Julianne Moore: Playing Sarah Palin Was "a Big Challenge"

The mom of two explains how she prepped for her role as the former governor and admits that parenting can be "super hard"

When we first saw the photo of Julianne Moore dressed as Sarah Palin for the new HBO movie Game Change, we did a double take. She looked so believable as the former Alaskan governor that even Tina Fey would be impressed! But Moore, 50, tells iVillage that getting into character wasn't as easy as it looks.

"This is the first time I have played an actual person who is living," she said. "It's very, very challenging when somebody is so present in people's minds and is on television frequently."

When iVillage caught up with the actress, she revealed how she delved into the mindset of the would-be vice president. Plus, Moore (who has two kids -- Caleb, 13, and Liv, 9 -- with hubby Bart Freundlich) also dished about her upcoming comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (in theaters July 29), her theory on soul mates and why being a working mom can be "super, super hard."

The concept of soul mates is a major theme in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Do you believe in the idea?

I think it's rare to fall in love with someone and to meet someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with. I think that's one of the challenges that people talk about in the dating world. It's not like there's one opportunity after another. When you do meet someone I think we all know that it's a big deal and it usually is meaningful, and that's why we end up marrying someone. In terms of longevity, we all want that, I think everyone wants that. But it's a challenge for us all. It takes work and commitment and desire and I don't think it makes a difference whether you're in Hollywood or not, really.

How do you balance work and being a mom?

It's hard. It's really super, super hard. We all were in L.A. yesterday because my husband has a job out there. Then I came back here with the kids. And then because I have this junket this weekend, the kids went out to our little house with their grandmother. And their uncle's there, so they're with them for the weekend. We manage it, but sort of the same way everybody does it, I think.

By the skin of their teeth.

Yeah, that's right, exactly!

You recently said your theory on plastic surgery is, "Live and let live." Is that hard to do in Hollywood?

I think aging is hard for everybody. You think like, "Ugh, I don't like how I look." I do think that that's the human condition. I kind of break things down when I talk about this, but really I think fear of wrinkles and fear of age is really about death. None of us wants to look at that, but we kind of have to. That's just sort of where we are.

You’re playing Sarah Palin in the upcoming Game Change, but you’re pretty liberal in your politics. How did you get into the mindset?

I looked at a tremendous amount of footage. There's stuff all over YouTube of just about everything that she did and interviews. I listened to her book on tape and read all the books written about her and just basically immersed myself in as much stuff as I could. This is the first time I have played an actual person who is living. It's very, very challenging when somebody is so present in people's minds and is on television frequently. It was a big challenge.

Have you met her?

No, I haven’t.

Do you want to?

If the opportunity presented itself, sure. I've finished (shooting the movie) now, so in a way it could be interesting. But I don't know if the opportunity is going to present itself.

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