‘SHE’S A SOCIOPATH’
When you think evil, psychotic, criminal mastermind, you instantly think of Julianne Moore, right? No, but that’s exactly what the talented actress tackles in her latest role as Poppy Adams in Kingsman: The Golden Circle – the follow-up to the successful Kingsman: The Secret Service. The 56-year-old beauty speaks to New Idea about what it takes to play a sociopath, and her treasured friendship with Colin Firth... How did you initially get involved with Kingsman: The Golden Circle? I’m friends with Colin Firth [with whom Julianne worked on Tom Ford’s A Single Man]. I got an email from him saying the director wanted to talk to me about the Kingsman sequel. He wanted to know if I liked the first one. I said I did. I loved the tone, I thought it was wildly inventive and funny, and he called me and said: ‘I have this idea for the bad guy in Kingsman 2. I want you to play it.’ It was all through Colin Firth. He was the liaison. And you were already a fan of the original film? Oh God, yes. Absolutely. It’s a riff on spy movies. It’s a genre you don’t see very often. There’s action and humour involved, but there’s a real intelligence as well.
Tell us about your character Poppy.
She’s a funny character and clearly a sociopath. What I loved is her desire. She’s a businessperson and she’s a megalomaniac in the way that all great villains are. One movie I loved so much growing up as a kid was the original Superman. Watching Gene Hackman play Lex Luthor alongside his girlfriend sidekick, they were so funny and so real, but also true villains. That’s a tone I thought of a lot when I was making this.
THE OSCARWINNING STAR SPILLS ON HER LATEST ROLE ALONGSIDE COLIN FIRTH
The actress plays villain Poppy Adams all thanks to her close friend and co-star Colin Firth (pictured below in A Single Man).
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in cinemas on Thursday.
Julianne with her family – husband Bart Freundlich and kids Caleb and Liv.