Her time has come! A BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This way she deserved her place amongst the international film elite. Without any exaggeration, Frances McDormand swept away all the competition in the most prestigious international film awards.

She could hardly be considered a part of Hollywood’s sex symbols or beauties, and this is exactly what works to her advantage. Because the world is starting to get tired of all these overwhelming numbers of perfectly and artificially shaped glamorous celebrities. Having always been an outspoken rebel, Frances McDormand definitely wins over people’s hearts.


She keeps proving this incessantly. In her speech during the ceremony for the BAFTA Awards, in her own typical manner, she explained her colourful outfit, simply saying: “I have a little trouble with compliance. But I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black.”

And just like in many other life stories we have heard about, Frances McDormand was being told that she wasn’t talented enough. “When I was a young actress in drama school, they used to tell me that I didn’t have a natural talent and I had to work hard to make it happen. And so I did. Along my way, I have had the luck to collaborate with professionals who even started writing roles for me. Joel and Ethan Coen, Jane Anderson and now Martin McDonagh – and I am grateful that they have helped me show my secret potential. Who would think that Marge Gunderson could grow up next to Mildred Hayes?”

What else Frances McDormand has to say about life, ageing and Hollywood, see in the following quotes.


“The only power you have is the word no”

 “That’s another great thing about getting older. Your life is written on your face.”

 “With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself.”


“My position has always been that the way people age and the signs that we show of aging is nature’s way of tattooing. It’s natural scarification, and the life you lead gives you the symbols and the emblems of your life, the road map you followed.

 “Guess what? I am an ordinary person.

 “I was often told that I wasn’t a thing. ‘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.’


“I portray female characters, so I have the opportunity to change the way people look at them. Even if I wasn’t consciously doing that, it would happen anyway just because of how I present as a woman, or as a person. I present in a way that’s not stereotypical, even if I’m playing a stereotypical role.

 “There’s something healing about tears.

 “In comparison to other women in the world, perhaps I’m seen as smaller. But I’ve never had a problem thinking of myself as a large woman.

 “I think that cosmetic enhancements in my profession are just an occupational hazard. But I think, more culturally, I’m interested in starting the conversation about aging gracefully and how, instead of making it a cultural problem, we make it individuals’ problems.

 Text: Fashion Inside


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