Elle’s Women in Hollywood

Posted on October 25, 2011

For its November issue, Elle magazine got a bunch of Hollywood legends, current stars, and up-and-comers to sit down for their cameras and bring out their inner supermodels. Everyone looks great, but Babs, Michelle, Viola and Freida really stand out. We’re sorry to say Evan Rachel Wood looks like a mask. Elizabeth Olsen’s giving good ingenue, though. And poor Aniston is stuck talking about her biological clock again. We don’t know if that’s just savvy marketing on her part or she’s constantly getting saddled with these kind of questions in interviews, but she sounds like she’s sick of it.

 

 

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand wears clothes from her closet, including a shirt and vest from Mr. Alex Custom Shirtmaker, Beverly Hills, jewelry by Sheryl Lowe Designs, and shoes by Chanel.

On her career:
“I don’t get a lot of offers to either direct or act. I’m still a kind of threatening object. I was offered They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, but you had to dance through the whole movie—I got tired just reading the script. I was offered Klute, but I was seeing someone at the time and didn’t want to work. I was offered Julia, but I was editing A Star Is Born. As I say to Jane Fonda, ‘I’m responsible for your career.’ Because I turned down those movies and she got them and she was wonderful in them. Now people want me for a specific role.”


Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer wears a 1950s vintage James Galanos dress from Decades, L.A.

On being cast as Al Pacino’s trophy wife in Scarface:
“I was terrified the whole time. I was so out of my league with all of these seasoned actors. Here I was, this little waify thing in these little flimsy clothes, and who was I? I was the girl from Grease 2!”

 

Evan Rachel Wood Evan Rachel Wood wears a silk jacket and skirt from Stella McCartney, a T-shirt from American Apparel, a velour hat from Eugenia Kim, a crystal, metal, and resin necklace from Tom Binns Design, cone bracelets with crystals from Eddie Borgo, and link bracelets (some with diamonds) from David Yurman.

On her nude scenes:
“I learned that I needed to control the situation in order not to be too self-conscious. I said to myself, I’m an awesome naked lady, and there’s an energy that I’m going give off right now that lets you know how you’re going to feel about this.”

 

Stacey Snider

On whether she ever experienced the equivalent of the casting couch:
“The only way the gender divide affected me was the social things the younger guy executives could do with their bosses. I don’t know what went on in the clubs, because I didn’t go. I made sure my work was stellar and that compensated for whatever social time we weren’t spending together.”

 

Naomi WattsNaomi Watts wears a T-shirt and jeans from Calvin Klein, leather boots from Giuseppe Zanotti for Balmain, and a white gold and diamond necklace and bracelets from Cartier.

On her breakthrough role in Mulholland Drive:
“It was a game-changer, but I knew I had to be careful. You can get a lot of attention and still be gone in a flash.”

 

Viola DavisViola Davis wears a metallic dress from Lanvin, white gold earrings from David Yurman, antique diamond sunburst pins from
Beladora.com, and suede pumps from Giuseppe Zanotti Design.

On whether the quality of parts offered to her changed after her Oscar nomination:
“If I’m honest, I would say no. The money changed. The visibility changed. The quality of the roles? No. I’ve been blessed to have been cast in some imaginative roles, but there’s generally a lack of opportunity for women of color in Hollywood.”

 

Freida PintoFreida Pinto wears a silk dress from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, tuxedo jacket from 3.1 Phillip Lim, and velour cocktail hat from Leah C. Couture Millinery.

On being the older woman in her relationship with Dev Patel:
“I don’t think the age factor is any kind of annoyance—I find him to be more of an old soul than I am. His wisdom comes from a place that’s very difficult to pinpoint: How did a 21-year-old think of that?”

 

Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen wears a cashmere cotton sweater from Calvin Klein Collection and yellow gold watch from Omega.

On what made her want to act:
“Watching old Frank Sinatra musicals when I was, like, 6. I wanted to be one of the love interests when I got older.”

 

Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Aniston wears a cotton tank top from Balmain, satin shorts from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière, yellow gold necklace with diamonds from Cartier, and link bracelets (some with diamonds) from David Yurman.

On the baby rumors:
“But it’s not what you read. There’s no desperation. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m at peace with whatever the plan is. But will you hate me if I say I don’t want to talk about my relationship?”

 

[Photo Credit: elle.com]

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  • Anonymous

    I MISS BABS. Why isn’t she in more things?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      she’s seventy years old & has everything?

      • Anonymous

        rhetorical question haha

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but it sounds like she’d be working if she got offered something she wanted to do. And being 70 and having everything doesn’t stop Al Pacino (who’s 72) or Morgan Freeman (74).  

        Anyway, she looks great in that picture.

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          i wasnt trying to be mean. i just figured she might not want to.

          • Anonymous

            No, I know  - it’s just that from the quote it sounds like she does want to. I wish she hadn’t said what she did about Fonda, though. It sounds petty, and while Streisand is a brilliant singer who changed American popular singing, I think she over estimates her abilities as an actor. She can act, but she can’t really inhabit a character, or become another person, the way Fonda can. God, Fonda was brilliant in Klute! And then there was Yentl, straight outa Brooklyn.

          • Anonymous

            It’s okay. Once this hits the news stands, Diane Keaton’s going to be on the phone, demanding Streisand pay royalties for stealing her look.

          • BerlinerNYC

            I actually thought it was fascinating. Especially because it wasn’t like she was saying she could have done great things with all those roles, just that they would have hired her. It’s hard to imagine Babs having conveyed the brittle vulnerability that Jane conveyed in Klute (and won her first Oscar for). Babs in Julia might have worked, since the Lillian Hellman character was so confrontational, but I still don’t know. Jane had that gift of making her characters seem so real, whether or not it was a dramatic role (she did the same in 9 to 5), really helping to usher in a new style of acting in mainstream Hollywood films (did she do an Inside the Actors Studio yet??). I’m sure Barbra is smart enough to know that. And due to the combination of her being Barbra and magazines loving to quote her in a way that makes her sound like a royal bitch, she comes off sounding nasty when she was trying to both state some historical facts and pay Jane a compliment.

          • Anonymous

            Sounded like a back-handed compliment to me.

          • Anonymous

            Interesting. Yes, loved Jane in 9 to 5.  And I agree with you that she’s not always been treated kindly by the press, and as JackeO’Blue below says, it’s a back-handed compliment. We’ll never know if we’re missing some context or even part of the quote.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            I’ve watched Julia at least a dozen times, and never saw Hellman’s character as confrontational. She came across as insecure and  unsure of herself most of the time, IMO. (My favorite scene in that movie is when she throws her typewriter out the window in frustration over not be able to write). I’m curious about your interpretation.

            Fonda is damn good in the role, that’s for sure. I’m not sure Streisand could have pulled it off. Later Lillian Hellman, yes. But the young Hellman in Julia, maybe not so much. I could be wrong though. She was terrific as Katie in The Way We Were (sob), and that was a character riddled with insecurities.

            RE: her comment about Jane Fonda’s career. It sounds like a joke between friends to me.

          • BerlinerNYC

            That’s a really good point. I’ve seen the film a number of times, but not in a number of years. It’s probable that I’m conflating the role with the real battleaxe Hellman. It is hard to imagine Babs playing a character so introspective (as opposed to narcissistic), with the lack of surety that “pentimento” implies. I do wonder if that’s how the character was originally conceived, and how much of that rawness and doubt was what Jane brought to the table.

            Interesting that this topic came up. Only after reading the NYT review of the most recent J-Fon bio did I start really reflecting on her acting career. She made it all seem so natural that the technique wasn’t obvious or bravura or whatever. I’ve always enjoyed it, but maybe only recently have I consciously or articulately appreciated it.

            And that said, I really wonder if J-Fon could have pulled off TWWW, and I know What’s Up Doc? would not have been one tenth as funny if she had played Judy. :-)

            (btw, while I’m on the topic: a friend and I realized a few years ago that Judy Maxwell from What’s Up Doc? was absolutely the fashion template for Carrie Bradshaw; in certain scenes, it’s blatant.)

    • Anonymous

      Because it’s hard to airbrush 250lb of condemned pork on the hoof.

      • Anonymous

        Is that kind of snarking really necessary?

      • Anonymous

        Wow. That’s incredibly mean-spirited and vile. It’s not even accurate, either.

      • Bree The Vole

        How refreshingly antisemitic of you.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        What in hell is that even supposed to mean? I don’t get it, yet I’m still totally offended.

    • Anonymous

      I know, I watched Hello Dolly on NetFlix the other day for the first time in many years and she was FUCKING. FABULOUS. I miss her!!!

      • Anonymous

        Finally someone that has something nice to say! 

        • Anonymous

          Um, yeah! I’m a lame suburban white girl who nonetheless grew up with Hello Dolly, Yentl, and On a Clear Day… Barbra’s pretty much the pinnacle of everything in my eyes. I want to go to there.

          • Anonymous

            hahaha loves it! 

  • Anonymous

    Viola Davis has such beautiful skin; I really wish that photo had been in color.

    • Anonymous

      I think that picture is probably Best in Show in this collection.

    • Anonymous

      I do wish she weren’t quite so shiny all the time, though.

  • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

    Barbra looks better than the rest of the girls put together, amazing woman

    • Anonymous

      She definitely looks more stylish.

      • BerlinerNYC

        What makes it is “from her closet.” Hilarious and fierce.

  • Anonymous

    Naomi Watts, you come here.  Here.  Now.  Please.  Srsly, Kong’s True Love is the most engaging lady in this list (followed closely by Viola Davis).  The boots being the only overtly glam thing makes them a sneaky, humorous surprise.

    • Anonymous

      Love those boots with the rest of the look.  I just wish her hair wasn’t in her face.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I hear ya. That’s one fabulous photo.

    • Rei Carter

      I have such a crush on Ms. Watts. Love that picture.

  • Anonymous

    Wait…ERW looks like a mask?! You saw Streisand’s photo, right?

    • Rei Carter

      Forget that, Aniston is a painting! 

  • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

    LOVE Viola Davis so hard. Frieda’s pic is beautiful- really pretty dress, and I will try not to be #jellus of her relationship with Dev Patel, who I think is just adorable. Younger men #FTW (Unless you’re Demi)!!!

    I really like Naomi’s boots too. 

  • Anonymous

    Michelle is fab.  And WTF is Aniston wearing?  Those shorts are awful.  I love Naomi Watts, but that was the best pic they had of her-with her hair hanging in her face?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah they look like running shorts.

  • Anonymous

    1. Babs looks a-ma-zing. I want her plastic surgeon /photoshop artist/clothes. 
    2. Michelle Pfeiffer: that’s the “you cannot see it but I’m really not pretty” facebook photo. Why would they do that? btw, is the dress Galliano or Galanos is an old designer we don’t know? 
    3. ERW: meh
    4. Naomi Watts: lay off that thing you do with your upper lip. Other than that she looks great. 
    5. Frieda: great picture, not sure if that jacket would actually work with the dress
    6. Viola: great dress, good shoot, way too much grease on her legs.  
    7. EO: better than usual, very age appropiate styling, while a bit sexy. Somethinmg about her bortes me, but i saw the trailer to her movie and she appears to have some scenic presence.  
    8. JA… at this point I actually am sorry for her.

    • http://twitter.com/ionascloset ionascloset

      Galanos is a pretty well-known couturier – one of the best known of American couturiers.

    • Anonymous

      This will sound snarkier than I intend, but Galanos is a designer you don’t know.

    • Anonymous

      James Galanos and Norman Norell were considered top designers in the ’50 and ’60s – the American counterparts to Balenciaga, Givenchy, Cardin and Saint-Laurent.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Who took these photos? The same photographer for all of them? I really like the pics, with the exception of Viola’s. I agree with the pp who said hers should have been in color.

  • Terence Ng

    That’s a terrible picture of Michelle and I love her…:(

  • Anonymous

    Evan Rachel needs to quit with the 80s Madonna look.

    Naomi Watts…I <3 you!

    Elizabeth Olsen kind of looks like a young Michelle Pfeiffer in that pic.

  • Anonymous

    Barbra looks fantastic!  Has she slimmed down lately or is that the magic of photos?  Love her outfit.  I just adore Naomi Watts (which I know will get me the evil eye from T & Lo!).  And how on earth does Elizabeth Olsen look like a super gorgeous 40 yo when she is only what, 21 or 22?  She looks good, just a lot older than she is.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    FREIDA LOOKING FAB.

  • Anonymous

    Hello Gorgeous: Barbra looks amazing, of course!

    As an editorial though, it’s kind of weird that they’re using so many different photographic styles within the story.

    –GothamTomato

    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2561006

    • Anonymous

      It does seem strange, but I kind of like it. But I’m guessing the reason is that the used different photogs and stylists in different locations. Who knows.

  • Anonymous

    Barbra looks great, but she looks like she is made out of wax. 

    Good God I am tired of Jennifer Anniston. I don’t care about her relationship and I truly do not care if she ever spawns. 
    Viola Davis is so sassy. I think she looks better than any of them.

  • Anonymous

    Is there anyone on the planet who cares about Jennifer Anniston’s relationships or whether she will ever have a baby?  If she wanted a baby I’m sure she could figure out where to get one. There must be something interesting about her, but so far no interviewer has been able to determine what it might be.

  • Anonymous

    that’s the best I’ve ever seen Naomi Watts look. Just fresh faced and awesome. And Viola Davis is rocking my world.

    • Anonymous

      I know! This is the first time I’ve seen Naomi look this good- she’s practically glowing with personality. She looks gorgeous. Viola Davis pretty much always looks good- hopefully somebody’ll listen to what she’s saying and get some good parts written.

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer Aniston’s face/eyes… What’s going on!?

    • Anonymous

      shitty photoshop, which seems to be a necessity for these mags nowadays. Shit, I should apply to be the touch-up artist.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    great balenciaga shorts. great balmain boots. youngest olsen looks better here than anywhere else i’ve seen {which would be only what you’ve posted, elsewise i wouldnt know she had been born. but she looks really nice here}.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Agree about the Olsen girl. She looks good here.

      A month ago I didn’t even know she existed, now she’s everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    great pics… thanks for sharing!!

  • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

    Every time you guys mention Elizabeth Olsen, I keep expecting to see a picture of Elisabeth Moss/Peggy Olson.  It’s really starting to mess with my head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61101261 Becca Robson

      Me too!

    • http://profiles.google.com/awilsongirl Amy Wilson

      I’m so glad that I’m not the only one.

  • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

    I’m always shocked by Viola Davis being apparently 20 years younger and 30 lbs lighter in real life than she is in movies.  

    And I had to pause for a moment to figure out if Frank Sinatra was still alive when Elizabeth Olsen was 6. He was. Phew. Now I feel slightly less ancient. 

  • Anonymous

    Damn, la Streisand looks good.

    Alas, Stacey Snider’s dress screamed Lesley Fay to me.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had Chanel shoes in my closet…….

  • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

    I think Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Naomi Watts’ face scares me in that picture. She looks A LOT like Anna Paquin (without the teeth-gap, of course).

  • Anonymous

    Best Babs has looked in a long time. My personal fav was Michelle Pfeiffer. Anniston = Desperation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

    Wow, that dress Snider is wearing takes me back to shopping trips with my mom in the late 1980s.  She had a closet full of belted rayon dresses.

  • MilaXX

    Love Viola Davis.

    Jen looks silly in those shorts.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      Silly is the word for sure. 

    • Anonymous

      I can’t figure out the clothes they put on Jen at al. That shot was on the cover at Elle at my grocery store. WTF?

  • Anonymous

    Why do photographers always make dark women look so shiny? We don’t all go around oiled up all the time. Viola Davis is so pretty, but I wish she’d ditch Aretha Franklin’s old wig.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE what Babs is wearing!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ERW: “I said to myself, ‘I am an awesome naked lady’”.  Miss Wood, you now have a special place in my heart with that little pep talk and I will adore you endlessly from here on. Whoever styled her should be drawn and quartered for trying to precious up this goddess.  She’s a full-grown woman, not a Disney tween!

  • Anonymous

    Barbra looks wonderful. The best I’ve seen in a very long time. LOVE the clothes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

    LOVE that Babs is wearing her own clothes and looks more fabulous than many in borrowed clothes.  Want her shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Really, Sinatra, Miss Olsen? Your older, more famous, richer sisters didn’t influence you?

  • http://www.hilonwheels.blogspot.com hilonwheels

    I always love when Elle does their Women in Hollywood issue. They always do a particularly good job of in-depth reporting of women behind the scenes too, which I always appreciate. 

    And though this is fairly obvious, being Hollywood and all-I wish they would strive a little harder for parity when showcasing the usual white actresses and women of color.  Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, Gabourey Sidibe, (who did a great job in this season of The Big C) Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Kerry Washington, Jasika Nicole (who does a kick-ass job playing Astrid on Fringe), or Emily Rios (who had a small but significant part as Jesse’s girlfriend in Breaking Bad).

     See Hollywood? Not hard at all!

  • http://www.hilonwheels.blogspot.com hilonwheels

    And I realize they included Viola Davis and Frieda Pinto but 2:7 is still no great shakes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

    “I was offered Klute, but I was seeing someone at the time and didn’t want to work.”

    Must be nice.

    • Mary McClelland

      I love Babs’ unrelenting arrogance. haha. Truly though I love Babs. 

  • Alisa Rivera

    Too. Much. Photoshop.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VW5XHSH45FBZ2ZEZJARYHILIZQ Leah

    Re: Viola Davis quote? Speak the truth, sister. Really refreshing to hear the truth in a major mainstream publication not focused specifically on race or whatnot. Unfortunate, but true.

  • Anonymous

     Jen really looks fantastic in that picture. Olsen, Viola Davis and Naomi Watts are my other favorites. Great photography and clothes, though I think Babs looks a little “senior class portrait.”

  • Anonymous

    EO looks stunning. Nothing else is really singing to me aside from those Balmain boots.

  • Anonymous

    I hate Jennifer’s pose. It looks like she has her hand down her skirt….doing something.

  • Anonymous

    Love love love

  • http://twitter.com/karenrubyleo Karen

    The picture of Jenifer Aniston is just plain weird, it looks like they copied it right of another magizine cover.

  • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

    Does Elle hate Jennifer Aniston? The clothes are terrible, the pose is too cute by half, and, of course, there’s the inevitable quotation about whether she’s going to pro-create. Has she been visited by an angel recently? Is there something I don’t know about an impending pregnancy, and I should be preparing for it? Almost everyone else looks terrific and has a good quotation. WTH, Elle Magazine?

  • Anonymous

    Freida Pinto is absolutely beautiful.  

  • Anonymous

    The photoshop in these pictures is so distracting! It’s to the point where some of the women don’t even look real. I know this is nothing new, but really! what gives?

  • http://twitter.com/danielleradford danielleradford

    I can’t help it… every time I hear “Elizabeth Olsen,’ I think: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100727002522/madmen/images/thumb/a/aa/Peggyolson3.jpg/329px-Peggyolson3.jpg

    Elizabeth Moss + Peggy Olson = sorry, Elizabeth Olsen, I will never remember who you are.

  • Anonymous

    Aniston just plain grosses me out.