Julianne Moore is no stranger to pushing boundaries in her award-winning film work, but the 54-year-old actress has a few boundaries of her own. She dishes in a new interview about the controversial and “humiliating” mani-cam, a staple on so many red carpets, plus her style evolution (with help from a very talented stylist!).
“My style has gotten better, hopefully,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s like everything: practice makes perfect.
“There was one year when my kids were little, and every time I was photographed, I was wearing a pair of cargo shorts, a T-shirt and a bandanna. It was so bad, my publicist was like, ‘Get it together!’.”
During the most recent awards season, Julianne won nearly every award possible for her incredible role in Still Alice,including her first Oscar.
While not afraid to put herself on display for a dramatic role, the actress did refuse to show off one thing on the red carpet – her manicure.
While on the red carpet for the SAG Awards, Julianne turned down a request to showcase her painted fingers on the mani-cam, spawning the #askhermore movement.
“I’m 54 years old,” she says. “I can’t make my fingers walk; it’s humiliating! And a guy asked me to lift up my skirt to show them my shoes, and I said, ‘I don’t need to do that. Let’s keep some dignity’.”
This past year Julianne began working with stylist Leslie Fremar to create some incredible fashion moments during award show season. She not only won an Academy Award but also on the red carpet.
The star admits that it isn’t always easy looking flawless.
“We’d all be lying if we said we aren’t watching what we eat,” she says. "Of course we are! I think we’re also really stressed. I’m not a stress eater. I get nervous and I don’t eat. But, you know, I had a dress on the other day, and I said to my manager, ‘When you see my back fat sticking out, tuck it back in! Be a friend!’.”