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Monday 19 March 2018

Moore: I couldn't hurt co-star

Julianne Moore plays troubled mother Margaret White in Carrie
Julianne Moore plays troubled mother Margaret White in Carrie

Julianne Moore has revealed her maternal instincts were an obstacle to the physical scenes in Carrie - because she didn't want to hurt her younger co-star Chloe Grace Moretz.

The Oscar-nominated actress, who portrays Carrie White's troubled mother Margaret in Kimberly Peirce's adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, admitted she couldn't bring herself to do many of the stunts, despite Chloe encouraging her.

"It's very physical. I didn't really think about it until I was doing it," she said.

"For her (Chloe), physicality was easy, because she's done so much of it and she likes it. It was harder for me because I didn't want to hurt her - she's 15.

"She would be like, 'Hit me, I can take it' and I couldn't. So I would never hit her, I would keep pulling it back," the actress added.

Julianne, who has two children with director husband Bart Freundlich, said she wanted to protect Chloe.

"I wanted to establish a very friendly, easy relationship. I wanted her to trust me, everything was safe, no one was going to get hurt and nothing was going to be weird so we laughed and we joked and I hugged her a lot," she said.

The 52-year-old revealed it was "hard" giving up her sleek hair and polished look to play unattractive Margaret.

"It was so hard! Somebody said to me, 'You're known for your beautiful hair' but that's what my hair looks like when I don't do anything to it. That was my hair, not a wig," she said. "But it's a character, that's who she is supposed to be, and that is what we do. I want people to forget that it's me."

:: Carrie is in cinemas now.

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