Even Julianne Moore Thinks It’s a Little Odd When She Sees Herself on a Billboard
Article taken from Vanity Fair.
The Oscar winner was the guest of honor at a dinner for the John Hardy “Made for Legends” campaign.
High above Lafayette Street, a few blocks away from Lower Manhattan’s Le Coucou, hovers the face of Julianne Moore, with her luminous wreath of auburn hair and her face framed by a silver bracelet, in an advertisement for jeweler John Hardy. Inside Le Coucou on Tuesday night was the real Julianne Moore, who insisted that the sky-high face on the billboard was anything but real.
“That’s not me,” she told Vanity Fair, shrugging in a shiny, fitted black long-sleeve top. “That’s an image that we all colluded to make. So, it’s the jewelry, it’s the hair, it’s the makeup, it’s the photography, and all of that stuff. That’s the way I have to distance myself, because it’s a fun thing to be part of.”
Tuesday’s cocktail party and dinner, hosted by Vanity Fair and John Hardy, honored Moore and the new John Hardy campaign, “Made for Legends.” Moore joins model and activist Adwoa Aboah in the campaign, which features jewelry handcrafted in Bali. It’s an effort Moore said she can easily get behind.
“I think I feel better when I feel present, when I feel connected, when I feel real and I feel authentic, and I think that’s the thing that is nice about this brand,” she said. “It’s authentic. It’s made by women in Bali; it’s always been an organic process. Each piece is made by hand; there’s a human quality to it. That’s what makes you feel good and makes you feel in touch, that someone’s made something.”
During the dinner, guests, including Martha Stewart, Julie Taymor,Jenna Lyons, and Zadie Smith sat at candlelit tables throughout the dining room of the restaurant as John Hardy C.E.O. Robert Hansonthanked Moore for her influence as a “legend” in both her acting and her advocacy. Alluding to recent news of [allegations of sexual assault] made against Harvey Weinstein, Hanson thanked Moore for speaking out during a “vulnerable” time. Hanson added that to honor Moore—and the “legends in everyone’s lives”—John Hardy is making a donation to two causes the actress holds dear: Everytown for Gun Safety and the Childrens’ Health Fund.
As the night went on, guests enjoyed a live dance performance, and were also asked to write the name of someone who is a “legend” to them on a card that was placed at their seat.
Martha Stewart, who was snapping iPhone photos of the elegant table and food throughout the night, told Vanity Fair that on her card she scrolled the name of Dr. Albert Siu, whom she says has done “an amazing job” at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai.
Zadie Smith was reflecting on the evening’s star, Moore, recalling one particular scene in the 1993 Robert Altman film Short Cuts in which Moore walks into a room pantless.
“The way she walks in from the left to the right without her trousers on? I had never seen such an unsexualized image of a woman’s vagina,” Smith said, recalling a moment she describes as deeply feminist. “I thought it was cool.”