Ellen Page has wrapped shooting on the incredible true life movie Freeheld, about a female cop (Julianne Moore) who battles for gay rights as her cancer is diagnosed as terminal, ensuring that her partner (Ellen Page) can receive her pension and visitation rights in her final days.
Speaking to EW, Page stated that the decision to work on Freeheld had a big effect on her choice to come out of the closet as gay:
I remember thinking, ‘Ellen, how in God’s name could you make this film and not be out?’ 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.
Julianne Moore said that Freeheld also opened her eyes to the reality of closeted life for gay people:
I don’t think I was aware of how painful it is to be closeted. I have the advantage of being a person who’s never had to hide my sexuality, so I asked Ellen a lot of questions — frank questions — about what that feels like.
She said she felt discomfort simply wearing all these dresses, and it was all very eye-opening for me. She was so unprotective [of herself] — I was very touched by that. It definitely made me more sensitive to the nuances of our movie.
Check out the trailer for this beautiful, heart-wrenching movie below.