Julianne Moore is totally comfortable with aging.
The “Gloria Bell” star is on the cover of the winter 2018 issue of PORTER magazine; she talks about getting older as a woman in Hollywood, as well as a range of other issues, from #MeToo to her work as a gun control activist.
“Oh my God. I’ve been talking about aging since I was 30, can we just be alive! We’re all aging – children are aging,” the 57-year-old says. “That’s what life is and we have to accept that there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s important to remember there’s a timeframe, so we can be awake for it.”
Moore also talks about feeling the positive effects of the #MeToo movement.
“When all the #MeToo stuff started happening an older gentleman said to me, ‘I’m really worried that people aren’t going to hire women anymore because of this,'” she recalls. “And I went berserk. I said, ‘You know what? We’ll hire each other!’”
The actress also relates her own experience with James Toback, who, as of January 2018, had been accused of sexual misconduct by nearly 400 women.
“One day he stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me! I’m a filmmaker. Are you an actress? I’m casting a film right now. I would love for you to read for me,'” Moore remembers. “And I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ And he kept on, and said, ‘No, I just want you to come back to my apartment and read for me.’ At first, of course, you’re a young actress and you think, Is this really an audition? And slowly it became clear to me what was going on.”
On her own decision to change her Hollywood representative to include more women, Moore says, “If you sit around and wait for this stuff to happen by itself, it’s not going to. We have to make daily choices. That’s how it has to happen.”
Gun control is another important issue for Moore, who is an advocate for the cause.
“We aren’t free if we don’t have the liberty to feel safe at school, at church, at the mall, at the movies; that’s unconstitutional, too,” she says. “It’s about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When people feel daunted by this kind of responsibility, it’s important to remember that we’re not alone. We’re together in this.”
To read the full interview, pick up the latest issue of PORTER, on sale globally on Friday, Sept. 28, or subscribe to the digital edition here.