Julianne Moore: Film and Life Secrets

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A beauty comprised of striking contrasts — a frail figure, porcelain-pale, almost translucent skin, fiery hair, an open smile, and a sincere, hearty laugh — would easily condemn her to roles as femmes fatales. However, the actress (and now the producer – her first work in this capacity is the film “After the Wedding”) is interested in more complicated roles. “I don’t need to be brave to make movies. Cinema is not at all scary, ” she says.

Juliane Moore with Jiří Bartoška

What else do you need to know about Julianne’s views on film and life?

Cinema is about people, not money.

You know, for me, there is a difference between commercial films and personal films, and I was happy to work with directors who made personal films. There’s a huge difference, because in film I’m interested in a story.

There should be no limits in the world of cinema.

Differences across borders. There’s a problem with cultural unity now.

Billy Crudup, her partner in the film “After the Wedding” agrees with her:

I do also think that the problem is cultural independence. It is one of the reason events like film festivals can bridge the gap between people. There you can see an exploration of someone’s vision of humanity, and you are sitting in the same room with them. I think it’s very valuable in a time when you are feeling cynical about modern life.

From the movie After the wedding

Cinema means memory.

I think it’s important to talk about cultural differences when because of physical distances you can’t understand how to feel it. The way to understand it is through film. It’s important to keep recent history in mind and to learn to teach people to understand how to live in a politically complicated regime. It’s so easy to forget!

Working with your husband? It’s real!

When you are working with your husband, you know perfectly when he is tense. But it’s great, it’s meaningful. We are very happy to have this partnership and collaboration.

In turn, to the question of how he managed to create and maintain such a creative union with his wife, the Oscar winner and director Bart Freundlich answers unequivocally: “The true answer is – because she is such a special talent and such a special actor”.

Being a producer means a new stage for the actor.

Bart has a film company, and this is very important for us, because “After the Wedding” is our first production together. For me, that’s actually very interesting, that’s what I was doing for the last couple of years. It’s also something that develops you, that brings you more experience in your career as an actor. Sometimes there’s a tension between what you want and what has been developed from the actor’s perspective, but I find something between.

It’s a new world, and not just for myself, but for the other people around me also.

It’s not about a gender, but a person.

I think it’s important to regard us as human beings, without thinking which gender we are. Being a producer of “After the Wedding”, I was certainly interested in the female experience. There were very deliberate actions in the film, I was interested in my character, who was a woman so deliberately constructed with every decision she made very consciously.

View your whole life, not only moments.

This story is also about the family. What kind of life do we make through this relationship? This is not a movie about “well, how should I act at the moment?”, this is the movie about who are the people that I love, and the relationships that I want to have, and that’s most interesting.

Out of the mouths of babes

Our children, who are teens now – they always tell us what mistakes we are making. When you become an adult, life becomes more complex, and you often don’t see the simplest things.

The choice is rarely wrong.

There’s a moment in “After the Wedding” when one of the heroes says: “I was doing the best I could in that time, it was a conscious choice, everybody was doing the right thing, for the loving partner”. The same happens in life. 

Film is imaginary.

I’m pretty ordinary, I love my family life, but I love acting because there you can do everything you want to do, as it’s a made-up world. Emotionally, film is not a dangerous world to me. In cinema, everything is possible and it’s safe anyway. When people say: “Oh, you are so brave!” I’m like: “I’m not scared of THIS. I’m scared of really fast cars or… or catching a ball!”

[NOTE 1]:

“Yet one thing that puts her in another stratosphere as an actress is how many striking, bizarre, and disturbing roles she has pulled off with such indelible panache”– it’s difficult to give Julianne more accurate characteristics than was done by the authors of the Festival Daily during KVIFF 2019.

[NOTE 2]:

As journalists say, Julianne Moore is a “cinematic risk-taker of the first order.”

[NOTE 3]:

Bart Freundlich: “Julianne’s favorite life quote? “How much?”

Julianne Moore received Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the gala opening of this year’s film festival in Karlovy Vary. Moore and husband Bart Freundlich, who directed festival curtain raiser After the Wedding – in which she stars –, discussed the genesis of the movie and the advantages and disadvantages of working with one’s life partner.

Photos: KVFF

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