What Julianne Moore learned about the pain of being closeted while making “Freeheld” with Ellen Page
Ever since Far From Heaven, I have been an enormous fan of Julianne Moore.
Not only is she a great actress who never fails to deliver, she also handles herself off screen with such grace and class.
She’s also candid.
Since she has plenty of gay friends, been directed by several gay men and even played a lesbian in the film The Kids Are All Right, it came as a surprise to Moore how much she learned about the pain of being in the closet when making Freeheld with Ellen Page.
Page had only recently come out of the closet when the two women began filming 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).
‘ … This is going to sound silly, and hopefully not hurtful on my part, but I don’t think I was aware of how painful it is to be closeted,’ Moore tells Out Magazine in a cover story out this week.
‘I have the advantage of being a person who’s never had to hide my sexuality, so I asked (Page) 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.’
Moore, who won the Oscar earlier this year for Still Alice, said her first-hand knowledge of the torment of the closet was limited because ‘everyone I knew was out – or is out.
‘The last person I was friends with who was closeted was a really close friend in high school, and she came out in college. But even then, it seemed very matter-of-fact – she was out. It was nothing like this.’