Catherine Zeta-Jones v. Julianne Hough: who worked it at the ‘RoA’ premiere?

Catherine Zeta-Jones Julianne Hough

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough were both bold on the red carpet for the Rock of Ages Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Let me start out by saying (as a 37-year-old woman) that I highly sympathize with Catherine for having to pose alongside an early-20s, hot young thing. Despite the age difference, I am leaning towards claiming a (slight) win for Catherine here. Let us consider the differences.

Julianne Hough

Julianne’s dress was a chartreuse Kaufmanfranco silk crepe gown that was cut on the bias. The color was an unconventional choice and appropriate for her first (real) big outing (Footloose doesn’t count). From the front, the dress looks pretty amazing, but something bizarre occurs when Julianne turns around for the requisite “behind” pose. The nude panelling seems to gather up and create the illusion of back fat, which Julianne simply does not possess. Also, are those pre-shadowed butt cheeks installed in the dress? Admittedly, the possibility fascinates me, and I’m wondering if this is a “Ryan Seacrest, tie this butt down with a ring” sort of strategy. Despite the cute butt (and all that it entails), the back view is kind of a disaster for a prospective leading lady.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

Julianne’s fresh makeup and hair was fairly appropirate and balanced out some of the mess of the dress. I love the unexpected, lopsided topknot.

Julianne Hough

In contrast, Catherine’s dress was a Zuhair Murad design and would probably be considered a cocktail dress, but the one-sleeve design (by its own volition) would ideally translate into a design that is bold without being too revealing. However, the black lace with nude underpanelling sort of screams, “Hey, look at me, boys!” Overall, Catherine has the chutzpah to pull this look off without looking too try-hard. But just barely.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones

The closeup view of Catherine’s makeup is a bit iffy but only because she seems to look “different” these days but in an undefinable way.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman, on the other hand, was far too showoffy in her black Reem Acra gown with very significant cutouts on the left side. This is far too much skin to be showing off when one isn’t playing a leading lady role, but I think Malin’s general look is rather blah and forgettable, so perhaps she took a worthy risk here. Thoughts?

Malin Ackerman

Fergie Josh Duhamel

Fergie and Josh Duhamel were weirder than usual together. I guess he dressed for the occasion, but she just looks like a trashy rock groupie, which is also admittedly appropriate here.

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale wore a short little cocktail dress to the event that will do nothing to shake her Disney-bred image. Perhaps she should try for a bit of glamour during her next movie premiere outing.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige wore a shiny black trash bag on the red carpet, but at least it was a fitted, asymmetrically-cut trash bag and not a baggy Angelina Jolie-styled trash bag.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson and her rockin’ bod wore a pretty cute red dress. She looks great, but I don’t ever think she’ll have a musical comeback.

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  1. Alecsma says:

    THAT’S Catherine Zeta-Jones?!! I didn’t even recognize her. Definitely something different.

    • Aviva says:

      She looks like Cindy Crawford’s sister. Are they sharing the same plastic surgeon?

    • Rita says:

      Yeah, she’s filling and botoxing big time but I think she looks good.

      Julianne’s got back. Should have let her hair down.

      • corny says:

        she used to be so cute when she did the tmobil ads
        and blondie could use a freakin’ comb ya think?

    • Roray says:

      Jacked, totally jacked – with Botox. The shine gives it away. And she can’t smile properly anymore.

    • bns says:

      I don’t get it. Why botox yourself when you’re husband is a quarter of a century older than you? I give up.

    • womanfromthenorth says:

      WOW :O Who is that?? No way!

  2. CZJ….age inappropriate

    • Whoa!! says:

      Totally age inappropriate.
      And her (lack of) muscle tone makes her look sickly to me.
      She’s too pale and forgot to moisturize her saggy knees.
      This whole get up screams “desperately clinging to my youth”.
      I know I sound harsh, but she’s usually super put together as well as snobby so I think my comments are right in line.

      • jano1981 says:

        Yeah. And the worst color combo with her skin tone. CZJ is by no means “pulling this off” ha!

      • Loulou says:

        Too pale but I also think the lighting on the red carpet didn’t help matters. She looks stoned, none of the mischief in the eyes she used to have. She doesn’t look as happy. As per Botox, couples that Botox together stay together… Her husband usually looks worked on (which never improved him anyways). Speaking of which, another absentee mate?

      • Nanea says:

        @ Loulou: I don’t think CZJ is stoned, I think it could well be the meds she should be taking if she really is bipolar.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I’m not going to say age inappropriate because Debbie Gibson looks fine.

      I’m going to go back to she never got her sexy back after the babies and she’s older than she says.

      Her legs are SCARY!!!! It has nothing to do with age if she is really 42 – Debbie is the same age and the Maniston has great legs. Even Demi Moores are better.

      I’m going with get thee to the gym and stop starving yourself. I see these legs in Jolie’s future.

      • lafairy says:

        co-sign the she is older than what she says, she looks a good decade older, this is not the body of a 42 years old woman… let not even compare her to 42 yrs old stars or 40 (Cameron Diaz, Rachel Weisz,Naomi Watts, etc…).. even demi moore, and courtney coxw look way younger than her!!
        I think that’s the main problem, if she was embracing her 50+ years with more glamourous outfit she would look good, because people will judge her for a woman of HER age!

  3. Tillie says:

    Debbies toes stick out, or are they supposed to?

    • Mourning the Death of Music says:

      The entire outfit is forgotten by the fact that we’re sidetracked by her toes jutting out of her shoes.

      I HATE when I see pictures like this. Makes me want to yell at them to wear better fitting shoes.

    • Maguita says:

      THAT’S Debbie Gibson????

      I thought it was Camille from one of them Real Housewives shows!!??

  4. kibbles says:

    All of these actresses have nice bodies but the dresses they wear look so cheap. I can go to the local mall and buy something that looks classier and more put together for less than $100. I realize this is Rock of Ages and no one is expected to wear a ball gown, but I have seen casual dresses that look better than any of the ones shown here. Malin Ackerman is kind of a forgettable actress who wears forgettable dresses, but compared to the rest of her co-stars, I think she was one of the best dressed along with Catherine Zeta Jones.

    • Cherry says:

      But wasn’t that the point of this premiere? The men looking like 80′s-has-been-rockstars, the women like trashy groupies? I think they all meant to look cheap.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I thought they were going for 80s anything 80s is bad.

      However Julianne is just bad – that is not 80s inspired at all. The 80s were florescent or metal – not neon yellow and not a floor length gown.

  5. Agnes says:

    that yellow dress is fug and the hair is a mess…

    • Maguita says:

      I am stuck looking at the back of that yellow dress: is Little Mormonic Julianne Hough not wearing any, or appropriate, undies under her dress? We see the lining of her ass cheeks!

      And am I crazy, or Josh is looking hot here?

      My inner groupie is squealing with glee.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      That’s the same hair that I wear when I visit my horses at the farm.
      Even the lopsided thing because I’m at the flipping ranch and no one sees me but horses.

      I can see bobby pins too. She has such a great bod, that back fat pic is so unfortunate. You would think Tiny Hitler would have had the media trash that one. Ryan and all things Ryan must be perfect at all times. He’s that kind of gay guy.

  6. Jen34 says:

    They all look dreadful. I can’t decide who looks worst.

    • Marjalane says:

      Me either. They all look cheap and overdone.

    • Jackie says:


      c’mon people, get it together! you have access to the best hair/makeup/clothes, so why do you all look like such hell.

    • KLaw says:

      Agreed. I think Fergie looks the best, and that’s only because she is ALWAYS dressed like a rock/hip-hop girl, so this is right up her alley. She nailed it.

      Everyone else – HUGE FAIL

      • DrM says:

        ^ Cosign…Fergie and Josh look great…CZJ looks heinous…that is NOT a flattering dress…wtf was she thinking?

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, I don’t like any of these looks.

  7. Hautie says:

    Honestly, everyone one of these dresses were big huge failures.

    How can so many really pretty girls… get caught wearing ugly ass dresses?!

  8. Bite me aka aniston says:

    CZJ hair looks nice

    • ya says:

      Ya I love her hair. And she’s one of the few who can pull off heavy, caked on makeup like that.

  9. merski says:

    Oh Catherine, this is an ice-skating outfit if I’ve ever seen one…

    • Choupette says:

      Maybe so, maybe so. But DAMN! Her legs are killer! Go Catherine! That other chick is just….”That Other Chick”.

      Hehe to Josh Duhamel for having fun with the occasion. He could give lessons to Tom Cruise, and maybe remove that stick TC has up his ass.

      • TheOriginalTiffany says:

        Probably would have played the part with some humor too, huh?

        Should have casted him. He wouldn’t have had to wear lifts

      • anna says:

        I beg to differ on the legs. She has terrible, chicken thin legs and saggy knee caps. And no, the caps aren’t “age” I am a year younger than she and mine are toned and firm.

      • Becky1 says:

        I think her legs look good, too. I don’t understand why people are saying that her kneecaps are saggy. They look fine to me.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        @anna no it’s no age. I am her age and even after gaining weight my legs and especially knees are more toned that that. I also have similar coloring but my legs are not greyish.

        And a lot of actresses our age and more importantly – older may have F’d up faces but they still have nice legs.

        I also don’t think it’s bipolar unless her meds cause her to lose her appetite and have no energy for the gym.

        To me it looks like weight loss and lack of working out. They have also been thinner than she is in proportion to the rest of her.

        She needs to go meet with Tracy Anderson.

  10. Dredz says:

    Isn’t CZJ’s dress a bit young?

  11. Ailine says:

    Julianne wins it. I think CZJ is beautiful but whoever put her in this dress should be shot. If she picked it out herself then she needs a stylist.

    The dress looks like something an ice skater might wear. And the flesh color tone doesn’t do her any favors. It doesn’t match her skin tone. She should have chosen something more summery.

    Julianne looks fresh. I’m not a big fan of the dress, but the color is nice and her butt looks great in it. Malin’s dress does not flatter her body type.

    • beyonce's bump says:

      YES, agreed on all counts! Julliane’s dress is giving me LIFE in these pics!

      Side note: what is with this stupid “fire” trend, seen it in someone’s purse can’t be bothered to scroll back up to remember who, but srsly from the fire shoes to the clutches now??? this is such an UGLY trend!

    • MW says:

      JH looks great from the front. I’m a little confused by her butt. Maybe it’s just these pix. She’s worn enough costumes and always looks great so if those are pads, wow, what a mistake. CZJ looks like Eva Mendez (I think?) all of a sudden.

  12. Jonsey says:

    Jones doesn’t have legs for such a short dress and her face looks like Joker. Frightening.

    Malin should dye her hair black like in Watchman.

  13. Original Lucy says:

    Julianne’s dress looks okay (with her body, its pretty hard to look bad in anything) but I am not loving the hair…looks like she got up late and just threw it on top of her head! Her makeup is nice though. Did not even know CZJ…def some face work and while its not bad face work, it makes you stare because you know thats not her real face. Hate her dress! Malin Ackerman is just blah from head to toe! And I don’t think Ashley looks bad, but she came with zac efron and he looked like he just rolled out of bed, no time to shower and grabbed some dirty, wrinkly clothes off his floor and put them on (saw the pictures on another site)…and I am amazed the Fergie is still married to that douche Josh! I thought I was seeing the slightest baby bump going on with Fergie, anyone else see it?

  14. Cherry says:

    YES on the pre-shadowed butt cheeks in Julianne’s dress. God, that’s tacky! Also, she should have worn a bra. I don’t care that it’s the Rock of Ages premiere and everyone is trying to look as trashy and campy as possible- you don’t leave the house in a premiere dress without a bra.

  15. Jayna says:

    Catherine looks beautiful in the face, but the dress is too short for her age. Julianne is a knockout.

    • polk8dot says:

      I think just the opposite. Catherine’s dress looks stunning on her, with those 6 feet of gorgeous, shapely legs. You can tell she lost some weight and is back to her old fighting form.
      But the face, that FACE?!?! WTF happened?
      She looks like and older, uglier sister of Cindy Crawford. From afar she can pass if you do not know who she’s supposed to be, but from up close, if you know it is CZJ, it just screams ‘surgery! surgery! surgery!’.
      OMG, it is sooooooo sad and pitiful that such a beautiful woman can’t leave well enough alone, and feels the need to disfigure her face and turn herself into a different person just to TRY to LOOK YOUNGER. Fail for me…

  16. Maritza says:

    That dress is way to short for Catherine Zeta Jones, she looks much better when she dresses long elegant dresses. Julianne looks gorgeous!

  17. Franny says:

    I think CZJ needs to pencil in her eyebrows more, and get a new lipstick color. Those things would benefit her greatly.

  18. Vicky says:

    CZJ and Julianne need to swap dresses.

  19. Adrien says:

    Julianne Hough is so gorgeous.
    Catherine Zeta Jones is what would happen if Posh Spice ate too much. C’mon CZJ, that’s not a good outfit on ANY age. Loving her toned body though.

  20. annaloo. says:

    I’m cutting CZJ a break. She’s dealt with a spouse who fought cancer and that would take a physical toll on anyone.

  21. erin says:

    Just have to say that Debbie Gibson is bangin’! Girl looks good!

  22. Blue says:

    I think Julianne looks great, except for the hair. But I love the dress cut and colour.

  23. Shoes says:

    Julianne’s head suit is unfortunate and Jack Donaghy should have told her so.

  24. Belle says:

    Okay, not a fan of cut-outs or that sheer mesh crap in general, so I’m not loving most of these dresses. The mesh ALWAYS reminds me of an ice skater outfit… and the cut-outs almost always look skanky to me.

  25. Belle says:

    Catherine’s face is bugging me more than her dress, WTH happened? These celebs are taking the cosmetic ‘enhancements’ way too far… they really think this is better than a bit of graceful aging?? The dress might have been improved somewhat if she had left that one sleeve home and let both arms go sleeveless.

  26. Belle says:

    Julianne is gorgeous, and I don’t think she could look ‘really bad’ if she tried. That said, I’m mixed on this look. Usually I HATE that chartreuse color, but I think she pulls it off nicely… a fresh pop of color that looks beautiful on her. The dress itself… hmmm. Front is pretty… back is actually, kind of pretty as well. That odd side/back angle though… not pretty! Both the nasty mesh and odd butt-shading-or-whatever-it-is are just… bad.
    Make-up is gorgeous (usually is).
    Like the hair more than most seem to. Julianne often wears her hair down, so this up-do is a fun change… at a somewhat funky-appropriate event(;

  27. Belle says:

    Josh and Fergie look great! Sadly, I don’t know if Fergie was actually trying to look like the slutty groupie… but it works for this event(;

  28. Belle says:

    Malin looks beautiful in her ‘head shot’ photo…. kind of ‘old hollywood’ glam, which seems odd for this particular premiere. Not to worry, pan down to the rest of her ‘look’ and she skanks it up with the tacky cut-outs and crotch-high leg slit. Kind of a mixed up look that in the end, doesn’t work for me.

  29. Belle says:

    Ashley looks awful… and for me, is the worst of the bunch by far! Not sure what I hate more… the hideous black mesh, tacky, short glitter dress, fugly shooties, bubble-gum pink lips, or the dark roots screaming for touch up. Ick.

    Someone else commented that she showed up with Zac Efron and that he looked like he had just rolled out of bed. I saw those pics too, and have to say that Zac was the BEST part of her look by far! Yes, he had something unfortunate going on with his pants and shoes… but still looked mighty cute. Oh, and I love his ‘just rolled out of bed’ look!

  30. Belle says:

    Sorry for the multiple posts! Feeling kind of opinionated for some reason and thought I’d break the ‘opinionated’ up a bit(: Almost done…
    MJB is… meh. Definitely seen her in worse, and as pointed out, the dress fits her nicely. Hate the mesh, and the shoes appear to be some kind of geriatric-comfort version of sexy strappy sandals… not sexy at all.

  31. Belle says:


    Debbie Gibson looks HOT… and I think was the best-dressed of the bunch! I can overlook the toe infraction because she looks so great. Come on… we all have that pair of shoes that we love, but find that once our feet get a bit ‘moist’ they tend to slide down a bit, pushing the toes out of the shoe! Usually a pair of foot petals is a good fix. Maybe she was working the red carpet so hard that her feet slid right over her petals!

  32. Geekychic says:

    “darling buds of may” was my sanctuary during the war, when I was little-So CZJ can’t do wrong in my eyes. Ok, yes, the dress is not one of her top 10. Someone commented that she looks stoned-maybe medication for her bipolar?
    In any case, She’s the best looking of them all.
    Jh, Akerman, that girl from HSM…they’re all the same, interchangeable blondes with standard, bland Kind of pretty faces to me.
    Actually, that Hugh girl-why is she famous?? I really Don’t Get it. Is she some Kind of promising actress or something? Except celebrity beard, I mean.;))

  33. Jackie says:

    woa! CZJ unrecognisable !!! now more a lookalike for a cross between Victoria Beckham and sandra bullock. the plastic surgeons need to use different methods for each different patient rather than the same methods for different women. SHAME, CZJ was so beautiful now she looks indistinguishable from other celebrities of her age :-( (

  34. Shelly says:

    I like Julianne’s hair and makeup. I don’t like the dress. Catherine’s dress is awful. I hate it. Not flattering at all, in any way. And she looks tired.

  35. OKNOW says:


  36. mia girl says:

    “she just looks like a trashy rock groupie”

    I’ve never known Fergie to look like anythinig but a trashy rock groupie. Honestly, it doesnt matter what she is wearing, she always looks trashy to me.

    CZJ whole expression is different because of the tweaking. I saw her recently in one of my favorite Cohen Bro movies, Intolerable Cruetly, and her and Clooney were so hot together. She was so beautiful, so I’m kinda sad that her face is looking different.

  37. Me Too says:

    All of them look horrible! CZJ’s dress is too short, and not because of her age. I don’t care how great a figure you have, that length looks lousy on everyone. On curvier girls like Beyonce, it makes their thighs look huge. On skinny women like CZJ, they look bony. Frankly, Hough is boring, as usual. She always looks like she’s ready to teach a class at Arthur Murray. She can’t act…have been disappointed in everything she’s been in and won’t waste anymore money on any films she’s in. Without Ryan, she’d already be done and back to DWTS.

  38. taxi says:

    Cath no longer looks like herself – overworked & messed up face + dress is too short for her.

    Ashley is a mess – glitter mini-dress with black booties? And her lipstick clashes with everything.

    Hough’s dress doesn’t fit her boobs.

    She’s a cute girl but this dress is bad.

  39. StopItLuke says:

    CZJ needs to put on weight and she’d look much better, when she started in that musical “A little night music” she was looking her amazing best and by the end the performances and Michael’s illness had made her drop a lot of weight and it ages her.

  40. dj says:

    Malin A. looks amazing! What a great body. CZJ is rocking it. But I would not have known who she was either. She does not look like herself, at all. Quit trying to make Jullianne Hough a star. There really are actresses who can act…Come on! I guess Seacrest is promoting this.

    • Bob says:

      dj, You say the same shit all the time. Julianne looks HOT!! She’s a triple threat. What a booty! Damnnnnnn!!!

  41. Reece says:

    JH: Silk doesn’t forgive shit! I think that’s her actual butt. She can’t wear spanx because of the slit. She is a dancer so it would very tight.
    CZJ: Makeup is weird. I think her laugh lines are filled but it’s not Nicole Kidman facial destruction.

    LMAO @ Fergie & Josh!

  42. Camille (The original) says:

    CZJ’s dress is effing ugly, but her body is looking amazing.

    I wish Hollywood would stop trying to make Ryan Gaycrests GF ‘happen’. She’s so blah and has no charisma.

    As for the rest of them- make it stop! I’ve never seen so much fug on one red carpet before. Yikes.

  43. Jayna says:

    Catherine looks like herself to me. Her eyes are smaller because of her age. She has smile lines visible, so no excessive filler. She always had a full face. Now it is just a little less full due to the aging process. She just looks like a forty something year old version of her younger self.

  44. Isa says:

    Jh’s butt crack looks like it is two and a half inches wide!

  45. Mia says:

    Whenever I see Julianne, I see desperation in her face – she only has a couple years left to get her name to a “actress” title and she doesnt seem to making much of an inroad. She knows that the clock is ticking and as lazy as Hollywood can be, they’re not always going to call her for every part for a bubbly blonde girl who sings/dances

  46. Eden says:

    Did CZJ and Julianne trade dresses before they walked the carpet because that’s what it looks like to me. CZJ is too old for that dress. She looks like mutton dressed as lamb. That dress would have looked better on Julianne.

  47. MW says:

    PS – I hope JH NEVER lasers, plucks, shaves, whatever her “baby hairs” on her forehead like Kim Kardashian does.

  48. Luise says:

    Catherine is gorgeous. She’s just older than she was when she hit the scene in “Zorro” in the 1990′s. She has really been through hell with Michael’s cancer and her bipolar disease. In the last couple of months, she was at The Cirque Lodge in Utah for her disease. She’s a great actress, mother and wife who looks damn good. Go Catherine!

  49. JudyK says:

    Rating: Double ICK.

  50. Sara says:

    Julianne is beautiful!!!

  51. megan says:

    it looks like julianne is wearing like three booty pops. i also hate the dress. but she is very beautiful. love her smile! it’s helping that dress out.

  52. Shazza27 says:

    Julianne looks stunning…minus the butt thing…& CZJ should stick to what she does best..classy glamour not trashy glamour..if she really is 42 then that’s not too old a change to her styling is all that she really needs along with some muscle definition we all age & age does not constitute being ugly. I hate how we in the western world always aliken age with disadvantage.

  53. Kayls says:

    I think Debbie looks great! She was my hero when I was a kid (reeking of Electric Youth perfume) so I will always love her.

  54. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Julianne looks a bit like Lindsay Wagner – if the Bionic woman was re-made she’d be a good choice for the role.