Patricia Arquette Demands Space to 'Get Old' — Why Can't We Give It To Her?

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She's nominated for an Academy Award for Boyhood, but that doesn't make Patricia Arquette immune to criticism -- more specifically, fashion criticism. In a recent fashion slideshow in The New York Times, Arquette was mocked for a dress she chose to wear to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet last August. The look -- a baggy, gray caftan -- is a far cry from typical Hollywood style, but so what? Going off of some of Arquette's poignant recent interviews, clearly she's comfortable in her skin and with aging -- and what's more beautiful than that?

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The piece in the NYT captions a photo of Arquette in the caftan, "Ms. Arquette is not one of those actresses with a corporate wardrobe entourage plotting her every nanosecond in front of the flashbulbs, as evinced by her appearance in a gray cotton caftan at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet last August." Scathing? No. But, certainly isn't flattering.

In the film she's nominated for, Arquette ages gracefully over 12 years, and more importantly, naturally and comfortably. In an interview with The New York Times, Boyhood director Richard Linklater said that Arquette "never flinched" when it came to growing older on screen. "So vanity free," he said.

But, it was Arquette who hit the nail on the head when it came to being vanity free. "This idea of the world expecting you to remain an ingénue forever -- it’s a very short shelf life if you’re going to commit to that as your career, and I knew that early," Arquette said. "I was trying to get out of it for years." She then continued, "I gotta get old, people, do you understand? I need space to grow and get old and be a human being. I don’t want to be trapped in your ingénue bubble. And I don’t agree with it either, by the way."

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Now, that's a message I can get behind. That's what people -- young women in particular -- should be focusing on about Arquette, not the caftan that shows she clearly doesn't have a stylist or an interest in fashion.

I'm rooting for Arquette -- not just because of her message, but because she was damn good in Boyhood. And, let's all hope that if (when) she wins, people will focus on things other than "who she was wearing."

What do you think of Arquette's message?

 

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