LOS ANGELES - Julianne Moore, the 52-year-old star of such acclaimed films as Boogie Nights (1997) and The Hours (2002), has heard the hype about how actresses over 40 rule Hollywood these days.
But she does not quite buy it.
"I read that article too. I have no idea," she says of a recent piece in The Hollywood Reporter, which cited her, along with the likes of Sandra Bullock, 49, and Cameron Diaz, 41, as proof that older women now have more star power than younger actresses.
Speaking to a group of journalists about her new horror movie Carrie, which opens in Singapore on Thursday, Moore insists that the movie business has "always been a buyer's market" for those in her profession.
This is why she hesitates "to make any sweeping generalisations" about the apparent triumph of those in her age group.
Even with Moore's enviable career as one of the most respected dramatic actresses of her generation, with four Oscar nominations to her name, she insists that "it's not like we have a tremendous amount of control".
"You don't say, like, 'I think I want to do a comedy next.' It's really about what comes along, and then you read it and make a choice based on that material," she says to reporters at a Beverly Hills hotel.
It is hard to know whether to believe her, though, because as the interview progresses, her responses suggest that this extremely successful actress - who has a handful of high-profile movies out this year and next, including Don Jon, Seventh Son and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - still perceives herself as something of an outsider.
Perhaps it is because of her lowly start as a soap star in the 1980s, when she appeared on daytime dramas such as The Edge Of Night and As The World Turns.