Julianne Moore, Up Close

She may star in this fall's scariest movie—€”the eagerly awaited remake of Carrie—but Julianne Moore is anything but dark. In a conversation with Health, the actress and mom of two chats about getting bendy, feathering a happy nest and why she feels lucky for "everything."

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What are your favorite forms of exercise these days?

Julianne: I try to do Ashtanga yoga two to three times a week. I've also started working out with a trainer, doing light weights and a lot of jumping around. The main problem is I can't do anything six days straight because I get hurt. That's the thing about old age—eventually your hip starts to hurt and you have to switch and do something else.

There's always interior design. We know you're a fan. Did you ever think about a career in it?

Julianne: I didn't know a career in it existed! But I don't think everything you do has to be something you make a living doing.

So what do you think is the secret to a harmonious domestic space?

Julianne: That's a good question. You have to have a collective living space where people can comfortably be together, because I think people really do want to be together. And then places for everyone to go [on their own]. I'm lucky—I only have two kids, and they have their own rooms. It's not always possible. [Looks toward the entrance, smiling] Oh, here comes my husband and daughter. And they brought both dogs!

Liv: Mom, you think I could have a strawberry-banana smoothie?

Julianne: [calling to Bart as he gets food] Strawberry-banana, Bart?

With Thanksgiving around the corner, what do you find yourself grateful for?

Julianne: Oh my God—I'm grateful for everything! I'm grateful to be alive. I'm grateful for my family, for my children, their health and my health, my husband's health. I think the older you get, the less you take anything at all for granted.

What habits do you have that aren't so healthy?

Liv: Mom, can I tell the story about the doughnut? [Julianne nods] So we just came from my grandma's birthday party, and Mom had her dessert and my dessert. And then we went home and I'm in another room and I hear, "Liv, what's in this bag? Oh! Doughnuts!" I'm like, "Mom! Don't eat that! You'll make yourself sick!"

Julianne: So my daughter came to my rescue before I was able to swallow the doughnut after eating two desserts.

Bart: [handing off smoothie] How about your OCD?

Julianne: Well, that's not a habit. That's an affliction. But yes, I never stop cleaning the house. I throw things out before people are done with them, and then I get yelled at for it. Yesterday, before I could relax, I had to clean out the shed and reorganize the pantry. And also clean out the laundry room.

Bart: The other day, I took mustard and Sriracha out of the fridge, and I was going to make something with it. I put it on the counter and then walked back to the fridge. But then she circled from the other direction and put it back.

Julianne: The other night, we were playing a board game, and one question was "If there was a headline to a news story about you, what would it be?"

Bart: [jumping in] She said, "Cleanest woman in the world cleans whole town." [Julianne, Bart and Liv crack up]

What's your Sunday routine?

Julianne: We read the paper for a long time. Sometimes Cal has a basketball game, so we'll go watch. Liv might have a playdate. And instead of brunch, we have lunner, which is between lunch and dinner, so we have, like, a 4:30 lunner.

Well, many nutritionists say we should eat dinner early, so that's healthy thinking.

Julianne: People will tell me we're having dinner at 7:30, and I'm like, "Are you kidding?"

Bart: I'll come in and she'll be on a tear about them, like, "They want to meet there at 8 o'clock. What am I supposed to do between 5 and 8?"

Julianne: In an ideal world, I'd eat at 5 every night. [Laughs] We know how to live! We have lunner, and then we play a board game.

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Jancee Dunn
Last Updated: October 01, 2013

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