Exclusive Interview: Julianne Moore

Mimi ON Sep 21, 2011 AT 11:41 am

Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Julianne Moore stars in the new rom-com, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love‘ (read about it here), and we’ve managed to grab an exclusive interview with the actress.

Check out our interview below and read all about her new cast-mates (funnyman Steve Carell, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling), family values and the film itself…

Even though Crazy, Stupid, Love has some serious themes, was it fun to do a comedy again after working in dramas?

JM:  Yeah. I mean, after The Kids Are Alright, I was looking for another comedy.  That’s really what I wanted to do and I find that’s sort of what’s been exciting me these days actually.

The chemistry between you and Steve Carell was just uncanny.  Can you talk about working with him in this?

JM: Thank you.  It was so easy with him.  He’s somebody whose work I admire so much.  I think he’s got a real soulfulness and an ability to connect with an audience as well as with other actors.  So, obviously, the audience is feeling it; I’m feeling it; and then, on top of that, he’s got this impeccable comedic ability.  It’s like something I’ve never seen before.

And he’s so humble about it.  That’s what’s funny.  So, he was just a pleasure.  We had a lot in common.  We talked a lot about our families and just about other stuff and it was nice.  It was always nice to go to work and just be with him.  He’s a really, really good guy.

Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love

Working with Emma Stone on this film, she’s so funny and talented.  Do you even give her any advice or just let her be?

Julianne Moore:  I always say, ‘Don’t say anything unless you’re asked,’ although I love to give advice.  I mean, she’s so wonderful.  She’s so talented and a lovely girl and I enjoy her so much, so, I mean, I don’t think she needs any help.  She lives here in New York and we’ll continue being friends.

What do you think about the aspect of the film that touches on all the different kinds of love in all the different characters?

JM: It seems to me that Dan [Fogelman] must have designed it because it is so incredibly thorough and well constructed.  Somebody was saying yesterday that it seemed like an old-fashion comedy.  I said, ‘I think it’s because this script is so strong and the structure is so strong.’  Nothing seems kind of slapped together, the way all the storylines come together so perfectly.  It touches on, like you said, all aspects of the romantic experience.  So, I think it’s deliberate and it’s kind of wonderful because you realise it’s about the primacy of romantic relationships in our lives.  They are central to who we are and how we live our lives from the time that we’re prepubescent until we die.  I mean, it’s all about who’s your life partner going to be?  What family are you going to have?  What’s your relationship to your children and your friends?  All of that.

Crazy, Stupid, Love premiere

Marisa Tomei, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone at the Crazy, Stupid, Love premiere

Emma had said that she was surprised at how grounded you and Steve and everybody were.  She said that she thought it was because you put your families first.

JM: It was nice that Emma said that.  I think, yeah, I mean, I love my life.  I love my career and my job.  But I love my family and, like I said, that’s what our lives are about.

Freud always said you need love and work and you have to have that balance.  And if you have a family that you care and you love about, and it kind of sustains you, and you have work that you enjoy, then you do feel balanced and you do feel really good.  I remember another young actress was telling me that her mom, who is also an actress, said to her, ‘Work is work.  Compartmentalise that.  Know that when you come home work is not your life.’

Did you find that your co-workers shared those values?

JM: Very much so, yeah.  I mean, the great thing about Steve, too, is he’s always talking about his family and it’s so nice and refreshing to be with an actor who does say, ‘Oh, my wife said this,’ because some guys don’t.  [Laughs]  Some guys you never hear about their wives.

What do you think sets this film apart from other romantic comedies with big casts?

JM: I think it starts with the script, I really do.  I think that when you don’t pay attention to that, when you don’t have a basis for a movie and you just think I’m just going to put a bunch of, you know, movie stars in a movie and they’re going to look beautiful and they’re going to fall in love, it’s not going to work.

And when you think about all the great romantic comedies, you think about something like Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally or Tootsie or any of the ones that we consider classics, you think about how strong the scripts were.  And this one, I think, has that.  It has that kind of structure.

Catch Crazy, Stupid, Love in cinemas from 23rd September.

Read our exclusive interview with Steve Carell here…

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