Julianne Moore, a Refreshingly Sane Celebrity

Four-time Oscar nominee still picks kids up at school unbothered
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Actress Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich attend a special screening of "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" hosted by The Cinema Society on Nov. 15, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Julianne Moore is famous, yes: But she can also walk into a restaurant around the corner from her New York abode with no fanfare, proving, as Janice Turner writes in the Times of London, “Diane von Furstenberg’s theory that stars are only as famous as they want to be.” Moore, who has lived in her West Village neighborhood for 20 years, is such a fixture that she once read about herself in a—fictional—book about the area.

Moore certainly isn’t the typical limo-riding, party-hopping actress you read about in the tabloids—indeed, she left LA after living there only a short time because she “doesn’t respond well to that kind of pressure,” she says, and she only films locally or during school holidays. Turner finds her makeup-free and—unlike most celebrities she interviews—interested in having a real conversation, especially when it comes to discussing kids—or the interviewer’s unfortunate choice of winterwear. In typical mom mode, Moore’s parting words? “Buy yourself a hat.”

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