Sophia Loren Lends New Meaning to EW’s ‘Pop Watch’

EWPopWatchLogoThere will likely not be another item that fits into Entertainment Weekly‘s “PopWatch” tag as snuggly as Joe McGovern’s recent Q&A via Switzerland with the one and only Sophia Loren.

The article burst to the top of Facebook’s trending topics and it’s easy to see why. In 1957, Loren was famously snapped staring down in horror at the chest of fellow actress Jayne Mansfield, not long after the latter took her seat next to Loren at an industry-sponsored function at Romanoff’s. In 2014, the Italian star insisted to McGovern that her captured stare was all about a personal pop-watch:

“I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.”

Loren told McGovern that even though she is repeatedly asked by fans to autograph copies of the 1957 snap, she has always refused. Some of those commenting below the EW article are not buying Loren’s explanation, by the way:

Cosmos99: It’s called jealousy. Excuses and ridiculous explanations just make her look more stupid. Yes, Jayne had a much higher IQ as well.

Bob Stoufus: Sorry but Sophia couldn’t hold a candle to Bombshell Jayne! This is definitely a look of extreme envy and jealousy.

The photo was taken by Joe Shere, a Jersey City native who passed away in 2008. Loren will be feted November 12 in LA at a special AFI Fest tribute.