You’ve seen Julianne Moore play a lawyer, a housewife, a mother, and a post-apocalyptic survivor, but not until now have you seen her play a rock star.
For indie drama What Maisie Knew, Moore had to learn the swagger and the singing skills of a rocker. She plays Susanna, one half of the pair of negligent, self-involved parents of young Maisie (Onata Aprile). When Susanna and her art dealer husband (Steve Coogan) divorce, Maisie gets shuffled back and forth between the two of them, and soon her two new stepparents (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham) come to care for her more than her childish parents do.
Real-life rock group The Kills became Susanna’s band for the film. Moore sings with them for two songs on the soundtrack, “Night Train” and “Hook and Line.”
“Before production began, we took Julianne Moore (an avowed ‘non-singer’) to see The Kills perform,” directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel wrote for the soundtrack’s booklet. “Watching her watch the band was incredible: She couldn’t take her eyes off [lead singer] Alison [Mosshart].”
Below, listen to an EW exclusive stream of the full soundtrack, which also includes the score by Nick Urata and the soft, soothing closing credits song, “Feeling of Being,” by Lucy Schwartz.
And like any rock star, Susanna is not without the flashbulbs and magazine articles, so Susanna of course has a photo shoot during the film. Check out an exclusive clip featuring Susanna and Maisie posing for photos below:
Following its fall 2012 premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, What Maisie Knew began its limited release on May 3. The soundtrack is available now on iTunes.
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