Actress Julianne Moore has spent much of her career appearing in such acclaimed, prestige ventures as Short Cuts, Far From Heaven, and, most recently, the TV movie Game Change, for which the actress won an Emmy with her note perfect portrayal of Sarah Palin. But Moore’s filmography also boasts a surprising number of horror movies—including The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Forgotten, and Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal—and the actress admits to a fondness for the genre. “I like scary movies,” she says. “I don’t like slashers, but I’ve always loved stuff that’s about the devil. My son came back from a movie the other day and I said, ‘So, what was it? A devil or aliens?’ It’s usually one or the other! I personally prefer the devil.”
2013 is a big year for folks who like Moore and macabre big screen goings-on. In this fall’s remake of Carrie, she plays the mother of Chloe Moretz’s telekinetic heroine, and this Friday horror fans will be able to watch the Moore-starring 6 Souls on VOD (the film will be released theatrically April 5). Directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein — the pair responsible for last year’s Underworld: Awakening — the movie finds the actress playing a psychiatrist who slowly realizes that Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ patient may be possessed by something more evil than “just” multiple personalities.
Below, the actress talks about 6 Souls, Carrie, and gives her own nomination for the “best horror film ever made.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In 6 Souls you have some very intense scenes with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who plays a variety or roles or at least a variety of personalities. What was that like?
JULIANNE MOORE: Oh my gosh. It was fun. Jonny worked so hard. But it’s always really fun to shoot thrillers and horror, that kind of thing. Because while you’re trying to make the story move, you’re working within a genre, working within a style. You’re very deliberately trying to scare people. It’s pretty enjoyable to do. I love these directors — they were incredibly well prepared and really really great at building suspense.
I love the fact that the character is someone who considers herself a Christian, that believes in God, but also believes in science. Right there you have the perfect set up for this kind of thriller. You’re acknowledging psychology, but you’re also acknowledging the unknown. So she’s someone who’s willing to believe in all of it, which made her interesting to me.
You also got to act with Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays your character’s father and who many people will know from his role on the Walking Dead.
Is he in the Walking Dead?
I did not know that. I’ve never seen that show. Now that I know he’s in it, maybe I’ll watch it.
Well, I don’t want to spoil things too much, but I’d advise you to watch the earlier episodes.
Okay. [Laughs] That’s good advice. I love him. He’s such a wonderful actor.
You filmed in Pittsburgh?
Which presumably accounts for the large number of Night of the Living Dead shout-outs in the film.
I think so. It’s a nice city. It’s close to New York so it was great for me. The experience was a good one for me, actually.
What can you tell us about your role in Carrie?
When you make so-called “horror movies” you’re really investigating what our deepest fears are. In 6 Souls, it’s the devil, or maybe the feeling of being out of control of your life that somehow there is a good and there’s evil and someone will make that choice for you. In Carrie, the thing that’s so interesting about Stephen King and his psychology is that it’s really a story about bullying and social isolation and what that does to people. He managed to write a story that’s terrifying and also heartbreaking because I think everybody knows what it feels like to be left out.
For me, playing this mother, it’s about someone whose only world, whose only life, and only relationship is with this child. So it’s really about what it means to her when she feels this child moving away.
Do you have a favorite horror movie?
Rosemary’s Baby is the best horror movie ever made. It’s a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant film. The Omen is also really good. For me the devil takes it. I’ve never found aliens particularly ominous. But the devil? He’s just plain bad.
You can check out the 6 Souls trailer below.
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