Actress Julianne Moore Briefly Mentions Her Atheism in an Interview January 30, 2015

Actress Julianne Moore Briefly Mentions Her Atheism in an Interview

We’ve known for a while now that actress Julianne Moore is an atheist. In a 2002 episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Moore and host James Lipton had this exchange (at the 32:10 mark):

Lipton: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Moore: Well, I guess you were wrong. I do exist.

But, as far as I know, she’s never elaborated on her non-religious beliefs until this forthcoming article in The Hollywood Reporter:

Turbulence is not unknown to her; she acknowledges that a peripatetic childhood left its share of instability, and she returns over and over to the theme of impermanence. She says she doesn’t believe in God and has a strong sense that meaning is imposed on a chaotic world.

“I learned when my mother died five years ago that there is no ‘there’ there,” she reflects. “Structure, it’s all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.”

She doesn’t say more, but maybe she doesn’t have to. Even in Hollywood, it’s not often an Academy Award nominee admits to being an atheist, and it’s refreshing to hear her say as much so openly.

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