building that she was living in. He saw her in the elevator and he said she was even more beautiful in person. He also said that she was warm and friendly to everyone, chatting with the door/security guy and smiling & saying hello to a stranger in the elevator ( my dad). Then I had brief day dreams of her being my new step mother…LOL! No seriously though. She is gorgeous and seems down to earth, which makes her even more attractive. She is also an incredible actress. I just love her!!

  10. Lindy79 says:

    Why have they made her look like one of the Gentlemen from Buffy on the cover?

  11. poppy says:

    the stylist really failed the cover.
    the sequined tank and jeans -NO
    i do like her. she’s proof you don’t have to be papped every time you leave your house like other celebrities that stephen huvane represents.

  12. Nibbi says:

    she’s gorgeous, fabulous, and amazing, and i hope to god that i age even a little bit like her.

    that said, the cover is horrible cuz of the photoshopping… and damn, i’m only in my 30s and my hip starts to hurt sometimes and aw, man!! 🙁 …

  13. Boodiba says:

    Ha! She’s saying she can’t be a 6-day a week Ashtangi. Few can, for very long, and ya especially past 40.

  14. Sheila says:

    LOVE her shoes in the last picture. Really like JM, she is so down to earth and doesn’t shy away from talking and accepting aging (looking at you Nicole Kidman!). And must say, after her reveal about her difficulty of losing her Mom, love her more (have a soft spot for those who are Mom-girls, like me), it’s the hardest loss.

  15. Grant says:

    I love the skinnies and those blue shoes!!!!!!!! I loved JM since The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Give this broad an Oscar already.

  16. phlyfiremama says:

    She is beautiful, and IMO one of THE best actresses out there. The forehead says at least some botox~sorry, ladies, but facts are facts!! Botox done with restraint has amazing results~pick the person doing the injections VERY carefully. If you get it BEFORE forehead lines become a real issue, it keeps them from becoming an issue. Not too much, and not too often~Matthew McCaungehy is a textbook example of too much too soon, his forehead is downright creepy these days. I don’t watch TV but was out somewhere when I saw Billy Crystal & Bette Midler on Katie Touric interview. The obvious botox on all 3 of them was bizarre, and made it look like a puppet show.

  17. Chicagogurl says:

    Those shoes in the last pic are gorgeous.

  18. Jayna says:

    She looks amazing and natural. Whatever she’s done is minimal, just to keep her refreshed looking. She can actually smile widely and naturally. All of those overbotoxed and overfilled woman can’t. It doesn’t look natural. And her eyes don’t have that frozen look and high eyebrows from overboxing and her eyes don’t look all beady from too much filler in her cheeks. And soft natural hair with body. The reason so many women like Gwyneth don’t look good with a center part is their faces are drawn and they flat iron it. Julianne’s is thick, glossy and swings with soft body when you see her on the red carpet.

  19. Sirsnarksalot says:

    Go watch the movie she did with Annette Benning (The Kids Are Allright?). You’ll see why she really looks like without the photo shop. She’s beautiful but she looks every bit of her 52 years. I’m so suck of every magazine spread and ad being photoshopped to the point of it being flat out untruthful.

  20. Yoda says:

    She always looks so amazing; hard to believe she’s actually that age. But her interviews are depressing. Her mom died pretty young so she’s always on and on about being middle aged, mortality, getting old…please, get a therapist, Julianne.