The Julianne Moore fans out there know that the very talented, award-winning actress can do almost anything she wants. Her dramatic work is aces, to be sure, but that guest stint on “30 Rock” was amazing. Anyway, speaking of characters with pronounced accents, Moore recently wrapped filming “Game Change,” the HBO movie based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s best-selling book of the same name, in which Moore plays famous former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
When MTV News caught up with the actress recently, during the press day for “Crazy Stupid Love,” we asked her about the challenges associated with portraying such a famous personality.
“It was hard, really, really hard,” she admitted. “I had a great director, Jay Roach who was incredible. I adored him, [he was] so supportive, so smart. I did a lot of research, I worked really hard. It’s hard to play someone who is very present in people’s minds, who’s on television, very idiosyncratic, I did my best. We’ll see, I hope we pulled it off.”
And how about mastering that accent, eh?
“Practice, an incredible amount of practice,” Moore said about getting Palin’s northern-inflected speech just right. “I had to listen to it over and over again. My son was embarrassed because [Palin’s speeches were] all that was on my iPod. He said, ’Where’s your music?’ [I told him] I erased all my music.”
“Game Change” reteams director Roach (“Meet the Parents,” “Dinner for Schmucks”) and actor/screenwriter Danny Strong, who directed and penned HBO’s 2008 Emmy-winning film about the controversial Bush/Gore election in 2000, “Recount.”
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