'Still Alice' New York Press Conference 1•13•15

Crosby Street Hotel, New York

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Left to right: Co-director Wash Westmoreland, author Lisa Genova, Julianne Moore, Kate Bosworth & Kristen

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RT @StageBuddy "It's not always about having fun" - Kristen Stewart on taking on darker roles.

• TheBlot.com: Q: When fleshing out a role, does it help if you’ve played similar characters before?

Julianne Moore: I tend not to work that way. I think sometimes when you look at someone’s career, you look for threads and references, but believe it or not, as actors, we’re freelancers who literally go from job to job so you make a movie and then the next one and the next one. Then, when someone asks me about a movie I made 10 years ago, I barely remember it. Often people remember things in my movies and quote lines, and I’m like, “What’s that?”

Poor Michael Angarano. He’s so great and so cute and funny. We were doing this little comedy called, “The English Teacher,” and we had to kiss in it. He told the story on “Letterman” or something. We kissed and he said, “Was that sexy?” And I went, “Yeah, Michael, that was great. You were terrific.” He said he wanted to die of embarrassment because he was quoting a line from “Boogie Nights.” [Laughs] (Loool)

But, getting back to your question, I think everything you do as a person and everything you do as an actor ends up in your work, but it’s not that direct. It’s all just like life — accumulative.

Q: What was your reaction when you got the script? Were you afraid a movie about Alzheimer’s would make people say “That’s depressing” and not want to see it?

Kristen Stewart: Typically, no. Every experience is different when you’re an actor and doing it for the reasons we do. Yeah, it’s definitely morbid, and it’s not a walk in the park, but sometimes, it sounds silly, but sometimes filmmaking can be very important. As soon as I read Julianne’s part in this, I knew that she was going to be doing something important. I knew this movie was being made so she could do something that would say something. It was intimated to me that it was our job to just hold her up. There’s a reason that I possibly felt so driven about this film is because Wash [Westmoreland] and Rich [Glatzer] hired me. I felt like if they thought I could do it, then I could. It’s not that I don’t like that people can go to the movies and laugh, but sometimes I think a movie can really say something.

Kate Bosworth: I felt the same way. I’d read the book before the script, and I think everyone in some way knows someone who has been effected by Alzheimer’s. In my family, both grandparents had Alzheimer’s, and my parents rallied the family to take care of them, and that touched me deeply. I felt like this is an opportunity to shine a light on this disease in a way that hadn’t been done dramatically before. That was the real draw for me and to be able to work with Julie [Moore]. I’ve known her for years, but never had the opportunity to work with her before. I was excited to be able to watch her. It’s incredible and spectacular to be around her and be part of the process.

Moore: I did it for the money. [Laughs] No, sorry, it was just such a great script, a wonderful, wonderful script and such a great book that Lisa [Genova] wrote. What she did that is so remarkable is that she presented the disease completely subjectively. What would it be like? What does it feel like to go through this process? We never get to see that. And, Rich and Wash took that novel and made it cinematic in a very deceptively simple way, I think. It was a thrill to be involved in something like that, and I think that’s what attracted us to it. It’s the human side of the story. You’re watching this family’s journey through this very difficult situation.

Stewart: It’s interesting that this is the kind of story where you know if it is done right, everyone is going to talk about it. If it were done badly, well … [Laughs]. Do you know what I’m saying? The alternative is so polarized. So I thought, “If we do it right, it’s going to be more important than anything we’ve done in a long time.”

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