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    Even if Rumer Willis didn’t have a famous surname, there would be no mistaking the DNA. The eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore has definitely got her mum’s melting, chocolate-brown eyes. When I comment that she also has a look of her dad, she shrieks and grimaces, covering the lower part of her face with her hands: ‘I hate my jaw!’ she says.

    With her long, pale, oval face, the 20-year-old rising star is unusually pretty rather than conventionally beautiful. ‘There was a picture in a magazine recently about lookalike mothers and daughters and I saw that I looked exactly like my mum. My little sister [14-year-old Tallulah] looks exactly like my dad and my middle sister [Scout, 17] is a mixture of the two.’
    We are standing at the counter of Dr Tea’s Tea Garden, a trendy West Hollywood hangout that serves teas from all over the world. Rumer orders her current favourite, Oolong Alishan High Mountain Blend, and lavender-flavoured cupcakes.
    She is very slim, waif-like, dressed in the young Hollywood uniform of skinny jeans, tight black T-shirt, diamond nose stud and ballet flats. She also has a large collection of tattoos which she is happy to show me, including a swallow on her shoulder and a rosary on her finger (though she is not Catholic).
    She undeniably has a lot to live up to. Her parents were among the biggest stars of their generation and continue to wield formidable power in the film industry, while her 30-year-old stepfather, Demi’s husband Ashton Kutcher, is a successful actor and producer in his own right. But here on her own stamping ground she’s treated like a star, with hugs and kisses from the tearoom staff who escort us to the ‘VIP’ cloistered section of the garden.
    Rumer turns off her mobile and lights a cigarette, blowing the smoke away from my face as she apologises. ‘I’m trying to give up,’ she says with an embarrassed giggle. ‘I’m a normal 20-year-old girl,’ she says, pouring tea for me. ‘I might happen to have a few different circumstances in my life, but I’m really just like anybody else my age – figuring out what to do and trying to have fun.’
    Normal may not be the first word that springs to mind, though. After all, she has spent much of her childhood travelling to exotic film locations in private planes and is now living in the garden guesthouse at her father’s Hollywood Hills house (which he shares with his girlfriend, model and actress Emma Heming), just across the road from her mother’s. In short, she is enjoying a life of extraordinary privilege.
    Yet she appears to have emerged unscathed from a world notorious for producing pampered and often troubled offspring. ‘Most people’s idea of celebrity children is that they are trust-fund babies who don’t have any desire to work and are just going to ride their parents’ train,’ she says, kicking off her shoes and curling up on the sofa. ‘But I never wanted to be that girl.’
    There are some famous pals: she is close friends with Jessica Szohr, who plays Vanessa in the TV show Gossip Girl. But she prefers quiet jazz nights at Teddy’s in Hollywood’s famous Roosevelt Hotel (where she sometimes performs – she is a classically trained singer) to LA’s club scene.
    'Honestly, my ideal Saturday night is just hanging out with friends, playing games like Catchphrase or Celebrity. I don’t go to wild parties; I’ve seen what excess and drugs can do to people.’


    Willis and co, above, from left: Ashton, Demi, Rumer, Micah, Emma, Tallulah, Bruce and Scout at the premiere of The House Bunny last year

    Determined to make her own way in the world, Rumer dropped out of college a year ago to pursue her film career. She has been acting since she was seven, when she appeared in Now and Then with her mother; she played Demi’s daughter in the 1996 film Striptease and she starred with her father (as his daughter) in the 2005 thriller Hostage.
    She grew up steeped in movies (‘Julia Roberts was an inspiration; she’s a great friend of my dad’s and I think she’s amazing’) but she discounts all those early roles. ‘I was more of an accessory,’ she says. ‘I’d just hang out in the trailer. In terms of actual work that I’ve done, it’s very little. But I did get to observe the process and fell in love with making movies.
    'Now I go into auditions just like anybody else; if directors like me I get called back and if not I get rejected.
    I think having famous parents helps you get in the door but you’re not going to get a job if you’re not talented.
    I don’t have a one-way ticket to the top.’
    She’s had a promising start, though, with good reviews for her first major adult role, supporting Anna Faris in the hit comedy The House Bunny, which shot to the top of the box office last year and is now coming out on DVD. Rumer plays a shy university student, one of a group of uncool young women considered to be a laughing stock by the hipper, more popular girls. Rumer’s character, Joanne, wears a punishing back brace and starts out as ungainly before undergoing a makeover.
    ‘If you only want to be the beautiful girl, you can never really grow as an actor,’ she says, explaining why she took the role. ‘Having an ego about the characters you play would limit you so much. Look at Charlize Theron in Monster – she was amazing.’
    The House Bunny is an uplifting and very funny look at teenagers struggling to find their own identity. ‘I definitely related to my character,’ says Rumer. ‘Growing up in the spotlight, I had a difficult time and I’m still figuring out who I am and where I fit in. One of the great things about the movie is the message that you shouldn’t have to change how you look to please a guy.
    ‘Have I always been confident? Oh, God no,’ she exclaims with a giggle. ‘I struggled like any other kid going through puberty. I was a total dork and I had braces and glasses and big frizzy hair.
    'And I definitely don’t fit the Hollywood mould, the classic blond girl next door. I tried being blond and I had fun with it, but there was such an uproar in the media that I just figured it was too much.’

    It’s a credit to Bruce and Demi that Rumer is so unaffected. They left LA to raise their three girls in rural Idaho, and Demi put her acting career on hold to be a full-time mum.

    ‘I don’t think I was aware of how much her stopping work meant to her, but I’m grateful that she did; she made a clear decision to be our mom instead of going on with her career,’ says Rumer, who later studied opera and boarded for 18 months at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. ‘I found it a little bit hard being away from the family,’ she says, ‘but after that my mum was in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle [in 2003] and everybody moved back to LA, which was great.
    ‘I wasn’t the biggest fan of life in Idaho,’ she giggles. ‘It is beautiful and Christmas is nice there, but it was pretty cold. I was always the one who had to turn the car heater on half an hour before we left for school so we didn’t freeze.

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    a job is important for children growing up in
    LA, because otherwise you might fall into the trap of thinking everything comes for free’

    'Growing up away from Hollywood helped us, I think. And my parents have never just given things to us.
    If I wanted a new dress or to go out to dinner, I had to do chores around the house or babysitting to pay for it.
    'I was not one of those girls who was given a Lexus
    to drive at 16; I had a Subaru Outback and had to earn it.’
    Bruce, Demi and Ashton all came from backgrounds where money was scarce and have instilled in the children that success comes from hard work. Last year Rumer spent a few months between auditions working at the Marc Jacobs store in Beverly Hills.
    ‘I didn’t get special treatment,’ she insists. ‘I was on the shop floor selling clothes and if a customer wanted
    to try on half the store and then decided not to buy anything, I’d have to pick everything up and put it back on the hangers.’
    Her stepfather took it even further, getting her a holiday job at his own father’s construction company, where she learned carpentry and labouring. ‘It was fantastic. I love putting Ikea furniture together, I like working with my hands. I was carrying wood, sanding floors, screwing bookshelves together.
    'I think getting a job is important for children growing up in LA, because otherwise you might fall into the trap of thinking everything comes for free. Then you have the harsh realisation when you become an adult that it’s not the case.’
    Rumer and her House Bunny co-star Katharine McPhee (right)

    There is an underlying stability in Rumer’s life that stems from the knowledge that she has a close, loving family. She was ten when her parents split up and 17 when her mother remarried.
    ‘When Ashton came into our lives, he was just an extension of our family,’ she says. ‘He’s like a friend as well as a stepdad. We talk about everything – auditions, boyfriends, family. He understands more than my parents sometimes because he’s closer to my age.
    ‘Ash was a heart-throb, to me,’ she grins. ‘I had pictures of him on my wall at boarding school and I remember my mom saying that her new “friend” Ashton was going to come and hang out with us. And I said, “Whoa, wait – Ashton Kutcher?” and I kind of freaked out a little bit. I definitely blushed.
    'But I got over any strangeness because I’d never seen my mom happier. It was like watching two 16-year-olds who were going to the prom together and were totally in love.’
    The 15-year age difference between her mother and stepfather is irrelevant, she says. ‘There was such an uproar in the media when they first started
    dating and I thought, “Just leave them alone, they are really happy.”
    'I feel so lucky because we all have a great time together – with my dad and his girlfriend and my sister Scout’s boyfriend – it’s not like having two separate families.’ Would she be happy if either of her parents decided to have more children? ‘Oh entirely,’ she says, quite genuinely.
    It sounds too good to be true. ‘I know, it’s the ideal divorced family,’ she laughs. It makes you wonder why Bruce and Demi split up in the first place when they get on so well. ‘Well, you know,’ says Rumer thoughtfully, ‘they still love each other but I think they realised that they weren’t in love with each other any more. So when they got divorced they made the decision to always make us the priority.
    'We do everything together. At Christmas, my sisters and I usually stay at my mom’s house, and my dad comes over with Emma and we all open presents together. We go to the family house on the Turks and Caicos islands together for holidays.’



    Her own boyfriend of several months is now included in family gatherings. Rumer is dating 24-year-old actor Micah Alberti, whom she met at a friend’s barbecue. ‘I was taking pictures and he started asking me about my camera and then we traded phone numbers. The next day, I called and asked him if he wanted to grab a coffee.’ Was it nerve-racking? ‘No, I’ve always done that,’ she says, laughing. ‘If I like someone I’ll just say, “Hey, I like you. Want to hang out?”
    ‘He’s a really great guy,’ she says, hugging her arms around her knees. ‘He likes my parents, but it doesn’t matter to him who they are. He’s not dating my parents. When you grow up like I have,’ she adds with a wry smile, ‘it’s easy to spot somebody who is hanging out with you for ulterior motives.’
    There are no plans to get her own flat – either on her own or with her boyfriend. ‘I love being with my dad just now: we work out together and have dinner together. We’ve kind of hit that point where we are friends now and it’s very nice.
    'Often Emma and Micah, who’s a fantastic cook, will make dinner, and my dad might help too – he’s getting better in the kitchen. Every night I come home and there’s some amazing meal on the table.’
    Is there any truth to the story that her dad strikes fear into every boyfriend she brings home? She rolls her eyes and grins. ‘My dad totally pretends he’s macho, but it’s an act – he’s always so sweet to my boyfriends. Both my parents are really cool.’
    So things are going well for Rumer. She’s madly in love, she has a new film coming out – the thriller Sorority Row with Carrie Fisher (she plays a student again) – and there are more scripts to read. There’s a buzz of excitement about her in Hollywood.
    But she understands the fickle nature of the industry and has a Plan B. She can belt out a ballad and is hoping to launch a music career and record a jazz album soon.
    And if all else fails, Ashton will testify that his stepdaughter could carve out a decent living as a carpenter.

    Actress Rumer Willis: 'I had posters of Ashton on my wall' | Mail Online

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    the photos where she hides her chin arent too bad.
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    She so unfortunate looking. I feel sorry for her having to grow up in the limelight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00Kimmi00 View Post
    She so unfortunate looking. I feel sorry for her having to grow up in the limelight.
    She chooses to be in the limelight. No one forced the fugster to become an actress.

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    Seriously, she should just sell Rumer "Potato Heads" and make millions.

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    ^^Oh dear, so rude! But funny. I too think she looks pretty good when her shoulder is hiding most of her chin. I'm not one who thinks plastic surgery is a good thing but in this case I can see where it might be of some benefit. Then again, maybe it's good she's going with what she has...and doesn't have.
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    Well, if there is the slight chance that she actually has talent and can act, then her, um...rather unique face could be an asset to her. She could always play the ugly girl.

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    One-way ticket to the top? She'll be lucky if she gets to the middle.

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    That first pic of her is the best one I've ever seen.
    Yeah, the chin. Looooooooong

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    the photos where she hides her chin arent too bad.
    She's got that pose down pretty good!

    I really like her tattoo also.
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    I'm in the middle about plastic surgery for her. I usually don't think it's a good thing too, but I agree that this would be a case where it'd be beneficial. I'm all for quirky/non-conventional looks, but something about the proportion of her jaw to her close-set eyes is off. I think it just reminds me of Rocky in Mask, which was a movie I watched a gazillion times when I was young.



    After reading her interview, I gotta say the Chin carved a tiny little soft spot in my heart. She doesn't sound too bad. It'll be interesting to see if she decides to embrace what nature gave her. Once she mentioned jazz music, I could so see her getting away with the Chin because she can pull off lipstick quite well with that thing. It'd also be interesting to see her sing and how that jaw moves



    After seeing a picture of Rumer when she was young,

    it dawned on me that Adam Sandler's daughter kinda looks like her!


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    Oh, and on another note, I think that the Willis/Moore clan needs to make some sort of social model for divorced families. They could create a whole advising/counseling business based on their family dynamic. Hell, at least release some sort of self-help workbook based on those two. She's very very very lucky.

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    She seems quite grounded and nice. I think both Bruce and Demi made a good job of raising her and her sisters.

    However i don't believe her when she says this:

    There are some famous pals: she is close friends with Jessica Szohr, who plays Vanessa in the TV show Gossip Girl. But she prefers quiet jazz nights at Teddy’s in Hollywood’s famous Roosevelt Hotel (where she sometimes performs – she is a classically trained singer) to LA’s club scene.

    'Honestly, my ideal Saturday night is just hanging out with friends, playing games like Catchphrase or Celebrity.
    All starlets say this and i'm sure i've seen photo's of her leaving nightclubs.

    Also she may or may not make it...but lets face it her parentage gets her alot of publicity and in Hollyweird that helps alot.


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    She could be so pretty if it weren't for that massive chin!!!

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    She seems quite grounded and nice. I think both Bruce and Demi made a good job of raising her and her sisters.

    However i don't believe her when she says this:



    All starlets say this and i'm sure i've seen photo's of her leaving nightclubs.

    Also she may or may not make it...but lets face it her parentage gets her alot of publicity and in Hollyweird that helps alot.
    Ditto. Maybe she doesn't get every role she tries out for, but I bet a lot of the roles she gets are because she's a Willis/Moore/Kutcher. That's nice she can fold clothes and build furniture, but she will never ever HAVE to do that. She does seem smart enough to know she need to at least sound humble. Most celebs her age can't figure that much out.

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