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Julianne Moore Tells Us About Getting In Touch With Her Inner Bookworm in 'The English Teacher'

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 18, 2013 at 9:31AM

After romancing Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Sundance/Berlinale hit "Don Jon" (formerly titled "Don Jon's Addiction"), Julianne Moore is at it again, putting the moves on her much younger co-star Michael Angarano in the raucous indie comedy "The English Teacher," currently playing in select theaters and available on VOD.
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You two are so active in the independent film realm. Is that where the good roles are?

JM: Sometimes there’s some bad ones there too! (laughs)

MA: Yes, oh yes!

JM: I hesitate to say that’s where the best roles are because you can’t generalize it by anything. You take everything on a script by script basis.

MA: I think that’s a really good point because at the end of the day the thing that everyone likes to ask is, "What is the thing you see in this character?" "What drew you to this?" As an actor you want to work, you don’t want to sit around and do nothing, you know what I mean. Having the luck and opportunity to be able to work consistently is kind of what we all want to really try and do forever as long as we can. But that being said the rest roles are, as she said, you can’t really say they’re only in the independent world because there’s a lot of bad ones too.

JM: Yeah, it’s not all budget related.

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Julianne, this year alone you star in four to five films. Why so active at this point in your life?

JM: I mean, we don’t have any control over when things are released. "English Teacher" we made a year-and-a-half ago, "Masie" was also a year-and-a-half ago. "Don Jon" and "Carrie" and "The Seventh Son" all were all a year ago, but they’ve all literally come out in a clump. So you make them and it makes it seem like, "Oh my gosh she’s working nonstop," but sometimes it’s just the way they come out.

But you seem to be making more projects that you were say five years ago.

JM: True. A bunch of things that were shot in New York certainly made me able to do that. A lot of it’s a consideration of my family and the time I have and where things shoot and stuff.

Has your role selecting approach changed over the years?

JM: They have to be here! (laughs). No, they don’t have to be here. My approach hasn’t changed since I’ve had children, I’ve had kids for 15 years now. Once they were in school I have to shoot in New York or shoot in the summer times or I have to be able to commute very easily. Those are really my restrictions.

This article is related to: Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, The English Teacher, Interviews, Comedy, Romantic Comedy