- Julianne Moore criticized the language used around women aging in a new interview.
- Moore said that saying a woman was “aging gracefully” is “totally sexist.”
- Moore joins the likes of Jennifer Aniston in condemning the language used around women ageing.
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Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has labelled the phrase “aging gracefully” as “totally sexist.”
In an interview with As If magazine, Moore, who turned 60 last December, criticized the term.
Moore said (via Yahoo Entertainment): “There’s so much judgement inherent in the term ‘aging gracefully.'”
“Is there an ungraceful way to age? 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,” Moore continued.
“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?”
Earlier this year, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Moore criticized those who view aging as something negative.
“It seems so silly to talk about it as something negative when it is a privilege to continue to age,” Moore said.
Moore, who won the Academy Award for best actress for 2014’s “Still Alice,” is not the first major Hollywood star to speak out about the lexicon surrounding women aging.
“I feel physically incredible. So it’s weird that it’s all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that’s like, ‘You look amazing for your age.’ I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage,” Aniston said.
During her 2018 Screen Actors’ Guild Award acceptance speech after she won for “Big Little Lies,” Nicole Kidman encouraged industry figures to make stories for women of all ages. The actress said that 20 years ago in the industry, women over 40 were “washed up” by that point in their careers, but now, thanks to “trailblazing performances” their careers can go “beyond 40 years old.”
“I implore the writers, directors, studios, and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories. We have proven that we can do this; we can continue to do this, but only with the support of this industry and that money and passion.”
Meanwhile, in a 2018 interview with iNews, Julia Roberts said that she refuses to let age define her career.
“I think that’s made up, that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done. I don’t think anybody buys into that,” Roberts said.
“I don’t know what freak-out we’re all supposed to have, turning 50. For myself, last year, I was quite proud and happy.”