Julianne Moore will always be a fave!
And she's one of the few actresses consistently taking on unique and challenging roles.
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In the new issue of Marie Claire UK, the Oscar winner talks describes her 2015 film Freeheld, about a New Jersey police lieutenant who struggles to secure her pension for her same-sex partner — played by Ellen Page — after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The film's subject matter allowed Julianne to talk frankly with her co-star about her own experiences, saying:
"Ellen was miserable. She talked to me very frankly about her own experience—what it felt like, about the nature of the discomfort. A lot of people I know came out a long time ago. None of my friends were celebrities when they came out; they were college students. So here I was talking to this very young woman, who had recently come out, about experiences that were very, very fresh, so it was a different kind of conversation."
The 55-year-old also addresses the ongoing fight for gay rights in America:
"I think it's easy for us in New York to say 'Oh, things are different' but they are not, people can still be discriminated against at work, or for housing. In some States they can be fired for being gay; they can be denied opportunities."
Last but not least, she takes on Hollywood's many, many problems:
"It's very difficult to find parts, no matter how old you are, no matter where you are and whether you're a man or a woman, the movie industry is not in the business of finding good roles for actors or actresses; it is in the business of creating films that will make as much money as possible."
Sad. But true.
We're just happy more big stars are discussing it.
Make sure you check out Julianne's full spread in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Marie Claire UK]