Monday, June 21, 2010

Julianne Moore: On Kissing Annette Bening, Gay Families and More

"Julianne Moore has become quite the [gay] icon. She's played queer in The Hours and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and played the wife of a closeted gay man in Far from Heaven. And this year, she hooked up with Amanda Seyfried in Chloe and is now co-starring with Annette Bening as lesbian parents in out writer-director Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right."'s Lesley Goldberg writes: How would you rate Annette Bening among the love interests you’ve had on-screen? You’ve had so many!

Julianne Moore: I know! I’ve had a lot! [Laughs] I’m doing a Steve Carell movie right now and I turned to the writer and said, “I think this is the first movie I haven’t kissed anybody in!” And the writer said, “No, you kiss Kevin Bacon!” I forgot that I had to kiss him. I’ve kissed so many actors! And actresses! Actors and actresses are great kissers. That’s our secret — we’re all really good kissers. Some of the sex scenes had to be trimmed to get the R rating. Did that surprise you?

Julianne Moore: Who knows what those people are looking at, I really don’t know. It seems crazy. I have less of an issue with that kind of stuff than with things exploding. Sex is OK, everybody does it. Most of us don’t throw bombs. [Laughs] You have a long history of being an ally to the LGBT community. How do you feel about this film as a political film?

Julianne Moore: I’ve said this a lot, but films don’t influence culture as much as they reflect it. I think the reason we can have a film like this is because these are the kind of families we’re seeing right now; this is not shocking. That said, there was an article on the front page of the New York Times about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and they were saying that repealing that act is a major, major thing because what does change opinion is proximity. That if your next door neighbor is gay, if the person in the unit with you is gay, and suddenly you’re like, “Oh my gosh, they’ve been here the whole time and I didn’t know they were gay, they’re just like me!”

Read the full interview here.