January 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm #176249
To what extent Religion & their religious beliefs affect Oscar contenders ???
Julianne Moore reveals she stopped believing in God after mother’s death
The Oscar nominee admitted that after her mother’s unexpected death in 2009, she no longer believed in a higher power. ‘There is no ‘there’ there,’ Moore said. ‘We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it.’
BY KIRTHANA RAMISETTI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6:38 PM
‘I’ve been really lucky, but I feel I’ve completely created my own life,’ the Oscar nominee said.
Julianne Moore is on top of the world thanks to her award-winning performance in “Still Alice.” But in a new interview she admits to past struggles, including with religion.
The 54-year-old actress has been receiving raves for her role in the drama, and with her recent Golden Globe and SAG wins for best lead actress, is considered a shoo-in to win the Oscar for the first time in her decades-long career.
But Moore said that while she’s experienced success in her career, including four previous Academy Award nominations, she has at times felt adrift. Her mother’s unexpected passing from septic shock in 2009 devastated her so deeply that she no longer believes in God, she admitted in a profile in The Hollywood Reporter.
“I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no ‘there’ there,” she said. “Structure, it’s all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.”
Moore’s life felt particularly chaotic in the wake of her failed first marriage to actor-director John Gould Rubin in 1995.
Even though she felt satisfied with her professional career, she felt “lonely,” and that she “didn’t have the kind of personal life I wanted.”
So she decided to see a therapist, which the “Boogie Nights” star said helped her immensely.
“I discovered that (my personal life) was as important as my professional life,” she said. “I didn’t spend the time; I didn’t invest.
“One thing I used to tell my women friends was, ‘There’s an expectation that your personal life is going to happen to you, but you’re going to have to make your career happen. And that’s not true: You have to make your personal life happen as much as your career.’ “
Moore now has the family life she always wanted: She and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, have been married since 2003 and have two children.
The star said that despite all her successes both at work and at home, she didn’t achieve it simply with luck.
“The idea that you’re the center of your own narrative and that you can create your life is a great idea,” she said, in a nod to “Little Women,” one of her favorite books.
“I totally believe it. I’ve been really lucky, but I feel I’ve completely created my own life.”January 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm #176251
This thread is really reaching, especially with a contender so far out front.January 29, 2015 at 1:29 am #176252
Meryl Streep’s not in this category, Etchie. Why don’t you look up Patricia Arquette’s religious beliefs?January 29, 2015 at 3:10 am #176253
Jesus. Shut up, Moore!
At least she’s going to have a nice life on earth, with Oscars and stuff. Then she’s going to burn in hell for eternity. I’m kidding. I love her very much. I believe in God but all people can decide this on their own, so it’s perfectly okay!January 29, 2015 at 4:30 am #176254
Good girl!January 29, 2015 at 4:50 am #176255
She has been an open atheist for a long time. In 2002, during her “Inside the Actors Studio”, when they asked her the question “what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?” she said “I guess you were wrong, I do exist”.
Also, this doesn’t make her any less talented or worthy. Wasn’t Katharine Hepburn an open atheist too? She has 4 oscars you know…January 29, 2015 at 5:56 am #176256
me neither, Jules…me neither.January 29, 2015 at 7:41 am #176257
I always knew Julianne Moore was atheist. Hell, a lot of people who work in the arts and entertainment are. I bet many winners in the past don’t believe in god. Not everyone thanks him/her/it when they win, you know… This is a stretch. A huge stretch.January 29, 2015 at 7:54 am #176258
This makes me love her even MOORE! (;
Wonderful interview, thanks for sharing it! Gawd, what a relief it will be when a winner doesn’t thank “gawd” in their acceptance speech. (apparently, “gawd” preferred them to the other nominees!) (;January 29, 2015 at 8:08 am #176259
This thread is pointless – who cares if they are religious or an atheist? If we’re going to play by religion, then I like Michael Keaton, Bradley Cooper and Steve Carell even more because they are CatholicJanuary 29, 2015 at 8:19 am #176260
This thread is offensive.January 29, 2015 at 8:19 am #176261
In one of the last “polls” that I looked at (not a peer-reviewed study or anything close to that), “Atheists” were chosen as the most untrustworthy, evil ones out of this group: rapists, murderers, child molesters, robbers and thieves, and traitors. Why? Mostly because we/they are “Godless” and, have “no fear of God or Hell”.
I cant make this stuff up. O yes. Atheists, are the scourge of society.
Btw this was an American poll of around 20,000 sampled. I wish I could cite the source right now.
The Pope recently said that yes indeed, animals have souls. And even Atheists (and gays), are loved by (his) God and are welcome (in the kingdom of Heaven).
God, I love that man.
Anyways, if this poll and others similar to it is any indication re Moore; well, I dunno. Can the people who participated in it read write and hold a pen to mark an X?January 29, 2015 at 9:06 am #176262
This makes me love her even MOORE! (;
Wonderful interview, thanks for sharing it! Gawd, what a relief it will be when a winner doesn’t thank “gawd” in their acceptance speech. (apparently, “gawd” preferred them to the other nominees!) (;
Most people who win oscars don’t thank God in their speeches and the way you spelled God is very disrespectful and u need to stop….. As someone who believes in God, I have no right to judge anyone who doesn’t and I still have to love Julianne Moore no matter what.January 29, 2015 at 9:12 am #176263
Well, I see your point but I spell God as Gawd or gawd a lot, not to be disrespectful but because I dont want to use His name in “vain”. It just appears less respectful to me to spell it as God when I’m using it as an expression.
If this is how many feel here I’ll change “Good gawd” to good golly or gosh. Have to think about it.January 29, 2015 at 9:14 am #176264
Wait, so we’re not going to have a McConaughey style speech about God and the universe? That’s too bad, considering he’ll be there presenting it to her. Who knows, maybe 55 year old McCconaughey is her hero too, so they at least have SOMETHING in common.