Nothing Really Happened Between Julianne Moore and Annette Bening

In the film The Kids Are Alright, which opens in theatres July 9, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a lesbian couple and Mark Ruffalo, their sperm donor.

“They’d be great moms to have,” said the tousled-haired actor, wearing dark jeans and a untucked button-down shirt, at a lunch on Tuesday afternoon, June 29, at Rouge Tomate in midtown, celebrating the forthcoming film. He added that the two leading ladies reminded him of his own (hetero) parents, who happen to be a hairdresser and a construction painter from Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Listen, if there was a sperm bank in my neighborhood when I was a young actor, I could have made a career out of that,” Mr. Ruffalo continued. “I wasted a lot of talent during those years.” (Hello!)

The Transom was seated at a table with actress Yaya DaCosta, who plays what she called Mr. Ruffalo’s “friend with benefits,” and Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska, who play Ms. Bening’s and Ms. Moore’s (and Mr. Ruffalo’s) teenage children. 

Ms. Moore wore a tight blue dress yesterday. When asked about her steamy scenes with Ms. Bening, she said, “Nothing really happened. It’s like a lot of kind of rolling around.”