Cinema: Woman on The Verge

With a trio of roles, Julianne Moore hits the big time

When Julianne Moore picks up a screenplay, she doesn't read it so much as listen to it. "If I can hear it rhythmically or hear the voices in my mind, then I feel like I can do the script. If I can't hear it, I can't do it." And, she adds, no re-reading is likely to alter this first, "instinctual" response.

This reliance on her ear is an oddity in a time when most actors, choosing a role, depend on that anatomically (and emotionally) imprecise region that lies somewhere between a hungry gut and a yawning ego. But it has kept...

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