Julianne Moore: I Did ‘Hunger Games’ For My Kids

Actress Julianne Moore covers the November issue of More and talks about how her children – son Cal, nearly 17, and daughter Liv, 12 – influenced her Hunger Games: Mockingjay role, the “terrible” loss of friend and colleague Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and how getting older has made her feel more powerful in her career.

On how her kids influenced her signing on for Mockingjay: “For a child moving into adolescence, the big question is, Do I have free will? Can I determine my own future?[At that age] you’re still with your parents. But you’re asking yourself, Who am I? Most of the films I make are not for kids. My son was in line for the midnight show when The Hunger Games first came out. They both loved the books. For them, my being in Mockingjay was fairly meaningful.”

On Phillip Seymour Hoffman: “What is there to say? It was a terrible, ridiculous, untimely loss. It’s difficult because I’m not sure how his family wants to deal with all this. It’s not my place. But I can talk about him as a colleague: He was an extraordinary talent and a lovely human being.”

How being older has changed her views on Hollywood and the choices she makes: “I used to think, Life’s really challenging. Things are tough, so they should be tough in a book, in a movie. They should be sad. But the older I get, the more I like happy endings. When you’re starting out in this business, you feel like you’re not in charge, that you’re still looking to the world for a kind of validation. But as you get older, you realize that direction comes from yourself, from your own desires and responsibilities. You choose your work. You choose your life. That’s where your power comes from—and that’s a great feeling.”

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