Actress Julianne Moore talked about the
inspiring true story behind her latest project during an appearance
Wednesday on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.
Moore plays Lieutenant Laurel Hester in
Freeheld, the Hollywood adaptation of the documentary short
story of the same name based on the true story of a lesbian couple
who faced death while battling a discriminatory government.
Hester fought for the right to leave
her Ocean County, New Jersey police pension to her domestic partner,
Stacie (played by Ellen Page), as she faced a diagnosis of terminal
Moore said that the film was especially
meaningful to Page, who came out gay last year.
“I think it was a meaningful project
[to Page] because she had been attached to it as a producer for so
long that it meant so much to her personally,” Moore said.
“It was meaningful for me to talk to
Ellen about her experiences and for her to talk about what it means
to be closeted and to then come out, and what are the repercussions in
your personal life and in your professional life.”
DeGeneres and Moore praised Hester for
“It's amazing, because she was not an
activist. She was closeted. She wasn't even openly gay,”
“And then she ran up against this
thing when she's dying and realized, 'If I don't come out and speak
out against this my partner's going to lose her house. Our house,'”