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Posted April 20, 2010 to photo album "Julianne Moore"
Julianne Moore is the Oscar-nominated star of Far From Heaven and Focus Features’ upcoming The Kids Are All Right.
An Army Childhood, A Training in TV
While Julianne Moore is well-known to movie-going audiences as a glamorous and confident woman, she claims that she started out as just the opposite. The daughter of a colonel in the military, Moore was an army brat who grew up in towns across U.S. and Germany. “In grade school I was a complete geek,” she says. “You know, there's always the kid who's too short, the one who wears glasses, the kid who's not athletic. Well, I was all three.” Moving from school to school because of her father’s career, she found herself ignored by her classmates, but now sees the positive aspects of this, saying it’s “a good experience for everyone to have, to feel like they're not noticed because it teaches you to be empathetic.” However, as she became involved in acting, she found that her appearance made her anything but invisible. “My very first director told me that if you have red hair, somebody is casting you for a reason,” Moore remembers. “He said, ‘There will be parts that you don't get because, especially onstage, people can see you.’ I've been wigged plenty of times, but the funny thing is that even when I have a different hair color, people tend to still remember me as having red hair.” After graduating with a BFA in Drama from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Moore decamped to New York City, where she got a foothold in showbiz working on television. Her breakthrough role was playing Frannie on the daytime soap opera As The World Turns, starting on the show in 1985. By the time she completed her run on the show in 1988, Moore was also playing Frannie’s evil half-sister, Sabrina, the dual performance earning her a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. Her tenure on television was a surprise for Moore, who had a passion for theater and expected to instead find a career on Broadway. “One of the pathetic, secret parts of my personality is I love musical theater,” says Moore. “Dark is not something I am, but from the beginning people assumed my métier was tragedy. When I started out, I was cast on … As the World Turns as a quintessential good girl. I did that for a while and then they created the role of my evil, selfish half-sister/cousin. I played that too. They immediately thought of me as dark.” In April 2010, Moore returned for a walk-on part, briefly greeting her former characters’ parents, in recognition of the final months of the show’s 54-year run.