Julianne Moore is one of the few actresses capable of disappearing into her characters. This virtue has made her one of the best actresses today, while at the same time keeping her from a more grandiose fame. Yet time, and the numerous award nominations she has received, have forced the world to grant her the recognition her talent deserves.
We can see Moore today in Blindness, Fernando Meirelles’s (The Constant Gardener) most recent film based on the eponymous novel by the Portuguese author José Saramago. The film made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was in that Canadian city where we had the opportunity to speak with the actress about her most recent project.
You look tired. I imagine you have given dozens of interviews lately.
I’m a little tired, but not because of the number of interviews but because with this film the questions by the media are so intense. Normally, the questions are simple, like, How did you feel working with so and so? or, How was life in such and such a place? But with this film people ask complicated questions. So, yes, it’s been quite an intense day.
Blindness makes it clear that all it takes is a little change for the world to crash. Are we really so close to extinction?
In a way, civilization is a construction of sorts. And for some reason we believe that it holds up because someone is leading. Yet it so happens that each of us is actually responsible for keeping it from falling apart. Then when those institutions we chose to follow cease to function, it seems that the only way to rebuild everything is to look each other in the eye and recreate a community, which is how it all started. This is what makes this story so interesting.
You worked in Children of Men, a film that also explores the idea that by simply removing a certain element from our lives, everything falls apart. Are you somehow attracted to these apocalyptic themes lately?
It seems so. I should now go ahead and film a third movie with a similar theme and we could have a trilogy… (She laughs)
Also Fernando Meirelles and Alfonso Cuarón are two Latin American directors.
True. So I should talk to Guillermo del Toro. I like his work a lot.
But with Guillermo del Toro you would probably have to struggle with extraterrestrial monsters…
I love monsters. And this way we could give the film a different touch to keep people from saying that I keep doing the same thing. (She laughs).
Your character is the only person in the film immune to blindness. However, she seems so completely helpless.
It’s true. Fernando(Meirelles) asked José Saramago if there was a reason for this character to be immune to the disease, or if she was in any way special. And Saramago simply responded that there was nothing special about her, that she could just see.
This woman is evidently not a heroine. She can only accomplish what any normal person can do. She has the ability to kill in a relatively easy way and for the “common good,” though by doing so she makes things worse. This woman is as scared as those who are infected. She is just a housewife and when she goes back to that role we can see again the sweet woman we meet in the beginning.