I’m apparently on a bit of an “older actress” theme with these at the moment. But last week, Maggie had a very smart take on Jamie Lee Curtis’s “let’s get the f— out of here” approach to Hollywood’s anti-aging policies. She (Maggie — lack of coffee can lead to loss of pronouns, so kids, don’t try this at home) commented:
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Yay for standing up against the beauty industry, but her quote there kind of sounds like she’s giving in to it. There are a lot of older, very talented actors of any gender, and the fact that they aren’t Hollywood beautiful just means they get more badass roles. Judi Dench, anyone?
And I was like, OH, Judi Dench, indeed! My interpretation of JLC saying she wants out of Hollywood is more along the lines of “this system is broken, why should I subject myself to it?” but Maggie makes a great point: If all the normal-looking actresses leave Hollywood, where does that leave the rest of us who still want to go to the movies?
And now here is Teri Hatcher (via the completely wonderful About Face), posting makeup-free pics of herself on her Facebook page and telling Oprah:
“I don’t want to stop taking glamorous pictures—they’re fun—but I just want people to know the truth […] I think if we can accept the truth and reveal the mystery, we can enjoy both things.”
And as much as I love Jamie Lee for saying enough is enough, I’m thinking this is maybe a more practical approach wherein we can have our glamour and eat cake too. Though I don’t want to downplay the amount of education we all need to get to a point where we can say “that photo is pretty, but I also know it’s a fantasy and I’m not going to apply that standard of pretty to my own self, thankyouverymuch.” That sh*t takes practice, practice, practice.
So, thoughts? Is Jamie Lee Curtis right to just say no to the Botox-filled Hollywood definition of “aging?” Or do you prefer Teri’s approach — let them airbrush the heck out of you on the cover of Glamour, but be honest about the reality behind those shots too?
[Photo also via About Face.]