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‘I loved how voracious she was’: Julianne Moore describes her character in ‘Mary & George’

The new historical series 'Mary & George' follows the story of Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) and her son George (Nicholas Galitzine), rising to become the wealthiest and most influential players in the history of the English court. Courtesy of Sky Studios

The new British series, “Mary & George,” surely offers a unique take on the historical drama, blending a compelling queer narrative with the story of a strong, power-hungry female character, played by Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore.Based on Benjamin Woolley’s novel “The King’s Assassin,” the upcoming series follows the true story of Mary Villiers (Moore), the countess of Buckingham, and her son George Villiers (Nicholas Galitzine) in 17th century England.The low-born, yet ambition-filled countess sees an opportunity to bring her family to power using her handsome son as a pawn in her ambitious scheme to influence King James I (Tony Curran), with nothing stopping her ruthless social climbing.The seven-part series will debut on March 5 in the U.K. and will release all episodes in Korea on April 26 exclusively through Wavve.During a Zoom interview with The Korea Times, Friday, Moore shared how she was drawn to the dangerously ambitious character, forging her way into the royal court to become the most influential mother-son duo in the country.“I loved how active she was. I loved the fact that she was frank, never seemed to censor herself, and then how voracious she was too. She seemed to be voracious for life and for her experiences and also, strangely, was never satisfied with anything, which is not necessarily a great quality but it’s an interesting quality,” the American actor said during an interview.

“So there was something about her that was excruciating because she was so needy, so acquisitive and so ambitious in a way that feels harmful. But it was interesting for me and it was compelling.” She added she was interested in the way the series unravels the fictional story of the real-life titular figure, who is relatively unknown in history.“I was struck immediately by the language, the writing and the freshness of the storytelling … I thought that this was a different way of telling a true but unfamiliar story,” she said.“It was interesting to tell this story from a female and a queer perspective. It was something that I really hadn’t seen before.”Mary’s ambition is well depicted in a line to her reluctant son: “If I were a man and I looked like you, I’d rule the f***ing planet.” Despite being the historical time setting, Moore noted that her character, defying the conservative era that left her with little autonomy, will still be relevant to women today.

“I don’t think that we live in an equitable world. I don’t think that women have the same opportunities that men do. So, basically, it’s a very clever way of her saying ‘Do you have any idea what kind of world awaits you and what your opportunities are?’” she said.“I don’t think we would still be talking about feminism if we thought that women and men have an equal opportunity in the world. So I think it’s very, very relevant and incredibly valid.” The series delves into the darker corners of royal life, portraying a lustful king and George’s manipulative charm with steamy scenes.Galitzine, who came to international fame with the 2023 film “Red, White & Royal Blue,” found his character’s journey from vulnerability to power compelling, offering a stark contrast to his previous role.“It was just a character I’d never really played before. Being sort of thrust into this really rich world of the royal court by his mother and having to be tenacious and learn from her tenacity and crude power for his family (felt compelling). I think it was a really unique story,” Galitzine said during the interview.

“The way George was written on pages being initially so vulnerable, timid and emotional and how he developed throughout the show and bolstered himself with wealth and power, it was just such an exciting prospect.”Curran also shared that playing the role of capricious, pleasure-seeking ruler was a challenging but enjoyable ride.“I’d really not heard much about his life. But the fact that I was going to get the opportunity to get into this man’s shoes was a great challenge. It was kind of scary but I loved every minute of doing it,” Curran said.“Many of (the series’) characters have journeyed through this story. And certainly James, there’s joie de vivre and then obviously he has vulnerability and his darkness. I think there’s something about James missing within him; there’s something intangible that he’s trying to grasp whether that’s through these relationships 슬롯사이트 with these men … I found him to be extremely human and relatable.”

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