Emma Thompson has no desire to play ‘beautiful’ characters onscreen

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent y…

Emma Thompson has never wanted to portray “beautiful” characters in movies.

The two-time Oscar winner discussed how the film industry has “oppressed” her lengthy career during a recent interview on The Pleasure Podcast, and revealed that she has spent years purposefully avoiding playing certain characters if their appearance was described in the script.

“I’ve never been a Gwyneth Paltrow type. I didn’t ever fit the norms that are generally required to be a sexually castable person, if we are talking Hollywood, or even here,” the 60-year-old explained, noting that while she’s always been a “character actor”.

“If I was handed a script where it described the character I was going up for as ‘beautiful’, I wouldn’t go up for the role. I would just go, ‘That is not for me.’ So, I was relieved by it but I was oppressed by it. Of course.”

Now that she’s in her sixties, the Late Night star also admitted that she’s unfazed by the types of roles she gets offered, but can empathise with other Hollywood actresses her age.

“As you get older, you are relieved of all of that but I haven’t had the same trajectory as someone like, say, Michelle Pfeiffer, which must be very hard when you are considered a great screen beauty and then to see that drifting away,” Emma shared. “I don’t notice it really because I have done other things. And because I have a political response to it – which is a kind of energy in itself.”

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Helen Mirren uses make-up to feel like her best self

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetic…

Helen Mirren wants women to use make-up to look like their best selves rather than try to “look beautiful”.

The 74-year-old actress uses make-up to make herself feel good, but doesn’t try to transform her looks entirely, as she would rather use cosmetics to present the best version of herself.

“It’s wonderful what it can do and how it can really make you feel,” Helen said about make-up in a chat with People magazine. “It is to do with feeling good and looking as good as you can on a particular day in this particular time in your life and feeling okay with the world.”

“There are a tiny minority of people in the world who are absolutely beautiful. David Beckham, my God, you are so beautiful,” she laughed. “The rest of us are in a different category. So I don’t think we should try to look beautiful. We should try to look like ourselves and present that in the best way possible.”

The Oscar-winning actress, who is an brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris’ new Age Perfect make-up collection, also revealed that she focuses on how using cosmetics makes her feel, not how it makes her look.

“My happiest times were spent at my makeup table mucking around with makeup,” Helen explained, before sharing her beauty staples, which included her go-to red lipstick.

“It makes you feel great the moment you put it on. A red lip, a pair of sunglasses and earrings does the trick. Just throw that on and go!” The Queen star exclaimed.

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Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make …

Taraji P. Henson had to fight for stylists who understood her hair at the start of her career.

The Empire star struggled to get the right people to manage her textured waves when she first started out in Hollywood so she used to do her own hair to make sure it wouldn’t get ruined.

“When nobody knew who I was, I had to take whatever (hairstylist) they gave me,” Taraji candidly shared to Allure. “I remember one time the stylist decided to put a root booster in my pressed hair. My roots looked like they were rising from the dead, honey.”

“The rest of my head was bone-straight with a curl at the end, like a helmet head, and I had to do a whole photo shoot like that. I tried to explain it to him, and he tried to fix it, but he just didn’t know how to,” she added, noting that she had already done her hair before the shoot in order to avoid her natural locks being damaged by a stylist who didn’t know how to treat them properly.

“Once I figured out (the hair thing) was an issue and I started rising in my career, I realised that I was just going to have to start fighting for the stylists I want,” the Oscar-nominated star explained. “And that’s what I started doing. The bigger my name got, the more people were like, ‘Just give her what she wants.'”

And now, the 49-year-old, who recently launched her own haircare line, TPH by Taraji, no longer worries about having to do her own hair to avoid dealing with an inexperienced hairstylist.

“At this point in my career, I don’t have to always show up to set with my hair already done,” Taraji stated.

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Sam Smith: ‘Posting topless photos helped me overcome body confidence issues’

Sam Smith has overcome body confidence problems by posting topless photos on social media.The Dancing with a Stranger star has spoken regularly about body positivity, and last year, Sam told fans it was time to “reclaim my body” and “stop trying to cha…

Sam Smith has overcome body confidence problems by posting topless photos on social media.

The Dancing with a Stranger star has spoken regularly about body positivity, and last year, Sam told fans it was time to “reclaim my body” and “stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally”.

Now, the musician admitted stripping off for shots online has been a great confidence booster.

In a new interview with Australian TV show The Project, they said: “My main issue when I was a kid wasn’t my sexuality, it was more my body. My body issues are so linked with my gender issues. It’s all linked with each other.

“I still struggle having my top off, I still struggle with weight issues, I always will. I feel like with social media, taking my top off on social media, it helped me.”

However, the Oscar winner acknowledged that constantly posting about body positivity could become a “slippery slope”, and added: “You can get obsessed with constantly posting about your body to make people feel good.”

Last month, Sam shared a post on Instagram describing the feeling of being topless in public as “liberating”, and urged fans not to “let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans”.

The singer came out as non-binary last year by telling their followers: “I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out…”

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Mulan becomes first Disney live-action remake to get PG-13 rating in America

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who dis…

Niki Caro’s Mulan has become the first-ever Disney live-action remake to land a PG-13 rating in the U.S.

Officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) decided that the movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei as a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army to save her ailing father, should be more restrictive than other remakes due to “sequences of violence”.

The studio’s recent live-action remakes, such as Aladdin, The Lion King and The Jungle Book, were all handed PG ratings by the MPA, and the last Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating, similar to the 12A rating in the U.K., was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales back in 2017.

Director Caro has taken a more realistic direction with the Mulan remake and has scrapped all of the original songs from the 1998 animated classic, including Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For.

Some of the characters from the much-loved movie have also been ditched, including Mulan’s dragon companion Mushu, who was voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Caro recently spoke out about not including the dragon in her upcoming movie and said a version of the spiritual guardian would be featured in her remake instead.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a different creature that serves as the representation of Mulan’s ancestors.

The movie, also starring Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Jason Scott Lee, will be in cinemas from March.

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Kathy Bates defends Richard Jewell movie amid controversy

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics…

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shortly after it was released in the U.S. in December, controversy erupted over the depiction of journalist Kathy Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, and her colleagues at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.

Lawyers for the publication even threatened legal action over the suggestion that Scruggs slept with an FBI agent to get information on the case, and Wilde stated on Twitter that she didn’t believe the journalist traded sex for tip-offs.

Bates, who has landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, discussed the furore in a new interview with Deadline and shared her sadness that the controversy has marred the release of a film trying to clear the security guard’s name.

“(It) really clouded, I felt, the film. I worried that it would affect how people would feel toward the film,” she explained. “As an actor, all I can say is I just really hope that it doesn’t turn people off from going to see it.”

Jewell died in 2007 at the age of 44, and Bates revealed his mother Bobi is sad that her son didn’t get to see the movie.

“She loves the film,” the 71-year-old shared. “And I have this feeling that she has been brought some relief. She just wishes that it could have happened when Richard was alive.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow slams critics of her controversial candle

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month. The candle, which features notes of geraniu…

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.

The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month.

The candle, which features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose and ambrette seed, has completely sold out online, and curious customers have signed up to a waiting list to be first in line to get their hands on one.

But while Gwyneth’s latest candle has been the subject of jokes and memes on social media, she has now fired back at critics of her new venture and insisted that she simply wants women to be empowered to talk about sex.

“You saw the vaginas? It’s on everyone’s mind,” she told the audience at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, according to Footwear News. “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of outrage that it will inspire in people on just women wanting to talk about their sexuality on any level.”

However, Oscar-winning star Gwyneth is happy to take the criticism, so long as she’s still able to make her voice heard.

“I would like to help dispel this idea that women should be kept down or can’t talk about what they want to, what they desire, and that women can be… intelligent and maternal and powerful and sexual all at the same time because we are.

“That I like. I don’t mind being punk rock in that way,” the mother-of-two laughed.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after filming Bombshell

Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after lowering her voice to play Megyn Kelly in Bombshell proved to be “very stressful” on her vocal cords.The critically-acclaimed drama chronicles the real-life female Fox News employees who exposed the sexual…

Charlize Theron needed medical treatment after lowering her voice to play Megyn Kelly in Bombshell proved to be “very stressful” on her vocal cords.

The critically-acclaimed drama chronicles the real-life female Fox News employees who exposed the sexual harassment of CEO Roger Ailes back in 2016, and stars Charlize as the former Fox News reporter.

However, the 44-year-old was so determined to nail her portrayal of Megyn, she was willing to risk her health to get the sound just right.

“It was very stressful on my vocal cords to do Megyn Kelly’s voice in Bombshell,” the Oscar-winning actress told W Magazine for their Best Performances 2020 issue.

“Megyn has a very deep register, and I started having a really hard time. I ended up having to go see a specialist. Poor me,” Charlize quipped.

She also explained that she was more than happy to wear unfashionable nude-coloured tights to play the controversial Fox News reporter, after being told to do so by a fellow Oscar winner.

“Colleen Atwood, our costume designer, has won four Academy Awards, so when she tells me to put the nude hose on, I put the nude hose on,” she laughed.

The South Africa-born star’s dedication to the role has paid off, and her performance earned her nominations for the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards.

Charlize, who also produced the movie, is tipped to score her third Oscar nod when the contenders are announced next week.

Bombshell, which also stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Sam Smith encourages fans to love their bodies in 2020

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting tople…

Sam Smith has entered the New Year with a fresh body positivity message, encouraging fans to love their bodies.

The Dancing with a Stranger singer, who uses they/them pronouns, kicked off 2020 with an image of them soaking up the sun while sitting topless on a boat during a vacation, and confessed it took them a while to feel comfortable in their own skin.

“Feels so good to have my top off on holiday,” Sam wrote in a caption to the picture on Instagram on Sunday. “Spent all my life hiding my body from the sun. The last year my skin has been soaking in that LIGHT. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from feeling that kiss from above you beautiful humans”.

The Oscar-winning singer, who has been open about their weight struggles in the past, also took to social media on New Year’s Eve to reflect on the challenges they faced in 2019 after coming out as non-binary, revealing a preference for the pronouns they and them.

“I found this ICONIC picture above,” they shared in a caption to a photo of them posing in a black suit, quirky shirt and rose brooch at 17. “This picture made me emotional because the confidence and freedom I’ve felt the last year is EVERYTHING I had those 10 years ago.

“The kid in this picture went to school everyday in their non binary gloriousness and ignored every stare or verbal taunt that was thrown their way. That kid never left.

“So to all you beautiful humans on the last day of 2019, my only advice after my very short time on this earth is… FEEL IT ALL!!!!”

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