Ten Things You Never Knew About Everyone’s Favourite Amber Wave…

Based on the best selling Portuguese novel and directed by “City of God” helmer Meirelles, “Blindness” follows the plight of a doctor and his wife (respectively played by Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore) as a blindness epidemic strikes an unnamed city, forcing the government to put many citizens in quarantine, including Ruffalo’s doctor. Unable to conceive of life without him, Moore’s character feigns blindness and joins him in the grimy high-security institution. The two must attempt to survive in the rotting facility, which quickly falls into disrepair and chaos… A grim and gritty tale, “Blindness” can be thankful to have the luminous presence of Julianne Moore, perhaps the gutsiest actress working in film today, as its central heroine trying to rise above the most dire circumstances and help others in distress.


To celebrate the release of the movie, Movies.ie presents ten things you never knew about Julianne Moore. Read on after the jump!






(1)Born Julie Anne Smith, she changed her name when she registered with the Actor’s Guild as every variation of her name seemed to be taken. She then combined her first two names and assumed her father’s middle name as her surname.

(2) Daughter of a prominent military judge, the young Julie Anne Smith moved a total of 23 times before turning 18 – she attended nine different high schools.

(3) Her brother, Peter Moore Smith, is an author and has written the book “Raveling” for which Julianne Moore has bought the film rights.

(4) Moore herself has also been known to pick up a pen. In 2007, she released a children’s book titled Freckleface Strawberry; the book is based on her own childhood when she was bullied about her freckles and red hair

(5)After Jodie Foster turned down the chance to reprise her Oscar-winning role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001), several actresses tried for the coveted part, including Helen Hunt, Gillian Anderson and Cate Blanchett – the role eventually went to Moore.

(6) Moore is one of the few thesps to have been nominated for both a Supporting and a Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year; In 2003, she was nominated for a Supporting Oscar for her role in The Hours (2002), and in the Lead category for her role in Far from Heaven (2002).

(7) Is often cast opposite Philip Seymour Hoffmann – the two have worked together on such films as Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Magnolia (1999) with Philip Seymour Hoffman. The two also starred in the Hannibal Lecter series;Moore as Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001), and Hoffman asFreddie Lounds in Red Dragon (2002).

(8)A prominent figure on the festival circuit, the actress was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996.

(9) Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Freedomland(2006)

(10) Moore appears as the voice of Aria in “Eagle Eye” (2008) however she chose to remain uncredited in her role.

Blindness is in Irish cinemas from Friday, November 21st