Julianne Moore talks about joining “The Hunger Games” franchise, mourning her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman and her increasing fondness for happy endings in the November issue of More magazine. It hits newsstands Tuesday.
Alec Baldwin, who co-stars in “Still Alice” in which Moore plays a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s, calls her unstoppable.
“A lot of people work when they’re young and then their lives evolve. Some of them drop off or only work now and then. Then there are women like Julie: They get married, have a family and do remarkable work year after year. It’s hard for men to do that, but it’s even harder for women. She’s unstoppable that way.”
"Still Alice" has vaulted Moore to the top of the list for best actress Oscar contenders. (It has no Pittsburgh date yet).
Moore, meanwhile, talks about how her children ages 16 and 12 influenced her decision to play President Alma Coin in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” and “Part 2”: “For a child moving into adolescence, the big question is, Do I have free will? Can I determine my own future?” she says.
“[At that age] you’re still with your parents. But you’re asking yourself, who am I? Most of the films I make are not for kids. My son was in line for the midnight show when ‘The Hunger Games’ first came out. They both loved the books. For them, my being in ‘Mockingjay’ was fairly meaningful.”
When asked about Hoffman — the two worked on “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Big Lebowski” — her face became flushed with emotion. “What is there to say? It was a terrible, ridiculous, untimely loss. It’s difficult,” she told the magazine, “because I’m not sure how his family wants to deal with all this. It’s not my place. But I can talk about him as a colleague: He was an extraordinary talent and a lovely human being.”
As for how being older has changed her views on Hollywood and the choices she makes: “I used to think, Life’s really challenging. Things are tough, so they should be tough in a book, in a movie. They should be sad.” But the older she gets, the more she likes happy endings.
“When you’re starting out in this business, you feel like you’re not in charge, that you’re still looking to the world for a kind of validation. But as you get older, you realize that direction comes from yourself, from your own desires and responsibilities. You choose your work. You choose your life. That’s where your power comes from—and that’s a great feeling.”
As for what she would do more of if she could start over: “Skiing. I’m terrified of skiing and I can’t get over the hump.”
She also weighs in on Moore’s take on her five most memorable on-screen characters:
Amber Waves, “Boogie Nights” (1997). “She has a lot of sexual power, but she’s powerless economically, so ultimately she doesn’t have a lot of choice.”
Maude Lebowski, “The Big Lebowski” (1998). “Her power comes from her social hierarchy: She’s wealthy and a member of the 1 percent.”
Jules, “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). “She has a lot of authority within her family, but now that her kids are growing up, she feels like she’s losing her position.”
Sarah Palin, “Game Change” (2012). “She came into the election with the kind of charisma that people don’t often see in politics. But ultimately she was at the behest of the Republican Party.”
Alma Coin, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” (2014). “She is about political power— how you wield it and what you are trying to gain.”
Photo: Mark Abrahams/More Magazine.