October 3, 2015 0
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In a reversal from what many mid-career actresses experience,Julianne Moore landed the lead in the new movie “Freeheld” not despite her age but because of it.

Director Peter Sollett said he was looking for a middle-aged actress to play opposite Ellen Page, 28, in the fact-based film about a lesbian New Jersey couple, Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who were at the center of a landmark 2005 LGBT rights case.

And at 49, Moore was the perfect choice to play Hester, a police officer in Ocean City N.J., who received a terminal lung cancer diagnosis and then struggled to pass her pension benefits to Andree. “Julianne and Ellen are [almost] exactly the same age apart as Laurel and Stacie,” he told TheWrap. “Not only was she the right age, she is one of the best actresses of her generation.”

Page and Sollett set out to cast Moore in the role long before the actress won her Oscar for “Still Alice.” And Sollett never once regretted his decision to do so.

“She brings Laurel to life from the inside, and never does she ask the audience to pity her,” the director said of Moore. “She is wise enough and savvy enough to let the context of the film do the heavy lifting for her.”

“Freeheld,” which opened Friday in limited release just four months after the Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal, is based on an Oscar-winning documentary short of the same name by Cynthia Wade.

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I have added photos of Julianne from her three outtings last evening to the gallery. She was at Good Morning America, the AOL Build Series and the New York premiere of Freeheld. High quality images have been added to our image gallery.

September 26, 2015 0
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I have added scans from People and Entertainment Weekly to the gallery with thanks to Claudia.

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I have added a variety of mq and hq images of Julianne from the last two days at TIFF to the gallery. Enjoy.

September 12, 2015 0
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Julianne Moore credits Canadian actress Ellen Page’s openness about her own coming out with helping her get to the heart of portraying terminally ill New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester in love-and-rights drama Freeheld, having its world premiere at TIFF Sept. 13.

It’s based on a true story about a lesbian couple’s battle “to be treated like everybody else,” said Moore.
It’s set in the early 2000s and Page, who is also a producer on Freeheld, plays Hester’s partner, Stacie Andree.

Hester’s request to make Andree her police pension beneficiary upon her death was denied. Their ensuing battle, reluctantly taken on by the very private couple, makes Hester’s sexuality — long kept private for fear of repercussions on the job — dramatically public.

“I really didn’t understand the pain that a person feels when they’re closeted,” said Moore from Los Angeles ahead of arriving in Toronto for the premiere.

“She (Page) was very frank about absolutely everything and I would ask her tons of questions,” said Moore, an Oscar winner for her portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.

“I am lucky I got to know Ellen the way that I have.

“Here is this young woman closeted for such a long time in a professional environment who was not able to describe her difficulty and her pain, and it was so generous of her to explain it all to me and to share it, and she was so incredibly vulnerable in her explanation of it,” Moore said of Page, who came out in February 2014.

“I love her to bits and we were instantly friends and partners, and it was just great to go to work everyday and have her there,” continued Moore, affection and admiration evident in her voice. “She really did a beautiful job portraying that quality of Stacie’s, that gentleness and reticence and the fierceness of her love for (Laurel) as well.”

It’s not the first time Moore has played a lesbian onscreen or filmed an intimate scene with another woman, including The Kids Are All Right and Atom Egoyan’s thriller Chloe.

Andree also provided her with insight into playing Hester, said Moore.
The 2007 Oscar-winning short documentary, also titled Freeheld, provided a visual record of part of Hester’s life but only her final months.

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