Julianne Moore dishes on her new app, the holidays and The Hunger Games
You know her best as an actress, but Julianne Moore is also an established children's author. Her first book, Freckleface Strawberry, was published in 2007 and became a New York Times Best Seller.
We recently spoke with Moore about the new Freckleface Strawberry app — Dreamtime Playtime — and much more.
Julianne Moore is definitely busy these days. In addition to playing the role of actress and writer, she's also the mother of two kids, Caleb (16) and Liv (11). Since the release of her first book six years ago, Moore has published two more Freckleface Strawberry books. Plus she's written another title separate from the series My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me, which is based on her own experience growing up with a mother from Scotland.
Freckleface Strawberry has also been adapted into a musical, plus there are now two apps based on the lovable redheaded character.
Dreamtime Playtime app
Last time that we talked to Moore, she told us about the Monster Maker Game app, where kids play a mix-and-match game and create cool monsters. The newest app is a little different. Geared toward kids ages 4 and up, Dreamtime Playtime is just as fun, but it has an educational aspect to it too.
"Dreamtime Playtime is a learning app that features three fun games which encourage very early math skills like counting and sorting. It's the kind of app you can feel good about letting your kids play. It's entertaining and educational," Moore tells us.
With this app, kids interact with Freckleface Strawberry in three different dreams — freckles, friends and monsters — where they count freckles, sort her friends and so on.
"My daughter is the voice of Freckleface Strawberry, which is great," says Moore. "It's something that we can do together. And I think it's awesome that the app has a real little girl doing the voice, rather than an adult imitating a child's voice. I think you can tell the difference."
What's next for Freckleface Strawberry?
We were thrilled to find out that there are more Freckleface Strawberry books to come. "I just moved to Random House," Moore says. "Freckleface Strawberry will now be used in early readers — which is totally great. She's a kid that is just learning how to read, so it's perfect. And there will be a picture book too."
The first two books from Random House are slated for release in the summer of 2015, with a picture book to be published the following summer.
Now we have seen the original Freckleface Strawberry app and learned about the new one. So, are there more apps on the way?
"I never even planned on apps. It was kind of a surprise," Moore explains. "But now I have four books and two apps. We'll see how this one goes. As long as it's fun and it's working, we'll keep doing them."
Julianne on screen
To say Moore is a busy mama is an understatement. In addition to being a mom, writing books and creating apps, Moore is still making movies, of course — and lots of them.
She has four films scheduled to be released in 2014, including Seventh Son (which also stars Jeff Bridges), Non-Stop (with Liam Neeson) and Map to the Stars (with John Cusack and Robert Pattinson). And then there's The Hunger Games.
Moore will play President Alma Coin in the third installment of the movie series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The movie is set to hit theaters in November 2014, and she'll be reprising the role in Part 2, which is due out in 2015.
"The Hunger Games is a lot of fun. My kids are at that age that they read and loved the books. So I am thrilled to be involved in something they enjoy," says Moore. "Jennifer Lawrence is just great. She's so talented and smart and fun. She deserves every second of the attention that she's getting."
How does she do it all? "I'm lucky that my job is flexible. I work at home in New York City as much as I can. I either take things in Manhattan, or things that I can go back and forth easily. With Hunger Games, I go down to Atlanta and shoot for a couple days, then I'm back home for three days, and so on."
Christmas is right around the corner, but it's Thanksgiving that's a favorite for Julianne.
"Thanksgiving is the big holiday for me," Moore says. "We always have it our house. This year, we had 33 people for Thanksgiving in my backyard! It was so wonderful. I love cooking for Thanksgiving but don't love cooking for Christmas. So, we always have a simple Christmas Eve dinner, open the Christmas presents in the morning and then go to basketball game on Christmas Day."
When it comes to New Year's Eve, Moore prefers to stay at home. "I never like to go out for it. It's not a big holiday for me. We enjoy quiet time with our family and friends. We are usually in bed by the time the ball drops!"
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