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TIFF 2015: Ellen Page, Freeheld star, talks Ted Cruz

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Ellen Page is at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about Freeheld, her upcoming movie about a lesbian couple fighting for domestic partner rights, and while she was there, she sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss the current status of the gay rights movement — and that viral video of her asking Ted Cruz about his views on LGBT rights.

“I’ve seen multiple videos and read multiple quotes of Ted Cruz discussing gay issues, as well as Mike Huckabee, and it goes exactly as you’d expect,” Page said. “They don’t answer the question. They say you’re cutting them off when you try to ask the same question again because they’re not answering it, because the reality is that they might be homophobic people. To me, it seems like they’re homophobic people.”

Page met Cruz at the Iowa State Fair as part of her upcoming show for Vice, which involves her traveling around the world and exploring local LGBT culture.

“It can seem comical to people, and people can say, ‘Well, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, they’re obviously not going to be president,’” Page said. “But no, these people have influence, and there are specific areas and communities where they’re popular.”

“I think of the most vulnerable,” she added. “I think of kids that are gay growing up in that environment and the level of toxicity and shame, and it’s so destructive. It causes a lot of pain. And the ripple effects of intolerance are catastrophic for everybody. Those are the points where it’s like, ‘This is not funny. Stop devaluing our love.’”

In Freeheld, out Oct. 2, Page stars as mechanic Stacie Andree, who fought for domestic partner rights in New Jersey after her police detective partner, Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Page has said that working on the film inspired her to come out as a lesbian in February 2014.

“It’s people like Laurel and Stacie that do create incredible change, and they did it in the face of an unimaginably tragic situation,” Page said.

Read the full interview with Page at The Daily Beast

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