If it hadn’t been for their two children, Julianne Moore and hubby Bart Freundlich might never have tied the knot.
“The only reason I got married in 2003 was for my children,” explains the 50-year-old actress to the UK’s Guardian newspaper. “I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for family, and that made sense to me.”
The couple, who are parents to Caleb, 13, and Liv, 8, had been in a relationship since 1996 – after Julianne’s nine year marriage to John Gould Rubin ended in 1995 – before deciding to walk down the aisle on August 23, 2003.
Today, the prolific Children of Men actress has made her family the number one priority in her life.
I want to be with my husband and kids as much as I can. Some celebrities take their children everywhere with them – despite having to pull them away from school and friends. Because of my own childhood experiences, I try to work in New York or during the summer, when my family can come with me.
Growing up with a military judge for a father, Julianne and her siblings moved constantly: “I attended nine schools. It’s not something I’d recommend but it made me who I am. You get very close to your family,” she explains. “It gave me adaptability, a sense of universality.”
“I saw the world at a very young age,” she adds.
Julianne left her family in Germany to attend a college in the United States, and is now beginning to dread the day when her own children will be making similar journeys: “It’s going to be a very big deal for me. I know all these teenagers – my friends’ kids – and I am always saying: ‘Let me give you a piece of advice. Make sure you can drive home or take the train home, because if you have to fly, it’s too far!’”