Actress Julianne Moore has built a successful career starring in several acclaimed film roles across many film genres.
In 2005, she decided to try herself in the romantic comedy genre. But one of the film’s funnier scenes was inspired by a real-life incident that could have ended tragically.
Trust the man was a 2005 rom-com film starring an all-star cast including Moore, David Duchovny and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was directed by her longtime husband Bart Freundlich, whom she met after the filmmaker sent her a script. The couple have made three films together. This contains The myth of fingerprints, Trust the manand the emotional After the wedding.
For Moore, working with her longtime husband hasn’t been a problem. This was because Moore saw Freundlich not only as a loving husband but also as a talented filmmaker. One in whom she fully believed.
“We’ve been together for ten years and in every relationship that’s going to be authentic. There is a degree of intimacy. They are each other’s family. I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it,” Moore once said in an interview with MovieWeb. “He’s great, and everyone always says that, but it’s true. He’s a great director. He knows how to talk to everyone the way they like to be spoken to.”
Moore and Freundlich mimicked a real accident for one of the scenes Trust the man. The rom-com included a play in which Moore’s character eats a piece of cake after trying to go on a low-carb diet. Moore’s character ends up choking on the cake she swallowed in front of her on-screen husband, Duchovny. The scene bore uncanny resemblances to a real-life incident that happened to Moore.
“It was based on something that actually happened to me,” she once told the Artisan News Service.
“Because Bart’s birthday is in January and it’s always kind of about the Golden Globes. And, you know, you’re always nervous, you don’t really eat. And I think I was waiting for Bart to do something and I kept cutting pieces of cake into pieces until I finally sucked them in and swallowed them. So we put it in the film because we thought it would be fun.”
Moore’s family life with her children was also used for the film. In the feature, Moore’s character is accidentally hit by a ball her child is using on screen. But Moore experienced something similar when dealing with her actual children.
“I’m always the one who gets hit by the balls,” Moore said of her kids playing balls around her.
Moore has been involved in many onscreen relationships that sometimes have love scenes. In an interview with You, the actress confided that her husband is not really enthusiastic about such scenes. But Moore appreciates Freudenlich’s feelings, which she sees as a healthy response.
“He hates it – what I love about him. It’s funny because I have to say, “It’s literally work…” but I get it and I think it’s sane. If you felt like it was okay for people to kiss your wife, that would be kind of weird. But yeah, he doesn’t love that,” Moore said.