01/13/2015 03:11 pm ET Updated Jan 13, 2015

What Playing An Alzheimer's Patient In 'Still Alice' Taught Julianne Moore About Memory

Julianne Moore just won herself a Golden Globe for her depiction of a woman struggling with early on-set Alzheimer's in "Still Alice," but the actress walked away with more than just critical accolades.

In a Tuesday conversation with HuffPost Live, Moore spoke about how playing the part of Alice led her to realize the importance of living in the moment, rather than dwelling on the past or future.

"Memory is based on feelings and experience, and I think for Alice, what she realizes is that, as it goes, the only substitute for those feelings is being as present as you can [be] in the moment that you have," she explained. "And I think that's kind of the lesson of 'Still Alice.'"

Instead of "either thinking about what's happened or what's going to happen," Moore stresses that the value of just embracing the present.

"That's what the movie is about -- it's really about, how do you fully occupy that moment that you're in," she concluded.

Watch more from Julianne Moore's joint interview with Kristen Stewart on HuffPost Live here.

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