The English Teacher

Tribeca Exclusive Interview: Julianne Moore And Michael Angarano Talk ‘The English Teacher’

Julianne Moore is an actress who has shaped the core of her career in the independent film world, so it’s no surprise that she would be returning to the Tribeca Film Festival with a quality film. This year she stars in the charming romantic comedy The English Teacher.

Doing a complete 180 from her character in Crazy, Stupid, Love, Moore plays an endearingly naive 40-year-old English teacher Linda. An unmarried A-type, Linda’s nose is always in a book, and for most of her life has found companionship, and the greatest life lessons in her favorite literature. Never going out of her safety zone to connect with anyone romantically, Linda neurotically has a mental checklist measuring up potential love interests to archaic stereotypes.

Linda’s world gets turned upside down when an old student Jason (Michael Angarano) strolls back into town with a play he failed to get produced in New York. Inspired by his talent, Linda decides to take a risk and brings the play to her high school. Soon one risk bleeds into another and Linda’s world has quickly turned upside down in a bumbling, hilarious way.

Giving life to Linda proves to be easy for Moore, who seems to be unfailing in her ability to humanize characters. What could have been a rigid and shrewd woman is a heartfelt character who begs for your understanding even in the worst of her blunders.

The Inquisitr’sNiki Cruz caught up with Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano to talk about The English Teacher.


THE INQUISITR: How was it working with such a versatile cast?

JULIANNE MOORE: It was a pretty extraordinary cast. They were really great people, Norbert Leo Butz, Jessica Hecht, Nathan Lane, and Greg Kinnear. We had a great cast.

MICHAEL ANGARANO: It was amazing. I grew up watching them. My favorite movies are Nine Months and The Birdcage. They’re the kind of movies that you can watch with your family. The scenes that we got to do with the whole ensemble really felt like a play, which was fun to think about. I don’t have play experience, so it was really fun.

THE INQUISITR: The thing about this film is that everyone does something they should apologize for but not everybody apologizes.


ANGARANO: It was kind of interesting because when we did a table read for it, I first read Jason out loud and he came across much angrier than I think he should have came across. I realized that there’s this real childishness about him that’s very annoying. Even his relationship with Linda, he thinks he’s this mature guy, and he’s kind of projected himself as that but he’s really just a boy. In the end I don’t think he intentionally wants to hurt anybody, but he’s kind of manipulative in a childish way.

MOORE: I think one of the nicest things about the movie is that people don’t apologize. It’s kind of one of those cause and effect things where at the end of the day, a lot of people are very ashamed by their behavior but there’s a kind of forgiveness that they all offer one another. Maybe they weren’t their best selves in that moment, but they had the best intentions. There’s humanity to their recovery that’s very nice. In a sense that, when your mother used to tell you, “Just let time go by and it’ll be better.” It all settles down again.

The English Teacher