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Julianne Moore: "The longer you live the Hollywood lifestyle, the more empty you become"

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Actress Julianne Moore has spoken up about the realities of a long career in Hollywood saying it can make you "empty" and "lonely".

Speaking to the Guardian about her latest movie Maps to the Stars, in which she plays a fading film star from hell, Moore said, "She's one of these creatures that are very common in our industry, in that all of her self-worth and affirmation is projected from outside as opposed to inside. And the longer you live that kind of lifestyle, the more empty you become, until there comes a point when you just implode".

"Maybe that's a danger in any profession. But in the movie business it's heightened because it's all tied up with your face and how you look and the world's perception of that," she continued.

Moore, 53, first became known in 1985 at the age of 25 for her role in the soap opera As The World Turns for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award. In 1990, she made her film debut in Tales of the Darkside, and has gone onto star in critically acclaimed films The Fugitive, The Hours and Boogie Nights. While she is particularly known for playing women who are suffering breakdowns on screen, the star has always kept her personal life - she is married to American film director Bart Freundlich whom she has a 17-year old son, Caleb and 12-year-old daughter, Liv, with - away from the cameras.

Julianne Moore in film Maps to the Stars

"I do remember when I was starting acting, going from one set to the next, with not much else going on in my life. And at the end of the day you get back to your hotel room and just feel this awful loneliness, because the cameras have stopped rolling. If you ever want to have an existential moment, that's the time. You sit there and think, 'Who am I?'.

"But the only people who can affirm you are your family. They are the ones who are close to you. They're the only ones who can really see you."

As well as attending the premiere of Maps to the Stars at Cannes Film Festival this week, Moore is also currently promoting her role in the final two films in the Hunger Games franchise.

Both films have reportedly been re-written and re-ordered to compensate for the absence of Philip Seymour Hoffman who died from an overdose midway through production.

Speaking about the late actor, who she worked with on Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski and Magnolia, Moore said, "It [Hoffman's sudden death] was a really horrible thing to happen. It's been so upsetting for all of us. We're all still trying to come to terms with it."

"It's like we were saying," the star continued. "People are mysterious. Anyone can speculate, but it's only speculation."

(Images: Rex Features)

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