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  • - Let's talk about "Freeheld..." - Yes, please.

  • - Because this movie, I pray that

  • everyone goes to see this movie. - Me too.

  • I really want everybody to see this.

  • - It's so good. You're great. - It is. Yeah. Thank you.

  • - Ellen Page is great. Steve Carell is great.

  • - Ellen Page is wonderful. Mm-hmm.

  • Michael Shannon. - Yes.

  • - Yeah, it is the story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree,

  • the women who changed the Domestic Partnership Act

  • in New Jersey.

  • Laurel was a police detective who is diagnosed

  • with lung cancer and wanted to leave her pension benefits

  • to her partner and she was turned down

  • by the county officials.

  • So, she spent the last year of her life

  • trying to overturn this ruling,

  • and, um, it's a really inspiring story

  • about some very very special people.

  • - It's amazing 'cause she was not an activist,

  • she was not--she was closeted. - Yeah.

  • - She wasn't even openly gay

  • and then she ran up against this thing when she's dying...

  • - Yeah. - And realized, if I don't

  • come out and speak out against this, you know...

  • - Yeah. - My partner's gonna

  • lose her hou--our house... - That's right, our house.

  • - The house--the life that they had built together.

  • - Everything. Yeah. - And they really, you know,

  • Edie Windsor said that Laurel Hester was a hero

  • because she demanded to be treated like everybody else.

  • - Mm-hmm. - So, that's really it too.

  • It wasn't like--and there was no special treatment involved.

  • It really was what, by all rights, should have been theirs.

  • - Yeah. - But what's so--I mean,

  • this is a true story, and these are real people,

  • and also we're lucky enough to have the real Stacie Andree

  • and Dane Wells, who was Laurel's police partner,

  • here in the audience today. - Yeah.

  • They're sitting right there. - Yay. Where are they?

  • Congratulations. - Wait a minute, where are they?

  • There they are. Hi, there you are.

  • [applause]

  • - And I just adore them both.

  • They're such wonderful people,

  • and what they did for us, what Stacie and Dane did

  • with, you know, they basically opened their homes

  • and were on the phone with us and talked to us

  • about every little detail

  • because Ellen and I wanted to get it right. You know?

  • - Yeah. - So we hoped that we could

  • get it right. - It was, I mean, Portia and I

  • were sobbing at the end of it,

  • and especially when the real pictures came up

  • of you and Laurel. - Yeah.

  • - It was--so Ellen--so it was at first, it's kind of like,

  • "Oh, well there's a big age difference."

  • There was a big age difference between the two of you.

  • - Yeah. - And you were played

  • by Ellen Page... - Yeah.

  • - And it's amazing 'cause Ellen Page had just come out.

  • - Yeah, exactly. - So, she actually got to

  • play this role,

  • which would have been really tough for her

  • if she hadn't been. - I think so, and I think

  • it was a meaningful project because she had been attached

  • to it as a producer for so long. - Yeah.

  • - And it meant so much to her personally,

  • and 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,

  • in your professional life,

  • and, anyway, Ellen and I got very close.

  • It was a really special special experience.

  • - Yeah, it was great, and you had great chemistry.

  • It was really fantastic. - Thank you.

  • - All right, well, and like like I said,

  • I hope everyone sees it 'cause it is not--

  • I hope people don't think it's a gay movie.

  • It is not. It is a movie about love.

  • - Yeah, it's about love. - It's just a movie about love.

  • - Yeah, exactly.

- Let's talk about "Freeheld..." - Yes, please.

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Julianne Moore Talks 'Freeheld'

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    鄭小鬼   posted on 2016/08/23
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