Even some of the most down-to-earth and likable celebrities have posted “makeupless” photos of themselves clearly wearing makeup (ahem, Mila Kunis), so it’s pretty surprising when an actress is willing to admit that she doesn’t roll out of bed looking flawless. Thank goodness for the always reliable Julianne Moore for not being afraid to tell it like it is.
The 53-year-old actress looks predictably gorgeous in the March 2014 issue of Redbook, in which she gets candid about what it’s like to see yourself in magazines. “I want people to look natural and normal, and I’m all for showing that,” she says. “But I don’t like when magazines show pictures of someone looking terrible. We all have our moments when we look awful. My gosh!”
Do you mean to suggest that even famous beauties can be insecure about unflattering photos of themselves? Do you mean to suggest that even models are human beings with pores and runny noses and bloating stomachs? Even when Alexa Chung has been trying for years to convince us that she popped out of the womb looking like a fairy Disney pixie princess??
But there are also some downsides to getting the glam treatment in magazines, according to Moore. For instance, your own kids might prefer the photoshopped version of your face:
Sometimes a magazine wants to see my actual skin, and other times they’ll airbrush [my freckles] out. I don’t care either way. Once my daughter saw me on a cover where I had no freckles and said, ‘That doesn’t look like you at all!’ And then– just like a kid– ‘I like you better without them.’ Thanks!
Adorable. And… kind of depressing. Young girls feel enough pressure to be perfect just from seeing strangers on magazine covers, so I can’t imagine feeling like you have to live up to that image when you know firsthand that it’s impossible to emulate.
Anyway, Julianne’s interview manages to get even cuter than her 12-year-old’s snarky comment. When asked if she feels any sort of connection to her fellow redheads, Moore confirmed our suspicions that all red-haired folks are part of a secret underground society:
Whenever I see one on the street, I nod or say hello. I feel like there’s a redhead collective– you notice each other.
I wonder if they have a secret handshake? Can any redheaded readers confirm?
Via People / Photo: Getty