Julianne Moore Doesn’t Think She’d Accept ‘The Kids Are All Right’ Role Today

Julianne Moore is looking back at her movie The Kids Are All Right, ten years after its release.

The Oscar-winning actress plays one-half of a lesbian couple in the film and she doesn’t think she’d accept the role if the movie were being made today. Both Julianne and co-star Annette Bening are straight actors who played gay roles in the film.

“I’ve thought about that a lot. Here we were, in this movie about a queer family, and all of the principal actors were straight. I look back and go, ‘Ouch. Wow.’ I don’t know that we would do that today, I don’t know that we would be comfortable,” Julianne said in a new feature with Variety.

She continued, “We need to give real representation to people, but I’m grateful for all of the experiences that I’ve had as an actor because my job is to communicate a universality of experience to the world. The idea that, rather than othering people, we’re saying we’re all the same. Our humanity is shared.”

The film’s directer Lisa Cholodenko added, “While I want to promote gay people representing gay people, trans people, all the rest, queer people — it’s also a commercial prospect. It’s all those things. When I cast Julianne and Annette, I really felt like, on the continuum of gayness, I could feel their gayness. It didn’t feel phony to me. I didn’t feel like I was putting somebody in an outfit and asking them to parade as something that was false.”

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