‘May December’ Town Hall with Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, and Charles Melton

The cast of the acclaimed movie sat down with Jess Cagle and Julia Cunningham.

Matt Simeone
January 10, 2024

Charles Melton’s role in May December has been critically acclaimed. But was he too hot to play Joe in the Netflix movie? Its filmmaker, Todd Haynes, initially thought so.“When Todd said that I was too good-looking or whatever I thought, ‘That was very sweet,’” Melton said.

“I consider that the highest compliment, host Jess Cagle chimed in.” “Like, you’re just too good-looking for this, I was like, ‘Dang, OK.’”

(L-R) Julia Cunningham, Jess Cagle, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton. (Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief that the Carol (2015) director ultimately selected Melton, who has quickly gone from CW Riverdale teen heartthrob to Oscar contender. He starred alongside Oscar winners Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman, who have garnered praise for their performances as well.

Directed by Haynes and penned by Samy Burch (from a story by Burch and Alex Mechanik), May December is a fictionalized depiction of the actual case of Mary Kay Letourneau – a Seattle school teacher sentenced to over seven years in prison for child rape after she started a sexual relationship with her sixth-grade student Vili Fualaau in 1996.

During the May December Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle and Julia Cunningham, Moore, Portman, and Melton also discussed Gracie and Joe’s complicated marriage, embodying real characters, and the movies Haynes sent them for inspiration. Check out the full Town Hall airing on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy channel during the times below and on the SiriusXM app starting Friday, January 12, at 2pm ET.

(L-R) Natalie Portman, Charles Melton, and Julianne Moore. (Getty Images for SiriusXM)

May December Town Hall Broadcast Schedule

Friday, 1/12 at 2pm, 8pm, and 10pm ET

Saturday, 1/13 at 1am, 4am, 12pm, and 4pm ET

Sunday, 1/14 at 6am, 10am, and 2pm, and 11pm ET

Monday, 1/15 at 2am ET