Demi Moore remains a Hollywood legend, even though we don’t get to see her as much anymore. She played a villain in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, a detective in Mr. Brooks, and she had juicy roles in films like Bobby and Priceless, which play to smaller houses.
This weekend, you can see her in a leading role if you can find The Joneses, writer/director Derrick Borte’s first film, playing at a local art house. Moore plays the matriarch of a family devised by a marketing company to influence the neighbors to buy products.
Of course, we’ll always remember St. Elmo’s Fire, Ghost, A Few Good Men and all of Moore’s classics. Now we also know her as the mother of actress Rumer Willis, and wife of star Ashton Kutcher. She has so much life and perspective, it really is like talking to a legend.
Q: You look fabulous as usual. Who designed your blouse and skirt?
Demi Moore: It’s Saffron and Bobby, think, if I’m pronouncing it correctly. And Jimmy Choo shoes.
Q: When you walked in somebody asked you what you were wearing today. So, in a way do you kind of feel like the Joneses sometimes?
DM: It was very relatable when I read the script. You’re absolutely right, people send things to us in hopes that you are seen with it or photographed and that is in fact stealth marketing. I think what was so brilliant in Derrick’s script is that he took what we all could relate to, but just right outside of the box. Not so far that you don’t stop and say, “That’s actually really quite possible.”
Q: Is it true you did a commercial for Spanish champagne during your honeymoon?
DM: I did. There is, I guess, a very famous and well-known commercial they do every year. They do it with different people in Spain. It’s going back many years that, yeah, I did do. It kind of happened backwards. We were getting married and it was a secret. That was already scheduled. So I couldn’t back out even though we had gotten married. So, we just made that part of the honeymoon.
Q: With your millions of Twitter followers, you’ve recently helped save a life on Twitter, which was really amazing. Do you feel like you have a social obligation with your Twitter page to influence and help?
DM: Well, I feel like when you’re given a platform to have a voice that that just naturally comes with responsibility. You know, to say that I saved a life is pretty huge. I feel as that although it’s in the virtual world, my response was just a human response. But what’s amazing about the use of social media is the ability to put out a call to action and the enormous response and people’s desire to care. It really does show that we have a collective consciousness that we do care about one another. So, it’s a powerful tool. I think you need to find ways to inspire, educate, entertain. But most importantly, just find a way to connect with one another.
Q: Did this movie make you reevaluate your own consumerism or shopping habits? Did you want to give stuff away or kind of balance or recycle things in a way and reduce the consumption?
DM: Well, I feel like I have the fortune of privilege, particularly as it relates, say, to my children, that I’ve always really tried to keep a positive perspective of what’s valuable and the importance of restricting that immediate gratification. But most importantly, that who you are isn’t the stuff you have. At the same time, there’s nothing wrong with having a desire or wanting or even having nice things. It’s when we place that as a measure of the value of ourselves that it goes askew, in the case of the film where it goes to the point of leveraging your entire life.
Q: You’re such a role model for women, both in how you live and how great you look.
DM: Thank you.
Q: How do you feel about that position? What’s your secret to looking that good and then the down side, is there a pressure to looking so good?
DM: I don’t know if there is any particular secret but there is one thing that I’ve thought of recently. I think that laughter and smiling are one of the best antidotes to aging that you could possibly have. I don’t know, I think that in general I pretty much think of myself as like still being about five. Maybe that’s why my Twitter picture is of me at five. That’s how I feel. And I’m honored if I could inspire somebody else. I’m just still trying to figure it all out myself.
Q: This year the first female director ever won an Oscar. What does that mean to you and what do you think it heralds?
DM: First of all, I think male or female it was well-deserved. Her film was remarkable. I think that we need to see more women encouraged to direct. Having directed a little, short film I was amazed to find out how low the percentage is of women who are in the Directors Guild. I think having Katheryn Bigelow win is just helping to open that door just a little wider. I’m sure she’s just going to be the first of many.
Q: What do you think that says to young girls?
DM: Well, I just think it removes a limitation by just presenting the option. I look at even my own children, and there’s so many things that they just look at that they don’t even question as a possibility. So, I can already see things have changed just by the attitude that they exist with. Not just young women but I think young men, which I think is a big part of how change is created.
Q; Was there anything from the set of The Joneses you wanted to take home, with all their fabulous products? Or when you were kids did your friends or someone else have something that made you want to have it?
DM: I remember the banana seat bicycle. That was like wow. From the movie I’ll be waiting for Toto to be sending us all a complimentary toilet.
Q: It seems to me that within the past decade or so you’ve been very selective about what kind of movies you appeared in. What criteria do you use now and what have you got coming up?
DM: I’m going to do a film with Miley Cyrus and the director Lisa Azuelos. It’s a remake of a French film that is fantastic by the same director. Called LOL. I’m really excited about. I think you just want good material. You want to do something good and interesting. For me, things like The Joneses, which from the moment I read the script I thought this was just smart and thought provoking and relevant and entertaining. I thought, “Wow.” I didn’t know Derrick. We all just want to find good material. Good, smart, funny, that’s it. Hopefully with people that you have a great time with because at the end of our lives what we’re going to remember is the experiences we share with one another, not the stuff.
Q: Have you met Miley yet? Are any of your daughters still in an age where they would be really excited about that?
DM: I think that they admire the work she has. We actually met for the first time in person, we’ve spoken, but in person yesterday. She’s great. I think she’s extremely talented. This role is going to be really good for her. I think she’s do an amazing job. She clearly comes from a really solid family, which I think really shows.
Q: Do you play her mother?
DM: Yeah, I’ll play her mother.
Q: To follow-up on how you’re choosing your roles now, do you have a sense that whatever you choose you’re going to be a legend no matter what?
DM: I think when you’re living, I certainly don’t ever even think of myself in terms of that word, like a legend because no matter what throughout a career if you’re fortunate enough to have one that spans a long time, there’s going to be some crap mixed in with the good stuff. So, you just hope that in overall effort, you’ve been true to yourself. At the end of the day, I hope that what I leave behind has been authentic and honest. and in some way that I can keep trying to give back more than I have been given.
Q: Thinking about those films that stand the test of time, don’t people still talk to you about Ghost, A Few Good Men and others?
DM: Yeah. Somebody reminded me in an interview earlier that it’s the 20-year anniversary of Ghost coming up.
Q: Do you do anything environmentally friendly at home to counter wasteful consumption?
DM: Oh, yeah. One of our best things that we’ve incorporated is we don’t do a lot of plastic water. We have our own filter water. We have these incredibly great glass bottles that you can get at Crate and Barrel that look like plastic water bottles. I mean we recycle but I’d have to say just that one little thing has cut down on an enormous amount of trash. It was, it’s very cost effective.
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