I am sitting opposite one of the most credible actresses of her generation, a woman who has — over a 35-year career — earned a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most enduring, universally acclaimed stars. But today, in her local bistro in New York’s West Village, Julianne Moore can’t settle; she is worried that we might have missed out on her favourite zucchini fries. It’s late afternoon, the no-man’s land of mealtimes, and Moore is unable to start our interview until we’ve flagged down a waitress. Her relief when we’re told she can indeed still order her go-to fries is palpable.
Will that be one portion to share, the waitress enquires. ‘Gosh, no, we definitely need one each,’ says Moore.
In person, the first thing you notice about 58-year-old Moore are those cheekbones, which I reckon you could legitimately grate parmesan off. The second thing, as she waves her arms around and laughs freely —sparky, animated, upbeat — is just how very different she is from the emotionally wretched, tormented and troubled women she so often portrays on screen. Take the drug-addicted porn star she played more than 20 years ago in Boogie Nights, the married gay woman who has an affair with her sperm donor in The Kids Are All Right, or the academic with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice, a heart-wrenching role which won her a well-deserved Oscar in 2015 after four nominations.
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