Mum’s the word for Moore in Carrie
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)