February 3, 2023

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Julianne Moore says she was told to ‘try to look pretty’

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Julianne Moore says she was once told to “try to look nice” by an entertainment industry figure.

Moore gave no indication of who the person was or what their position in the industry might be, referring only to them as “somebody in the film industry”.

He says he replied: “I don’t know if I can.”

The actor, who won an Oscar for “Still Alice” in 2015, revealed the exchange in an interview with The Times of London. “Obviously, ours is a business where some physicality is involved, but beauty and cuteness are subjective,” he told the newspaper.

Moore, whose mother is originally from Scotland, admits she sometimes dreams of being a “tanned blonde” rather than a pale-skinned redhead. “My red hair is making me look like an outsider,” she says. “Redheads make up 2 percent of the world population. No one wants to feel like they are a minority, especially as a young child. Now I feel very familiar with my hair and bangs, but there’s still a part of me that would rather be a tanned blonde.”

He added that he couldn’t soak up the rays because of his pale skin. “I can’t stay in the sun for half an hour without burning,” Moore explained. “I look like my mother and she told me, ‘Stay out of the sun.’ Because I’m so fair and I have itchy skin, I always have to wear a hat and sunscreen. It has made the biggest difference to me in maintaining my skin. But people don’t want to hear that.”

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