Old Hollywood Glamour Tips From Actress Julia Morrison
In a room full of fashionistas and society girls, actress Julia Morrison stands out. After meeting at a shishi Purple Mag party two years ago, photographer Enga Purevjav and Julia quickly bonded. “I was stunned, you stood out against all of those people. I just had to take your picture, I had to meet you,” said Enga. And then, she did exactly that. The two met up at Standard Perch in NYC for some serious girl talk. So transport back in time to the days of old Hollywood glamour with Julia’s style and beauty advice below.
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EP: You have such an exotic look, many people say you look like a mix of Joan Jett, Anna Karina, and Christy Turlington. What’s your background?
JM:My mother is a Scottish immigrant who came here from Scotland when she was 18. My father is half Polish and half Cuban. He never knew his father but I was able to trace it through someone who came from Cuba who was actually a very dangerous man.
EP: You grew up in California, right?
JM: I lived in Palo Alto until I was 13 and then when I graduated from college I moved back there and I worked in a lab in Stanford.
EP: Wow, I didn’t know that! When did you come to New York?
JM: I came to New York when I finished my degree in biology and environmental science. I knew that listening to this American life and doing lab work wasn’t going to make me happy, and that while I loved storytelling I wasn’t doing what I love. I had taken some acting classes in college and one of my teachers told me that if I wanted to take acting seriously I would need to go to New York City because that’s where all of the best actors have been trained. So, I came here and within a couple of months I enrolled at the Maggie Flanigan Studio and I studied there for 2 years. That’s what brought me here about 4 years ago now.
EP: Who do you look up to in the business? Are there any filmmakers, directors, actresses or cinematographers who truly inspire you?
JM: Paul Thomas Anderson and David Lynch are my all time favorites, while there are tons of other directors who I would love to work with like David Fincher, Gaspar Noe, Harmony Korine who is so raw and straight to the bone. Those directors inspire me because they’re not afraid of the human condition and all of its nastiness but also all of its psychosis.
EP: I just watched Mulholland Drive… I was blown away..
JM: That scene where she cries and masturbates… Naomi Watts is hands down an actress who I respect. Also, Marion Cotillard who is so talented and gets great roles. Natalie Portman has been off the scene because I think she’s raising her family, but she will come back because she’s so talented and really a gift to cinema. Meryl Streep obviously because who isn’t in awe of her chameleon like abilities? Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman.. they were so iconic. Outside of film, big idols of mine are Madonna, Kathleen Hanna from the riot grrrl band Bikini Kill . Apparently Courtney Love punched her one time.
EP: I love Courtney Love… she is so balls out. She’s always so real!
JM: She’s super controversial.
EP: You have a great sense of style. It’s easy, but cool and mysterious.
JM: I think less is more. I aim for simplicity in my acting but in my home, my relationships with people, and in my style. You asked earlier about what I think draws people to me. Making eye contact with people, being present, not to see intention in other people’s actions, not taking things personally, and being able to mirror other people. I really feel that truly beautiful people are like Audrey Hepburn who was noted for her humanitarian work that she did and Christy Turlington with all her charity work. She’s inside and out, you just know it. There’s Kate Moss and I don’t know what she’s doing but I still think she’s beautiful. She’s beautiful because she’s cool and genuine and real.
EP: What have you been working on lately?
JM: I’m currently writing a feature length script with some of my friends at Columbia Film School. It’s a psychological thriller that fuses three important societal topics together. I’m shooting a short film when I come back from Cannes, that is very out there, very Harmony Korine. I love my character, she’s bad ass and doesn’t take any bullshit from anyone.
EP: When I look at your Instagram or show it to other people, it’s a 360 degree view. We see a person who is super well rounded You touch upon other topics that a lot of other don’t talk about who are busy posting about beaches and bikinis. It goes beyond that all that.
JM: I got a full scholarship to college and have always been book smart. For some reason I also have a really strong memory and I fall in love with words. Which is one of the reasons why I have been gifted with writing and connecting with the words I am speaking, both of which are very useful for my business. Ever since I decided to pursue acting and film making, a higher power has rewarded me.
EP: You have an energy that just says it’s going to happen. Sometimes when I meet certain people and they’re at the very beginning of their career, I can tell from their energy where they’re going.
JM: That’s physics. An omniscient being would be able to see all the things that came before, look at the present moment, and predict exactly what would happen in the future. You can meet someone, take them in, and you’ve got this intuition about where that person is going. Some people are gifted in mind and intuition and are emotionally intelligent.
EP: That’s very true. That’s also what feeds your creativity, your art.
EP: In NYC what do you have that sets you apart from the crowd?
JM: I never had any stability growing up, so to start this career later in life and being received so well is amazing. I did film, theater, and TV in the first year of finishing my acting training. But some of that was innate. I’ve always been super connected to people because that was a survival mechanism. I just feel so excited about where my life is going. It just gets better and better.
EP: Who does your hair?
JM: Richard Mannah gave me an amazing haircut, he helped me grow my bob out. He’s cut my hair 5 or 6 times. He’s by far one of my angels in the world because he makes me look so good. The first time he my hair, he got a deep cut on the bench I was sitting on and he had to leave in a couple of hours to go teach showing the latest Toni & Guy cuts and it was raining heavily outside. I ran 5 blocks to a store and got rubbing alcohol, tweezers, gauze, bandages and together we cleaned his deep cut and he got on the plane to teach. My experience from my years in chemistry and biology labs helped me do it properly. That really bonded us. I let him do whatever he wants to my hair, I trust him.
EP: How can people who come to the city for artistic reasons, or for opportunities in general, live anywhere in the city or get to the city for work?
JM: Life in the city is harder than it has ever been.
EP: It is at its most difficult time for people to live no matter their income. The prices are going higher and higher. You can’t focus on truly living your life and being productive when you’re always worried about constant survival and hustling and grinding away.
JM: We need more free time in New York, it’s becoming less and less. It’s a real grind, but if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.
EP: Do you have a beauty regimen? What keeps you feeling and looking beautiful?
JM: I drink tons of water. Sunscreen, a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 for your face is one of the reasons why my skin still looks great. I love NARS. Organic lip balm is great, because anything you put on your lips, you’re swallowing. Almond and coconut oil for the whole body is so good. Richard Mannah’s Label M Argan Oil keeps my hair so shiny and silky. I love Aesop’s pure, plant based products like their moisturizers and eye serums.
MOHAIR SWEATER: RICK OWENS & SHOES: ALEXANDER WANG
TANK TOP: NICHOLAS ANDREAS TARALIS
MOHAIR SWEATER: RICK OWENS
PHOTOGRAPHER: ENGA PUREVJAV
ACTRESS: JULIA MORRISON
REPRESENTATION: INNOVATIVE ARTISTS & RED LETTER MANAGEMENT
HAIR: RICHARD MANNAH