JU­LIA ON…

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - BEAUTY MUST-HAVES -

EX­ER­CISE: ‘I don’t love ex­er­cise but I do love how I feel af­ter­wards. Ac­com­plish­ment, clar­ity, en­ergy, strength, joy…. These are all things I give my­self through work­ing out, and I can feel it in ev­ery­thing I do.’

FOOD: ‘We def­i­nitely try to eat mind­fully. As I al­ways say to my kids, “You have to eat the good stuff to get the good stuff.”’ PRETTY WOMAN: ‘I pleaded with him [Richard Gere] in a very real way. He changed all of our lives for­ever by agree­ing to do this movie.’ MAR­RIAGE: ‘There’s no way to de­scribe it with­out sound­ing soppy or ridicu­lous be­cause ev­ery­thing in my mind ends with an ex­cla­ma­tion mark. The thing is, we have these three hu­man be­ings who are just a com­plete re­flec­tion of the af­fec­tion we have for each other.’

HER BEAUTY HACK: ‘I brush [my teeth] with bi­car­bon­ate of soda. [My grand­fa­ther] would put a big heap­ing mound of it on his tooth­brush. He had only one cav­ity in his en­tire life.’

MOTH­ER­HOOD: ‘It’s not a static thing: “Oh, I’ve got this. I’ve mas­tered this moth­er­ing thing.” That doesn’t ex­ist, and so every­body needs to make sure that they un­der­stand that go­ing into it. I think, as women, we fall into this place where we feel like it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to give ev­ery­thing, give and give and give. There’s noth­ing wrong with say­ing to your spouse or to your child or to your friend, “Can I get a hand? I need some­body else in here help­ing me do this be­cause I can’t do it by my­self. Or I don’t want to do it by my­self!”’

FAM­ILY BOND­ING: ‘[The din­ner ta­ble] is re­ally part of the ta­pes­try of what we all ex­pect from each other. It’s re­ally mean­ing­ful and that’s the time that we’ve had some in­cred­i­ble con­ver­sa­tions. I usu­ally have break­fast and din­ner with my kids ev­ery day. I think it punc­tu­ates … you know … start­ing things to­gether and sort of pro­cess­ing and wind­ing it down to­gether.’

AGE­ING: ‘It’s about turn­ing even more into the per­son your loved ones know you to be.’

BEAUTY ROU­TINE: ‘I brush my teeth. That’s num­ber one. When I’m not in a rush, I use Lancôme’s Mousse Ra­di­ance Clar­i­fy­ing Self-foam­ing Cleanser and Hy­dra-In­tense Masque. So if I’m liv­ing in the lap of lux­ury, that’s what I like to do. But on a reg­u­lar day, I’ll just brush my teeth, wash my face and ap­ply sun­screen. I’m a busy mom, and some­times I just sun­screen my kids and run out­side and get my nose burnt. So I’ve made a stronger ef­fort to take care of my­self.’

BEAUTY TRICKS: ‘The eye­lash curler – that was a gamechanger. And learn­ing how to do my hair, which just came from years of watch­ing a master [Serge Nor­mant]. I can’t do it as well as he does it, but I can try.’ HER FAVOURITE BEAUTY PROD­UCT: ‘The Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Re­mover is un­beat­able. A lot of times you take off your eye makeup at night, and the next morn­ing you wake up and look like you al­ready put makeup on! But this for­mula gets rid of ev­ery stitch of makeup. For more than six years, it’s the one prod­uct I’ve used ev­ery day. I also love the Ab­solue L’Ex­trait.’ A DAY’S MEALS: ‘For break­fast, it’s home-made gra­nola, sea­sonal berries and yo­ghurt, or a car­rot-and-banana muf­fin and fresh pa­paya with yo­ghurt. Lunch is baked ar­ti­choke po­lenta or spinach phyllo pie with a wheat pi­lau. And din­ner is of­ten gin­ger-crusted salmon with quinoa and Chi­nese veg­gies, or sea bass with black-bean salsa and as­para­gus.’ HER PET PEEVES: ‘I don’t like it when peo­ple are late. I also don’t like peo­ple who reck­lessly judge some­one they don’t know. It’s be­come such a cul­tural prob­lem with so­cial me­dia. I heard

some­one ex­press it so well on the ra­dio the other day: “You are en­ti­tled to your own opin­ion but not your own set of facts.” That is ex­actly how I feel about the way peo­ple treat one an­other.’

TV: ‘The thing is, I grew up on tele­vi­sion and I loved it. I don’t watch it that much be­cause there’s not great con­tent for kids my kids’ age. That’s dif­fer­ent from what there was when I was young – all this stuff for a fam­ily to sit down and watch. There’s just not as much any more. TV doesn’t bring a fam­ily to­gether on a reg­u­lar ba­sis like it did. I miss that.’

BOARD GAMES: ‘My long­time friend and stylist El­iz­a­beth Ste­wart plays mah jong. We were on a job in Italy, and I fi­nally said, “Okay, ex­plain this to me once and for all, be­cause I’m com­pletely con­fused.” So we started learn­ing it, and I came back home and re­cruited some girl­friends. Then I found a mah-jong teacher who came to the house. Three years later, it’s my favourite game. Play it ev­ery Tues­day.’ THE QUAL­I­TIES SHE TAUGHT HER CHIL­DREN: ‘I think we have re­ally taught them that they are safe, that they’re in a safe space in this fam­ily. And we re­ally do share and talk about things, and the truth is re­ally the most ul­ti­mate thing you can ac­com­plish in shar­ing and learn­ing and grow­ing as a per­son. It’s just be­ing re­ally hon­est – hon­est about what you know, hon­est about what you don’t know – and truth­ful at all times. I think that all three of them have re­ally beau­ti­ful char­ac­ters, and com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy. And I think Danny and I both are very clear about the fact that while we are their par­ents, the five of us are al­ways teach­ing each other things all the time.’

THE US PRES­I­DENT: ‘When Don­ald Trump was elected, my daugh­ter, Hazel, came down and the TV was on, and it said on the crawl at the bot­tom, “Trump wins”, and she kind of gasped be­cause of course we all had this col­lec­tive hope that some­thing else was go­ing to hap­pen. And what I saw in that ex­act mo­ment was the com­plete need for me as a par­ent to find a way to make her feel that she could still have a voice. That’s why we went to the first Women’s March in Wash­ing­ton. I wanted her to feel like she still had a place in the world, that she could still be­lieve in what she be­lieved in, even though some­one else was now pres­i­dent. It was very pow­er­ful for me to have her, in a way, be my leader into this space of march­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in be­ing a cit­i­zen of this coun­try.’

THE FU­TURE: ‘I do [feel op­ti­mistic], be­cause for me there’s no other op­tion. If you’re rais­ing young hu­mans in this time and if you re­ally want things to change and get bet­ter for ev­ery­one, you have to be­lieve that it will and you have to par­tic­i­pate in that be­lief on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.’

A bare­foot Ju­lia on the red car­pet at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE: Ju­lia andher hus­band, Danny Moder; the proud mom takes pho­tos as her chil­dren Phin­naeus, Hazel and Henry play foot­ball on the pitch after a match at Old Traf­ford in Lon­don; Ju­lia with her fel­low Home­com­ing cast mem­bers

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