5 Celebs Who’ve Been Inspired by Their Grandmothers

Taking their inspiration from a close family source, these 5 stars have all said they’ve been inspired by their grandmother. Some received words of encouragement or wise words from their grandma, while others were just always impressed with their grandmother’s sense of style or how she lived her life. Wowed by the past generation, these celebrities have all spoken on how their grandmother influenced them for the better.

Jared Leto

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For his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared had to play the role of a transgender and was inspired by his grandmother: ”I waxed my whole body and my eyebrows I lost a lot of weight, I changed my voice – the dialect and register – it was a pretty intense journey. [Saying ‘Darlin” at the end of sentences], my grandmother used to do that, she was from the South and there was certainly a bit of grandma in there.”

Miranda Kerr
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Miranda was always influenced by her grandmother: ”My grandma has great style and really influenced me. The one thing that stayed with me was that fashion doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated – just worn with grace and confidence.”

Tom Ford
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Tom was always wowed by his grandmother’s fashion sense: “My grandmother was probably the first person who I thought was beautiful. She was incredibly stylish, she had big hair, big cars. I was probably 3 years old, but she was like a cartoon character. She always smelled great and looked great. She always had the latest things. She was larger than life to me, even as an adult, but when I was a child it was really like she was from another planet. It seemed like she lived in a different world, and wherever that was, I wanted to go.”

Florence Welch
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Florence’s grandma gave her some great advice: “She told me, ‘Concentrate on your perfect career’. Can you imagine? It’s like, ‘You’ve left your laundry out and it’s going to rain’. ‘OK Grandma, thanks!’ I thought it would be something, y’know, more cryptic.”

Kylie Minogue
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Kylie is inspired by her grandmother’s life: ”I always try to think of what my 94-year-old grandmother would do. I asked her just a few years ago, ‘Nain, how do you do it? You’re just so cool.’ She had six kids, emigrated to Australia from Wales and is the great matriarch of the family. And she said, ‘Well Kylie, you just go with the flow.’ ”

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