Marriage is not an essential before having kids for some people, Julianne Moore included. Then why did she tie the knot a few years ago with now-husband Bart Freundlich? For her kids, of course.
"The only reason I got married in 2003 was for my children," Moore, 50, revealed to the British newspaper The Guardian. "I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family, and that made sense to me."
Moore and Freundlich had already established a life together with a young son and daughter–Caleb, now 13 and Liv, 8–by the time they got married eight years ago. But marriage was the glue she wanted to hold her family together. And now she looks for other ways to keep her family solid too.
"I want to be with my husband and kids as much as I can," she said. "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."
As a youngster, Moore went to nine schools, including one in Germany. Although she admitted that the constant change made her adaptable and gave her "a sense of universality", "It’s not something I’d recommend," she said.
The actress left her family in Germany to come to college in the United States. Even though her kids are just barely getting into the teenage years, she is not looking forward to the day when they’ll leave her nest.
"It’s going to be a very big deal for me," she says. "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!’"