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The Forgotten - I am a big believer in relationships



Narrative by: Marcelo Bernardes

FROM Sarah Bernhardt to Marlon Brando, every acting legend has created and evolved his own method to achieve the greatness for which he is known and celebrated.

The intensity of Julianne Moore, 43, by far the best – and also the most charismatic – American actress of her generation, comes from unusual internal sources.

"I talk, I talk a lot," she reveals, laughing with gusto. "I talk, talk and talk. It is my way of relaxing. If I sit and start struggling with something emotionally, the less I will get. If I’m relaxed, if I’m comfortable and have cracked some jokes, the more I am able to draw."

And Julianne draws beautifully. In the short span of one decade, she has created such pungent and visceral performances in movies like Boogie Nights, The End of the Affair, Magnolia, Far from Heaven, Safe, Short Cuts, The Big Lebowski and The Hours, all of which garnered her four Academy Award nominations (and also left some wondering why she did not have an Oscar already).

Talking and having fun, it seems, is a great source of inspiration.

"It is amazing how she can be laughing and talking about something like cheese, and in the next minute, when they go ‘action’, she would burst into tears," says British actor, Dominic West, who witnessed 'Julianne Moore’s sharp method' on the set of The Forgotten.

Directed by Joseph Ruben, The Forgotten is an urban thriller that yields another deeply emotional and overpowering performance by Julianne.

Moore plays Telly Paretta, a New York mom trying to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son, who died in a plane crash.

But her grieving is unexpectedly challenged, when she hears from both her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) and husband (Anthony Edwards) that she never had a son and, consequently, there was never a plane crash.

To help Telly go through her delusions is the ex-pro hockey player Ash Correll (Dominic West), who also might have lost a daughter in the same accident.

"I was really hooked while reading the script, because you don’t know what is happening. Most of the thrillers these days don’t get you emotionally," explains Julianne.

"And the movie creates a compelling combination. The audience right away starts questioning her sanity and veracity. But when she says ‘wait a minute, my car wasn’t parked here before’, the audience goes with her as she tries to figure out what is going on."

Julianne says that she loves to be scared and recalls her favorite movies of this genre - Rosemary’s Baby and Marathon Man, 'which is tremendous'.

One of her favorite movies of last year was 28 Days Later, the zombie flick by the British filmmaker Danny Boyle.

She also enjoyed The Others, by the Spanish cult director Alejandro Amenábar.

"I would love to work with Alejandro," she says.

Like Rosemary’s Baby and Marathon Man, The Forgotten was also shot in New York City.

Director, Joseph Ruben, was contemplating the idea of shooting the movie in Toronto, Canada, but Julianne convinced him to change the location to New York.

"We need to offer the same incentives to New York crew too and allow an industry once in crisis to flourish again," says the dedicated New Yorker.

In the end, Ruben’s powerful movie reveals another great hidden part of the city: the quiet and elegant neighborhood of Brooklyn called D.U.M.B.O. (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), which once served as one of the locations for Sergio Leone’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America.

Although she has appeared in more than 40 movies, Julianne hasn’t shot many movies in her own hometown.

The Forgotten is only her fourth movie in New York, after Far from Heaven, Laws of Attraction and the upcoming Mary and Bruce.

"It tremendously helps my performance," she says. "My life is here, my family is here. It is a wonderful feeling."

Being a New Yorker at heart (she was born in North Carolina, before moving to the city) makes Julianne more inclined to play the part of the perfect city hostess.

When her co-star, Dominic West mentioned that he was looking for a serious girlfriend, Moore quickly arranged a blind date.

"He is just a great guy and I said to him ‘I have somebody perfect for you’," she laughs. "I called a friend of mine, a wonderful woman, and set them up.

"It turned out that he wasn’t looking for a serious relationship. He was just going to play the field," she says, laughing profusely.

Julianne revels in her matchmaking missions.

"I am a big believer in relationships," she says.

Last year, Moore finally decided to marry her companion of eight years, the American filmmaker, Bart Freundlich, with whom she worked on two independent movies well received by the critics - The Myth of the Fingerprints and The World Traveler (on November 1st, she will start the third collaboration with her beau, a comedy also starring David Duchovny).

The couple have two children - Caleb, six, and Liv Helen, two - and they currently reside in downtown Manhattan, 'where everybody knows me'.

People stare at her on the streets but don’t bother the astonishing red-haired actress.

"It’s only recently that New York started getting more paparazzi, which is not a nice thing for the kids, because they hide in the playground, that sort of thing.

"Suddenly, there is great interest in celebrities, with too many shallow magazines around. I’ve been lucky. I am not the kind to be chased on the streets."

When the weather in New York was favorable during the shooting of The Forgotten, Julianne allowed her kids to visit mommy in her work habitat.

"Caleb is a classic Yu-Gi-Oh fan," she says. "I know more about Pokémon that I care to mention. My daughter is a big princess.

"She dresses and likes to wear lipstick or to walk in my high-heeled shoes."

As for the inevitable question of inheriting the acting genes, Julianne says: "They know about my job. I always tease them, especially when they are ‘supposedly crying’ that they have to do it better than that because I know," she laughs.

"They can be whatever they want to be as soon as they graduate from college."

Asked about what makes a good mother, Julianne gets pensive and serious.

"I think a mother’s mission is to facilitate the lives of her children, from feeding and cleaning them to taking care of them emotionally and psychologically," she says.

"That’s why I loved The Forgotten’s screenplay. The idea of losing your child or to have her out there alone can be so terrifying for a mother, because she knows they are not equipped at all to do things by themselves."

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