A minute with Julianne Moore

Published: March 8, 2012

Moore’s portrayal of Sarah Palin got the industry buzzing with Emmy prediction. PHOTO: FILE

NEW YORK: 

Actor Julianne Moore has played a range of film characters from a cocaine snorting porn star in Boogie Nights to a homosexual cheating wife in The Kids Are All Right and she’s been Oscar nominated four times for movies including The Hours.

This weekend, the 51-year-old takes on another complicated role, portraying real-life conservative firebrand politician Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change. The movie, which is based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book of the same name, offers a dramatisation of the Republican 2008 campaign and failed presidential bid of John McCain (Ed Harris), as told through the eyes of senior strategist Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson).

With a strong vocal impression and uncanny physical resemblance to Palin, Moore delivers the one-time vice president nominee Palin in a role that already has some industry watchers buzzing with Emmy predictions.

Was it hard playing someone who is still living?

I’ve never played a living figure and the responsibility of that is enormous. She’s extremely well-known and still very present. I certainly felt a real responsibility not to do anything that was not corroborated by the writer.

How did you prepare to play the role of someone so well-known and often satirised, most famously by Tina Fey?

It’s probably the most intense preparation I’ve done for a part. Her television appearances including the debate are on YouTube, I listened to all those. My children laughed at me because I put anything ever documented or said by her on my iPod. I also worked with a vocal coach and moved on to the physical mannerisms once I had that down.

What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an actor?

Sometimes I think I’d like to be a librarian because I love books so much, and sometimes I think I’d like to be a doctor. I love so many things. I love design. I love decorating.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I’m the best cleaner I know. I’m excellent. My sister and I are a tremendous team, if you ever need anyone to clean your house. It’s just an innate skill I have.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2012.

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