Julianne Moore Pens Children's Book

Julianne Moore 

(The above pic is of Julianne Moore as a young girl)

And with her daughter…

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore’s children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry, features a 7-year-old girl who’s “just like everyone else” except for her red hair and “something worse … FRECKLES!” Back home in Manhattan after shooting the film Blindness in Brazil, Moore, 46, talked with USA TODAY about being an author, an actress and a mother.
Q: How autobiographical is the book?

A: When I was 7 (in Omaha), the other kids called me “Freckleface Strawberry.” I hated it. But they were just calling it like they saw it, even when they said things like “You look dirty,” and “Can I smell them?”

Q: Did you really wear a ski mask like your character?

A: No. I made that up. But when I wear a hat, people don’t recognize me. When they don’t see my red hair, they walk right by.

Q: The book is dedicated to your “own not-so-freckled strawberries” (son Cal, 9, and daughter Liz, 5, with her husband, director Bert Freundlich). Did they influence it?

A: I wrote it for them. In tone, Freckleface Strawberry is more like my daughter than me. She has a lot more personality than I did at her age. She’s more sure of herself. She’s more of a spunky kid.

Q. And you’re spunky now?

A: I don’t know if I am. But I’m pleased that my character is.

Q: Would you say the book has a moral?

A: I started it when my son was 7 and starting to notice how he looks. It’s a sweet moment, but it’s also an upsetting time — for the next 20 years or so, you can be obsessed by your big feet or your big teeth or your crazy hair — before you come out on the other end and say, “I may not like parts of how I look, but there’s not a whole lot I can do about it.”

Q: You join a growing list of celebrities writing children’s books.

A: There’s something slightly embarrassing about that. But I wanted to be published because I loved books as a kid and I love them now.

Q: As a kid, what did you read?

A: My father was in the Army, so we moved a lot, and in each new town, the first place I’d check out was the public library. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) because their characters seemed liked real girls. And I loved Judy Blume. I used to think, “‘How can she know this much about kids?”

Q: How does writing compare with acting?

A: You can do it by yourself. Acting never exists in a vacuum. I love it, but you’re part of a collaborative crowd. … I wrote the first draft of Freckleface Strawberry on a plane to London. I wrote it in the margins of my Filofax. That’s how old I am. I still have a Filofax.

Q: Do you have plans for more books?

A: I’m hoping it’s the beginning of a series with the same character. I have an option for the second book and a draft of the third. I showed it to my son, and he said, “Mom, I think you need more of a middle and more of an end,” and I said, “But it’s just a draft!”

Q: And do you have another film project?

A: I have no idea. For now, I’m just taking it easy and spending time with my kids.



  1. Janessa says

    Celebs writing books is the new black. Yawn. But hey? At least she isn’t working on a CD.

    That Liv? She has to be the prettiest red headed little girl I have ever seen. She’s a beaut.

  2. Neda says

    Aw, she was a cute little girl, and her daughter is equally as adorable now! I love the title of her book. I think I’m going to look into ontaining a copy for my own girls. Does anyone know what age group it is geared towards?

  3. Emma says

    I think, that it’s good for celebrities to write books. I also think that they don’t have to work there way up in the writing career because they think they are on the top already. If you get what I mean

  4. Zbella says

    Oh, I think it’s cute. But I am a freckleface Strawberry, myself. People called me Carrot-Top, which I hated, as a kid.

  5. 2teens3beans says

    Most of them are overachievers by nature though, they can’t just stick to acting. Next thing you know they’re cutting an album, directing a movie, writing a book. I don’t hold it against them.

  6. Cathi says

    julianna was really cute as a kid with the red hair and freckles. i can understand that it was rough to have other kids making fun of her, but she obviously overcame that.

    i, personally, hate it that celebs are writing childrens books. i feel that it is so unfair to all the people out there who are really great writers and are struggling to have their books published. publishers will only publish a certain amount of books per year and for every celeb that gets a book published there is one struggling writer who will continue to struggle.

    celebs already have money and fame. this book writing is a growning trend with them and i think it is greedy and selfish.

  7. theresa says

    good for her, and good for any freckleface strawberries out there, but geez – celebrity moms authoring children’s books… it just begs the question “who did she know?” and of course she wants to do a series of books, and hmmmm, i wonder if someday she’ll want to make it into a movie. another celebrity mom thing to do? do a kid’s film of course. usually it’s a voice in an animated film…

    but good for her because she has a family to support and if i was her i’d do the same thing!

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