Julia looks great on the cover, but Tom Hanks should sue because that’s quite possibly the least flattering picture of him ever taken.
On Roberts: Dolce & Gabbana’s silk dress. Burberry belt.
On Hanks: Tom Ford’s silk suit; Dolce & Gabbana’s cotton shirt.
W Magazine June 2011 Issue
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographed by Mario Sorrenti
Styled by L’Wren Scott
Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks on adult education, starting out in Hollywood, the power of optimism, and their new dramedy, Larry Crowne, the recession-era story of one man’s reinvention
At some point in your career, you changed from playing the romantic guy in Splash to the serious Philadelphia guy. How did that happen?
I told my agents that I wasn’t going to play pussies anymore. I was tired of playing, “Oh, boo-hoo—I was in love, but oh, boo-hoo-hoo.” There comes an age when you can’t do that anymore. I wanted to play men instead of boys. In your mid-30s, it’s time to start playing guys of compromise. And as you get older, men of bitter compromise [Laughs].
You became powerful and famous early on—after Pretty Woman, you were a huge international star. You were only 21. Was that overwhelming?
No, because the business was different then. It was a less loud, in-your-face sort of business. It would be awful to be a young actress today. Back in the good old days, before e-mail, you could decide how you wanted to be, how you wanted to define yourself.
That’s a pretty interesting quote from Hanks. You never really hear actors talk about aging and how it has an impact on their choice of roles. Of course that’s mainly because most actors never really have to give it a thought because they don’t struggle for roles past 40 the way actresses do. Still, it speaks well of him that he’s thought about it. Julia’s quote, however, makes less sense to us. What does email have to do with it?
Inside, Julia demonstrates that old drag queen trick of leaning back to smooth out your face in pictures or sticking your jaw out to give you a more defined jawline. Try it the next time you’re getting your picture taken, ladies. It works miracles. Practice in front of a mirror. Hire a drag queen to coach you on giving good face. We joke because we love (sort of). They both look great.
[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti, wmagazine.com]