Demi Moore was unable to come to the Venice Film Festival, which is hosting a series of virtual talks, titled “Life Through a Different Lens: Contactless Connections,” with Mastercard, which the actress launched Wednesday. But she assured the moderator that she is doing really well, and staying positive, despite the threat of COVID-19.
Appearing almost regally calm from – we presume – her house, the actress shared with the audience: “This isn’t an equal opportunity virus so I really know how fortunate I am. We are all going through this but not all of us are having the same experience.” Said the A-lister. “I tend to really try to think what is something giving us instead of taking away. So, I’m almost timid to say that but I’m finding goodness in this challenge.”
Reminiscing about the early days of her career, Moore admitted that “it was things that opened conversations, things that pushed me beyond what I knew and what the status quo was.” The actress admitted she was moved by things that were ‘provocative’. “And I don’t mean just in a sexual sense. I mean things that made us think outside the box. In very early days for me, so much of what inspired and moved me was exploring how to love myself, how to find myself, and looking at different ways of finding different pieces of me.”
Continuing on the topic of inspiration, Moore recalled that when she was fifteen she lived in an apartment building in West Hollywood and one of the residents was Nastasia Kinsky. “That’s what opened my eyes and helped move me in the direction of becoming an actor. She spoke English beautifully but she didn’t feel comfortable in how she read it so, I would read scripts for her aloud. And there was something that she had so magical, so self-possessed. And I didn’t know what it was but I wanted it.”
Looks like Moore’s life was geared up for acting pretty early on. It was a well-known director that gave her yet another push. “When I was fourteen or fifteen, I was invited to watch the taping of ‘Happy Days.’ Garry Marshall was there then and out of nowhere, he told me “You know if you could harness this energy, you could really do something with it. It had a very profound effect on me it felt almost like a divine message but the resonance it held for me was life-changing. It gave me an awareness that I didn’t have about myself. I didn’t have a lot of parental guidance and it just completely brought me to myself and gave me a clear direction of what I wanted to do with myself.”
Demi Moore, the reader should note, has also starred in a feature film shot throughout pandemic… about the pandemic. The upcoming “Songbird.” “It’s about a pandemic in the near future. “My character is a mother and a wife who has resorted to black market dealing to survive,” Moore said. “It’s a world that has separated those who have and those who have not. If you are immune, you have a free pass to move about.”
Eager to work with more women, following Shana Feste’s narrative podcast “Dirty Diana,” Moore underlined the need for representation. “It’s one of the strongest ways in which we can support women. Knowing there are others, taking on roles that have been predominantly male, is what makes the difference,” she said.
And as for advice for actresses? “It’s a different time, but the common denominator is that you really have to want this. And be willing to put in the effort, knowing you are going to face a lot of rejection. Don’t take anything personally. And don’t look for someone to validate you,” she said.