ABU DHABI: Golden Globe winner Julianne Moore does not feel like a celebrity in her real life.
Hollywood actor Julianne Moore, who will turn 50 on December 3, feels roles don’t dry for middle-aged actors - they have to scout for something interesting and challenging.
When asked what was on her wish list next, she said, “I don’t know. It’s not really easy to wish for things, honestly. You have to look for them because you can think I would like to do this, but if it doesn’t exist, you can’t make it happen on their own.
“So basically you just read things that come to you. In the process of reading you kind of find what appeals to you. You never know where things will appear and from what kind of filmmaker or from what country, but they do,” she said.
Moore is often described as courageous for doing films like Far From Heaven, Chloe and Boogie Nights, but the actor said, “You are courageous if you do something you are afraid of. I’m not afraid of acting, so I don’t think so.”
When asked if the actor leaves her film character on sets or takes them home, she replied, “It’s not hard to drop the characters when you accomplish what you want to. If the scenes are shot the way you wanted to shoot and if you and your director are satisfied, then that makes it easy.”
“The only time it is not easy to extricate yourself is when you feel you have not done what you wanted to do and then you go home and you are angry, sad and you think you want to shoot that again - then you feel wrapped up in the character and the situation,” she said.
The actor is happily married to director Bart Freundlich and has two children. She now indulges in projects that keep her close to them.
“My private life is basically very family-oriented. Now that my children are eight and 12, it’s very important that my work centres around New York city where they go to school. If I do go away, I try to do this during summer time when they can travel with me.”
Commenting upon the celebrity culture, she said, “It is a kind of relatively new phenomenon - something I didn’t see when I was growing up. We live a pretty normal life. I don’t feel like a celebrity in my ordinary life.”
Moore, who collaborated with her husband in projects like The Myth of Fingerprints and World Traveller, describes her working relationship as “very easy, but what makes it complicated in terms of your private life is that both of you are working at the same time”.
So what is the secret of her young looks? The actor does “yoga twice a week” and “eats well” to keep fit.
“The thing about age is that all you can do is be what you are. I’m lucky to be 50. Not everybody gets to be 50 and that’s what we forget. There is a tremendous amount of importance in culture placed on ageing, so honestly I feel you have to be in a place where you welcome every year you have, every experience you get.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 25th, 2010.
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