Ellen Page burst to the spotlight in Juno, but the former precocious teen is now a woman with a mission ( remember when she confronted Ted Cruz over discrimination). Just last year the actress actually came out as gay, but it was her character in Freeheld, as part of a lesbian couple fighting to for domestic partner rights, than gave her the courage to do so. “I remember thinking, ‘Ellen, how in God’s name could you make this film and not be out?’ What’s interesting to me is how long it took to make the movie – for it to finally come together – and how my internal progression toward coming out was naturally in line with it,” Page tells Out Magazine.
“Stacie and Laurel’s story is incredibly inspiring and did take a lot of courage, particularly in a time of such unimaginable difficulty. It really did make me go, ‘Dude, just tell people you’re gay. Just get over yourself, honestly, and support those who are not as privileged. It’s like, ‘You have f—ing privilege, so do something with it,’ ” Page adds.
Page plays Stacie Andree who is in a relationship with Laurel Hester, played by Julianne Moore. Hester is a New Jersey police officer who’s been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and would like her partner Andree to get her pension benefits. They are blcoked by the local board of freeholders despite the state allowing it, whic prompts the fight from LBGT groups and mades headlines across the country.
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