EXCLUSIVE: Kiefer Sutherland Say He's 'Just Friends' With Demi Moore but 'Honored' by Romance Rumors
By Jackie Willis
Kiefer Sutherland spoke with ET about rumors circulating that he's dating his Forsaken co-star, Demi Moore.
Ahead of the film's release on Feb. 19, the 49-year-old actor admits to ET that he's "honored" to be romantically linked to the gorgeous 53-year-old actress but insists that their relationship is strictly platonic.
"First of all, as honored as I would be if that were true, it is not true," he said of the reports. "Demi is a friend of mine."
Sutherland added that he finds reports such as these "a small price to pay" for doing what he loves. "You have to kind of ride with it and try to clear things up as much as you can," he explained.
While there's nothing going on with Moore and Sutherland romantically off-screen, he gushed to ET about how perfect she was to play the leading lady in Forsaken. The film is a brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father -- played by the actor's real-life dad, Donald Sutherland -- in an attempt to save their community from men stealing their land. Moore plays Sutherland's unrequited love interest, Mary-Alice Watson, who is married to another man.
"I just think she's an extraordinary actor and she has a real pioneer spirit," Sutherland said, praising Moore's performance. "I think of the women that helped break through to the West of this country, and helped develop the West of this country. They were incredibly strong and Demi is an incredibly strong woman."
Sutherland said, from the start, he was impressed with the actress' dedication to the part. "To her credit, I remember the first day I saw her on set, and she wasn't wearing any makeup," he recalled. "She had taken on the role with that kind of gyrator that I was so impressed with. I can't speak highly enough of the work that she did in the movie, and how I think of her as a person."