Julianne Moore on the privilege of ageing: ‘Can we just be alive’
-Nov 2, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
Julianne Moore is a breath of fresh air and so are her views on ageing. The 57-year-old flame-haired actress is creeping towards her 60s but does it bother her? Absolutely not.
Learning to embrace your age can be hard enough, but doing it when you’re a Hollywood star can seem near on impossible. So the fact that Julianne Moore has so outspokenly stomped on the untrue mantra that ageing is awful, is an absolute inspiration.
As so many of her peers talk of turning back the clock and regaining their youth, Julianne is confidently and convincingly taking a stand against the negativity surrounding getting older and we can’t get enough of it.
Despite working in the age obsessed entertainment industry the Oscar winning beauty doesn’t bow her head and moan about missing out on roles to younger actresses or waste her time wishing she was in her 20s again.
Instead she continues to fight for roles that aren’t remarkable because of the lead characters’s age but because of their political stance, intelligence and often-overt sexuality.
So dare to ask Julianne about ageing and she’ll likely throw her head back and laugh before giving a brutally honest and slightly exasperated answer.
‘We’re all ageing – children are ageing’
Case in point; when it was suggested to her in a recent interview that she hasn’t had to relinquish her sex appeal with age, she humorously snapped back: “Oh my God. I’ve been talking about ageing since I was 30. Can we just be alive! We’re all ageing – children are ageing. That’s what life is, and we have to accept that there’s a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s important to remember that there’s a time frame, so we can be awake for it.”
It’s a privilege to age!
She doesn’t want women to shrink back and relinquish their sexuality just because they are getting older.
“Maybe the conversation isn’t so much about ageing as it is looking at women in their fifties and sixties in a different way,” she says, “About giving them permission to be sexual beings.”
For Julianne – who has two children, Liv, 16, and Caleb, 20 – it’s clearly frustrating to hear of women letting their lives pass them by because they are getting older when there is only one thing that can stop that.
“Let’s not talk about this idea of ‘Oh, no! I’m going to be 40!’ You could be dead,” she points out.
“So enjoy it. It’s a privilege to age! Even in scripts, they’ll refer to a character as ‘ageing’. Well everyone is ageing. In literature and in moves when people try to stop the process it always ends in disaster. I think it’s really important to be where you are.”
’It doesn’t matter how strong we are’
Just as Julianne is fed up with discussing her age, she’s done with the idea that every woman has to be strong.
“It’s funny because right now, along with the ageing conversation, there’s a ‘strong woman’ conversation,” she explains. “And I’m like, ‘Why is that an attribute that everyone has to have?’ I don’t care what people are. I just want them to be human. People are complicated. Some people are stronger than others and some people are able to achieve their goals and others aren’t. People are people, we all deserve to be heard, it doesn’t matter how strong we are.”
So in short Julianne’s message is simple!
“It’s not about staying young. It’s about being alive. Because we have a limited time on earth, let’s try to stay engaged in our lives until we die. That’s it. That’s all we’ve got.”
Julianne isn’t the only celebrity who sees ageing as a privilege. Jane Seymour has a powerful message about maintaining your sexuality through life and Jamie Lee Curtis is certainly not letting life pass her by.