Feeling close to your roots
career in theatre, TV and films is testament to the hard work she’s put in, although family always comes first.
She’s managed to juggle home life – she’s married to director Bart Freundlich with who she has two children, Caleb, 15, and Liv, 11 – with a hectic career.
“I’m so fortunate that I work in a creative field where I’m allowed a tremendous amount of flexibility. That’s what every parent wants. The fact that I have periods when I’m very busy, and then I’m completely off, has been tremendous.
“And, unlike a lot of businesses, I broughtmy kids with me, especially when they were infants. Inmy job, having a baby in your trailer wasn’t a big deal. The entertainment business is kind to working women.”
To her children, she’s just their mother, not some movie superstar. “Believe me, I’m as dull as they get, mom-wise,” she insists. “Their dad’s the entertaining one.”
The kids don’t generally go to her premieres, although Moore proudly recalls her son being her date for the opening of 2011’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. “It was amazing to have him walk the red carpet with me, and people were asking him questions in my interviews. He was a great date, so conscientious, never left my side.” Moore claimed British citizenship in honour of her mother in 2011. The dual nationality made her feel closer to her.
“She became a US citizen when she was 27, when my father was applying for a job where you couldn’t have a foreign national as a spouse. She came home crying because they’d made her renounce her British citizenship.”
The last time Moore visited Scotland was with her mum, to see relatives. “We went to Greenock and Edinburgh and just hung around. It was pretty amazing. I’d like to bring my children to Scotland one day.”
For now, home is Greenwich Village, Manhattan. “I don’t think we’re going anywhere. My kids have always been in New York, my husband was born and raised here. I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in my life.”
As for her career, she’ll do the best she can, but family remains the priority. “As you get older, the faster you go, the faster you get to the end. I’m not interested in moving quickly or going anywhere,” she says. “It’s not about hopping from goal to goal, but it’s the process of doing what you enjoy and not wishing your life away.” 1. To Build a Home by The Cinematic
Orchestra 2. Horizon by Singularity 3. So Good To Me by Chris Malinchak 4. Lights by Ellie Goulding 5. Bowspirit by Balmorhea 6. Together by The xx 7. Over the Love by Florence and
the Machine 8. Indaco by Ludovico Einaudi 9. I’ll Be the Light by Shadows On Stars 10. Get Lucky by Daft Punk I love all kinds of music – from Mozart’s classical tunes to dubstep beats. As a contemporary dancer I draw inspiration for innovative movements from any music. Music you grew up listening to? I grew up listening to classical music, so I love ballet and classical dance. I listen to these refined sounds and unbelievable symphonies when I need to focus or calm nerves before a show. Your best party song? I go crazy every time I hear Rihanna’s Yellow Diamonds. Every time the beat kicks in, all revellers take to the dance floor. It’s such a feel-good song and it gets me every time. Everyone can dance. True or false? Definitely not. Sorry guys! Two left feet means two left feet. Some people find it hard to feel any rhythm, good song or not. It’s like me trying to solve a complicated mathematical problem.