Demi Moore in W: I prefer to be called a “puma” not a “cougar”

I’m skimming through W Magazine’s cover interview with Demi Moore, and I’ve come to conclusion that pretty much everyone knows that Demi has had a lot of work done. She can deny it (and deny itand deny it) all she wants, but I think it must be the kind of plastic surgery that is really noticeable when you see her in person. Sometimes, when I look at photographs of her, I’m jarred. Often, she looks fabulous in pictures, but there is something so… unreal about her face, and I think it must be quite something in person.

Just for example, here’s how W Magazine describes her:

At 47, she looks changed, although more by time than by the surgeon’s knife. One might say she looks her age, although hers is an undeniably striking version of midlife. The skin of her forehead and around her eyes does indeed wrinkle as she expresses emotion, its surface less dewy fresh than it once was. Beneath her haystack of wavy black hair, Moore is thinner than expected, which emphasizes the prominent bone structure that still photographs so well but also gives her a slightly gaunt appearance in person. Her chopstick legs are sheathed in skinny dark jeans, and her oversize cashmere sweatshirt looks as if it could have been borrowed from husband Ashton Kutcher’s side of the closet.

[From W Magazine]

It’s like the writer is trying to find a nice way of saying “Sure, I’ll go along with her looking weird because she’s aging ‘naturally’ and she’s just really thin, so I’ll say that Demi looks ‘changed’ and we’ll all know what I’m really saying.” Anyway, here are some of the highlights from Demi’s interview:

Demi on the film roles she‘s offered: “The frustrating part is that the type of roles I’d be interested in are not really coming to me,” says Moore, who fidgets and balls herself into various contortions like a kid but speaks in her signature hoarse whisper. “I hate to say it’s a function of my age—but yes, I think in some ways it is. The majority of [female] roles are geared between 25 and 35.”

On her Hollywood downfall: In 1996 she became the highest-paid actress to date with her $12 million paycheck for the unloved Striptease. Then, at the height of her prowess, Moore produced and starred in Ridley Scott’s G.I. Jane, a film that put forward the then radical notion that women should have the right to serve in active combat. Or at least women as buff as Moore. For the part, Moore shaved her head and mastered a one-armed push-up; during a brutal fight scene with Viggo Mortensen, she growled the jaw-dropping line “Suck my dick!” The movie, as she puts it, “got slammed… I think G.I. Jane got hit because I was paid $12 million to do Striptease,” says Moore. “In a sense, Striptease was a film where women felt I betrayed them. G.I. Jane is a film where men felt I betrayed them. The focus went on that paycheck.”

On leaving Hollywood: “One of the things that hit me very strongly was the realization that what we do is not who we are. I had worked my whole life. Until I became a mother, that’s the only way I measured my value.”

On her “quirky” side: “I know I have an eccentric, obsessive-compulsive side,” Moore acknowledges. “I’m looking for roles that reach into that quirkier place.”

On her cougar/puma cred: “I’m certainly not the first person to be in a relationship with a younger man, but somehow I was plucked out as a bit of a poster girl… I’d prefer to be called a puma,” she says, explaining how she came up with the new designation and “Twittered it out. People wrote back hilarious stuff, saying, ‘I’m going to get T-shirts that say puma power.’”

On Twitter: “People are much more interested in what I have to say directly,” she says, “and that really changed the whole dynamic I have with fans.”

On Perez Hilton, who linked to photos of her 15-year-old daughter, Tallulah, and posted comments about her “boobs” and “ass.”: Vaguely citing legal limitations, she carefully chooses her words. “We were away for my daughter’s birthday,” she explains. “When I came back, thousands upon thousands of people were writing to me, outraged about what had been posted about my 15-year-old daughter. I felt like I needed to acknowledge it.”

On Ashton Kutcher: “The most overwhelming part of meeting someone that you already felt you had such a deep and old connection with is that your feelings are greater than the time you’ve had to actually be with one another,” she says. “Now we’ve had the physical time together. The love he has for me makes me a better person by giving me the courage to take risks. I can fail and have someone who loves me just the same. I never knew it was quite possible. As a married woman, I am and will always be Mrs. Kutcher. But I have my career as Demi Moore.”

[From W Magazine]

It kills me that Demi is such a consistently good interview. By all probabilities, she should be boring and vapid. But she’s not – she has a lot to say on relationships, on life, on religion, on being a mother, on her role in Hollywood. I’m always impressed with her because I think she’s one of the smartest businesswomen out there – and the business side of filmmaking might be her true calling, rather than acting. It pains me to see Ashton Kutcher out there, trying to make a go of it as a big-time producer, when Demi is the real business brains. Oh well – I guess it would be too much to hope for to see Demi hang up her acting spurs and just concentrate on a behind-the-scenes stuff.

Thanks to CoverAwards for the W pics

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  1. SolitaryAngel says:

    These are the first photos I’ve ever seen of her where she’s beginning to look…haggard. Gaunt? That, too. Deny it all you want, Demi—-eventually the chickens come home to roost.

  2. Tess says:

    Come on Demi. You’re all about how you look.

    Demi’s obsessed with her appearance and that brittle and unnatural quality probably limits film offers more than her age. She’s simply unbelievable as any character other than herself.

    What in the world will she do when she can’t postpone embracing decreptitude?

  3. Westender says:

    So is a “Puma” just a cougar that has had plastic surgery done but denies it?

  4. If a puma is a cougar that is past its prime, then a puma she is.

  5. Roni says:

    Those photos looks like they have been photoshopped to the ninth degree! Just sad…grow old naturally!

  6. Tia C says:

    @ Westender – LOL!!

    I just have to ask, why “puma” over “cougar”? How is that better? Puma sounds too much like “puta” to me. (Look it up in your Spanish dictionary if you don’t know what it means… 😉 )

  7. Lantana says:

    Please tell me that cover was photoshopped to death. I am 1 year younger than Demi, and I can’t fathom pulling that look off. Total aside, but good housekeeping has a page up where you can upload your photo and put celebrity hairstyles on your own face. I didn’t realize how much better-looking celebs really are (than me). Great reality check. I say kudos to Demi. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. (And if you don’t, DON’T.)

  8. Really? says:

    Photoshop much? Seeing as her career has stalled over the past ten years, and she is known in the tabloids now for her silly daughter, her silly husband, and her extraordinary surgery enhancements, why is she noteworthy? Meh.

  9. Firestarter says:

    That is the most photoshopped thing since the cat with 6 heads photo.

  10. Popcorny says:

    The only role I see her eligible for is if they were making a movie on Janice Dickinson, but still Demi Bore wouldn’t be able to bring the lively personality.
    So, she fancies herself a “Puma” and wants everyone to redefine the term “Cougar” for her -such a self-absorbed clown.

  11. Those pictures have been photoshopped to death. Geeze! She doesn’t look healthy in a single shot.

  12. happymom says:

    All the photos at events I’ve seen of her recently she still looks fabulous. Obviously, she’s having work done-but unlike Nicole or Meg, it actually doesn’t make her look like a freak. Maybe because she doesn’t go for that trout pout?

  13. Az says:

    I thought pumas were younger versions of cougars? If that is the case Demi is hardly a puma. More like a sabre-tooth tiger.

  14. Sigh. says:

    She just isn’t that great of an actress IMHO. Not awful, but not that good, either.

    I agree with her that “good” roles aren’t being written for her age group, but it would help if she was known for being a good actress, not JUST Mrs. Willis/Mrs. Kutcher/Mrs. Twitter.

    And what’s the point of being married to an-actor-turned-producer if he can’t help you get some movies roles written?

  15. scout says:

    I agree with your assessment – she is intelligent and speaks well. However, it pains me to see her photographed in such a vapid, expressionless manner. Methinks it’s because however “good” her plastic surgery, someone was convinced it would be better to not have her try and emode – just in case things go wacky (as sometimes happens in her more candid shots).

    The resulting visual is doll-like – a Megan Fox worthy emptiness – and does not match with the woman interviewed.

  16. Praise St. Angie! says:

    sheesh…when I first glanced at the banner pic, I thought it was Courteny Cox.

    and there ARE roles written for women her age…it’s just that there are ALSO better actresses to take those parts.

  17. maddie says:

    Is she a relative of Pete the Puma

    from the classic Bugs Bunny Cartoon.

    Asked: How many surgeries did you not have

    Answer: On three or four.

  18. Jillian says:

    Wow, she is very thin.

  19. crash2GO2 says:

    It occurs to me to wonder how many years each surgery you have ages you. The anesthesia, the trauma, the drugs – these are all very stressful to the body. Maybe if someone were to actually come out with some data on this, women would think twice about going under the knife every time they see the slightest sag or wrinkle.

  20. lolo says:

    I wish they would have photoshopped some weight on her! She’s getting Jolie arms 😉 Sorry, but that’s not
    flattering. Her face is nice, but you can tell, this is a “soft-focus” camera shot. It’s all smoke and mirrors, per usual.

  21. lrm says:

    too skinny;
    but I still like her!
    I agree,smart business woman.
    Does her own thing,but yea,still in the hollywood void/matrix of kaballah la la la,etc.
    Still…she did move to Idaho to raise her kids for awhile…I still think she’s kinda down to earth for someone with as much cache and $$$ as she has.

    I don’t think she’s washed up,either. I imagine her name has influence in h-wood and elsewhere….I doubt her star will ever fade entirely in that regard;she’s got the powah….
    anyway….i think she’s hot,too-with or without the surgery,she obviously has always has been attractive,IMO

  22. ugh says:

    Photoshop can do MIRACLES!

    She don’t look like that even in Ashton’s wildest dreams!

    Its simply disgusting TO SELL A LIE!

  23. Prissa says:

    She looks good, but far different than I’ve ever seen her. Too thin. She kinda reminds me of a mixture of Carol Alt and Jennifer Connelly. Wow, didn’t know she was 47. Still, surgery and all, she looks way better than Meg Ryan, Madonna, Kidman, etc. I bet she pays her surgeon a bundle!

  24. ligeia says:

    she looks good. i know women in their 40es who are thin and fit and attractive because they take care of themselves and are 100% surgery and botox free. of course, good genes also help. i find it hilarious that every older women in Hollywood has to go through hell when it comes to her looks while older men do not. let’s not contribute to that double standard anymore by nitpicking on every wrinkle and whatnot…it will happen to everybody….

  25. Nicole says:

    Those pictures may be photoshopped, but some signs of aging are still evident. As the body ages, the skin loses its elasticity. I think one thing that may be accounting for her ‘gaunt’ appearance is the age-skin issue. Just look at her collarbone. Couldn’t they have fixed it up to look less…. bony? Photoshop could fill that out a bit.

  26. emma says:

    pumas are 30s who are into younger guys – she’s not a puma…

  27. Prissa says:

    Very true Nicole. And I believe that she, madonna and some others get so thin because they think it will detract from the fact that their skin has lost that elasticity. Unfortunately it just begins to look “gristly”.

  28. Steve says:

    These pictures are so photoshopped that she is barely recognizable.

  29. crash2GO2 says:

    She also looks like she lost about 10 lbs for this photo shoot. There is no way she has been this gaunt all along.

  30. jsan says:

    I am so sick to death of “puma” or “cougar” etc. whatever. Men have no such label to deal with, regardless. No one blinks when the man is 10 years older, but it’s the other way round it’s news.

    It contributes to the misconception that as a woman ages her choice of mates diminishes, while as a man ages his gets wider. Which is simply NOT TRUE! Enough with this outdated bs already!!!

  31. Juice In LA says:

    I thought this was Courtney Cox- in 5 years.

  32. Ana says:

    I read Lainey as well and she has seen her in person. She says that basically Demi and her surgeron pick and chose their battles. She lets some wrinkles show in order to make people wonder. I think her biggest problem area is going to be the corners of her lips. They are starting to pucker.

  33. WTF?!? says:

    Puma. How shocking and original.
    Ol’ Girl needs to eat something, stat. She looks like a skeleton, all bones and sinewy, emaciated flesh. The headshot and the last photo don’t even look like her.

  34. Jag says:

    Pumas are cougars are mountain lions. Just different names for the same animal. (The real name is puma.) No idea if there’s a different connotation in the dating world, though.

  35. stacy says:

    Pumas are younger versions of cougars. I like the cover dress.

  36. Christine says:

    So sick of all the comments! The notion that a woman has to be under 30 to be attractive or desirable is absurd! Just ask Ashton.

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