Julianne Moore graces the cover of Marie Claire UK and opens up about aging and sexism in Hollywood. She also opened up about her ‘Freeheld’ co-star Ellen Page’s struggles with coming out as gay. Not least, she also posed for an alluring black-and-white photo spread.
The 55-year-old Oscar-winning actress has a plumb role in ‘Freehold,’ the true story of a dying lesbian police detective fighting for domestic partnership rights, alongside costar Ellen Page. She has also, not so long ago, drawn notice for her role as the title character in ‘Still Alice,’a woman in the grips of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was also the romantic lead in ‘Maps to the Stars’ with co-star Robert Pattinson. And, not least, she’s also recently been seen in the final installment of the mega-franchise, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’
Her still burgeoning filmography is indeed subject matter for discussion with Marie Claire UK. After all, such roles aren’t a given, sadly, for women of a certain age in Hollywood.
Weighing in on the persistent dearth of roles, she took quite a difference stance from what we’ve been accustomed to hearing lately. She said, “It’s very difficult to find parts, no matter how old you are, no matter where you are and whether you’re a man or a woman.”
Continuing, she added, “The movie industry is not in the business of finding good roles for actors or actresses; it is in the business of creating films that will make as much money as possible.”
She also spoke about the rampant sexism in the industry. Although the interview was conducted before the #OscarsSoWhite diversity controversy that has spawned discussion of diversity in films in general, her words are all the more timely.
Addressing another hashtag controversy, the “AskHerMore” discussion of disparity of what women are asked on the red carpet versus what men are asked, Moore said said, “I draw the line at picking up my skirt and showing them my shoes, but I don’t mind talking about [what I’m wearing].”
She continued, and added, “For us, the Oscars are exciting, and they are important for our industry, but for people at home, they are watching for entertainment purposes.”
And truthfully, all these interrelated issues that are such hot topics these days — from the gender pay gap to the lack of movies with minorities in lead roles — have an impact far beyond the actors and actresses. This does, after all, extend to the moviegoers as there are all these movies that might have been made if not for this or that reason.
Thankfully, there are still those worthy films that do get made, and ‘Freeheld’ is among them, as it shines the proverbial light on the struggle of lesbians and gays in the days before same-sex marriage became legal in all 50 state.
And it’s not as though discrimination has vanished overnight since that landmark Supreme Court ruling. Moore said, “I think it’s easy for us in New York to say ‘Oh, things are different’ but they are not. People can still be discriminated against at work, or for housing. In some States they can be fired for being gay; they can be denied opportunities.”
She spoke about conversations she’d had with co-star Ellen Page who not so long ago came out as gay, quelling years of speculation and rumor and, for her, living a secret life. She said, “Ellen was miserable. She talked to me very frankly about her own experience – what it felt like, about the nature of the discomfort.”
Moore went on to say, “A lot of people I know came out a long time ago. None of my friends were celebrities when they came out; they were college students. So here I was talking to this very young woman, who had recently come out, about experiences that were very, very fresh, so it was a different kind of conversation.”
Moore also opens up about juggling motherhood and her career and other topics. You can see the full interview along with the photos here and check out Julianne Moore’s Marie Claire UK cover below!
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