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Moore: Kids led me to Hunger role

Julianne Moore has said her children are responsible for her being cast in The Hunger Games.

The 53-year-old actress - who has a 17-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter - stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 as President Alma Coin, the domineering leader of District 13, in the latest film adapted from Suzanne Collins' best-selling books .

Julianne said: "It's the reason I did it. I wouldn't have even been aware of the books if it hadn't been for my children. My son read them initially and really loved them, really responded to them.

And then when my daughter was reading them later on, I read them with her and that's how I discovered the story. I was so struck by the strength of the narrative and the incredible female heroine and the political allegory and basically picked up the phone and said 'Hey is that part cast yet?' That's how it happened.

In the film, Julianne worked closely with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the franchise.

They have worked together several times before, including on 1997's Boogie Nights.

Philip died in February from a heroin overdose aged just 46 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is dedicated to him.

Julianne welled up as she said: "We were all very moved by the dedication. I think it's a wonderful thing that they did that."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is released in cinemas on November 21.

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