Julianne Moore: A Singular Woman
BY Brandon Voss
January 13 2010 11:00 AM ET
When you play a lesbian, do you feel a responsibility to represent the gay community truthfully and respectfully?
Lisa Cholodenko and I talked about that a lot with The Kids Are All Right. It was important for her not to make a politically correct movie. Sheâ€™s a lesbian, she has a family, and sheâ€™s always been out, but that idea of being PC about everything is no longer appealing to her. Thankfully, I really do believe that weâ€™re past all that. You donâ€™t want to be so careful about sexuality that it becomes precious.
What attracted you to that project?
Iâ€™ve always loved Lisaâ€™s work, especially Laurel Canyon and High Art. After High Art, I ran into her at some â€śWomen in Filmâ€ť thing, and I said, â€śHey, why didnâ€™t I see that script? You shouldâ€™ve sent that to me!â€ť Anyway, we got to know each other and wanted to work together. I liked how The Kids Are All Right presented a gay family as a regular family. Itâ€™s about two women whoâ€™ve been together since college, have children they love, and have the same kind of stresses as any couple.
Any hot action between you and Annette Bening?
[Laughs] Well, yeah, thereâ€™s some stuff, I guess. Youâ€™ll have to wait and see.
Youâ€™ve written two books so far in your Freckleface Strawberry childrenâ€™s series about a girl learning to live in her own skin. Any plans to tackle gay issues in the future like Heather Has Two Mommies?
In my third book, which is called Freckleface Strawberry and Windy Pants Patrick: Best Friends Forever, Windy Pants Patrick has two moms. My children have plenty of friends who have two mommies or two daddies, so they really believe they have the choice to marry a man or a woman. By the time theyâ€™re adults, I hope thatâ€™s a reality for everyone.
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