Fri, 15 Mar, 2019Shannen Findlay

Julianne Moore opens up about her 16-year marriage to Bart Freundlich

Many Hollywood couples haven’t stood the test of time, however, Julianne Moore’s 16-year marriage to filmmaker and director Bart Freundlich, 49, is a shining example of a famous long-lasting relationship.

On Wednesday, the 58-year-old veteran actress revealed the dynamics of her family life in an interview with People.

The couple have two children together, 21-year-old Caleb and 16-year-old Liv throughout their long marriage. In the revealing interview, Moore explained her excellent relationship with Freundlich has been the result of years of hard work.

“We have this narrative in our culture that if you want a career, you have to work hard, go to school, look for a job, you have to apply yourself, but love is supposed to just happen to you,” explained the Oscar winner.

“One day you’re going to meet someone and get hit over the head and boom! That happens in romantic comedies but in real life you have to make time.

“When you find a person, you have to invest in them and that relationship. And that’s what love is.”

The Hollywood couple married in 2003 after meeting in 1996 on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints, which the 49-year-old film maker directed.

“It was pretty unexpected,” she said of their relationship.

“It kept going, and now we have this huge history together.”

The Still Alice star compared her strong marriage to a “container” and explained her and her husband’s container is “pretty good. It’s not airtight but it’s pretty good.”

She also added marriage is: “a container for a family and that’s why legal marriage is important — that everyone be allowed to be married, every couple, because it’s a way of saying to the world, ‘I’m legally committed to this person and I’m going to make this container for the two of us, and then our children, and our life together'.”

With one of their children close to finishing college while their youngest is prepping for her last years of high school – for Moore, life couldn’t get any better.  

“'You think, ‘Wow we did it!’ We are intact and we are happy.”

Both Moore and Freundlich currently reside in New York.

Scroll through the gallery to see Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich through their 16 years of marriage.