Mum’s the word for Moore in Car­rie

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - BY NEALA JOHN­SON

JU­LIANNE Moore was al­most 16 when Brian De Palma’s clas­sic movie Car­rie was re­leased. “I can re­mem­ber stand­ing in line for it and the line went all the way out and snaked around the park­ing lot, there were tons of us,” the red- headed ac­tor re­calls.

“The kids came out from the [ ses­sion] be­fore and they were ashen. So we were like, ‘ What hap­pens? Why is it so scary?’ I loved it.”

Fast for­ward a few decades and throw in four Os­car nom­i­na­tions and it’s Moore who is putting the fear into a new gen­er­a­tion of kids in a re­make of the Stephen King horror story.

The 52- year- old strips away the glam­our she’s known for to play Mar­garet White, the re­li­giously de­vout, dis­turbed and smoth­er­ing mother of Car­rie ( Chloe Grace Moretz), a tele­ki­netic teen who’s about to get venge­ful on an en­tire town.

And the face of brands such as Bul­gari and L’Oreal loved get­ting made- down, as op­posed to made- up, for a movie role for once.

“It was su­per, su­per quick. We clipped in the grey hair. My hair didn’t re­ally have to look like any­thing, which is al­ways a relief. It was a very quick, ‘ How blotchy can I make you look to­day?’ and some days it wasn’t very hard to do that,” Moore says with a laugh.

“I knew what I looked like. It didn’t bother me. But what was funny was Chloe’s mum, who’s lovely, she had only ever seen me like that. One day I had to come to the set for some­thing, I was just look­ing nor­mal and she went, ‘ Oh my good­ness! You look so pretty!’ I had to laugh.

“So that was good, it was ef­fec­tive. Mar­garet should look like some­one who doesn’t care, she should be a lit­tle scary- look­ing.”

Moore ( left) doesn’t have sym­pa­thy for Mar­garet “Oh hell yeah, she’s abu­sive!” but as a mother of two kids, she feels keenly the trauma of ado­les­cence.

“There’s al­ways a lot of drama. My son is 15, my daugh­ter is 11. I prob­a­bly feel more wor­ried for my daugh­ter just be­cause she’s a girl, and I don’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a boy.

“The one thing you want for your chil­dren is to make sure that they feel they can come home and tell you ev­ery­thing. It’s that sense of iso­la­tion that is re­ally most dam­ag­ing.”

Moore made her­self sim­i­larly avail­able for co- star Moretz, then aged 15, on the set of Car­rie.

“Chloe’s such a great girl, so lovely, so pro­fes­sional, re­ally smart, very pre­pared, very adult- seem­ing, but she’s a kid, you know?

“She’s an in­cred­i­bly ma­ture girl, but she is still a teenager.”

Com­pared to Car­rie’s high- school bloodbath, Moore’s own com­ing of age was “pretty be­nign”.

In this mod­ern- day Car­rie, high school­ers tor­ment each other with smart phones and so­cial net­work­ing. In her day, Moore says, it was a “slam book” – an ex­er­cise book passed around the school­yard for kids to write in nasty com­ments about each other.

But she reck­ons kids to­day have it no bet­ter or worse than she did back in the 1970s.

“I think it’s the same. Read lit­er­a­ture – his­tory re­peats it­self … Un­for­tu­nately, the same kind of sit­u­a­tions ap­pear again and again and again.”


Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas ( Glenorchy)

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