Julianne Moore muses on mullets, moms and making out with women


Julianne Moore seems to be everywhere these days — much to our delight.

The Advocate caught up with the very busy actress recently and, among other things, she shared her thoughts on recent lesbian roles, including playing a lesbian in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and The Kids Are All Right.

On whether she is drawn to lesbian parts because the “sexual inclination” differs from hers:

Not necessarily sexual inclination but certainly something different temperament-wise. I was very attracted to playing Kat in Pippa Lee because she’s very tough and inscrutable.

On Kat’s hair style:

My mullet? I chose that mullet, man! It was a half-wig. I was going for a Jane Fonda in Klute thing.

On responsibility for respectfully representing the LGBT community in her roles:

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 … that idea of being PC about everything is no longer appealing to her. Thankfully, I really do believe that we’re past all that. You don’t want to be so careful about sexuality that it becomes precious.

On what drew her to The Kids Are All Right:

I’ve always loved Lisa’s work … After High Art, I ran into her at some “Women in Film” thing, and I said, “Hey, why didn’t I see that script? You should’ve sent that to me!”

I liked how The Kids Are All Right presented a gay family as a regular family. It’s about two women who’ve been together since college, have children they love, and have the same kind of stresses as any couple.

On whether we’ll see action between her and Annette Bening:

[Laughs] Well, yeah, there’s some stuff, I guess. You’ll have to wait and see.

On her third Freckleface Strawberry children’s book:

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 they’re adults, I hope that’s a reality for everyone.

Oh, Moore also answered the question we all have wanted to ask: did her youth involve any shenanigans with girls?

Honestly, it was mostly girls kind of sitting around and telling each other dirty stories. There was a lot of that, actually, but that’s about it.

Oh well. We can still dream, can’t we? And if you haven’t seen A Single Man yet, go. It’s not a feel-good movie, by any means, but Moore very well might be taking home a Golden Globe for it Sunday.

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