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Ellen Page’s role as a lesbian in “Freeheld” came along at an ideal time in her life and career

Ellen Page, who came out very publicly on Valentine’s Day in 2014, was happy to be starting work on a movie not too long after that with courageous lesbian characters at the center.

Page stars opposite Julianne Moore in Freeheld which tells the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police detective with incurable lung cancer who fought a legal battle to have her pension benefits left to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Page).

Hester won the case on appeal shortly before her death in 2006 and it was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary short film the next year.

Page, 28, is a producer of the film, tells Entertainment Weekly: ‘To have a love story that brings up the civil rights issue, in relation to women – that we haven’t seen enough of in the forefront.’

The timing of the movie ended up being ideal for Page who was nominated for an Oscar for Juno and has also starred in such films as Whiplash, Inception, To Rome With Love and last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

‘… To be shooting the movie so soon after coming out was some of the most joy I’ve ever felt on a film set, which is a tricky thing to say because we’re telling a story that’s incredibly tragic. But the feeling of being out and playing someone who’s gay, and someone whose courage has allowed me to live my life, that feels amazing.’

As far as deciding to go public last year at a Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas Page says: ‘It got to the point where it didn’t matter what I was doing in my life, there was always this cloud.’

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