Oscar winner for Best Actress Julianne Moore graced the New York red carpet with Ellen Page to celebrate the premiere of their new movie Freeheld. The film, which tackles LGBT rights, tells the story of real-life partners Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, played by Moore and Page, respectively.
“I found the story of Laurel and Stacie to be incredibly moving. They just wanted to be treated like everybody else,” Moore told Variety. ““Their personal story shows that love is love. Every relationship is a valid relationship. I hope our film will show that no matter what a person’s sexuality is, they aren’t any different.”
Directed by Peter Sollett, the film follows New Jersey police officer Hester’s fight to pass her pension to Andree.
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Ellen Page told Variety that the story of the couple is very inspiring. They knew they had to do something because they “weren’t being treated equally.”
“I want to do the right thing, and that’s one of the reasons why I really wanted their story to be told,” Page said.
According to Page Six of the NY Post, Page, who came out as gay in 2014, said that the world needs “a society where everyone can be themselves and love freely.” Page also explained to Moore her own process of coming out to the public.
“Freeheld” also stars Steve Carell, Luke Grimes, and Michael Shannon.