Julianne Moore Takes on Gay Rights in 'Freeheld'

The Academy Award-winning actress plays a dying woman fighting for her domestic partner's right to inherit her pension.
5:21 | 09/28/15

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Julianne Moore is here. She won this year's best actress Oscar for "Still Alice." Thank you for that. Her latest role, in "Free held." A New Jersey police deticket ever dying of cancer, who spends the last year of her life fighting local politicians so her domestic partner can inherit her pension. Please reconsider my qu assumptions about I love that about this show. It breaks stereo types. Reporter: Could I survive quantico? Your officially inducted into the FBI at quantico. And your I.D. Card. That's legit. That is legit. Reporter: Y to that I.D. Card. I'm like the first pregnant FBI agent. I'm glad she didn't flip you. That made me feel better. You can see more tonight on "Nightline." And quantico airs Sunday nights at 10:00, 9:00 rantcel. P U next, Julianne ore,mo he re live. Loophole that allowed pension benefits to be granted by the county officials. Free-holders. She was diagnosed with lung cancer. She spent the time she was ill trying to get her benefits transferred to her partner, which, by all rights, should have gone to her. She did it through the legal system. 'S who -- that's what she was about. A highly, highly moral person. It's a human rights story. A gay rights story. A love story. That was my favorite part of it, too. Was really, I love love story, period. I think all actors do. To get to to one with an actor the caliber of Ellen page, such a wonderful person. We had a great time together. What inspired you most art their story, Stacy and laurel? I think just how regular it was. How aerd it was. You're not asking for anything so special, it's really the American dream, you know, you want a house, a partner, family, a dog, you want a community, all of those things. They're not saying they want to live in a colony on Mars. You know. It could happen. There's an announcement today, about Mars. They just want what everybody wants. That, to me, was so incredibly moving. You mentioned Ellen page. Oh, my goodness. And the timing of it, because she happened to reveal she was gay during the filming of this. Right before we started filming. She had been attached to the project for seven years as a producer. I think was so inspired by the story, too, and by their honesty and how they opened their lives to the world. She felt like she needed to come out. You said you connected just like that? Yes. Immediately. I was excited to go to work, what did you do last night, what are you going to do today? We would sit and talk. The timing of it, given the climate right now and what we saw with the supreme court, the ruling. Earlier this summer. It just plays -- even without that. And think that it's nice to have a movie like this to acknowledge what people did to make that happen. These are the women that made marriage equality happen for everybody. It started a long time ago. To be able to celebrate them. And laurel Hester lost her life. This was a very personal and very important and it's important that their struggle and that laurel be remembered. You play it beautifully. It -- is very, very powerful. You and Ellen both. We haven't seen you since Oscar winning. You're not introduced as oscar-winner jewulianne Moore. I felt very, very lucky. It's a -- what you dream of. Like that. Your acceptance speeches, it was beautiful to watch. Uh-oh, there I am. Oh, no. And you're an author. Yes,estion. When hi let roe sexual colleagues die, their pensions go to their spouses. Because my partner is a woman, I don't get to do that. In my 23 years as a police officer, I have never asked for special treatment. I'm only asking for equality. Julianne, welcome back to "Good morning America." And, such an incredibly powerful role yet again. And, this woman, had fought all her life for others. And at T end, she was just trying fight for justice for her partner. She just wanted to be treated like everyone el 'sth at what's so moving about laura and Stacy's story. They were partners. They legally registered for partnership.

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