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Have you ever noticed that the first audience question at a live Q&A is always some five-minute long, self-serving pretentious ramble? Julianne Moore was at our local cinema the Brixton Ritzy on Friday night, answering questions after a preview of her latest film Freeheld. True to form, the first questioner droned on incessantly. Basically, the babbling show-off was announcing, ‘I’m a budding film director, don’t you know’ before concluding with:

Q: ‘ What do you look for in a director?’

A: ‘Height.’

The second question was much better:

Q: ‘Have you been to Brixton before? Have you seen the David Bowie mural? And what are you doing later?’

A: ‘No, so maybe we could get a drink and go and see the David Bowie mural.’

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Julianne Moore arriving at the Ritzy

Moore was intelligent, articulate and funny. The entire audience wanted to go for a drink with her afterwards.

I did have a potential question lined up about ageism and older women in Hollywood but was too nervous to ask. Though I did manage to wave at Moore as she walked out. Fortunately, there’s a feature in today’s Stella magazine that answers this for me:

‘It’s hard to generalise, but I do think that audiences want to see themselves represented. I’ll never look less than 55 and I think there is an audience for movies for women, no matter what age they are. And Hollywood doesn’t ever incite change; it only reflects it. So if people feel like there are changes happening in the movies, then there are changes happening within culture.’

11 thoughts on “Quote of the week – Julianne Moore

  1. Oh. I wish you hadn’t been nervous! I would have loved to have been there and seated next to you because I would have asked FOR you!
    And I agree. I WANT to see women my age in film. I WANT to see them in all of their imperfect, flabby, crepe-skinned beauty. I want to see them in their underwear and naked. I want to see them cry and love and laugh and sigh over their roots that need to be done.
    I want to see them look head on into a mirror at their reflection and become saddened because the reflection looking back is hard to take–DID I get THAT old in such a short time???? I WANT to see real life over 55 year old women facing the same ageist challenges that women like me–the ones who CANNOT become re-employed due to age, portrayed in film.
    Now if we could only convince film makers of this……
    Julianne Moore rocks!

  2. Hollywood is fantasy land. It will never represent anything except the fantasy of the target audience buying the tickets. So no change until that changes. I don’t go to the cinema for reality so can’t get too worked up about representation of any kind. #firstworldproblems as my son would say. The exception is when what is represented is a cliche…. Re women my age, that would be bitter at loss of youth, a bit desperate, jealous of daughter etc etc. Just seeing older women playing an older character without the cliche would be great! August, Osage County is a rare example ensemble piece for older women. Love that film! I want representation when it’s real life, so I want to see older women reading the news, standing for election, serving in fashion shops, being in adverts for things deemed beautiful..cars, perfume, jewellry etc.

    1. In the Stella feature Julianne Moore mentions change in Hollywood (or lack of) and I was going to include that in the quote but felt it was getting a bit long-winded. Now I’ve read your brilliant comment, Aud, I’m going to go back and add it in.

  3. I read the Stella piece on her over the weekend and I found her so grounded, articulate, and sensible. I love the quote you chose; that is the part that stuck with me the most.

  4. I love Catherine’s response. So positive and funny. On the other hand, I am quite disturbed by Jean’s comment. Let’s not be judgemental and mean spirited. TNMA is a blog to celebrate and appreciate aging.

  5. Let’s be the change in culture. Let us mandate to all 55+ looking women to go boldly about the habitat. The creative world may become enamoured with you and so will all of its natives. May the new culture be reflected in the arts, as it is said.

  6. I read an article about Julianne a while ago,where the journalist gave the general impression of being surprised that she had a working brain..! I hope Ms. Moore didn’t see said article, it was beyond patronising, it was insulting, as if actresses [whatever their age] are dim. In all the articles I’ve read about her, including this one, she comes across as down-to-earth and charming.

  7. We have so many talented actresses who are over 50 and then some. They are smart, funny, aware, and engaging.
    We need the same type of women to write the stories that need to be told. Then we need the same type of women to produce those stories.

    We have the talent, we have the audience.
    Maybe if we all support one another success will be ours.

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