Julianne Moore on ‘Mockingjay’ cohort Philip Seymour Hoffman: ‘Best of my generation’

LONDON – Julianne Moore called her “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” director Francis Lawrences “generous and helpful.” She said her closest on-screen cohort Philip Seymour Hoffman was “imaginative, fully developed, engaged… one of the best of my generation.” She was “struck by the strength” of young adult novel franchise and its political allegories, mentioning it was a book series her children “adored.”

Julianne Moore — for her many roles, talents and films — sounds like she's just happy to be here.

The actress filled HitFix in on her draw to the story, in which you see her character President Alma Coin only from protagonist Katniss Everdeen's point of view. And for those who check out “Mockingjay – Part 1” in theaters this weekend, President Coin keeps things pretty quiet, and close to the vest.

“We don't understand what kind of a leader she is… you get the edge of her,” Moore said of Coin, mentioning she and Lawrence were able to fill in the blanks on her political evolution and her life living underground using their imagination. “You have to make yourself small, and to be economical and to be resourceful.”

Watch our whole interview below, with more on the late, great Hoffman; why she said she loves these stories; and her thoughts on Oscars prospects out of her recent film “Still Alice.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” is in theaters Friday (Nov. 21).