- ADRIAN LANDAU JACKET
- LORRAINE SCHWARTZ RING
CAROLE RADZIWILL: I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR HAIR. I'M STUNNED. WHAT MADE YOU CUT IT?
ELLEN BARKIN: It was a direct response to watching the Oscars alone in my bed and saying, “You know what? I’m done.” As women age, they start hiding their faces more with their hair. So the bangs get longer and you see like this much of their face. I am taking everything off of my face, and I am going to say, this is what it looks like, nothing is hidden, you can see my forehead, my jawline, my neck, this is it. And ladies, it’s not so bad.
CR: IT IS [ABOUT] HAVING THE COURAGE TO BE LOYAL TO THE FACE YOUR LIFE CREATED.
EB: I am not a beautiful woman by [classical] standards. I have never felt that way nor have I ever felt that it was important for me to feel that way. What makes me an attractive woman comes from in here. [places hand on chest]
CR: THERE'S A SEXINESS ABOUT YOU THAT COMES FROM YOUR CONFIDENCE AND MAYBE THAT'S WHAT WOMEN SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT; WAYS TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT THAT DON'T HAVE TO DO WITH THE COLOR OF THEIR HAIR OR THE FULLNESS OF THEIR LIPS.
EB: Right. I [was] a very fragile teenager with squinty eyes — at the time I had two knocked out broken front teeth — and a lopsided grin. And I thought, you know what, as an actor, I know I’m not going to get certain jobs. I’m never going to be the Bond girl. But I still thought that there was a place for me, a career, that wasn’t heavily influenced by what I look like. I went to a performing arts high school and…they would call my parents and tell them that they really should take me out of the school because I was never going to become an actress, I was extremely unattractive and I had no “spark”, an adjective that will live with me into my grave.
CR: I FEEL LIKE YOU'RE ALL SPARK ELLEN.
EB: My nickname for a while was “Sparky Barky”.
My nickname for a while
CR: I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE VIOLET GREY SHOOT. YOU LOOK INCREDIBLE.
EB: I feel strongly about retouching. I looked at those pictures and I knew they expected like seven x’s to come back on the bags under my eyes or the lines
around my mouth or my neck but I thought we could do something special here. Those pictures with the dark circles under my eyes are exactly what I look like.
CR: I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING LIKE, “IS 60 THE NEW 30?” BECAUSE THEN WE’RE SETTING IT UP THAT 30 IS THE IDEAL.
EB: Just like when people say, “You look great for your age.
I can’t believe you’re 60!” I’m like, what about just, “You look great.”
CR: NO ONE WOULD BELIEVE YOU’RE 60. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
EB: Except when I am working, I never wear makeup. Like right now I have nothing on my
face but eyebrow pencil, because as a young girl I tweezed all my eyebrows off. Given that, I take unbelievably good care of my skin. I never go to bed without washing my face and I never wake up without washing my face. And I sleep in a mask every night I
CR: DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT’S OUT OF VANITY?
EB: No. Even if I never left my house ever and no one ever saw me, I’d still want to look
like the best version of myself.
CR:YOU’VE NEVER BEEN UNDER THE KNIFE?
EB: I have not been under the knife. I laser. And I’ve tried every type of laser out there.
Now I’m into the Ulthera Laser. I do it once a year. It’s extremely painful. You don’t have any downtime at all. And I am religious about my Fraxels. It gets rid of discoloration and smooths out the surface of your skin. I still have hardly any pores on my
CR: GLORIA STEINEM SAID, “WOMEN MAY BE THE ONLY GROUP THAT GROWS MORE RADICAL WITH AGE." DO YOU AGREE?
EB: 100 percent.
CR: IT DOESN'T HAPPEN WITH MEN.
EB: Maybe they don’t get smarter as they get older. Maybe they kind of stop. After they’ve
done their collective time, they figure they know it all. I’ve passed the point where I was fearful about being myself. I used to hold it back a little. Now I’m getting very aggressive about what my opinions are. And now I have no hair, how about that? I probably
would not have done that at 50. So that is more radical.
CR: NOW THAT YOU’RE 60 WHAT IS 70 GOING TO LOOK LIKE?
EB: I’m not a good look-to-the-future person. I never planned my life. I certainly am
spending more time thinking about my third act than I thought about my first act or my second act. I loved turning fifty. That was my favorite birthday. At thirty-five I felt I had found my voice. At forty, I felt like I could use it and at fifty I felt like,
“Oh I’m f*cking using it”.
CR: YOU CAN OWN IT.
EB: I’m owning it. This is my seat. When I was pregnant both times, I gained an enormous
amount of weight and I was really happy. It was the first time in my life that I took up room in the world. I realized, “Wow this feels great.” It was really a physical version of what I was feeling inside. And now I feel like, not only have I earned it but,
as you said, I am going to own it and no one is shutting me up.
- LORRAINE SCHWARTZ EARRINGS
- HAIDER ACKERMANN BLAZER AND TROUSERS
I have not been under the