The emotional true story of one couple’s real-life fight for their marriage in the face of intolerance and racism is the subject of the biopic “Loving”.
Following the film’s screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga sat down with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel to discuss the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple who took their decade-long fight for the right to marry all the way to the Supreme Court through late 1950s and 1960s.
For Negga, it’s not just about bringing the story of the Lovings to the big screen, it’s about starting a conversation about intolerance and injustice. “It’s amazing how two people can have totally different experiences at life,” Edgerton says, acknowledging that growing up as a white, middle-class Australian, he was lucky to escape true prejudice and injustice. For him, the story of Richard and Mildred Loving was an eye-opener.
Set in 1950s Virginia when interracial marriage was forbidden, Richard and Mildred Loving were wed in Washington, D.C. Upon their return to their home state, the Lovings were arrested and thrown in jail, forced to agree to leave Virginia for 25 years. Their fight for justice which famously brought an end to the ban on interracial marriages in the U.S. after the Supreme Court ruled the anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional in 1967.