Julianne led the way to the just-finished room, which feels like a glimpse into the future: a fully equipped, heart-of-the-house kitchen designed like a living room, with freestanding furniture-like cabinetry, large-scale contemporary photos hung gallery-style, and a Berber carpet under the table. It’s a room that’s at once formal and informal, welcoming and grand. “Isn’t it risky to have a shaggy wool rug in the kitchen?” we asked. “Actually, it’s incredibly forgiving,” she said. “Everything comes out of wool.”
She may be one of the great actresses of our day, but she moonlights as one of us: a design junkie (case in point: she acted as the shoot stylist, looking into the camera and readying every angle). Just get her on the subject of doormats, and you know she’s fully committed. During idle moments on movie sets, she told us, she strikes out in search of ceramics (“I like local pottery, utilitarian things”), such as the stoneware candelabra on her kitchen table, a find from the Mississippi Mud shoot near Marigold, Mississippi.
Over the years, Julianne has developed her own design rules—inspired in part by the spare yet warm aesthetic of Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen (“I steal from his stuff all the time”)—which go something like this:
• Control the colors you allow into your life. The palette in the house (and even the backyard garden) is limited to ivory, gray, black, brown, and the occasional touch of purple. When she initially remodeled the townhouse 10 years ago, the first floor was done in shades of gray (shots of it buzzed around the web, inspiring copycat paint jobs the world over). But she started longing for a brighter outlook and went for an off-white: “It felt dark in here. White lets the furniture to pop.”
• Spotlight interesting textures. “Color is just not what I like to look at,” she says. “I like natural things.” Toward that end, a giant sea sponge rests on an Eames pedestal, antique turtle shells decorate the back wall, a brown sheepskin from the Union Square Farmer’s Market drapes over a wooden armchair, and a thrift store driftwood lamp stands like an animated scarecrow next to the sink. Also high on her list: natural materials like plaster, wax, rattan, and rice paper (the latter is what the room’s giant Noguchi lantern light is made of).
• Matte trumps shiny. Oliver knows never to suggest any finish that gleams. The counter is honed black granite. The backsplash is made from concrete squares that closely match the color of the wall. (And it was such a hard sell that Julianne only agreed to add it to the stove area; the kitchen sink is deep enough that it gets away without a backsplash.) And the table, a modern farmhouse design, has a vegetable-based finish that she points out is satisfyingly “super matte.”
• Art should be everywhere. It elevates a room and works its magic over a sink just as much as it does over a formal mantel (yes, the kitchen has one of those, too, a holdover from its days as a parlor). Currently on display: Large-scale photos by Jack Pierson, Ori Gersht, and Nan Goldin.
• Everything should be put to use—or else nixed. Julianne credits this philosophy to her mother: “I was a military brat and we moved a lot, but my mother knew how to pull together a room and liked a Scandinavian aesthetic. She inspired my interest in design.” The use-everything approach extends to the furniture: “Nothing should be so precious that children and dogs aren’t welcome on it.”
Nice way to live, right? For a full exploration of the kitchen, see our new book, Remodelista, A Manual for the Considered Home, with a foreword written by Julianne Moore herself. And you can get copies autographed by Julie Carlson via Book Passage.
Actress Julianne Moore is convinced teachers, parents and teenagers need to see her Carrie movie revamp – because it might prevent another school massacre like Columbine or Newtown.
The Hours star plays the isolated title character’s domineering and unbalanced mum in the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, and she insists Chloe Grace Moretz’ portrayal of Carrie will highlight the issues faced by marginalised, lonely kids.
She tells WENN, “The character of Carrie was based on two girls Stephen King had gone to high school with; both of whom were extremely isolated and marginalised by everyone at school – one by extreme poverty and the other by her parent’s extreme religious views. He combined them and came up with the idea of Carrie. They both died in their 20s of different causes.
“The story is really what the cost of that social isolation is; when you do marginalise people what are the consequences?
“The book is about the cause of social isolation and the rage that ensues from that. I don’t want to minimise what happened in Newtown but that was a boy who was extremely socially isolated. He spent a lot of time alone. I think there are real dangers to people being left out.”
And Moore admits she is making sure her kids go out of their way to include marginalised kids in their class: “I always say, ‘Make sure that no one is sitting alone. Pay attention to people by themselves. No one should have to go through that. Everyone wants to feel included and make an effort in that direction’. They’re both very friendly and they do do that.”
December (13) marks the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a lone gunman killed 20 students before turning the gun on himself.
Julianne is featured for Instyle October 2013 and I will add scans as soon as I can get them. In the meantime, read this interview!
Getting older in Hollywood can’t be an easy task, but actress Julianne Moore has managed to age with grace in the age-denying town.
“I can’t complain. I’ve been pretty lucky,” the October InStyle cover star, who was just cast in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, tells the mag when pressed about women getting good roles in their mid-50s.
“And I think the more we talk about it, the more we make it real,” the 52-year-old Academy Award nominee continued. “I hate being asked this stuff! Let’s appreciate where we are. Let’s not wish our lives away.”
Wearing a dark green blouse by Calvin Klein Collection and stunning necklace by Lorraine Schwartz, the actress also says she’s very content with the current stage of her life.
“I feel very much in the middle of my life,” she muses. “Being in a relationship for 17 years, having kids who are not babies anymore, living in the house we want to live in, and really enjoying the work I do.”
Moore has two children, 15-year-old Caleb and 11-year-old Liv with her director hubby Bart Freundlich, and, like any caring mother, the Game Change star admits her kids are growing up too quickly.
“When your kids are young, they’re always holding your hand,” she recalls. “Then suddenly you turn around and it’s not happening anymore. The days are long; but the years are short.”
But luckily, as her children grow up, the redheaded beauty has plenty of promising roles to keep her busy.
“I’m a big checker-offer,” she says. “Yet I’m always trying to reconcile between wanting to accomplish something and still staying in the present moment.”
No telling what task the hardworking star will take on next!
Julianne Moore tackles the role of the God-fearing mother in the remake of the classic horror film ‘Carrie’ and says her take on the character is just as scary as Piper Laurie’s incarnation in the 1976 version.
She told SFX magazine: “It’s impossible not to be scary as this character. She is terrifying. I think any time you encounter a parent being cruel it’s terrifying and that’s the bottom line. If you think about being a child or an adolescent, you are relatively powerless.”
The Oscar-nominated actress reveals she saw the original film — directed by Brian de Palma — in cinemas when she was just 14 and cried.
She said: “In 1976, I was 14 years old and I remember going to the theatre. There was a huge line in the parking lot that wrapped all the way around. Then everybody coming out of the showing before us was white. We were all wondering, ‘Oh my God! What can it be? Why is it so scary?’
“And then you spend the whole movie crying and it’s emotional, but you’re thinking it’s not very scary until you get to the end. I think it’s a seminal movie for all of us about adolescence.”
Recently Julianne sat down with Dujour Magazine for a interview and delved into topics of motherhood, things men aren’t asked and plastic surgery. You can see a snippet of the interview below and make sure to head over to the magazine’s site (link above) to read the entire article with Julianne.
In person, Moore comes across as both warm and no-nonsense—her responses to several of my questions betray a very low-key frustration with the kinds of questions she’s always asked, but she’s genial nevertheless. “Do we have to talk about parenthood?” she wonders, after I push her to elaborate. “I don’t mind, but I do think it’s an extremely profound experience, something that’s difficult to encapsulate in a single interview.” Later, she worries that queries about parenting and getting older might be inherently sexist, regardless of intent. “Men aren’t asked about age,” she points out. “Men aren’t asked about their children. Not that these things aren’t important, but I do feel like it becomes reductive,” she says, returning to the same (not particularly common) word that she used earlier in our conversation, “when a woman’s life becomes, ‘Talk to me about your kids and how you feel about plastic surgery.’?”
Julianne has been out promoting her newest film and here’s what she had to say about why she took the role. It’s okay Julianne, we don’t find you that selfish, you wanted to spread your wings and play something you haven’t. No harm in that!
Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore plays the mother Susanna. She says part of the reason she took on the role was because it was something different.
“I have to say this was pretty shallow,” she said. “I’d never played a musician. I’d never played a rock star, (laughs), and I was like, ‘Oh, I haven’t done that. I’m going to try that a little bit.’”