Julianne Moore doesn’t want to be thought of as a woman “of a certain age.”
The 58-year-old Oscar winner is on the cover of the new ES Magazine, out Thursday, and in the interview she discusses everything from the #MeToo movement to aging as a woman in Hollywood.
Moore sees a lot of positive developments coming from the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which have been ongoing in Hollywood since late 2017.
“[They have been] the biggest seismic change that we have ever had, just because it made people realize how much disparity there was in our business, I don’t know if there’s really been a shift,” she says. “There’s been a door that’s opened but things don’t change unless you make the effort. If you’re somebody who thinks, I’m going to go out of my way to hire 50 per cent women, then it’ll happen, but it doesn’t just happen accidentally. I’m only at this point just beginning to create my own material.”
That said, there are still some lingering annoyances Moore bears with how women are treated, particularly when it comes to getting older.
“This is one of my pet peeves. It’s as if you are saying that her age is so terrible that you don’t want to mention it. You wouldn’t say ‘a man of a certain age,'” she explains. “Obfuscating your age or skirting around it, or trying to be delicate about it, that’s what makes me crazy. It’s not so horrible to be in your 50s — it’s not horrible at all. It’s simply part of life.”
The “After the Wedding” star also talks about being married to Bart Freundlich for over 16 years and balancing the relationship with work in the film industry.
“I haven’t found it difficult,” she says. “I think for anybody in any industry who travels a lot, there’s a danger — if you don’t spend time together, you’re going to be in trouble. Because we always had children we stayed together a lot as a family. But if you go away for a year to make a movie, your relationship’s not going to survive.”