What is about awards season that has movie stars lowering their filters so much? First, we had George Clooney outright diss Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio this morning, and now we have Julia Roberts campaigning for an Oscar in a similarly not-so-subtle fashion.
Of course, it’s always the same with Julia, and that’s why her interviews are so delightfully snarky. She covers the latest issue of Marie Claire Magazine, and in the accompanying interview, she discusses her advice to young actresses, laughingly saying, ‘Good luck, darlings.’It’s hard to tell whether she’s being serious.
She also name-drops Meryl Streep and discusses her friendship with Meryl, and then also disses today’s generation of actors and their constant usage of Twitter and social media. As she explains, “It’s kind of like cotton candy: It looks so appealing and you just can’t resist getting in there, and then you just end up with sticky fingers and it lasted an instant.”
She also says, in a way that only Julia Roberts can, that she always knew that she would have many more great roles in her future. She explains, “I think the reason why I’ve been able to enjoy my career is that I always knew, for some reason—even when it was about getting a job to pay your bills and stuff—I always knew that it will surface, it will come. The things that are correct for me will come to me at the time that I am interested in them and have the capacity, the understanding, to do them. When I miss out on a part, I can be bummed I didn’t get it, but then I see who got it, and I think, Oh, well.”
See, if it was anybody else, that quote would have come across harmless. But you know what Julia really means is that anybody who’s ever stolen a role from her is going to regret it. That ‘oh well’ isn’t harmless, even if it comes across that way.
In the end, it’s still Oscar campaigning, but like George Clooney, at least Julia doesn’t hide who she is. In an era of dying movie stars, at least she owns up to the fact that she has a personality – even if the personality isn’t necessarily very endearing.