Emmys 2012: Julianne Moore on Becoming Sarah Palin and Moving to TV Full Time
Sarah Palin Responds to 'Game Change' With Her Own Trailer (VIDEO)
Julianne Moore's nomination for best actress in a miniseries/movie for HBO's Game Change is the New York-based actress' first big dose of Emmy love -- well, sort of. "I did win a Daytime Emmy for As the World Turns in 1988," she laughs. "But I couldn't attend the ceremony because I was playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the Guthrie Theater. So they called me up and told me I won!" From soaps to Shakespeare, Boogie Nights to The Kids Are All Right, Moore, 51, has come a long way during her nearly 30-year career. And it's her embodiment of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the 2008 campaign trail that may net the actress her first dose of Primetime Emmy gold. Here, the married mother of two muses on her Palin legacy, filming the Carrie reboot and reteaming with "The Dude."
The Hollywood Reporter: Have you seen the YouTube mashup of Sarah Palin delivering speeches, with each clip followed by you doing the same speeches in Game Change?
Julianne Moore: People have told me about it. But I can't watch it; it might be disturbing. I'm only going to see the flaws. The good and the bad about the part is how well-documented her every move was.
THR: You really notice in the video that you hold your mouth just like she does. She has a very particular way of pronouncing words.
Moore: Thanks for noticing. I worked hard on that. I definitely positioned my mouth in her specific way. It's funny when people tell me I look just like her. No, I don't. I wore contact lenses with big irises to make my eyes look bigger, like hers, and they did all kinds of shading and contouring on my face. Sarah Palin's real quality is that she is her own best creation.
THR: It sounds like you spent a lot of time becoming her, inside and out. Were you able to shake her mannerisms after you were done filming?
Moore: Yes. For two months before the shoot and while we were shooting, she was on my iPod. But when we wrapped, I was done -- for good! She's certainly someone who appeals to a broad number of people. She's attractive, energetic, very charismatic. That's what it takes to get elected now. Look at Clinton and Obama. But we shouldn't require our politicians to be movie stars. Then again, we're all influenced by charisma. It's hard not to be. We all collectively fall for it.
THR: Now that you've crossed an important prestige threshold for an actor -- doing an HBO movie -- would you ever consider jumping to cable full time as many of your film peers have in the past decade?
Moore: I have a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old at home, so I'm not sure this is the right time. But I would for the right material. Movie studios aren't making too many dramas anymore; they're in the superhero business. Material for television is much, much stronger for actors now.
THR: Are you excited about attending the Emmys? Do you still enjoy the craziness of awards shows, even after earning four Oscar noms and six Golden Globe nominations?
Moore: Sure. But actually, I don't know much about the Emmys. I don't even know where they're held. The red carpet can be scary, but I do have some really nice dress options I haven't made my mind up about yet. The dress part is fun. How do they do the seating at the Emmys?