Julianne Moore's Old Nickname: Freckleface Strawberry
"I hated it," says the redhead, who's titled her new kids' book with the moniker
Kids can say the meanest things. Just ask Julianne Moore.
Recalling her Omaha childhood, the flame-haired actress, 46, tells USA Today, “When I was 7, the other kids called me ‘Freckleface Strawberry.’ I hated it. But they were just calling it like they saw it, even when they said things like, ‘You look dirty,’ and ‘Can I smell them?’ “
Ironically, Moore is using that schoolyard taunt for the title of her first children’s book, the newly published Freckleface Strawberry – with the moral being that people should accept and embrace how they look.
“I started it when my son was 7 and starting to notice how he looks,” says Moore. “It’s a sweet moment, but it’s also an upsetting time – for the next 20 years or so, you can be obsessed by your big feet or your big teeth or your crazy hair – before you come out on the other end and say, ‘I may not like parts of how I look, but there’s not a whole lot I can do about it.’ ”
Asked how she feels about becoming one of a growing number of celebrity authors of children’s books – a club that includes Madonna, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Andrews and others – Moore says it leaves her red-faced.
“There’s something slightly embarrassing about that,” she says. “But I wanted to be published because I loved books as a kid and I love them now.”
Moore dedicates the book to her “own not-so-freckled strawberries” – her children with director Bart Freundlich: Caleb, 9, and Liz, 5.
“I wrote it for them,” she says. “In tone, Freckleface Strawberry is more like my daughter than me. She has a lot more personality than I did at her age. She’s more sure of herself. She’s more of a spunky kid.”