If you spend a significant amount of time in the Hamptons, you’ve probably run into a celeb or two. Maybe you saw Martha Stewart perusing a farmers market, Hugh Jackman summering in East Hampton or Dominic West filming a shady scene from The Affair.
Let’s be real—you totally went home and Googled whichever star you ran into. There’s a ton of information out there, obviously. But we’re trying something different. Hollywood in the Hamptons is a simple but useful curated guide to Hamptons celebs.
Despite her striking red hair, Montauk resident Julianne Moore is a chameleon of an actress. It may surprise you to know that the Oscar-winning movie star started off on the small screen as Frannie Hughes on As the World Turns. Perhaps noticing the huge talent they had on their hands, Moore went on to play Frannie’s twin, Sabrina. Moore won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series (they call that “leading actress” now). Of course, Moore moved on to bigger and more high-profile roles in film, such as Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and the romantic comedy Nine Months. We’ve picked five of her most interesting roles below.
But first, fun facts!
Five Fun Facts
Moore studied theatre at Boston University after starting college intending to be a doctor. After appearing in plays such as Tartuffe, Moore decided to pursue acting.
In addition to acting, Moore is the author of the Freckleface Strawberry children’s book series.
She reprised her role on As the World Turns, as Frannie, for one episode after the show’s cancellation was announced. During her original run, Moore was part of the show’s most famous storyline in which Frannie’s mother was stalked for a year…by Frannie’s fiance!
Moore married filmmaker Bart Freundlich in 2003. They have two children.
Recently, Moore advocated for her high school to change its Confederacy-inspired name.
Five Movies You Need to See
Vanya on 42nd Street: A slow-paced, experimental film adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, this one’s not for everybody. But if you love theater, and want to see astonishingly good acting—Moore and the actors play themselves playing the characters—check this out.
Chloe: In this erotic thriller, Moore plays Catherine, a gynecologist who suspects that her husband, David, (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. Catherine enlists the title character (Amanda Seyfried), a high-end call girl, to seduce David. Of course, nothing is at it seems, and Catherine soon realizes she’s in over her head.
The Hours: Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours tells the stories of three women from different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Moore plays Laura, a 1950s housewife who reads the novel as a respite from her unfulfilling everyday life. This astonishingly powerful film also stars Meryl Streep as a modern-day embodiment of Mrs. Dalloway, and a nearly unrecognizable Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf.
The Kids Are All Right: In this dramedy, Moore’s Jules is the sweet, somewhat flakey wife of Nic (Annette Bening) and mother of Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). When Joni and Laser decide to seek out their biological father Paul (Mark Ruffalo), the family’s lives get turned upside down.
Game Change: This still-relevant political drama/dark comedy stars Moore as Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential election. Moore is unafraid to be unsympathetic, and you’ll be impressed at how perfectly she transforms into the former governor of Alaska. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris and Sarah Paulson.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service
Wonderstruck, based on the novel of the same name
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