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The One Role That Was a 'Big Deal' for Julianne Moore's Kids

When Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore isn't accepting awards for her acclaimed film and TV roles, she's creating a fascinating kids' world of monsters and dodgeball that's inhabited by her 7-year-old alter ego, Freckleface Strawberry.

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The Freckleface Strawberry book trilogy has been so popular that it's inspired a five-book deal, an Off-Broadway musical and two apps—the latest of which, Dreamtime Playtime, was just released this month. Taking a more educational turn from its monster-making predecessor, Dreamtime Playtime teaches kids basic math skills—but in a fun way, without a single princess in sight.

"I want Freckleface Strawberry to be a character in the books and the apps that parents feel [is] reliable," Moore says. "If you’re handing off an iPad or phone, it’s not some new princess thing or fairy thing—not that there’s anything wrong with that."

The mother of 11-year-old daughter Liv and 16-year-old son Caleb talked to mom.me about getting her daughter in on the app action, what her family does on Christmas and what her kids think of her joining The Hunger Games.

On asking her daughter, Liv, to help with the app...

"On the first app, I said, apropos of nothing, 'Hey, do you want to be the voice of Freckleface Strawberry?’ She was like, 'Yeah!' And then I thought, 'Oh, God, this could be weird.' I thought, ‘Maybe she won’t like it or maybe it’ll be difficult for her,' and she was amazing.

"It was fun for us to do together and something that she can feel genuinely proud of. I’m like, ‘This is really work, Liv.’ And she goes, 'If this is work, I would do work like this all day!'"

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Does she limit screen time for her kids?

"Definitely. Sometimes we’ll say, ‘You can have 20 minutes to text your friends,' or whatever it is. But even with television, we’ll be like, 'one show.' I think you just have to monitor all of that stuff. And also it depends on your child. I see some kids who can be fine watching a movie and then doing something else; I see other kids falling apart—having it kind of mess with them."

What she, husband Bart Freundlich and the kids are doing for the holiday...

Christmas, we’re in Manhattan, and it’s usually quieter. We always go to a basketball game. We go see the (New York) Knicks on Christmas Day.

Did Moore win bonus points with her kids by joining The Hunger Games?

Yes, I did. I really, really did because they don’t care about any of the movies I’m in. (Those) movies aren’t for children, so they haven’t seen any of them. They don’t care. But this is a big deal. They both love the books, and they both love Jennifer Lawrence, so yeah, I definitely got huge points for that.

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