Julianne Moore, the Oscar-winning actor, has condemned the phrase "aging gracefully" by labeling it as "totally sexist."
Moore, who recently turned sixty, criticized the term during an interview with As If magazine. She said: "There's so much judgment inherent in the term 'aging gracefully.'"
"Is there an ungraceful way to age? We don't have an option of course. No one has an option about aging, so it's not a positive or a negative thing, it just is," Moore continued.
"It's part of the human condition, so why are we always talking about it as if it is something that we have control over?"
In an interview with The Sunday Times earlier this year, Moore also criticized people who view aging as a negative part of the human experience.
"It seems so silly to talk about it as something negative when it is a privilege to continue to age," she said.
However, Moore is not the first Hollywood star to speak out against the pressure women in the industry face to stay youthful...
As reported by Insider, Jennifer Aniston said in an interview back in 2019 that complimenting women for "looking good for their" age is "outdated."
"I feel physically incredible. So it's weird that it's all of a sudden getting telegraphed in a way that's like, 'You look amazing for your age.' I think we need to establish some etiquette around that dialogue and verbiage," the Friends star said.
Nicole Kidman also encouraged industry figures to make stories for women of all ages during her acceptance speech for "Big Little Lies." The actress said that twenty years ago, women over forty were considered "washed up" in the industry, but now thanks to "trailblazing performances" their careers can go "beyond forty years old."
"We've proven and these actresses and so many more are proving we are potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told. It's only the beginning. I am so proud to be part of a community that is instigating this change," she said.
"I implore the writers, directors, studios, and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories. We have proven that we can do this; we can continue to do this, but only with the support of this industry and that money and passion."
Julia Roberts also spoke out in a 2018 interview with iNews, saying that she refuses to let her age define her career: "I think that's made up, that at a certain age, the bell is going to ring and you are done. I don't think anybody buys into that. I don't know what freak-out we're all supposed to have, turning fifty. For myself, last year, I was quite proud and happy."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!