Julianne Moore, Bart Freundlich talk about collaborating on 'After The Wedding'

Screen | 6/29/2019 | Ben Dalton
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Actor Julianne Moore and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, talked about the joys and challenges of working together for the fourth time on After The Wedding, which opened the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday (June 28).

“We always say that the writer in me speaks to the actor in her,” said Freundlich of working with Moore. “Words are very important. I always know that she’s going to add so much that I couldn’t even see.”

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“When you work in the film industry you spend so much time apart but we get to be together and with our family,” he continued. “Our daughter was a production assistant on this movie. [Co-star] Billy [Crudup] has been one of my best friends for 20 years. It really was a family affair.”

Moore, who also produced the film, said she enjoyed working with Freundlich as he wrote various drafts of the script but when the film started shooting she was unable to shut herself off from his anxieties on set.

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“When you’re on the set and you’re with your husband, you know when he’s tense,” Moore recalled. “I’d walk up and be like ‘what’s the matter, what happened?’ Whereas another actor may not register that.”

“Usually as an actor you can wall yourself off from that stuff, but she can see the anxiety in my shoulders,” Freundlich acknowledged.

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After The Wedding, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is the fourth time Moore and Freundlich have worked together following The Myth Of Fingerprints (1997), World Traveler (2001) and Trust The Man (2005).

“I’ve learned how [Moore] works,” Freundlich explained, “the same way I learned how Billy works. That might be my forte as a director, hiring people, and knowing how to cultivate an environment where they can do their best.

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