Rumer Willis: ‘The jobs I get are based on me’ not my name

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I try to go easy on celebrities for the things they say – to an extent. Their quotes are often taken out of context and it can be hard to tell what they meant exactly. Many outlets take old interviews and piece them together and package them as new, and some magazines report quotes from press conferences as if they were given a one-on-one interview. When taken together, it looks like the celebrity is repeating themselves. Celebrities also do multiple interviews in a day when they’re on a press junket, and they’re often tired and weary, but expected to be on their game. Look at the recent interview with Jennifer Aniston and CNN. She was thrown a lot of curveballs and she kind of verbally faltered in her responses. Some would say she’s not prepared but it’s also an interviewer’s responsibility to establish rapport and try to make the conversation flow.

When Kaiser ran a story on Rumer Willis a couple of weeks ago she sort-of wanted to lay into her for a quote Rumer gave about how “If you’re talented you’ll get work.” I wanted to give Rumer the benefit of the doubt, and tried to take her quotes in context. She also said that “You can’t do anything about who your parents are. I think everyone has opportunities,” and to me that tacitly implied that she understood that her famous parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, had opened many doors for her but that she thought it was up to her what she did with those opportunities. It wasn’t that bad of a quote and didn’t necessarily mean she was an entitled brat, in my opinion.

It looks like Kaiser was right and Rumer was saying that she would have reached her level of B-movie success without her celebrity parentage. Rumor told Hello! Magazine unequivocally that she and she alone is responsible for all the roles she’s getting. There are plenty of hard working waitresses in LA who would disagree:

So Rumer, is having a famous surname useful?
“I never ever looked at it that way. I’ve never really been that conscious of it playing such a big role in my acting career, because the jobs I get are based on me. When I go into an audition my parents are not going to be acting for me and casting directors don’t care…”

Will your sisters follow you into the family business?
“No, actually I have to brag for a moment. My sister [Scout] is going to university. They’ve both done some acting in the past but I don’t think they were ever as interested as I was…”

Do you want to be famous?
“I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m in the news more than I would be if I was someone else. The attention that I get media-wise is definitely not equal to the amount of work I’ve done. So to me, it’s like, whatever…”

You’ve been acting for quite a few years now.
“For more than half my life. I started in my mother’s Now and Then, which she starred in and produced, back in 1995. You won’t see my own name on the credits – back then I was billed as Willa Glen.”

Was it always going to be acting as a career?
“No, for some time as a kid I thought that I might be a doctor, but I think that was more because of a lot of glamorous medical dramas on TV than anything else. And then I realized that I was kidding myself, and that to follow that course was going to mean a lot of hard work in a direction I honestly didn’t want to seriously take. And then I found I could sing, that I could dance a little…”

You always seem to be so open and level about things – what really gets you annoyed?
“Oh, this Hollywood body image thing. The one that tries to persuade young women to be all stick and bone. Bones through your skin? Awful. In Los Angeles, a lot of people, young people, worry about what others think that they look like. And that’s wrong. I want to see far more positive role models for women in films – empowered, strong women. ”

Sorority Row ends on an ambiguous note. Will you do a sequel?
“I will if they want me and if they ask me. But I don’t want to be tied down to a single genre of films, for people to say, “ah, Rumer the horror queen.’ I want variety. And to enjoy myself as well, and to create some strong women characters.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, September 14, 2009]

You know who Rumor reminds me of? Billy Bob Thornton insisting that his music career is all about what a talented musician he is and that his band’s success has nothing to do with his name recognition. That’s absolutely untrue. Rumor comes across as so smug in this interview and the days when I’ll be giving her the benefit of the doubt are over. She could at least acknowledge that her parents gave her opportunities, but nope it’s all about Rumor and her long and talented acting career. Give me a break.

Ok, I’ll say something nice – I like that Rumer acknowledges that she gets more attention than she warrants and that she talks about body image, which is something she’s mentioned before. She’s not entirely stuck up her own butt, but she doesn’t give us a lot to work with either.

Rumer Willis and Demi Moore attend premiere of Sorority Row in Los Angeles

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  1. Firestarter says:

    Sure they are! Sure they are!

  2. anna says:

    Oh, I needed a good laugh this morning.

    The things these children of stars are told and what they believe of themselves…such rarefied air they breathe…

  3. mollyb says:

    Oh please. Just like Tori Spelling insisting that when she auditioned for 90210, no one knew that she was Aaron Spelling’s daughter because she used a fake name. Neither of those ladies have the talent or the face, frankly, to have made it where they are without a name to get them there.

  4. QB says:

    She says the body image of hollywood annoyed her , but she lost a lot of weight to try and be part of that image . Does that mean that she know he is annoying?

  5. Nev says:

    Please let me humbly apologize now for my poor use of words but……
    That is one f-cking big a$$ lie! How can she fix her mouth to lie like that with that unfortunate face. Sorry again.

  6. Ana says:

    Although I am suprised that she didn’t win an award for her epic preformance in “House Bunny.”

  7. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I’ll say something nice…she looks better in that top pic than I’ve ever seen her look. Maybe she’s growing into her looks? Still has that Bruce Willis nose, though, very apparent in that bottom shot.

    on topic…

    girl, puh-leeeeez!

  8. Megan says:

    Bitch please! No one would take a second look at her if it wasn’t for Demi Moore!

  9. Len says:


  10. Lee says:

    After I laughed at the hubris of Rumer’s belief, I paused at her photo with her mother. Now that’s a tough row to hoe: standing beside your beautiful mother when you are decidedly NOT, in Hollywood, no less. She may have a rich famous family, but I sure don’t envy her.

  11. Susette says:

    Between Rumer’s talent and Demi’s lack of surgery, this family wallows in delusion.

  12. Neelyo says:

    That second photo is really unfortunate.

  13. Wow says:

    Of course they’re based on only you and not your name. You and Bryce Dallas Howard share the same problem, work is thrust upon you due to your abundance of acting talent and has nothing to do with your father’s influence. That wouldn’t cross any of our minds.

  14. bros says:

    reality FAIL!

  15. Granger says:

    Any struggling actor will tell you that getting an audition is basically half the battle in La La Land. No, having a famous last name and a ton of connections doesn`t help at all.

  16. NanPaige says:

    That is pure ‘BULLSHIT’. I didn’t like her in the beginning, but I hate her now!

  17. Green Is Good says:

    Does Rumer think anybody is buying her BS? Just stop it already.

  18. jules says:

    Ugly and delusional…not a good combination.

  19. random says:

    BAHAHAHA! I read this headline and just laughed. Suuuuure it’s because of her “skill” and “ability.” NOT because she has two extremely famous and well-known parents. Uh huh.

  20. lway says:

    Another dumbass celebrity ….. Rumer – it’s clear girl. It’s mommy and Daddy that is putting you out there.

    You’re not famous for anything else at this point really.

  21. Giz says:

    LOL. Okay.

  22. Aviatrix says:

    Okay, so she doesn’t have a filter between her head and her mouth. As far as her face goes? I’ve seen far worse -in Hollywood. She could be the new “ugly friend” to the endless line of blonde mavens in the forever recycled rom com. Seriously someone get rid of that baggy eyed twit in 13 going on 30, and The Wedding Planner. Tuner could actually be a normal lovely person with a decent publicist and some maturity.

  23. emma says:

    she was in a movie with her dad, i’m sure he didn’t help her get that role at all. and then she was on her step dad’s show, but i’m sure he didn’t help with that either. eyeroll

  24. Ro says:

    I think that the person who allowed her to do that interview needs to be smacked. That interview shows that at the least her publicist knows who her parents her because no pr person would allow a relatively unknown actor to be that smug. You never see any entertainers show their true colors in the beginning because there is someone there to stop them. She obviously doesn’t have that.
    She will go the way of the majority of child actors who got their start from their parents.

  25. flourpot says:

    She’s embracing the Hollywood body image, in my opinion. Losing weight, lots of makeup, bobbies popping out of her shirt. Girl needs some consistency. Or reality. Or both.

  26. lottaluvin says:

    That girl is delusional..I don’t like her at all. She has that self important sense of intitlement that makes her even more uglier that she already is.

  27. lucy says:

    Seriously, why can’t she just say, “yeah, I got my foot in the door thanks to my parents, and now I know I have to prove myself to continue?” Because that’s the truth.

  28. Ally says:

    I think the quote about George W. Bush applies here; like him, Rumer “was born on third base, and thinks she hit a triple.”

  29. SolitaryAngel says:

    I don’t envy this girl…growing up in Demi’s shadow–she looks enough like her mother yet NOT quite there that it must be a cruel thing to look at oneself in the mirror and know what you MIGHT have been.

    But for her to say that it was her “skill” that got her all those jobs? I guess growing up watching her mother LIE to the world and say she didn’t have all this work done when she obviously did?

    Apparently, the delusional apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

  30. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Would you say that Tom Petty’s chin?

  31. the original kate says:

    just keep telling yourself that, honey.

  32. n says:

    she’s deluded. and she must be pretty dumb to boot.

    who is to blame for all of that?
    mom? dad? herself?

  33. Hieronymus Grex says:

    AGAIN with this crap?! If you have to repeat a lie, that doesn’t make it less of a lie.

  34. Goddess711 says:

    Know what? People diss this kid’s looks, but I remember Demi back in the day when she was on General Hospital. I hated how she looked and her gravelly voice was sooooooooooooo annoying. She got prettier as she got older.
    Gotta tellya, Rumer is the splitting image of Demi when Demi was her age. She’s going to be prettier than her mother as she gets older. Guaranteed.

  35. GatsbyGal says:

    HAHAHAHAHA not with THAT face, Rumer! If it weren’t for the ‘Willis’ at the end of her name, she would NEVER have gotten any parts. For god’s sake, look at her! Ugly men can make acting careers for themselves, but not ugly women.

  36. lizzy says:

    I’m inclined to think she will look better as she ages. Women with longer faces tend to age well and settle into their beauty later in life. Of course I’m also inclined to think that over time we’ll see the severity of her large chin diminish ever so slightly every time she takes a “vacation” or “goes overseas” to shoot a film.

  37. I Choose Me says:

    Okay I defended her before but if she truly believes that her parents have nothing to do with her getting auditions then she really is delusional. Or maybe, and this makes me sad for her a little bit, she needs to believe that to get through the day.

  38. Vicky Cathay says:

    She gets jobs?

  39. redred2 says:

    Say what you will , but I saw her on a Medium repeat & she was pretty good. She also looked pretty. Just hope she doesn’t end up another drunk or dope head of a celebrity kid. Yes her name did help her , but it had to come with a price. Imagine your entire life being lived in you mother’s shadow? Esp. during those teen years. The only thing I envy about this young woman is her money :0)

  40. Kasey says:

    In regards to her appearance, she looks the same body-wise to me, but her face looks kind of different. I can’t be the only one who’s noticed…Pertaining to her comments, I can’t help but wonder how much of this has been instilled/reinforced by her parents. I wonder if they noticed how unfortunate it was that she resembles her mum but looks exactly like her father and started early trying to build her self-esteem. They’ve probably always been telling her all these self-empowering things but secretly making telephone calls to people they know to give her a break, if people aren’t doing it of their own volition. She seems pretty genuine to me so, I’m guessing her folks may be responsible for getting her to believe that rumor (pun intended)!

  41. I hated how she looked and her gravelly voice was so annoying.