Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has lent her name and time to many causes, including children’s poverty and literacy. But few issues have shaken her so deeply as the recent spate of tragic shootings. Citing the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she notes, “It was alarming to think something like this could happen, and the climate didn’t change immediately.”
So Moore became involved with Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest U.S. organization for gun violence prevention, which launched in 2014 through a combination of the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Everytown, which boasts more than 3 million members, advocates for initiatives that would create stricter background checks and supports laws that keep guns away from domestic abusers and strengthen safety programs.
In October 2015, Moore launched the Everytown Creative Council as founding chairwoman. The council boasts such artists as J.J. Abrams, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Carell and Amy Schumer.
Moore points out that the group’s efforts are “not an anti-gun movement or a partisan movement — this is about safety.” As someone who has played her share of police officers, such as in last year’s film “Freeheld,” she has fired guns on sets and respects people who want to handle weapons responsibly.
“It’s constitutional, and that’s an important thing to remember,” she says. She cites the example of the auto industry, saying that although cars are involved in injuries and fatalities, nobody wants to eliminate them; rather, they have introduced elements like airbags to make driving safer. “There’s no reason we can’t do the same with guns,” she says. “It does not have to be a fight.”
Watch below as Moore discusses her work with Todd Haynes, how it felt to win an Oscar and the year she spent in Alaska: