The upcoming drama Freeheld, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, premiered at Toronto Film Festival and both Ellen and Julianne sat down to speak about the film.
In case you’re unaware, Freeheld is based on the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who fought for partner benefits for same sex couples when Laurel was diagnosed with cancer.
During the interview, Julianne touched a little bit on the difficulties of playing a real life person, rather than a character written for the script: “When playing a real person, you’re never going to be able to be them completely… you have to represent them as truthfully as possible.”
She then went on to discuss the discrimination that same-sex couples and LGBT people face everyday: “I think it’s much easier to discriminate when you perceive someone or something as ‘other’. But when you are exposed to it, in a more approximate way… this is your sister, this is your neighbour, these are the people that you live with, that’s everyone’s just the same, I think it will really change things.”