Oscar winner Frances McDormand tells the New York Times that she doesn’t have time for vanity. The actress was busy promoting her mini-series for HBO, Olive Kitteridge and like the title character, Frances is also something like a rebel. Like her rebellion against Hollywood’s emphasis on youth and beauty, which many actresses attempt to achieve with plastic surgery. But not Frances.
Olive Kitteridge is Frances McDormand’s pet project. At 57, she has now entered the world of television as well as producing the miniseries and choosing its cast and directors. And while many actresses create their own projects to boost their own egos and appear extra beautiful, Frances eschews all that hype.
Frances tells the New York Time, “We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species,” she said. “There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.”
However, Frances seems to be staying away from everything from hair dye to makeup, let alone getting Botox injections or a facelift. Her flyaway hair and close ups of the laugh lines around her eyes that are evident in the miniseries are testament to France’s low opinion of cosmetics and plastic surgery. Not one to shy away from sharing her opinion of those who opt to go under the knife, Frances says that her husband, Oscar winner Joel Coen, has had to hold her back from confronting people about their decision to go under the knife.
“I have not mutated myself in any way,” she said. “Joel and I have this conversation a lot. He literally has to stop me physically from saying something to people — to friends who’ve had work. I’m so full of fear and rage about what they’ve done.”
For her role in Olive Kitteridge, which takes place over the course of decades, Frances says she felt more comfortable playing the white-haired, wrinkled version of the character than the energy-filled 40 year old version. Which is why she didn’t want to sport even temporary makeup or methods of making herself look younger. But she did acquiesce after the director pulled her aside to remind of Nora Ephron’s essay on the state of her neck after aging.
Frances is used to having her looks criticized as she hasn’t fit into the Hollywood mold since beginning her career.
“I was often told that I wasn’t a thing,” she said. “ ‘She’s not pretty enough, she’s not tall enough, she’s not thin enough, she’s not fat enough.’ I thought, ‘O.K., someday you’re going to be looking for someone not, not, not, not, and there I’ll be.’ ”
Despite not fitting into a mold and staying away from the limelight as much as possible, Frances has managed to become a star and shows no signs of dimming anytime soon.none