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Moore: Hate doesn’t cause discrimination

Julianne Moore thinks her new film Freeheld is a “celebration” of LGBT rights.

The 54-year-old Academy Award-winning actress is currently promoting her new movie Freeheld, in which she and openly gay star Ellen Page portray lesbian characters.

Julianne is convinced racism, homophobia and other types of discriminatory practices aren’t necessarily related to innate hostility.

"It's much easier to discriminate when you perceive someone or something as 'other,' but when you are exposed to it in a more proximate way — this is your sister, this is your neighbour, these are the people that you live with — that everyone's just the same,” she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I think it hopefully will really change these, and I do feel in my heart [that when] people discriminate, it's because they haven’t been exposed properly, so sometimes it's a matter of education. I hope it is anyway.”

Freeheld is a real-life narrative centreing on Julianne’s character Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police officer with terminal lung cancer who battles to ensure her pension is delivered to same sex partner Stacie Andree, played by Ellen.

Julianne believes Freeheld is timely and significant, especially in light of the United States Supreme Court decision last June that deemed a ban on homosexual marriage unconstitutional.

"[Freeheld is] a celebration of the changes and the incredible distances that we've come in a relatively short period of time,” she smiled.

Julianne’s co-star Ellen came out of the closet in February 2014 during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference.

And Julianne previously noted her castmate’s story gave her huge insight into what it’s like to live life as a member of a marginalised group.

“Ellen had so recently come out, and this is going to sound silly, and hopefully not hurtful, but I don’t think I was aware of how painful it is to be closeted,” Julianne told Out magazine.

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