Julianne Moore doesn’t like being pigeon-holed. She thinks there are some misconceptions out there about who she is and the kinds of roles she plays. She’d like to set the recored straight.
“Some people say, ‘You play happy people,’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Or ‘You play people who have affairs,’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Or ‘You play lesbians,’ and I’m like, ‘No!’ I’ve made 50-something movies, so there’s a lot of different people. I like really human stories.”
The kinds of roles that Julianne Moore has played in those 50-something films include:
a feminist nude painter (she doesn’t paint nudes; she paints in the nude) in The Big Lebowski
a drinking, raving soon-to-be widow in Magnolia
a pornstar in Boogie Nights
the President of a post-apocalyptic nation in the Hunger Games series of films
an FBI agent pitted against a psychotic cannibal in Hannibal
the demented mother of an abused telekinetic teen girl in Carrie
“The older you get, you have a clearer understanding about what you care about, what you value, and you begin to think laterally and not vertically. Who are these people around me; let me try to experience this. That’s what makes everything more valuable and more interesting.”
But it is her relationships with other successful women that really helps to drive Julianne Moore. She identifies with them, and loves working with them.
“Ellen Page [who stars as Moore’s girlfriend in the upcoming Freeheld]. Kristen Stewart, I just love her. Emma Stone is fabulous. I love Catherine Deneuve. I love Tilda Swinton.”
“Women are fabulous. I like our camaraderie, our similarities, how we collaborate. When my daughter was born, I looked at her in the bassinet and I said, ‘You’re one of us.’ I’m going to cry if I think about it too much. I had this little girl and was like, ‘Yup. You’re one of us.'”