Julianne Moore: Ellen Page Spoke to Me Frankly About Coming Out as Gay

The 55-year-old actress opens up about the struggles of her 'Freeheld' co-star, who was partly inspired to come out by her involvement in the movie.

AceShowbiz - Julianne Moore discusses the struggles of her "Freeheld" co-star Ellen Page in an interview with Marie Claire U.K. for its March issue. Julianne believes America still has a long way to on gay rights despite recent same-sex marriage legislation.

"I think it's easy for us in New York to say 'Oh, things are different' but they are not,' " the "Still Alice" actress shares, "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."

Julianne recalls Ellen's coming out as gay. "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."

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The "Maps to the Stars" actress frankly discusses the issue of ageism in Hollywood. "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."

Despite her busy schedule, Julianne always put her children first. She reveals, "At night, I won't answer work emails, or the phone, unless there is an emergency. If I have to read scripts, or have a meeting, or do an interview, I do it during the school day. I don't think I've ever given an interview within the school hours, just because I want to be home when my kids are home. I want to have dinner with them."

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