“I do want to move beyond that culturally”.
Colbert also mentioned Page receiving the Human Rights Campaign National Vanguard award and asked if coming out makes her feel a burden to carry the movement.
Page first heard of Laurel and Stacie’s story when she saw the 2007 Oscar-winning short documentary of the same name by Cynthia Wade. In ’05, Hester is diagnosed with late-stage cancer in her lungs, and she is stunned to discover that even after her 23 years of decorated service, the Board of Freeholders of Ocean County, New Jersey, refuses to let her leave her pension to Andree – a right any legally married county employee would enjoy. When she’s not making a movie, shooting the same scene over and over, she’s promoting a movie, answering the same questions over and over.
Fortunately, Moore decided that message of the movie was important and signed on, which was a huge relief to co-star and producer Ellen Page (along with her manager Kelly Bush Novak, who is also openly gay).
Filming the movie “was a special experience for me personally: What it represented in my life”.
Speaking with Stephen Colbert this week, Page admitted she feels a weight has been lifted off her shoulders since coming out last February, and can’t imagine what life would be like if she had stayed closeted.
‘We have a very solid family life, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done, ‘ she revealed to Harper’s Bazaar. Moore makes the point that the the Supreme Court decision on marriage this past June was achieved in large part thanks to women like Laurel Hester and Edith Windsor.
“Incredible activists like Laurel and Stacie – it really changes minds, it touches people’s hearts and makes it shift from seeing something as “other” or “different” to of course realizing that we are all the same and all we’re asking for is equality”, Page said Tuesday.
Freeheld, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, has already been receiving decent reviews and will be released in theaters across North America on October 2.