For Ellen Page, her latest project is also her most personal.
Playing one-half of a lesbian couple whose fight for domestic partner benefits made national headlines, Page has been attached to Freeheld for seven years – and says that in some ways the journey to make the film mirrored her own journey toward coming out last year.
The decision to become parents was an easy “yes” for Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez. The couple have been together for a decade and legally married in California and New York well ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling that recognized same-sex unions nationwide.
“Obviously, if you grow up with a great family that is supportive and shows unconditional love,” says Gonzalez. “That’s something that most people feel passionate about passing on themselves.”
An Italian book that explores different types of families – including same-sex couples – has caused quite a stir after the mayor of Venice banned it from schools. Now, Pope Francis has upped the ante by writing a letter praising the author for her work, The Guardian reports.
Ellen Page says she finds nothing “brave” about tackling certain roles as an actor – especially when it comes to straight actors portraying LGBTQ characters.
“When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive,” she told Time in a new interview. “I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be.”