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Ellen Page and Julianne Moore Freeheld interviews

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Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in the upcoming drama Freeheld, which tells the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police officer who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had to fight to change the law so that her pension benefits would go to her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page).

Freeheld premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where the actresses spoke to EW about the pressures of playing a real person. “You have a responsibility to that person, to become as close to them as possible,” Moore says. “You certainly want to try to capture the soul of them.”

“When you’re telling a story about people who did something extremely courageous and brave, and particularly in a time of unimaginable tragedy and difficulty, it’s hard, for example, to do that and remain closeted,” says Page.

Watch the full video above. Freeheld hits theaters on Oct. 2. 

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