Julianne Moore: “I am the Glory of Women”
“I am proud to put the face of Gloria Steinem, who has always fought for women’s rights and is a source of inspiration,” says the star.
Julianne Moore is proud to be the protagonist of The Glorias by Julie Taymor, taken from the memoir My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and to give her face to this cultural icon, over half a century of life dedicated to the women’s movement. It is not difficult to understand what the enthusiasm of the actress of A Single Man and Still Alice was when they offered her the role.
During the long months of research and work on this project I realized one important thing: Gloria had an extraordinary talent for listening and this, in my opinion, is the key to explaining how she was able to build coalitions. He was able to gather people around him and, therefore, to amplify his voice within the movement. She constantly reiterated that we were stronger all together and she, in fact, has never been divisive. I also believe that her personality – her ability to reflect, her civilization – helped her, thanks also to her experience in India, where she spent a lot of time with women. “You have to listen to their stories to be able to communicate them to the whole world,” he often repeated.
What legacy did this long period of study and preparation leave you to transform into Gloria?
The best part of this whole experience was learning: reading his books, listening to the recordings with his voice, watching his appearances and speeches on television. I was struck by his depth, his calm presence, a quality that perhaps does not immediately catch the eye. And now, when I have to make an important decision, I ask myself: “What would Gloria do?” She is a constant source of inspiration for me, she urges me and forces me to listen more carefully, to reflect.
After filming, did you question some decisions in your life?
Working on this project made me re-read the past: I thought of my mother, of the world she grew up in, when women did not have the advantages we have today. The birth control pill, for example, the credit card in your name, the chance to get a good school education and go to college. My parents paid for my studies, not so my grandparents for my mother: at the time they didn’t believe it was important for a girl to have a university education. These are all things that I understood only later, when I got to know the great work of Gloria and the feminists of that time.
Which aspect of Steinem struck you most?
He is a fascinating, incredible, wonderful person – a true leader. The message of compassion and tolerance he has been carrying on for years is even more relevant: it is a model of how to fully live a life.
How do you prepare to face such a well-known and recognized character?
I had a huge amount of videos available, and I studied seriously. (smiles) As for the physical appearance, well, glasses, wig and period costumes were a precious help. I then concentrated on the movements: as a young Gloria moved more slowly, then over the years her gestures became more rapid and frequent, as if she wanted to shorten the distance and get closer to the people she was talking to.
She has a husband – director Bart Freundlich – who has always encouraged her in her career. A feminist husband?
I recently read that Ruth Bader Ginsburg (the deceased Supreme Court judge who has always fought for women’s rights, ed) argued that she could never have a lasting and successful career without the constant support of her husband Marty. . In my marriage we have equal rights: we are both involved in the education of our children, in our careers, in finances. And I think both Caleb and Liv (23 and 18 years old respectively, ed) grew up learning from what they saw in us: that’s what I hope! For us women, however, comes the responsibility of bringing up male children in the right way.