HBO is digging back into the well of the recent political past with their new movie GAME CHANGE based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin non-fiction book about the 2008 Presidential Race.

Playing Sarah Palin, who ran for vice-president alongside John McCain, is actress Julianne Moore who went through a tremendous amount of research to get the performance right so it was real and grounded – and not a caricature.

“The first thing I did was hire a vocal coach, because for me she has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking and I really felt I needed to capture that,” says Moore at during the TCA press tour for HBO. “So we looked at hours and hours of footage. I listened to her on tape. I read her book. I read GAME CHANGE. I read her assistant’s book. It’s a daunting task to play somebody who is not only a living figure, but one who is hugely well known. So for me, the most important thing was accuracy.”

And even though Palin, at times, was ridiculed for her views and statements, Moore says that there’s something very important that people forget about her vice-presidential run.

“I have a profound respect for the historical nature of her candidacy,” says Moore. “From where she was taken out of in state government and thrust into an international stage like this – that was a tremendous amount of pressure. That was the other thing I was trying to capture – that pressure-cooker kind of atmosphere. What does that do to somebody psychologically?”

GAME CHANGE airs March 10 on HBO.

(additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante)


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