Ten years after The Kids Are All Right, in which Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a love couple, Moore looks back on the Oscar-nominated film with the director. In an interview with Variety the two discuss the choice to have lesbian characters played by heterosexual actresses.
De tragicomedy The Kids Are All Right is about two women who had their children through a sperm donor. Daughter and son, now teenagers, contact their biological father, while their mothers do not really like that meeting at all.
Although the film was well received in 2010, there was also criticism of the choice for a completely heterosexual cast. “I’ve been thinking a lot about that,” says Moore. “Now that I look back on it, I don’t know if we would still do it today. I don’t know if we would be comfortable with it.”
“My job to make experiences universal”
Moore believes that people should be represented as real as possible. “But in the meantime I am also grateful for all the experiences I have had as an actor. My job is to make experiences universal. The idea that you say that we are all the same, instead of putting people in boxes.”
Director Lisa Cholodenko, who is married to a woman herself, responds to Moore’s argument. “I find that very interesting. I tend most to the ‘pretend’ side. It is up to the director to find someone who is best for the role. Although I welcome that representation of gay or transgender actors, there is also a commercial aspect. It is all important. ”
“It didn’t feel right to me,” Cholodenko tells of the roles of Bening and Moore. “I didn’t feel like putting on a suit and asking her to display something fake.”
The Kids Are All Right received four Oscar nominations in total, including best actress (Bening) and best film.