Julianne Moore has seen her fair share of relationships on the big screen, some that work out and others…not so much. But the one relationship she has proudly kept for 20-plus years now is the one she shares with her husband and father to her children, Bart Freundlich.
The pair met in 1996 while on set for the film The Myth of Fingerprints, which starred Moore and was directed by Freundlich. Julianne being the filmmaker’s 10-year senior and the fact they met under the circumstances they did, the Still Alice star says that their connection was “unexpected”.
“It was pretty unexpected,” Moore said of their meeting, per Closer Weekly. “[But] it’s true – that thing about love growing. It does and it gets way better.”
Seven years later, the couple tied the knot, marking this August as their 20th wedding anniversary. Throughout their relationship, they have welcomed two children, Caleb and Liv. Both their kids and their close friends have time and time again expressed how perfect of a match they are for each other and Julianne’s advice for achieving such longevity just adds to their incredibly natural compatibility.
Back in February, Moore talked with People about how “happy” she is in her marriage and what she thinks is the essential key to making it last as long as her’s and Bart’s has.
“I feel happy that my marriage is thriving and intact,” she admitted. “That’s a really great thing.”
As for the secret to their marriage, Moore explains, “I think you both have to want to be together. Find somebody who’s as interested in you as you are in them.”
The Crazy, Stupid Love actress has echoed this same ideal in the past, most notably while appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show in 2020.
“The only thing that I can say is, I think that you both have to really want to be married,” she said to Drew. “I do feel like I’ve seen situations where things aren’t working out for people, one of the members of the couple doesn’t want to be there.”
“I think if you’re both invested in it working out, and then you really have to have a good time,” she continued. “My God, I think they really have to make you laugh. If they don’t make you laugh, it’s just deadly.”
Humor truly does play a huge role in their relationship, as Julianne confessed that nobody makes her laugh as hard as her husband does.
“Bart has always made me laugh so hard that my eyelids start to flip up,” she said to People. “My god, does he make me laugh.”
When you’re laughing and in love, as Moore explains, time flies.
“I mean, I think that’s what’s been nice about it. [24 years together] doesn’t feel like a long time.”
Now at 27 years together, here’s to another 27 for the beautiful couple!