Ellen Page has walked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) many times, but this year’s appearance will be a little more personal. The actress will present Freehold – a harrowing film that the 28-year-old credits for giving her the courage to finally come out in 2014. “I remember thinking, ‘Ellen, how in God’s name could you make this film and not be out?” she reveals to Out Magazine in the publication’s October issue.
Joining Ellen for the candid, soul-baring interview is Freehold co-star Julianne Moore, who admits that working with the Juno star and hearing about her struggles with sexuality was a life-changing experience. “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," says the Oscar-winning actress. “I have the advantage of being a person who's never had to hide my sexuality, so I asked her a lot of questions – frank questions – about what that feels like."
In the film, Ellen and Julianne play real-life couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree, who made national headlines in the early 2000s for their fight to win domestic partner rights. Their story was first told in 2007’s Academy Award-winning short documentary of the same name, and it definitely hit close to home for Ellen. “[What they did] is incredibly inspiring and did take a lot of courage,” says the Canadian star, adding, “It really did make me go, ‘Dude, just tell people you’re gay. Just get over yourself, honestly, and support those who are not as privileged.”